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16 Clean Eating Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

by Jeanette on November 21, 2013 · 26 Comments
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Today, I’m sharing 16 Clean Eating Thanksgiving Side Dishes that have graced my family’s table, all made with fresh whole foods. Round out your Thanksgiving menu with a few healthier side dishes to make room for pumpkin pie.

Clean Eating Thanksgiving Side Dishes © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so today I’m sharing some Clean Eating Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes to help balance out your menu. These healthier side dishes will be appreciated by guests who are a little more health conscious, as well as all your family members and guests who love their stuffing and pumpkin pie. Made with fresh, whole ingredients, your guests will be in for a treat as they taste the pure and simple flavors as nature intended.

For me, Clean Eating is all about cooking with fresh in-season whole foods so their natural beauty and flavors shine through with little embellishment. Choosing local, fresh, organic produce will yield the best results. It’s well worth it for this celebratory meal.

I’ve got 16 Clean Eating Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes, all made with fresh, whole ingredients, all naturally healthy:

  1. Tangy Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad
  2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Winter Squash
  3. Glazed Brussels Sprouts
  4. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes
  5. Oven Roasted Root Vegetables and Winter Squash with Sage and Thyme
  6. Roasted Garlic Rainbow Cauliflower and Potatoes
  7. Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes
  8. Coconut Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole
  9. Favorite Sweet Spiced Winter Squash Casserole
  10. Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Pilaf
  11. Sugar and Spice Roasted Winter Squash
  12. Chopped Apple Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
  13. Warm Braised Beet Salad with Beet Greens and Yogurt Dressing
  14. Festive Clementine Avocado Salad
  15. Green Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Walnuts
  16. Quinoa Butternut Squash, Chickpea, Apple, Roasted Beet Salad

For more Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, check out my post: 40 Healthy Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Recipes.

Today, I’m participating in Food Network’s Fall Fest where Favorite Thanksgiving Side recipes are being featured, all made with fresh produce. Please be sure to check out what my fellow foodie friends made:

Feed Me Phoebe: Swiss Chard Gratin
The Lemon Bowl: Quinoa with Acorn Squash, Apples and Walnuts
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Nancy’s Vodka Cranberries
Weelicious: Maple Roast Vegetables
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Easy Mushroom-Chile Risotto
Red or Green: Schezwan Green Beans
Domesticate Me: Sweet Potato Gratin with Pancetta, Parmesan and Sage
Virtually Homemade: Sweet Potato Casserole with Walnuts
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Purple Potato Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette
The Sensitive Epicure: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Thyme and Rosemary
The Heritage Cook: Maple-Roasted Root Vegetables
Food For My Family: Honey-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine
Dishin & Dishes: Twice baked Sweet Potatoes
Taste With The Eyes: A Fresh California Twist on Brussels Sprouts
Devour: Top In Season Thanksgiving Sides
FN Dish: 10 Seasonal Thanksgiving Sides

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Comments

  1. Great round-up, and so many beautiful options for healthy side dishes. It’s hard to choose which ones to try first.

    • Thanks Lydia – I’m hoping to keep myself on track this holiday season, so this roundup was a fun way for me to think healthy for Thanksgiving!

  2. What a wonderful round up Jeanette! I love that these are all so healthy and full of veggies which is a great balance for this time of year when we tend to have so many parties and gatherings full of heavier dishes :) Love the beautiful colors in these dishes too!

    • Thanks Kelly – it’s so hard to stay on track this time of year, so hoping to inspire others and keep myself in check.

  3. Drooling over this round up!! I love that this holiday really does have so many veggie-centered dishes!!

    • Thanks Liz – I’ve been trying really hard to increase the amount of vegetables my family eats at dinnertime, and plan on doing the same for Thanksgiving.

  4. I love your clean eating theory! Love your round-up photos too. It’s encouraging and inspiring us to eat healthier while we enjoy holiday meals. It doesn’t have to be all so bad when you eat right!

    • Thanks Nami – it’s all a matter of balance, so I’ll be enjoying the holidays like everyone else, but trying to get my veggies in.

  5. Can it be Thanksgiving year round?!?! With dishes like these I really think that’s an idea I can get behind!

  6. Fabulous Thanksgiving recipe roundup, Jeanette! Everything looks deelish! Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning!

  7. Wonderful round-up, pinning now!

  8. Healthy food can be so DELICIOUS too! Love all the side dish recipes, Jeanette, a great roundup.

  9. Thank you so much for stopping by my space Jeanette. Love those clean eating sides here .U definitely have such a healthy approach.Hope u win the Healthline’s contest.Just voted for u.

  10. Thanksgiving table never looked better. Thanks for the wrap up! :))

  11. What a great round-up of healthy dishes for Thanksgiving! Love them!

  12. In your title photo above that says “16 Clean Eating Thanksgiving Side Dishes”, in the very upper left corner of that photo is a salad that looks delicious. Do you know what that is and where the recipe is? I couldn’t tell by any of the recipes that were listed below it. That looks so good and I’d really love to try it, thank you!
    Lisa

  13. I totally love your recipes. I believe just like you that healthy food can be very tasty and in the end, it feels so good to eat clean.

  14. Thanks Angie and Ash – yes, healthy can be delicious! Trying to continue eating healthy through the holiday season.

  15. Beautiful collection of clean eats!
    Thank you for your beautiful post and all that you do.
    Pinned!
    K-

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