We're not here to talk turkey. No offense to the bird, but what makes Thanksgiving delicious is the sides. Who can resist those bites of sweet-and-savory or crunchy-and-velvety goodness? It's all the fixings that have us coming back for seconds and thirds. So, in that spirit of plenty, we've tapped food writer-slash-photographer extraordinaire, Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks and Super Natural Every Day , to recommend a vegetarian menu showcasing the season's bounty. And boy did she deliver — big time!
The bestselling author shows us how to gobble away — without the gut bombs — while incorporating a cornucopia of fresh, local ingredients. Think huckleberries, squash, and citrus at its peak. Not that a holiday about togetherness should become a contest, but what's so wrong with some friendly competition with cousin Nancy's cranberry sauce and succotash? It's a win-win for everyone at the table, really.