Healthy ThanksGiving Sides
Thanksgiving is fast approaching! If you’re anything like me, you’ve already started thinking about all the side dishes you want to make. The goal this year is to try to make a few of them slightly healthier. Nailing down your mix of textures, flavors, and colors is important. Lighten up your hearty dinner spread by adding extra greens, refreshing salads, or even something on the sweeter side. With the list below, I’m sure you’ll have plenty of recipe inspiration!
Mashed Side Dishes:
When it comes to planning out textures across the table, a mashed side is a must. They’re rich and creamy, and add a delicious softness to your Thanksgiving plate. But don’t think you’re limited to just mashed potatoes. You can try sweet potatoes, cauliflower, or even butternut squash, or maybe even mix the two like potatoes and cauliflower. You can even try a stuffed butternut squash.
Roasted vegetables are a favorite and for very good reason. The vegetables caramelize on the outside and transform into a savory, naturally sweet flavor. Plus, they’ll add bright-colored hues to a somewhat beige table.
Holiday Roasted Vegetables
Aside from cooked greens on the table, don’t forget to make a big salad bowl! They help to add a light and fresh bite in between everything else.
Kale Salad with Apples and Toasted Almonds
Ultimate Winter Salad
We all love the classic sides that we look forward to all year round. Try out a new variation on the tried and true recipes. If your Thanksgiving crowd is more creative (or forgiving), try adding more exciting ingredients to your normal fare.
Butternut Squash Mac& Cheese
Cauliflower Au Gratin
Garlic Green Beans
Butternut Squash Casserole
Finally, the Desserts:
Sure, everyone might be stuffed after multiple plates of roasted turkey and a generous amount of Thanksgiving sides. But nothing feels better than ending a festive night on a sweet note.
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding Mousse
Pear, Pomegranate and Maple Crumble
Pecan Oat Cookies
P.S- Everything that is blue and underlined has a recipe. 🙂
Krupa is our onsite registered dietitian and she is available to help Gatorcare members achieve a healthier lifestyle! It’s not about dieting or counting calories but rather building a healthier relationship with food.