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5 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

By November 16, 2018recipes

5 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and some of you may, or may not, have your menu decided on. With all the delicious dishes and recipes to choose from, how does one choose? Unfortunately, many dishes we feast upon during the holiday season are filled with carbs and fats that we wouldn’t normally incorporate into a healthy diet . Perhaps it’s okay to make an exception during this time of year but there is always the option of choosing healthier versions of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes too!

We decided to take the guilt out of making and eating these holiday dishes by choosing recipes you won’t feel bad about taking seconds of. After all, the main thing you should focus on during holiday events is spending time with loved ones instead of hovering over the food table all night. Although with these healthy, Thanksgiving inspired alternatives, getting seconds and thirds may not be a bad idea after all…

1. Quinoa and Mushroom Stuffed Butternut Squash

For fall, we tend to think mostly about pumpkins when it comes to veggies. But let’s not forget about squash as there are so many variations of it that you can make and have fun experimenting with for the holiday season. We can’t help but to want to try this specific recipe which makes squash the base topped with heeps of mushrooms and quinoa. So quick and easy to prepare. We have a feeling this recipe will be making it from the Thanksgiving table to one of our everyday dinner staples.

2. Pumpkin Cornbread with Coconut Oil and Cinnamon

Yep, you may have guessed it. We are continuing strong with the pumpkin/fall harvest dishes. Why make regular cornbread when you can kick it up a notch and make pumpkin cornbread instead? We love that this particular recipe makes its own edits to the original by using a coconut oil and adding a dash of honey and cinnamon. Make a bigger batch to have as leftovers with your favorite variety of tea.

3. Vegan Mashed Potatoes

I  mean what would Thanksgiving be without mashed potatoes? Of course we had to include a healthy version of the Thanksgiving staple side dish that is both vegan and dairy-free! This recipe only requires 6 ingredients and we bet your guests wouldn’t even be able to taste the difference between these dairy-free potatoes and the original recipe.

4. Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

We love brussels sprouts for how easy they are to cook and they are a vegetable that is great to eat all year round- not only for Thanksgiving. This recipe calls for an additional ingredient of bacon to give the brussels sprouts a little more flavor but feel free to leave this out if you prefer to eat the delicious green veggies on their own!

5. Green Bean Casserole

Although the original green bean casserole recipe may be piled high with layers and layers of calories, this healthy alternative is a good re-make of it substituting fried onions for breadcrumbs and adding in some much-needed veggies. We love this version of a green bean casserole because the substitutes do not diminish the taste whatsoever!

Which one of these recipes will you be trying for the holidays this year? It’s hard to go wrong with any of them, that maybe you’ll have to try them all! Let us know in the comments below which ones you try and what was your favorite.

Happy Holidays!

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