Forty Healthy and Creative Thanksgiving Day Side Dishes That are Center Table Worthy

You don't have to be stuck with the same calorie loaded side dishes this year at your Thanksgiving Day table. I've found 40 of the most deliciously healthy and creative Fall inspired dishes from soups and salads to roasted vegetables, healthier green bean casserole and stuffed squash. If your vegetarian then this is your lucky day! Most of these dishes are gluten free, vegetarian or vegan and all are healthy and delicious!

I for one am drooling over this plate of garlic and herb mashed potatoes with a Cabernet Thyme Gravy from The Vegan 8! Potatoes with your gravy if you please and not the other way around!

Or how about these gorgeous roasted butternut squash with wilted baby spinach next to your perfectly roasted Turkey?

photo and recipe courtesy of Framed Recipes

The only problem is which ones to choose! I say one of each please and let's call it a Thanksgiving Day Tapas Table!


Maple Curry Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Food Faith Fitness

Sausage, Garlic and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms from Peas and Crayons

Caramelized Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese and Roasted Grapes from With Salt and Wit

Wild Rice Squash Salad with Tahini Dressing from Avocado Pesto

Butternut Squash, Apple and Walnut Salad from Food, Pleasure and Health

Beet and Potato Mash from Cotter Crunch

Grain Free Butternut Squash Bread from Strength and Sunshine

Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette from With Salt and Wit

Healthy Green Bean Casserole from Hummusapian

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese (Dairy & Soy Free)  from Veggie Inspired Journey

Cauliflower Mash from Avocado Pesto

Cardamom Apple-Pear Sauce from Snappy Gourmet

Portabella Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Back to Her Roots

Butternut Squash Basmati Rice from Back to Her Roots

Vegan & Gluten Free Sweet Potato Casserole from Eating Bird Food

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa Salad from Fit Foodie FInds

Dijon Sauteed Brussels Sprouts from Connoisseurus Veg

Sweet and Savory Whipped Potatoes from Feasting on Fruit

Roasted Pear, Walnut and Kale Salad from Tasting Page

Farro with Butternut Squash and Rainbow Chard from Veganosity

Herb Roasted Potato and Arugula Salad from Veggie Inspired Journey

Marinated Beet and Apple Salad from Cotter Crunch

Stuffed Pea and Garlic Mushrooms from Vegan Family Recipes

Balsamic Braised Brussels Sprouts from Motion Mom

Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Orange Zest from The Lemon Bowl

Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Sauce from The Lemon Bowl

Balsamic Goat Cheese Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Food Faith Fitness

Vegan Persimmon Butternut Squash Soup from Cotter Crunch

Roasted Brussels Sprout, Apple and Quinoa Salad from Veganosity

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Asparagus from Cook it Fit

Pan Roasted Butternut Squash with Baby Spinach from Framed Recipes

Fluffy Butternut Milk  Mashed Potatoes (vegan) from The Vegan 8

Thyme Cabernet Gravy from The Vegan 8

Fall Quinoa Salad from Veggies Don't Bite

Sweet Potato Souffle (vegan and gluten free) from Healthier Steps


Pepita Pesto Stuffed Baby Bella Mushrooms

Seasonal Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cranberries and Pecans

Spiced Cranberry, Cherry and Apricot Chutney




Pan-Seared Sea Scallops, Carrot Purée, Sautéed Ham and Mushrooms.

I have a very special treat in store for you guys today! A food blogger that I highly admire for his unique recipes and beautifully elaborate food styling is here to share a scallop dish with us. I'm over the moon for scallops and so DB generously offered up this amazing dish to share here on Simply Healthy Family while our family is in the process of moving homes. In general I share fairly simple, straight forward recipes here that are family friendly but my love for exceptional cuisine is still on the front burner of my heart. I think you'll agree that DB's Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Carrot Purée, Sautéed Ham and Mushrooms is 5 Star worthy. 



Pumpkin Pie Hummus with Cinnamon Apple Chips #TwoSpoons #sponsored

These cute little pumpkin hummus bowls are perfect for serving at a party. They are easy to make ahead and totally portable making them a great option for tailgating or bringing to a potluck. Not only are they cute but they are a nutritional powerhouse and have a double dose of protein to keep you going strong long after the big game!

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.” 



Cilantro-Lime, Garlic Hummus Sweet Pepper Poppers

Is there anything more wonderful in the whole wide World than a really good appetizer? How about super healthy and delicious appetizers that are easy to make? How about super easy, deliciously healthy appetizers that involve cheese and football? Doesn't get much better than that!

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. All opinions are my own. 



Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Flautas #TwoSpoons #Sponsored

You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy or at least appreciate all of the great football foods. When it comes to tailgating, the food is the star of the pre-game show. Every year I see more creative, more amazing and more intricate tailgating foods around the stadium. These hot off the grill Chicken and Red Pepper Hummus Flautas are no exception. Everyone will be gathered around the plate asking you for the recipe. It's up to you if you tell them how incredibly simple they are. 

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I received coupons for free product used in testing this recipe. I was not compensated for my time.”



One Pot Lasagna Soup

Cooler weather means hot and delicious home made comfort food. First thing that comes to mind is soup and lasagna. What if I told you that you could have both at once? Yup! The best part is that aside from getting all of the amazing flavors, spices and cheeses from lasagna is that this is a one pot meal that cooks up much faster than a pan of lasagna and is easier to prepare. 



Most Popular Pumpkin and Winter Squash Recipes from Simply Healthy Family

Fall is indubitably my favorite time of the year. Sure you've heard that from countless people for all of the same legitimate reasons but fall is eagerly and vehemently anticipated here in the desert, most especially by me I think. While we don't have any trees that change color in October and it's still to hot to wear our cute scarves or UGG boots there is a very distinct and rousing change in the air one can almost call crisp and is just enough to stimulate one's senses into the favor of Fall. 

The season's change also brings my favorite flavors and foods. Pumpkin everything and every variety of squash. Acorn, Butternut, Kabocha, Carnival, Sweet Dumpling, Delicata and Spagetti Squash are everywhere you look, even here in the Sonoran Desert. Roasting them is always a simple and delicious option to prepare squash as is a pumpkin pie but there are SO many other ways to take advantage of Fall's bountiful squash varieties. Here are my very favorites!



Healthy Cinnamon Apple Pumpkin Cakes #PumpkinWeek

Who says healthy has to be boring? Not me, that's for sure! These cute little pumpkin-apple cakes are perfect for enjoying with a cup of coffee for breakfast or tea for a healthy afternoon snack. Can't you just see yourself wrapped up in your favorite plaid wrap, sitting on the porch picking at one (or two) of these little cakes in the cool, crisp Autumn weather?



Upside Down Spiced Pear Cake #SundaySupper

This chewy and moist molasses spice cake waits all year long to ring in the Fall. Fresh pears in every bite along with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cardamom linger on your taste buds. The thinly sliced pears slightly caramelize in a bit of brown sugar on the bottom of the pan and turn just chewy and sweet enough to have you wanting one more bite. Enjoy with a cup of hot, spiced tea. 

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” ― Sarah Addison AllenFirst Frost


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