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Last-minute Recipes for your Thanksgiving Table

Blaire Benson

Thanksgiving is two short days away, and it’s time to get your menu set! If you’re still looking for a few delicious, but healthy side dishes, look no further than our friends at Kaiser Permanente.

Roasted Sweet Potato Medley

This recipe is simple to prepare and full of beautiful color, not to mention, leftovers are a great addition to salads the next day!

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes


1 large garnet yam (or other type of sweet potato)
1 pound assorted small potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh chopped herbs, such as sage, thyme and oregano
Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel sweet potato and dice into 1/2 inch chunks. Wash small potatoes and cut in half, depending on size. Mix potatoes in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread the potatoes on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the chopped herbs. Roast for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.


Kale with Sautéed Apples and Onion

Kale combined with Fuji apples and a sweet onion from your local farmers’ market or personal garden creates a sweet, yet hearty side dish that’s easy and full of flavor.


1 bunch of kale, about 1 pound
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 apples, any kind
1 large onion, sweet or not
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup water
Salt to taste


Trim the kale leaves from the stems and the main central ribs. Slice the leaves into strips. Peel the onion and slice it into 1/4 inch wedges. Do the same with the apples. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Sauté the onions for a while until they begin to soften, but not brown - about 5 minutes. Add the apple wedges and curry powder. Sauté another 2 minutes. Add the sliced kale and water. Cover, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes or until the kale is tender. Season with salt and enjoy.


Garlic Green Beans

Here’s one Thanksgiving green bean recipe you don’t need to add a can of mushroom soup concentrate to!

Servings: 6


1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut however you’d like
1 clove garlic mashed with 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Mix the garlic, vinegar and sesame oil. Steam the green beans in your steamer over a scant inch of water until crunchy tender – 3 to 5 minutes. Toss with the dressing; season and serve hot, cold or at room temperature.

Cheers to lots of happy eating!