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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. Everyone seems to forget the yellow potato's sweeter, more fiber-rich cousin--the sweet potato. Instead of loading those orange treats with cream and butter, preserve their integrity with this Slow Cooker Vanilla Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole recipe. It will satisfy your sweet and savory teeth without sacrificing your waistline. Another healthy mash recipe is this Garlic Rosemary Cauliflower Mash, made with cauliflower instead of potatoes. But you won't even be able to tell the difference! 

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 fried 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).

Keep those veggies flowing with our Pear and Blue Cheese Roasted Brussels Sprouts. They're packed with nutrients like Vitamins C and K, but they don't taste like it in this recipe! The pears and blue cheese make the roasted brussels sprouts taste smoky, sweet, and delicious to even your pickiest eaters. Speaking of nutritional power-houses, this Cranberry and Smoked Almond Quinoa Salad is filled with protein and fiber--two key things that help with your digestive system and appetite control! This side is hearty and delicious, and will help you not feel like you swallowed a cow at the end of your meal. 

Of course, we had to include something that involved bacon--this Turkey Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus is all of your salty cravings wrapped in a little bundle of joy. Ok, we know turkey bacon isn't actually that healthy in the grand scheme--but it's a definite upgrade from standard bacon, and hey, in this recipe, it's just a vehicle for the asparagus anyway (admit it--you love asparagus too)! 


More Thanksgiving Menu Ideas:

Apple Raisin Stuffing from Harry & David

Beef Wellington Appetizers from Stock Yards

Thanksgiving Dinner Cookie Box from Cheryl’s


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