Healthy and Quick Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The holiday season is just around the corner, and along with family and friends comes stress and lots of food.  Try making your Thanksgiving meal simple can help reduce stress and keep your family healthy.  Add a few other healthier options to your Thanksgiving meal this year while still having your traditional comfort foods.  This year, try to pick vegetable side dishes that have fewer ingredients.  This will help to cut down on the cooking time and have fewer calories while still tasting great! 

To avoid extra holiday pounds, load up your plate with vegetable side dishes and eat them first!  By eating your vegetables, you will get nutrient rich foods that will help you feel full.  This may help you avoid the second helping of other higher calorie foods.

Looking for great side dishes to make for your family this year?  Here are a few recipes that you may want to try!

Baked Apples and Sweet Potatoes
Acorn Squash Filled with Savory Spinach
Roasted Vegetables with Maple Glaze
Sweet Potato Casserole

Here are some tips to remember:
  • Fill up your plate with fruit and vegetable side dishes.
  • Choose recipes with fewer ingredients that are easy to prepare and clean up.
  • Add fruit to your meal and skip dessert!
What is your favorite healthy Thanksgiving dish to prepare?



  1. Shredded brussels sprouts sauteed in olive oil with vegetable stock, julienned bell peppers, salt and pepper.

  2. Even I made the Sweet potato Casserole for dinner.. yay!

    Happy thanksgiving :)


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