Delicious side dishes for Thanksgiving or any other (holiday) dinner that are healthy, clean, gluten free and/or whole grain.
The turkey may be the main focus of Thanksgiving dinner, but don't underestimate the sides. A delicious, flavorful side dish can be just as much of a show stopper. Better yet if you can tell your guests, the yummy side they are raving about is actually healthy.
I am not very experienced in preparing a whole turkey, so I won't even attempt to give you any advise or a full Thanksgiving dinner plan. But I can definitely help you out with everything else.
Find my best healthy recipes for vegetables, salads, and breads to go alongside the turkey compiled below.
This delicious breadless gluten free stuffing that is made with wild rice, mushrooms, and roasted cauliflower. While it skips the bread cubes this vegetarian stuffing is on point in the flavor department. It can easily be made ahead and simply reheated to free up your time for other recipes on Thanksgiving day.
Brown Butter Brussel Sprouts
bread crumb coated brussel sprouts with heavenly brown butter - use whole wheat or gluten free bread crumbs
Sweet Potato & Brussel Sprouts Hash
sweet potato and brussel sprouts roasted with bacon - use whole wheat or gluten free bread crumbs
classic scalloped potatoes entirely dairy-free but fully flavorful - gluten free, clean, dairy free
delicious roasted sweet potatoes and carrots - gluten free and paleo options included
Cauliflower and Broccoli Casserole
yummy cruciferous vegetables in creamy cauliflower sauce - omit ham if not eating processed meats
Sweet & Spicy Roasted Potatoes and Squash
maple and chili roasted vegetables with crunchy pecans - gluten free, clean
Broccoli Salad with Clean Poppy Dressing
crunchy broccoli salad with clean creamy dressing - strawberries can be replaced with seasonal cranberries
Garlicky Carrot Salad
shredded carrots in creamy garlicky dressing - gluten free, clean (with real mayo)
colorful red and green cabbage slaw with pomegranate + pine nuts - gluten free, clean, paleo
Creamy Beet Salad
beet salad with creamy, garlicky dressing and crunchy nuts - gluten free, clean (with real mayo)
Whole Wheat Beer Bread
heart beer bread is quick and easy to make without kneading or rising - whole grain
Cheese & Chives Sourdough Biscuits
quick dinner biscuits made with sourdough starter - fermented
Gluten Free Corn Bread
fluffy corn bread made with just corn meal, no wheat flour - gluten free, clean
For healthy Holiday Desserts, check out this Clean Eating Desserts Round Up
Questions & Answers
For a healthier Thanksgiving, consider incorporating dishes like roasted vegetables, salads with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and whole grain bread. These options provide essential nutrients while keeping your meal on the healthier side.
The number one rated side dish for Thanksgiving can vary depending on personal preferences, but some popular choices include mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato casserole. However, to make your Thanksgiving healthier, you can opt for roasted or steamed vegetables, salads, or whole-grain bread.
The five most common sides served on Thanksgiving Day are mashed potatoes, stuffing or dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato casserole. These dishes are traditional favorites, but you can choose to make healthier versions of these classics.
To make Thanksgiving healthier, focus on incorporating more vegetables and salads, use whole-grain ingredients when possible, reduce the use of added sugars and unhealthy fats, and consider offering lighter dessert options. You can also find healthier alternatives to traditional dishes, like cauliflower mashed potatoes or whole-grain stuffing.