While we love a well roasted turkey on Thanksgiving, what gets us more excited are the sides (of course that’s a close second to being with family and friends). So we looked to some of the best foodie dietitians and bloggers to share their favorite recipes for healthy Thanksgiving sides… and they did not disappoint. If you’re looking to add new dimension and deliciousness to your Turkey Day table, plus a dose of health, check out the recipes below. Not only are they super tasty, but good for you, to boot!
This recipe, from Jessica Fishman Levinson, registered dietitian over at Nutritioulicious blog, screams delicious Thanksgiving in a bowl. Quinoa is a grain rich in fiber and protein, with a mild flavor and fluffy texture. It takes on all of the essences of fall in this dish, partnered with sweet tender cinnamon-ginger roasted apples, carrots, and sweet potatoes. This recipe is also perfect for any gluten-free guests at the table!
A combo of coconut milk and sweet potatoes in a light and creamy souffle? Yes please! This brilliant idea comes from Laura Ligos, registered dietitian from the blog The Sassy Dietitian. It’s also dairy-free, for any guests who skip dairy.
This is one of our oldest and most favorite fall recipes created by us over in the C&J Nutrition kitchen. It’s a creamy soup without cream (so you won’t feel weighed down and can leave some room for pie!!). Spices like nutmeg and a hint of cloves give it the perfect fall-infused flavor. Guests will love having a soup option on the table for Thanksgiving!
Parsnips, one of our favorite root veggies, are roasted and then blended to add creaminess to this rice dish studded with onion and green peppers. Another delicious idea from a fellow registered dietitian nutritionist, Amy Gorin of Amy Gorin Nutrition!
We love Allison Schaaf of Prep Dish’s idea to nix the canned stuff and try your hand at making your own cranberry sauce this year! Plus, she’s got a killer recipe for cooking a turkey breast if you don’t need a whole turkey.
Roasted Winter Vegetables: Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness, making this way of cooking them a real crowd pleaser. We think every Thanksgiving table should have some version of roasted veggies! Try out this delicious mix from registered dietitian Christy Brissette of 80 Twenty Nutrition.
Maple Roasted Delicata Squash: If you like winter squash, but haven’t tried delicata squash, give this recipe by registered dietitian Katie Cavuto at Nourish Breath Thrive a try. It’s so easy and there’s no peeling involved!
How adorable and creative are these appetizer bites by Kara Lydon, RD over at The Foodie Dietitian? Polenta and sweet potato are mixed to create the perfect sweet and creamy appetizer bite. We think guests will definitely be impressed by this one.
Farro Salad with Butternut Squash: Farro, one of our favorite whole grains with a light texture and slightly nutty flavor, makes a star appearance along with dried cranberries, Brussels sprouts, and caramelized onions in this Turkey Day side created by registered dietitian Erica Julson
Pecan Topped, Slightly-Sweet Sweet Potato Casserole: If you enjoy the traditional sweet and buttery sweet potato casserole, but want something a bit lightened up (the traditional version is pretty packed with sugar) this version by registered dietitian Liz Weiss from Meal Makeover Moms offers up all the flavor (and nutrition!) in a dish that won’t weigh you down.