Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Ten Healthy and Amazing Thanksgiving Side Dishes (just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving!)

Ten Healthy and Amazing Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends, and for those in the U.S., it's never too early to start planning the menu!

If you're in the U.S. you might have groaned when you saw the title of this post.  Of course I realize that Thanksgiving here is still many weeks away, but Canadian Thanksgiving is this coming Monday, and I thought it would be fun to spotlight a few of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes in time for my friends in Canada and my Canadian friends in the U.S.  I'm also a little extra excited about Thanksgiving this year, because not only is it my favorite holiday, but in my new house I finally have enough room to host Thanksgiving dinner myself, and I'm looking forward to doing that this year!  For me Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes, and whether you're in the Canada, the U.S., or somewhere else in the world, these are some of my very favorites.  

Are you celebrating for Canadian Thanksgiving next Monday?  If so, let us know in the comments what side dishes are going to be on your menu.  

(Since I first made this recipe in 2010, these have been a Thanksgiving "must" for my family.  They use reduced-fat sausage, so they're healthier than most sausage stuffing.)

(In my family it's traditional to have some kind of onion dish on Thanksgiving,
and this one is definitely a winner!)

(I'd love this salad any time of year!  If goat cheese won't fly in your family, 
this would also be delicious with Feta or Parmesan.)

(If you're not a fan of the super-sweet potatoes you often see at Thanksgiving, 
you might like this savory sweet potato dish.)

(This can go in the oven when you take out the turkey.  You can also use Parmesan 
if you don't have the Pecorino-Romano Cheese.)

(It only takes a small amount of Gorgonzola to make this taste really amazing.)

(This has been a top recipe on my blog for many years, and it's another one 
that can go in the oven when you take the turkey out.)

(This is one of my favorite ways to cook fresh green beans, and it's perfect
for Thanksgiving because the beans cook very quickly.)

(No matter what else was on the menu, I'd love this favorite salad for Thanksgiving.
You can make it with spinach if arugula is a hard sell in your family.)

(This is unique take on sweet potatoes that I'd love for Thanksgiving.  You could 
make them earlier in the day and reheat when you take the turkey out.)

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  1. So many excellent suggestions Kalyn.

  2. Thanks Val, so glad you like it!

  3. We're celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and with vegetarians and vegans at our table, it's all about the side dishes!

  4. Lydia, turkey is fine, but side dishes are what makes Thanksgiving so special (at least in my opinion.) I hope you guys have a great time at your celebration!

  5. Hi Kalyn - thanks for posting the excellent, healthy and easy recipes. I'm hosting a dinner party for 20 guests at the end of October - I'll be including several of these dishes on the menu. Best wishes for the upcoming holiday season. Kate Farrell

  6. Hi Kate, so glad it was useful for you. Have fun!

  7. Oh Kayln, thanks so much for these! My husband had a medical scare last week and now it is all about eating healthier. I was getting worried about how to do that with the upcoming holidays, but thanks to your recipes, that stress is gone. I know I will be making one of the salads (they both look delicious!), green beans and the stuffing muffins.

  8. Haha, love how you're getting something up for Canadian Thanksgiving. Heck, even I don't do that and I am Canadian! They all look delish.

  9. Thanks Carolyn! I definitely don't manage to remember it every year, but I do have a few good friends who are Canadian (or ex-pats) so I try to remember them.

  10. My family always had onions too. Sauteed in an electric skillet because the stove burners were already busy. Thinly sliced,cooked in margarine!! with a splash of cooking sherry.

  11. My favorite Canadian thanksgiving side is pierogies! But I like the looks of your Brussel sprouts, and will give them a try.


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