Thanksgiving might be our favorite holiday. Who can imagine a day better spent than one with a plentiful table surrounded by family and friends? We love the idea of an entire day dedicated to expressing gratitude and savoring a meal prepared with love. With all of the tradition and ritual though comes indulgence and a potentially expanding waistline. We’ve put together a collection of Thanksgiving sides that will have you reaching for seconds without guilt. We’re not suggesting you get rid of your family’s classic dishes, but consider substituting one of these lightened up, healthier alternatives in place of some of the heavier usual suspects.
Instead of Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow topping try…Roasted Acorn Squash Rings with Fried Sage and Pecorino.
Instead of Green Bean Casserole try…Roasted Green Beans & Mushrooms with Olive Oil Bread Crumbs.
Instead of butter-laden mashed potatoes, try…Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with Garlic & Parmesan.
Instead of more carbs, try adding a healthy serving of greens to your table with…Fresh Kale Salad with Lemon & Parmesan.