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thanksgiving wish – healthy side dish

I love the holiday but hate turkey, is that so bad? No matter how the bird has been cooked and prepped, I absolutely cannot stand eating more than a sliver just to keep the chef- for- the- day happy.

So, this year, I am actually involved in the prep work and since most of the participants are as conscious of eaters as I have become in the last 10 plus years, I am going to introduce side dishes which truly offer wholesome nutrition without having to watch the calories.

First up is Shaved Parsnip Salad, which I found here,  and which will be the first course.


  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 hearts of romaine, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 parsnips (about 8 ounces), peeled and shaved very thinly (on a mandolin or with a vegetable peeler)
  • 4 medjool or 6 regular dates, pitted and cut into 1/2 inch pieces


  1. Whisk together vinegar and oil; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Toss parsnips, lettuce, and dates. Drizzle with dressing. Season with salt and pepper.

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