Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving dinner is all about enjoying good food and great company, and of course indulging in some traditional dishes to celebrate the holiday. 

But while turkey smothered in creamy gravy, butter-filled mashed potatoes and golden pumpkin pies are staring you in the face, there are other healthy alternatives to the standard Thanksgiving meal that are better for you AND delicious. 

Everybody loves mashed potatoes – unless they come in powdered form from a box, then those are imposters and nobody likes those. But to lighten the caloric intake of the tasty side, lay off the mounds of butter and heavy cream, and try making our Healthy Sweet Potato Mash instead. Sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber, which makes you feel fuller faster. This recipe also includes minimal ingredients, so it’s super simple to make.

Of course, it’s important to get your serving of veggies in as well, and that loaded green bean casserole with three sticks of butter, full-fat cream of mushroom soup and French friend onions doesn’t count. Our Garlic Lemon Green Beans with Kale are packed with flavor, and have an added boost of iron and Vitamin K from our little green friend kale. (Kale is the new black).

I’m going to be honest and say our recipe for Gluten-Free Andouille Sausage Stuffing isn’t the poster child for healthy eating, BUT it’s packed with veggies and made with corn bread instead of bread crumbs, and will make the gluten-intolerant and wannabe gluten-intolerant guests at your dinner very, very happy.

Stuffed mushrooms are also a rich and creamy treat, and our Raw Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Creamy Cranberry Sauce is made with nuts and fresh spices for a filling side dish. Even though it’s a calorie-dense recipe, the filling is spread out among six large portabella mushroom caps.

 

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