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Five Healthier Takes on Thanksgiving Classic Side Dishes

Nov 20, 2019

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and it’s time to begin planning your menu if you’ll be cooking this year. While this festive holiday is not the time to worry about being perfect with your diet, you can consider creating a few lightened-up dishes that still deliver on taste.

These are our top five healthier takes on the classic Thanksgiving side dishes that you always hope to see on your table.

Paleo grain-free stuffing: You can’t have Thanksgiving without stuffing, and this grain-free recipe delivers a lot of taste, without all the white bread you’ll find in other traditional stuffing recipes. The recipe calls for produce, like onions, celery, mushrooms, apples and cranberries, as well as the healthier substitutions of almond flour and ghee. The dish should take about an hour to prepare, and it reheats well too. Find the recipe here: https://40aprons.com/best-paleo-stuffing/

Healthy homemade cranberry sauce: Cranberry sauce is usually a sugar-filled dish that’s more like dessert than a side. But this homemade healthy cranberry sauce is free of refined sugar and features only seven total ingredients, including apple cider, orange juice and fresh cranberries. This colorful and classic dish will only take about 15 minutes to make and is sure to complement the turkey well. Find the recipe here: https://joyfoodsunshine.com/healthy-cranberry-sauce/

Healthy mashed potatoes: Mashed potatoes are a staple item on the Thanksgiving table, and this healthy mashed potatoes recipe provides all the flavor and texture that you expect, but without so much fat. Greek yogurt replaces sour cream, milk replaces cream, and the recipe calls for keeping the skin on the potatoes, because the skin contains a lot of valuable nutrients. Find the recipe here: https://fitfoodiefinds.com/video-lightened-herby-mashed-potatoes/

Whole30 gravy: You can’t eat turkey without gravy, and this super simple recipe is so clean that it’s even Whole30 friendly. The recipe calls for bone broth, ghee, coconut milk and even arrowroot powder for its texture and flavor. And it’ll take no time at all to prepare on the stove. Find the recipe here: https://www.finishedwithsalt.com/whole30-gravy/ 

Healthy green bean casserole: Most often, this Thanksgiving classic dish is based off a can of processed mushroom soup, however this healthy green been casserole recipe calls only for fresh ingredients. Instead of fried onions for crunch, parmesan cheese and whole wheat breadcrumbs stand in, and the casserole is filled with protein-rich Greek yogurt and caramelized onions for extra decadence. Find the recipe here: https://www.wellplated.com/healthy-green-bean-casserole/

Have a delicious and healthier Thanksgiving!

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