Healthy Thanksgiving sides can be delicious, so there’s really no need to “cheat” on Thanksgiving!
These healthy Thanksgiving sides are so good. 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). You can eat wonderful, comforting, and scrumptious side dishes that are also very healthy.
Sour cream, gruyere and parmesan turn the humble yet healthy 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.
Crustless Spinach Quiche
This crustless spinach quiche is low carb and gluten-free. It is very easy to make, and you can make it in advance, which is a big plus when it comes to Thanksgiving sides. I love to serve this quiche instead of creamed spinach, because it’s 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.
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.
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Delicious, healthy and keto Brussels sprouts gratin is topped with shredded gruyere and pork rind panko, then baked until hot and bubbly. A good alternative is to make crispy, caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts.
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.