6 Superfood Sides for Thanksgiving
Make a healthier plate
Take some familiar foods you already love and give them the star treatment. The result: Your Thanksgiving dinner goes from calorie bomb to scrumptiously healthy gourmet feast.
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Rye Stuffing with Greens and Herbs
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Change up your stuffing game this Thanksgiving by adding veggies, herbs, and greens.
Ingredients: rye bread, olive oil, red onion, carrot, celery, thyme, rosemary, sage, kale, kosher salt, black pepper, turkey bone broth, eggs
Brussels Sprout Slaw With Lemon and Pecorino
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This slaw will be the unsung hero of the Thanksgiving table, with notes of cherry, nuts, and lemon.
Ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast powder, sea salt, black pepper, brussels sprouts, tart cherries, Pecorino Romano cheese, parsley, pine nuts, thyme
Roasted Cranberry Sauce
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Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple, but this is a big step up from the old canned version. Notes of sweet and savory from the orange and shallots, this is a side that will definitely elevate your holiday feast.
Ingredients: cranberries, shallots, maple syrup, orange zest, fresh orange juice, Kosher salt
Try this recipe: Miso-Mushroom Sauce
This mushroom gravy is a perfect compliment for your turkey, so you can forget about that packet of powdered brown gravy of yesteryear.
Ingredients: dried shiitake mushrooms, olive oil, thyme sprigs, turkey bone broth, white miso, sherry vinegar, kosher salt, black pepper
Charred Edamame With Ginger Dipping Sauce
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Edamame may be simple, but it packs a ton of nutritional value—a half cup offers 11 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. And while they're plenty good steamed with salt, the charring and the ginger sauce add a strong Asian flavor profile.
Ingredients: soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, fresh ginger, fresh chile paste, rice vinegar, edamame
Crispy Curried Chickpea Snack Mix
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This dish is so easy to make—just 10 minutes of prep time and pop them in the oven—it'll work just as well as a snack, hors d'oeuvres or side dish. Plus, chickpeas are a great healthy source of protein.
Ingredients: Chickpeas, grapeseed oil, coconut, Madras curry powder, sea salt, dried apricots, dried unsweetened cherries
Carrot-Swirled Parsnip Potato Mash
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Mashed potatoes are a thanksgiving staple for a reason. They're delicious. But you can give them a healthy twist by mixing in some mashed carrots, parsnips, and garlic.
Ingredients: Yukon Gold potatoes, carrots, parsnips, garlic, chicken broth, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper
Ingredients: Cauliflower, olive oil, leeks, salt and pepper, flour, chicken broth, half-and-half, pecorino Romano, whole-wheat bread crumbs, horseradish, proscuitto
Try this recipe: Cauliflower Gratin
Roasted Squash Salad
Ingredients: Butternut squash, olive oil, maple syrup, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, chili powder, salt, cumin, cayenne, pumpkin seeds, winter salad greens, dried cranberries
Try this recipe: Roasted Squash Salad
Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole
Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, molasses, cinnamon, salt, allspice, nutmeg, eggs, butter, red and green apples, almonds
Try this recipe: Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole
Roasted Carrots With Citrus Dressing
Ingredients: Carrots, shallots, olive oil, cumin, salt, black pepper, orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, pistachios
Try this recipe: Roasted Carrots With Citrus Dressing
Bacony Beet Greens
Ingredients: Bacon, red onion, salt, garlic, red pepper flakes, beet greens, pomegranate juice, dates, balsamic vinegar
Try this recipe: Bacony Beet Greens
Mushrooms are one of the few plant sources of vitamin D—key during months when we spend less time outside.
Ingredients: Quinoa, kale, assorted mushrooms, onion, garlic, vegetable or chicken broth, black pepper, olive oil, butter, salt, celery, eggs, feta, parsley, rosemary, thyme, pecans
Try this recipe: Kale-Quinoa Stuffing