Wild Rice Dressing
Wild rice (it’s actually a seed!) has a deeper flavor—as well as more protein, fiber, and antioxidants—than traditional rice. With grassy, smoky notes, it plays well with fall flavors like the dried cherries (full of potassium and beta-carotene) and pecans.
Brussels Sprouts with Apples & Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette
Deliciously earthy, nutty, and chewy, roasted Brussels sprouts have anticancer compounds as well as fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In this colorful side, they’re balanced by crispy sweet-yet-tart apples, with a vinaigrette that ties it all together.
Swapping half the potatoes for cauliflower gives this mash a lighter texture and slashes the calories and carbs. Whole-milk yogurt ensures it is silky smooth and adds a bright flavor hit, too.
Juicy, tart cranberries are a stealth superfood, containing proantho cyanidins, which are antioxidant compounds that promote heart health and lower inflammation. In this Italian twist, they’re paired with mustard, ginger, and cinnamon.
Green Beans With Crispy Shallots & Mushrooms
The traditional fat- and sodium-laden casserole gets a health and flavor upgrade with fresh green beans and mushrooms, the latter rich in vitamins and minerals. Crispy shallots add satisfying crunch, while parsley, lemon, and Parm bring pops of freshness.
Carrot, Parsnip & Caramelized Onion Galette
A savory galette works as a side dish but could also be an impressive main option for vegetarians at the table. Mixing whole-wheat pastry flour into the dough gives this stunner a bit more heft, a satisfying texture, and extra fiber, too. And parsnips are a nutritional secret weapon, filled with folate, vitamin C, and vitamin K.