5 Ingredient or Less Thanksgiving Side Dishes | Nutrition Nuptials | Mandy Enright MS RDN RYT

5 Ingredient or Less Thanksgiving Side Dishes


Thanksgiving week is here, and the countdown in on to prep for the biggest eating holiday of the year. This meal has a lot of moving parts, so complicated dishes aren’t always the best to prepare if you have a lot going on between cooking and hosting. To help simplify your Thanksgiving, I’ve assembled this round-up of 5 Ingredient or Less Thanksgiving Side Dishes.
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Butternut Squash and Massaged Kale Chickpea Pasta Salad


Ok Fall, you win. Now that October has finally appeared on my calendar, I guess it’s time to let go of summer (but I’m not ready to give up flip flops yet!). To help ease the transition into the new season, I created a pasta salad that combines the lightness of summer with the sweet flavors of fall.  Perfect for a fall picnic day with Taco! Continue reading “Butternut Squash and Massaged Kale Chickpea Pasta Salad”

Squashing the Summer Blues with Quinoa Stuffed Squash


It may be Local Summer in my Jersey Shore town, but sadly Fall will be arriving on Thursday this week. Shorter days, jackets, and pumpkin everything are here. Mr E and I are the first to admit we are not fans of the changing seasons.  But there are still a fews ways to slowly transition into the colder weather, and the first starts with food. These quinoa stuffed squash are a great way to start the move into the new season. Continue reading “Squashing the Summer Blues with Quinoa Stuffed Squash”

roasted red peppers

Perfectly Roasted Red Peppers


Growing up in an Italian household, a staple appetizer (antipasto) in the house was fresh mozzarella, tomato, and roasted red peppers. When I eventually moved out, I wanted to keep this memory of home alive in my new home.  And of course wanted impress Mr E when we started dating.  Living in Hoboken, NJ, it was easy to obtain some amazing homemade mutz, and of course being in Jersey makes tomatoes plentiful. But when I originally recreated the dish, I was buying jarred roasted red peppers. VERY DIFFERENT from what mom used to make. So I took matters into my own hands and learned how to roast them myself. Continue reading “Perfectly Roasted Red Peppers”

asparagus fries

Scampi Stalks (Roasted Asparagus Fries)


These days our grocery stores and farm markets are overflowing with bundles of asparagus. Those spiky green stalks provide so many options when it comes to side dishes.  While I typically tend to prefer steaming them in my official asparagus steamer, Mr E doesn’t share my appreciation for simple and perfectly steamed veggies. If they don’t have a little something going on, he’ll make his, “I’ll eat it, but I don’t have to like it” face.    And that’s where some creativity kicked in. Continue reading “Scampi Stalks (Roasted Asparagus Fries)”