Simply Healthy Family: Forty Healthy and Creative Thanksgiving Day Side Dishes That are CenterTable Worthy


Forty Healthy and Creative Thanksgiving Day Side Dishes That are CenterTable 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




  1. What an awesome roundup of Thanksgiving deliciousness! I'm excited to try a few!

  2. so many great recipes, and I love that so many are vegan! yum!

  3. The stuffed acorn squash is beautiful. Love healthy options for Thanksgiving.

  4. Seriously, it is always nice to see round ups like this around the holiday season! Gives readers a lot of diversity! Great list!

  5. I want to make them all! definitely pinning to save

  6. Ah! So many to choose from! The pesto stuffed mushrooms look delish!

  7. Yum. What a great list. Love the variety.

  8. What a lovely round up...there are several recipes that I would love to taste ... I think the pear, kale and walnut salad is right up my alley. Yum.

  9. Beautiful round many great choices. How to choose which to make first?

  10. Yes, I like the idea of Thanksgiving Tapas Table!!! What a fabulous collection you have here - no need to look anywhere else!

  11. Nice round up of recipes! Always looking for healthy subs for the big food day!

  12. Thanks, Gwen, they all sound delicious, especially that red wine gravy :)

  13. Oh WOW - awesome. Yesterday I had a work potluck and it was all soooooo bad! This gives me hope for next week. :)

  14. Such a terrific selection, I can't wait to try a few! They all look so good!

  15. What a great collection of delicious recipes!! So many to choose from, I don't know where to start! XO

  16. Let's face it--sides are the best part of Thanksgiving dinner! :o) Love this round up of healthy and beautiful options that give some great twists on classic dishes.

  17. Such a great roundup! I'm all about the sides. Thanks for sharing my salads. :)

  18. SO many delicious recipes here! thanks for including mine in the list. Don't even know where to start aaaah!

  19. Fabulous collection! Thank you for including my stuffing. Will definitely check some of these out!

  20. What a great round up! Those mashed potatoes with thyme gravy are calling my name.

  21. Beautiful collection!! The mashed potatoes and gravy really looks amazing too!! :D

  22. SO many great recipes - yum!

  23. Everything looks so amazing!! I'm drooling and thank you so much for including my mashed potatoes!!

  24. There are so many great recipes here. Love that there is little guilt eating them. Healthy is the way to go with everything else that isn't on the table. Great round up!

  25. It's so awesome to see such a great line-up of veggies for Thanksgiving! I'd be thrilled to have any of them on my table.

  26. What a flavorful line-up with so many veggies! Thank you for including an abundance of dairy-free options - the sides are always the hard part around the holidays.

  27. What a wonderful round up! Thanks so much for including my stuffed mushroom recipe :) Sharing!

  28. What a great recipe roundup for Thanksgiving! Love all these dishes and the best part, they are all healthy and delicious. My kind of Thanksgiving! :)

  29. As a food blogger you know the pressures of bringing the perfect dish to Thanksgiving! I am always looking for side dishes that will wow and impress. Thank you for a great round up of options to choose from!

  30. Wow, so many awesome options -- love them all <3 Especially that butternut squash -- what an amazing photo of one of my favorite dishes :)

  31. Wow perfect recipe roundup! I love that there are so many options to choose from - pinned!


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