Here are some healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipes that will keep you and your family and friends feeling a little lighter. They're all gluten free, dairy free and free from refined sugar, with vegan and paleo options.
We're getting down to the wire. You're turkey, or tofurkey, is in place, and you've got a few sides picked out, but if you're seeing a common ingredient in those sides like heavy cream and butter, I'm here to help lighten the load, literally. OK, I'm not coming over to help you cook, but I do have some dairy free, gluten free, sugar-free recipes (with vegan and paleo options) to help with a healthier Thanksgiving.
I've got soups, veggies, salads and snack recipes. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
Spice up your butternut squash soup with some flavorful chorizo and smoky adobe sauce. No butter or cream is needed in this already velvety, tasty soup!
Swap out the heavy cream and carbs of mashed potatoes for this paleo mashed cauliflower kale. It's dairy free, gluten free and full of healthy vegetables. There's also an easy Instant Pot cooking option.
These paleo pumpkin apple muffins are grain free and nut free. They're healthy enough to eat for breakfast and filling enough to make for a satisfying snack.
Jump into festive fall flavors with these gluten free and vegan sweet potato pumpkin fritters. Top with my hemp lime cream for a healthy side any time of day.
Asian brussels sprout cauliflower rice is the marriage of two healthy and delicious vegetables combined into one filling dish that could serve as a gluten free side or entire main course.
It only take a few clean, whole food ingredients to make this roasted cauliflower soup with chili oil and toasted pumpkin seeds. It's dairy free and gluten free and great for lunch or dinner.
Adding pomegranate and some citrus notes to whisky makes for a festive cocktail for your next holiday celebration or cool-weathered weekend.
Stuffing acorn squash with kale, mushrooms and quinoa make for an elegant display and complete gluten free and vegan meal in one bowl, or rather, squash!
Expand your gluten free grain repertoire with some wild rice. It's high in protein, fiber and has a host of vitamins and antioxidants. Mix it with your favorite fall vegetables for a great main dish or Thanksgiving side.
Enjoy fall's great selection of apples with these baked apple chips with nothing but a sprinkling of cinnamon. Double down on apples with the cashew apple cinnamon dipping sauce.
Cauliflower parsnip puree is a great low carb alternative to mashed potatoes when you're in need of a side, or "under-side" to place meat, chicken, fish or some seared scallops.
This creamy sweet potato and pumpkin soup is rich and luxurious with no butter or cream added. Roasting the vegetables brings out a natural sweetness and Indian spices bring some heat and great flavor.
A great, heartier salad for lunch on a cool day, or to add as a side in a simple or more elaborate holiday feast. Roasted pears spruce up the kale and a zesty vinaigrette lightens and brightens the greens.
Liven up your carrots with a little garlic, ginger and cumin.
A healthy side or snack to have on hand with all your favorite vegetables in a light, but flavorful marinade.