Fill your Thanksgiving table with all of the colors of the season this year and balance out the indulgent dishes with something fresher and just a bit lighter.
Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday. It’s a food lovers dream, really. An entire day dedicated to eating delicious food with family and friends without the pressure of gifts or any other responsibilities —what’s not to love?
To add to the excitement, we are hosting our first Thanksgiving this year! I’ve gotten more than a few skeptical looks when I’ve shared this plan since Thanksgiving is 10 days before my due date, but I figure it’s a nice distraction from all things baby and the discomfort that comes along with being 38 weeks pregnant. It certainly won’t be the same as the typical Gold Thanksgiving at my aunt and uncle’s house, which can only be described as completely over-the-top, and is something we all look forward to each year. But we’re bringing a few of the traditions to our table and maybe will even start some new ones.
My mom, sister, and I have been planning our menu for weeks, and I know we will have more food than 12 people could ever eat. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is about? I ordered a turkey from our local meat share, and am going to attempt to make my first-ever turkey (a little bold for Thanksgiving? Probably.), but Thanksgiving is really about the sides in my book. And there is little that makes me happier than a table filled with all of the colors of the season.
While there will be plenty of butter in our kitchen on Thanksgiving Day, it’s also nice to have some less indulgent, yet just as — or dare I say, more?— flavorful as some of the traditional dishes.
Whether you’re hosting or in charge of bringing a side, you really can’t go wrong with anything filled with vegetables. I promise — among all the buttery, creamy, salty, sugary dishes, having something fresh and little bit lighter to balance it all out is welcome. Need some inspiration? Here are over 30 seasonal vegetable side dishes from my fellow food-loving dietitians that will no doubt be a perfect addition to your table.
Simply Roasted Parsnips from Jenny of My Cape Cod Kitchen
Crispy Truffle Parmesan Brussels Sprouts from Sarah Gold Nutrition
Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad with Cranberries and Almonds from Create Kids Club
Dijon Brussels Sprouts from Wholly Plants
Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate, Lemon, and Hummus from Edwina Clark
Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Walnuts from Alyssa Lavy
Sweet Potato Walnut Balls from Food and Nutrition Solutions by Jill
Sweet Potato Casserole from Crystal Karges Nutrition
Pecan Topped Slightly-Sweet Sweet Potato Casserole from Liz’s Healthy Table
Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole from The Gourmet RD
Maple Chipotle Whipped Sweet Potatoes from Sweet Cayenne
Roasted Butternut Squash and Potato Medley from Food with Judes
Sweet Potato Pie Bites from The Nutritionist Reviews
Thanksgiving Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Foodie Dietitian
Stuffed Butternut Squash with Pears, Pecans, and Cranberries from Jean LaMantia
Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Sauce from Amy Gorin Nutrition
Spiced Squash Quinoa from Avocado Grove Nutrition
Black Rice Squash Bowl from Eat Real Live Well
Easy Pumpkin Soup from Jessica Ivey