Healthier Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Alexa Peduzzi

Published on November 22nd, 2016

It's almost the end of November, so we all know a day of epic eating and drinking galore is upon us. Yes, I'm talking about Thanksgiving. Buttery mashed potatoes, creamy green bean casserole, sugary pies...Thanksgiving isn't a traditionally a day where you watch what you eat, but you can make some healthier decisions without skimping on any flavor.

  1. Instead of traditional Green Bean Casserole...try this Vegan Green Bean Casserole from Minimalist Baker
    Can you believe you can create a thick and creamy green bean casserole without any dairy? It's true! Minimalist Baker makes her sauce with vegetable broth, almond milk, and flour, which results in a creamy base for fresh green beans and mushrooms. I’d opt for these real ingredients, rather than whatever is in condensed cream of mushroom soup any day. And the best part? It only requires 10 ingredients and 30 minutes!

  2. Instead of Mashed Potatoes...try this Cheesy Cauliflower Pureé from I Breathe I'm Hungry
    Mashed potatoes too starchy? Try mashed cauliflower! Mashed cauliflower is just as creamy as mashed potatoes, all while being lighter than its potato original. Use I Breathe I'm Hungry's recipe as a blank canvas; mix in your favorite cheeses and herbs to create your ideal side dish.

  3. Instead of Traditional Stuffing...try this Gluten Free Walnut and Kale Quinoa Stuffing from Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    Breadless stuffing?! Yep, it's totally possible with quinoa! When cooked, quinoa has a chewy, nutty flavor, which is perfect in a baked stuffing. Quinoa also offers 8g protein per 1 cooked cup, which means it’s a great alternative to turkey for the non-meat eaters at your Thanksgiving dinner table. The combination of walnuts, kale, herbs, and dried cranberries make for a side dish full of seasonal flavors that everyone will love.

  4. Instead of Boiled Brussels Sprouts...try these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cinnamon Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries from Julia's Album
    Brussels sprouts don't need to be gross, and adding a side dish of green vegetables can be a fresh addition to an otherwise heavy meal. By roasting brussels sprouts, you'll bring out the natural sweetness of the vegetable, making them mouth-poppingly addictive. Brussels sprouts also are a good source of protein, and just one serving gets your daily recommended servings of vitamin C and vitamin K! If your really want to get into the spirit with your brussels, mix them with fall favorites like butternut squash, pecans, cranberries, and cinnamon for a nutrient-rich side dish.