Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Any Meal!

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Any Meal by

What? A post about Thanksgiving side dishes AFTER Thanksgiving is over?! Well, to be honest, I couldn’t get my act together to post this BEFORE Thanksgiving. I have published some of these recipes in the past WAY BACK when I first started blogging. So, as you can imagine, the pictures were truly AWFUL! I refused to post them in the coming years because, well, the pictures were awful and who wants to look at awful food pictures when so many people have gorgeous food pictures – right?

I’ve been slowly replacing some of those awful pictures, especially since the darling hubby redid my office/studio. I’ll show you pictures of this room once I clear out the junk that’s typically thrown in there when guests come over, as they did last week.

Now, back to Thanksgiving.

I don’t know about you, but I love the Thanksgiving meal. Specifically, MY Thanksgiving meal. I love the flavors, the colors and the combinations. I don’t typically rework my turkey leftovers for too many crazy dishes because I make sure I have plenty of healthy Thanksgiving side dish leftovers to go with it.

I love it THAT much!

And, I typically make the same menu again for Christmas, hence why I’m posting you my favorite side dishes AFTER Thanksgiving, but BEFORE Christmas.

Makes sense to me, so let’s go with it, shall we?!

I love the classic flavors of thanksgiving, but I have made them more nutritious. So here are some of my favorite healthy thanksgiving side dishes:

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Creamed Spinach with Swiss Chard and Beet Greens by

I adore creamed spinach. And this year, I was able to update with some fabulous greens that Cut ‘n Clean Greens sent me to sample. I used a combination of their Euro Greens, which includes chard, collard greens, mustard greens and oodles of other yummy greens as well as their Spinach and Beet Greens. Everyone kept asking me what my secret ingredient was to make this such a delicious dish. You can find the recipe here for Creamed Spinach with Swiss Chard and Beet Greens.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Moist Stuffing with Swiss Chard by

I make my own stuffing with real bread. It doesn’t come as croutons. My mom made stuffing this way, so I love moist stuffing. Psychologically speaking, you can ask yourself why is bread soaked in turkey broth and mixed with celery such a big deal? I don’t know, but it screams Thanksgiving. I used a combination of white and wheat bread and mixed in some more of Cut ‘n Clean Swiss Chard blend. I’ve got the last of it in my fridge. It’s lunch! You can find the recipe here for Moist Stuffing with Swiss Chard.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Twice Baked Butternut Squash by

I do not drown my squash in sugar or marshmallows. ICK! We prefer sweet and salty. Too simple? Not for my crowd. You really can taste and savor the squash when it’s simply baked, mashed and rebaked with salt and pepper. A dash of fresh thyme was my garnish.Sorry, no chard in this dish! You can find the recipe for Twice Baked Butternut Squash here.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce by

I wasn’t sure if my crowd would like my boozy Mai Tai Cranberries with Mango and Rum, so I made my other favorite, Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce. Both were devoured. I need to make more, actually, for my leftovers. Sorry, no chard in this dish either!

Quinoa is also making an appearance on my holiday table, especially if you can’t or don’t eat bread. Here are few other healthy thanksgiving side dishes that would pair beautifully with your holiday bird (click on picture to get the recipe):

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad by Quinoa with Kale, Pistachios and Raisins by  Saffron Mashed Potatoes by





How did your Thanksgiving meal go? Try anything new?

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6 Responses to Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Any Meal!

  1. My early pictures are terrible – I really need to replace them. You have some nice recipes here. The first one, Creamed Spinach with Swiss Chard and Beet Greens, is particularly nice (and you’ve got great light on the surface of the casserole). Good stuff – thanks.

  2. I could eat that entire pan of butternut squash – love!

  3. Every one of them is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful photography.

  4. I missed Thanksgiving feast completely, so I’m happily accept any meals, even leftovers! Love your side dishes Laura! Hope you had a nice holiday with your family!

  5. I wonder how many of us dashed to the photo area before Thanksgiving dinner. More than will admit it, I suspect. 🙂 Let’s hope Christmas is easier!

  6. Of course, I love the healthy addition of chard – but we don’t need it in every dish 😉 The boozy Mai Tai Cranberries sound intriguing. Thanks for contributing to the Thanksgiving roundup, Laura!

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