Nov
9

Healthier Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Are you ready for the holidays? I’m sharing over 20 healthier Thanksgiving side dishes featuring the flavors of fall without the guilt. Soups, salads, casseroles, vegetables and more delicious additions to your holiday meal!

Over 20 healthier Thanksgiving side dish recipes including soups, vegetables, salads, casseroles and more!

The holiday season always sneaks up on me. Even though my life pretty much revolves around food with this blog, the past few years I’ve waited until the last minute to plan my holiday menu. This year, I decided to plan my menu weeks in advance so that I can share a few of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes with you. The recipes below are some healthier side dishes so you can enjoy the holiday feast without too much guilt. Choose a few of your favorite side dishes and enjoy!

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds is an easy flavorful side dish!

Roasted Sweet Potato and Wild Rice Salad

The best hearty and healthy Thanksgiving salad - mixed greens with roasted sweet potato, seasoned wild rice, cranberries, almonds, avocado, and cheese with a creamy lemon balsamic dressing. Plus some shortcuts to make this salad even quicker and tips to make it ahead of time!

Ginger Miso Acorn Squash

Ginger Miso Acorn Squash

Roasted Vegetables with Broccoli Puree

Roasted Vegetables with Broccoli Puree is a medly of roasted brussels sprouts, mushroom and asparagus that is blended with a creamy broccoli puree. Gluten Free, healthy, delicious and easy | ahealthylifeforme.com

Wheat Berries with Butternut Squash, Edamame and Cranberries

Wheat Berries with Butternut Squash, Edamame and Cranberries

Apple Cranberry Sauce

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Honey Sweetend Apple and Sweet Potato Mash

I love mashed sweet potatoes around the holidays, and really love them loaded with brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows. This Honey-Sweetened Apple & Sweet Potato Mash is an excellent alternative that is a great way to curb your craving while still being healthy!

Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup

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Honey Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Honey Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a great dish to mix up your Thanksgiving menu.

Cranberry Pear Salad

cranberry-pear-salad-with-fresh-pear-vinaigrette2 | flavorthemoments.com

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree with Honey and Smoked Paprika

Butternut Squash Puree with Smoked Paprika - The Lemon Bowl

Roasted Pears with Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Roasted Pears with Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Easy Pumpkin Soup

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Toasted Coconut Green Beans

These Toasted Coconut Green Beans come together in a snap and make a perfect side dish!

Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Candied Walnuts

Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Candied Walnuts :: hands-down one of my favorite holiday side dish recipes!

Wilted Kale and Couscous Salad with Carrots and Cranberries

Wilted Kale and Couscous Salad with Carrots and Cranberries

Quinoa with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Leeks

Quinoa with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Leeks

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Apple Bacon Salad

This shaved Brussels sprout apple bacon salad is the perfect combo of sweet, salty and savory. Roasted and shaved Brussels sprouts combined with bacon, candied pecans, sliced apples and pomegranates seeds all drizzled with a simple maple vinaigrette.

Vanilla Scented Sweet Potato Casserole with Toasted Hazelnut Streusel

Vanilla-Scented Sweet Potato Casserole with Toasted Hazelnut Streusel Topping {Paleo} 3

Green Beans and Beets with Balsamic Reduction

Green Beans and Beets with Bacon, Goat Cheese, Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction

Mashed Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese and Rosemary

Mashed Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese and Rosemary | Goat cheese & rosemary add richness & fresh piney flavor to mashed butternut squash. A great alternative to potatoes!

16 Comments

  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    I love ’em (and want ’em!) all. So many gorgeous colors! It’s easy to get caught up in cookies and pies and all sorts of brown food (yes, it’s true) this time of year. So this round-up is perfection. Not sure what I’m going to make first! Cheers and thanks for the love!

  2. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    OMG, LOOOOVE this round up, girlfriend! Everything looks beyond delicious and so beautiful! Plus, a lightened up sides are ALWAYS welcome for Thanksgiving! Pinned! Cheers! <3

  3. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

    Ginger Miso Squash? YES PLEASE! I’m in love with this healthy round-up! Thanks so much for featuring me!

  4. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    I’m all about the side dishes when it comes to Thanksgiving and all of these look so good! Thanks for including my mashed butternut squash!

  5. Kelly

    I can’t believe how quickly this year is going by. Side dishes are my favorite part of any big holiday feast and I LOVE that these are healthier! Everything looks incredible – I wish I could sample them all :)

  6. Ryan @ Feed by Round Pond

    That ginger miso acorn squash sounds delicious. I’ve just started working on the meal planning for Thanksgiving – this will be on the list!

  7. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop

    Your dishes all look so beautiful! I think my favorite is the cranberry sauce and the sweet potatoes! Although, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without all the good stuff!

  8. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    Love all these Thanksgiving dishes! They’re all so vibrant and welcoming. I’m with Kelly — wish I can sample all of them!

  9. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    These are the kinds of side dishes I love to feature on my holiday table – so much delicious inspiration! Thank you for including me!

  10. Stephanie | Mrs Tea & Mr Coffee

    Thanks for posting this awesome roundup! I need all of the healthier ideas for Thanksgiving that I can get. Gotta save room for pie 😉

  11. Meghan | Fox and Briar

    I am the same, the holidays always seem to sneak up on me! Great job planning ahead. Love these healthier options!

  12. Margaret Ann @ MAK and Her Cheese

    I love the idea of roasted pears with cranberries, blue cheese, and walnuts in place of a traditional salad. The flavors and textures look wonderful! And thanks for acknowledging that even rich delicious Thanksgiving recipes can be good for you!

  13. Marcie

    Healthy never looked so good — I’d be happy with any and all of these dishes! Thanks so much for including my salad, Ashley!

  14. Kelley @ Chef Savvy

    Wow what a good looking round up of recipe! I need to try them all!

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