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Allison CollinsMy email inbox has been getting flooded with emails all month, especially the last week with tips and recipes to help spice up this year’s Thanksgiving meal. Each article tries to boast about having the latest and newest twist or trend to holiday classics that you should add to your dinner table.

Lately most of the articles have been centered on the main course, the turkey, stuffing, or dessert. While I thoroughly enjoy all three of those dishes, some of my favorite things to eat on Thanksgiving are the other sides, the sides that represent families’ traditions.

Dishes like green bean casserole and homemade vs. canned cranberry sauce, these are the quiet superstars that not only hold their own on the dinner table, but shine.

While I am a fan of tradition and don’t like to mess with classics like pumpkin pie and a good ol’ slow cooked herb turkey, I am also willing to try new things and introduce new dishes to the table (no pun intended). So this week I want to feature a side dish I found one day on Pinterest.

Super easy, cooks in one pot, and tastes AMAZING!

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Citrus Glazed Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash

1-1/2 lb. butternut squash; peeled and chopped into small cubes.

1 lb. Brussel sprouts

2 Tbls olive oil

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup craisins

Glaze:

2 Tbls orange juice

2 Tbls honey

1 Tbls orange zest

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tbls melted butter

Directions:

1). Prepare glaze and set aside

2). Heat a pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, place butternut squash in pan and sauté until brown on all sides. Continue to cook until squash is soft but holds its shape. Remove from pan and place in bowl

3). Heat remaining olive oil in pan and sauté Brussel sprouts. Cook until golden brown.

4). Add squash back into the pan with the pecans and craisins. Drizzle glaze on top and cook until well-seasoned and covered with glaze

5). ENJOY!

I couldn’t stop eating this dish. It was minimal effort, only used two dishes and was so tasty. It makes a lot for one person so I was able to eat the leftovers throughout the week. One day I even added some kale and grilled chicken to make a little salad.

If you are looking to try something new that is simple and tasty for Thanksgiving I highly recommend this dish. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

“Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and into His courts with Praise; be thankful unto him and bless His name.” –Psalm 100:4