Thanksgiving is the time for much food, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still eat healthy! These Thanksgiving side dishes are good for you, and don’t sacrifice taste!
Hello! Thanksgiving is probably my second favorite holiday. Why? Well, it’s a holiday dedicated to food, and what could be better than that? Once a year, the family gets together and cooks up a ton of delicious foods for us all to eat, from side dishes to main courses to desserts. And there are always lots of leftovers! Since I’m still off at college, I really love Thanksgiving. I get sent home with lots of food to eat!
Lately, I’ve been more mindful of what I’ve been consuming, and don’t want Thanksgiving to take me off the rails. But, I also don’t want to ruin the holiday with bland Thanksgiving recipes, or try to take away from all the yummy traditional foods. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t eat other Thanksgiving dishes because they aren’t healthy. Not at all. Thanksgiving is about eating what you want. But, if you want some side dishes that are a little healthier, I’ve got you covered! Today, I’m just going to share with you a bunch of Thanksgiving side dishes that are healthy, and still mostly traditional and oh-so tasty! You might need to make extra though if you want leftovers!
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Cinnamon Roasted Cranberries and Sweet Potatoes: Oh, sweet potatoes, how do I love thee! I swear, sweet potatoes are probably my favorite vegetable ever. And they make great holiday side dishes! I lived for the days when dad would toss some on the grill for supper. We have come so far since then. Now, I can make my own that are nearly as yummy without owning a grill. Of course, nothing beats grilled, but this way I still don’t have to learn how to use the grill at the complex! Score! This recipe just looks so yummy, and the colors are gorgeous to boot. So, not only would you have yummy Thanksgiving sides with this, you’ll have a pretty one for the table!
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries: I honestly have no idea if I even like Brussels sprouts. I have never had them. I bought a few once at a farmer’s market to try them, and I uh may have forgotten about them and remembered I had them after they had become a bit fuzzy. Oops. But maybe this will help me actually remember to buy a few and make something with them. This recipe says even if you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you’ll like these here, so that’s super promising to me. I have some butternut squash and cranberries right now, so maybe I should go snag some Brussels sprouts and try this out before Thanksgiving! If all else, it does look super pretty! And, if you have pretty Thanksgiving food, you don’t have to decorate as much!
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Roasted Parmesan Carrots: So you totally had me here at carrots. I really like carrots, especially if I can get them straight from a farmer. Oh, you can’t beat that farm fresh taste. But these carrots are roasted with parmesan, and there is no way they don’t taste good. I mean, I can just imagine how wonderful this will taste and smell, especially while it’s cooking. Plus, this is a great twist on normal cooked carrots for Thanksgiving dinner, and if you have picky eaters, this may help them eat their carrots. Because, they’re covered in parmesan. Probably not the healthiest dish on this post, but it’s still going to be a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving dinner menu.
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Kale and Feta: I can’t help it. I love sweet potatoes and they are so good for you, so I have a bunch of Thanksgiving menu recipes with them for you guys. Plus, what’s Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes? Roasted sweet potatoes have such a great flavor, and the cool thing about them is that you can add in whatever ingredients you want after! You can roast the potatoes as you cook your other dishes (or grill them, because that is also a great option) and when dinner is ready, you slice them up and serve! This recipe has crispy kale and feta in it, which honestly sounds amazing to me. I love kale chips. You can make them yourself pretty easily. Remember: the key to making kale chips is to go low and slow with the baking. That way, you are less likely to burn them!
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Harvest Quinoa Salad: I don’t know about you guys, but we always have some sort of salad as one of our Thanksgiving appetizers. Nothing fancy, just a simple salad. However, this one here looks so good, I may see if I can whip it up instead! I love quinoa myself, and it’s a great grain to add to meals. It would make this salad a little more filling than a normal salad, which isn’t always a bad thing. Plus, it’s another dish that looks super pretty, and I just love the combination of colors and flavors in it. You wouldn’t have to make a lot of it, either, and I’m all about that!
Morning Sweet Potato with Yogurt and Maple Syrup: So this recipe is one I have been eyeing for quite some time. I did say I love sweet potatoes, so of course I am going to love a sweet potato that’s filled with yogurt, maple syrup, and topped with whatever nuts you choose. I think walnuts would be awesome. This sweet potato would be great either the morning of Thanksgiving, or the morning after. Hello, easy breakfast! You can have the potatoes already roasted, and then just warm them up in the morning and fill with all the goodness you see. This would be perfect if you have leftover potatoes from your Thanksgiving meal, but I also think this would be great the morning of. I mean, why not start off your Thanksgiving menu with a killer breakfast? Also, these would make great Thanksgiving desserts too!
Well, there you have it, folks! I hope you enjoy these easy Thanksgiving recipes. I tried to keep in the spirit of Thanksgiving, while adding a healthier twist. Plus, I just love sweet potatoes! Are there any recipes for Thanksgiving I didn’t mention that you would like to share? Let me know what your favorite side dish is, and don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends! And, as always, stay creative my friends.
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