Here we are at the end of my 31 Day Series. Finally! I am so very slow! It’s nearly a month over my given due date, but I have sure had fun along the way. Some of my projects proved to be much more time consuming than I could have EVER imagined. By far my biggest challenge was to get a good variety of subject matter. I have learned so much and accomplished tons! Believe it or not I am already brain storming for more 31 day ideas……..There are 31 Days in January, and it isn’t that far away!
But for now….
I am back to the cooking project to wrap things up, just couldn’t resist with Thanksgiving and all. Who can think of anything else but food this week?
So my first inspired Thanksgiving side dish is Ginger Carrots. It’s ridiculously easy compared to how great it tastes. Plus, it works great with turkey! Yeah!
While your turkey is still in the oven (about 1 hour before it’s done), you can be making your side dishes. Peel and slice at a diagonal enough carrots for your army, I usually figure one per person.
Heat some olive oil in a frying pan, then add the carrots.
While the carrots are cooking, you can sprinkle them with some soy sauce. When they are tender (about 5 minutes), you can add the ginger glaze. I got this brand at Aldi, it’s very inexpensive and it tastes absolutely amazing with carrots. I used half a bottle for my 8 carrots that I cooked.
Cook for a few more minutes until competely warm. That’s it, talk about easy! Keep them warm while the turkey is still in the oven.
Now for the Wild Rice Pilaf………….
This Wild Rice stuffing was on Pintrest. Why is it almost all of the Wild Rice recipes always contain mushrooms? We are not mushroom people.
Here’s our favorite Wild Rice Pilaf.
Simple list of ingredients: Wild Rice, Brown Basmati Rice, an onion, pine nuts ……….
and a seasoning packet from Ramen Noodle Chicken Soup.
Combine 1 cup wild rice, 1 cup brown basmati rice with 4 cups water in a medium sauce pan. Add the chicken flavor seasoning packet from the Ramen Noodles. You can use chicken broth in place of the water if you have it on hand, but it’s far cheaper to use the Ramen Noodle seasoning, and it tastes exactly the same.
Add the chopped onion, bring to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes until all liquid is absorbed.
Add the pine nuts, I used about 1/2 cup. Fluff with a fork, and you are done! This recipe serves 8, you can cut it in half for a smaller crowd. I love the nutty taste of wild rice, paring the brown rice along with it really brings out the flavor. As an added plus it will stretch your food budget, wild rice is rather a luxury food these days!
And there you have it, a perfectly Plain Turkey Dinner. Plain doesn’t have to be expensive OR boring. OR complicated. I hope my family loves it all, since I have plans to stuff my freezer with more turkeys and eat them all winter. They are such a good deal this time of year. What else can you eat for 59 cents a pound?