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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes
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These recipes are all you need to make the perfect Thanksgiving sides! With all the variation, there are countless nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, fats, and carbohydrates in these sides.

If you want the green beans to be vegan, leave out the bacon and use olive oil instead of butter. 


For Green Beans
4 cups fresh Green beans (rinsed and ends trimmed)
cup Bacon (chopped)
½ cup Pecan
1 Red onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves garlic cloves (chopped)
kosher salt (to taste)
freshly ground Black pepper (to taste)
2 Tbsps Smart Balance® Buttery Spread Original
For Cranberry Sauce
¼ cup Orange juice
¼ cup water
1 cup fresh Cranberry (rinsed and picked over)
3 Tbsps granulated sugar
½ cup golden, seedless raisins
1 tsp grated Orange zest
For Wild Rice
1.333 cups Wild rice (rinsed and drained)
4 ¾ cups turkey breasts
5 Tbsps Smart Balance® Buttery Spread Original (melted)
1 medium onion (finely chopped)
4.333 cups Mushrooms (cleaned and diced)
1 Tbsp fresh thyme (finely chopped)
3 Tbsps parsley (chopped)
salt (to taste)
freshly ground Black pepper (to taste)
Smart Balance® Omega non-stick cooking spray (for casserole dish)
2 sprigs fresh thyme (to garnish)
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Preparation steps

For Green Beans:
Place green beans in boiling water and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until tender crisp.
While the beans are cooking, brown the bacon, pecans, chopped onion and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat.
Drain the green beans and add them to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Saute together for 2 to 3 minutes on high, stirring frequently.
Transfer green bean mixture to a serving dish. Adjust seasoning as desired. Serve hot.
For the Cranberry Sauce:
In a large saucepan set over medium heat, combine the orange juice, water, cranberries, sugar, raisins and orange zest. Stir frequently until sugar has dissolved, about 5 to 6 minutes. Bring mixture to a boil, and cook until the cranberries burst, or about 10 minutes. Remove from heat source, and chill for at least eight hours or overnight. Serve chilled.
For Wild Rice:
In a large saucepan, combine, wild rice and 4 cups of broth. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and gently simmer covered until tender, about 45 to 60 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
Preheat the oven to 350º F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish with Smart Balance® Omega Non-Stick Cooking Spray.
While rice is cooking, heat the Smart Balance® Omega-3 Buttery Stick in a skillet over medium heat; add the onions and mushrooms and saute for 8 to 10 minutes or until softened and golden. Add the thyme and continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes. Add the onion and mushroom mixture to the rice.
Pour the rice mixture into the prepared casserole dish; sprinkle the chopped parsley over the rice and gently fold into the rice mixture. Smooth the top the the rice with a spatula. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the remaining broth over the rice and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake until rice is heated through, about 30 minutes.
Transfer rice to serving dish. Garnish with thyme sprigs. Serve.