Healthy Thanksgiving sides can be delicious, so there’s really no need to “cheat” on Thanksgiving! Try some of these scrumptious, easy, healthy Thanksgiving sides.
While turkey no doubt has its place on the Thanksgiving table (and here are simple recipes for roasted turkey breast and roasted turkey legs), for many of us, Thanksgiving sides are the stars of the show.
The good news for those trying to stick with a healthy diet through the holidays: there are many delicious and healthy Thanksgiving sides! There’s no need to declare Thanksgiving a “cheat day” (which has the potential to turn disastrous), since you can eat wonderful, comforting, scrumptious Thanksgiving sides that are also very healthy.
Here are my top suggestions for healthy Thanksgiving sides:
Sour cream, gruyere and parmesan turn the humble cauliflower into a delicacy in this wonderful recipe for cauliflower gratin. While it’s not particularly low in calories, it is gluten free and low carb.
Mini Spinach Quiches
These mini spinach quiches are low carb and gluten free. They are very easy to make, and you can make them in advance, which is a big plus when it comes to Thanksgiving sides. I love to serve them instead of creamed spinach, because they are so much more presentable!
Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole
When it comes to healthy Thanksgiving sides, this spaghetti squash casserole is definitely one of my favorites. It has a unique, delicate flavor and a wonderfully creamy texture.
Roasted Butternut Squash
Roasted butternut squash – crispy and caramelized on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside – is the perfect lower carb alternative to potatoes or sweet potatoes. It makes a wonderful healthy Thanksgiving side dish.
Crustless Broccoli Quiche
Delicious, cheesy broccoli quiche is low carb and gluten free. It’s very easy to make, and you can definitely make it in advance and reheat on Thanksgiving Day.
Mashed cauliflower with butter, Parmesan and garlic tastes amazing. You truly won’t miss the mashed potatoes! And unlike mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower can be made in advance and reheated.
Mini Onion Quiches
These very flavorful mini onion quiches are also very pretty, so they are an ideal healthy Thanksgiving side dish. Like most side dishes listed here, they can be made in advance and gently reheated.
If you don’t mind corn (and its carbs), try this flavorful, cheesy gluten free corn casserole. The seasonings are incredible and give this corn casserole so much flavor.
I didn’t include the classic Thanksgiving side dishes here because I already included them in this list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes. Check it out for healthy versions for stuffing, green bean casserole, roasted brussels sprouts, loaded mashed cauliflower, broccoli casserole and mashed pumpkin.