Forget about the turkey – side dishes and desserts are the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner! Whether it’s mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, or cranberry sauce, everyone has a favorite! This year, try one of these healthier – but still delicious – options:
Instead of mashed sweet potatoes or baked mini potatoes, try this colorful honey roasted butternut squash with cranberries and feta. The cranberries and parsley add zest to this warm dish. It’s also easy to prepare ahead. Cut up the butternut squash and parsley a few days before. Toss the squash and cranberries together and bake on Thanksgiving day. A sprinkle of cinnamon and honey gives it the perfect fall flavor.
Instead of green bean casserole, try roasted Brussels sprouts. This flavorful dish takes only 20 minutes and 4 ingredients to make! Cut and store the Brussels sprouts a day or two before. Right before baking, add chili flakes, balsamic vinegar, garlic, or Parmesan for the flavor of your choice. This crispy veggie dish tastes delicious with turkey.
Instead of apple pies, try these apple dumplings. It has all the flavor of a traditional apple pie. Bake apples with cinnamon, a touch of vanilla, and a light dusting of brown sugar. You can top it off with granola, homemade crisp, or vanilla Greek yogurt for a satisfyingly sweet alternative.