Thanksgiving is a week away and whether you’re spending it with family or enjoying friends showing up empty-handed is simply unacceptable. Not to mention no fun! While turkey tends to be in the spotlight, side dishes are where it’s at on Turkey Day.
It doesn’t matter if you have the luxury of starting the day before, are cooking on Thanksgiving morning, whipping something together before guests arrive, or there are only minutes to spare. There’s still plenty of time to contribute spectacular brussel sprouts, mouthwatering mashed potatoes, or lip-smacking stuffing. These delicious recipes will have everyone asking for seconds, and they’re perfect for those hosting dinner too.
This twice-baked squash takes some time to prepare, but the sweet, savory, hearty result is totally worth it: Quinoa, mushrooms, onions, and Parmesan mixed inside of butternut squash—Give it an extra dash of color by sprinkling fresh basil on the end result.
This hearty autumn rice is a side that works just as well hot as it does at room temperature. With wild and brown rice, apples, sautéed pecans, onions, and nutmeg—the quintessential fall seasoning—it’s sure to please everyone. Tip: Use vegetable broth to make this dish vegetarian-friendly.
This may not look like traditional stuffing, but it’s delicious and absolutely gorgeous (plus vegan and gluten-free!). And with leafy greens (spinach), nuts (pistachios), fruit (cranberries), healthy carbs (butternut squash), and plant protein (quinoa), it’s also balanced and hearty enough to be a meal—so be sure to keep some leftovers for yourself.
With more filling fiber, potassium to help your body properly function, and vitamin A (necessary for immunity, eye healthy, cell growth) per gram compared to white taters, sweet potatoes give this classic a fresh, healthy spin. Just a little butter and light sour cream keeps the calories low and the texture super creamy.
Toss together mushrooms (buy pre-sliced to make this even simpler), garlic, parsley, and capers—don’t skip the capers, they add loads of flavor—and roast, then top with Parmesan and broil until the cheese reaches the perfect stage of gooeyness. You can prepare the mushrooms whenever and pop them in the oven for 30 minutes when it’s free.
This easy recipe turns your favorite cruciferous veg into a tasty Thanksgiving dish. Four ingredients, only 10 minutes prep work, and no measuring! That’s our idea of cooking.
While it’s not as popular as quinoa or most “ancient” grains (and it does contain gluten), barley has almost as much protein and more fiber than quinoa. Add pecans for crunch and healthy fats, cranberries for antioxidants and a touch of tartness, and balsamic vinegar and maple syrup for a sweet and savory drizzle.