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Planning for Thanksgiving? Here are Five Must-Have Side Dishes Your Guests Would Never Guess Were Healthy

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Planning for Thanksgiving? Here are Five Must-Have Side Dishes Your Guests Would Never Guess Were Healthy

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means you may be starting to plan your holiday menu. Thanksgiving comes with lots of traditional side dish recipes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cornbread. But, there are healthier ways to enjoy all of your favorite dishes and feel good about eating them! Plus, just because they are healthier doesn’t mean they won’t still taste delicious. 

We have rounded up five delicious Thanksgiving side dishes the whole family can enjoy this year. 


5 Must-Have Thanksgiving Side Dishes 

#1 Beet & Apple Salad 

Beets—you either love them or hate them, but this is a Thanksgiving side dish that almost anyone would enjoy! Made with apples, beets, and plenty of fall flavor, it’s an easy to toss together side that would make the perfect Thanksgiving dinner addition. 

#2 Thanksgiving Roasted Vegetables 

Roasted veggies and Thanksgiving are the perfect pair. Roasting some root veggies is a seasonal treat this time of year, and you can certainly cook them a super healthy way that the whole family an enjoy. (@acouplecooks) shares their favorite way to whip up Thanksgiving roasted vegetables 

#3 Quinoa Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale, & Pesto Vinaigrette 

Looking for a salad with a little more to it than just greens? (@cookieandkate) shares a yummy quinoa salad with roasted sweet potato, kale, and a delicious pesto vinaigrette that would make a great Thanksgiving side dish that incorporates lots of seasonal vegetables.  

#4 Cranberry Maple Skillet Cornbread 

Cornbread fans this one’s for you. If cornbread is a staple in your household this time of year, consider whipping up a healthier version. (@cookieandkate) shares this cranberry maple skillet cornbread that would pair perfectly with Thanksgiving turkey. 

#5 Herbed Wild Rice & Quinoa Stuffing 

Stuffing is definitely a Thanksgiving tradition in many households, so why not make it a little healthier with this herbed wild rice and quinoa stuffing recipe? It’s loaded with flavorful ingredients, so you’ll still get that traditional stuffing flavor you crave each Thanksgiving.  

Make Thanksgiving Healthy & Flavorful 

Making Thanksgiving healthier this year doesn’t mean you have to skip out on some of your favorite foods. Healthier swaps can still have plenty of seasonal and traditional flavor. So, give these Thanksgiving side dishes a try this year. We bet your guests won’t even know they were healthier than the real deal. 


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