May your Thanksgiving table be flush with delicious side dishes this year. Try out a few of these recipes, organized by main ingredient.
Brussels Sprouts are a Thanksgiving mainstay, and they’re great for your health because they are members of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Brussels Sprouts are one of the best sources of vitamin C in the plant kingdom. They are also high in vitamin K which helps to support immune function and eye function. Brussels Sprouts are also an excellent source of fiber to help keep our gut microbiome healthy and supports a healthy immune system. Chop them up raw for a tender slaw like this Brussels Sprout & Apple Slaw, sauté them for a delicious side with this Brussels Sprouts with Pecans & Dried Cherries dish, or make this Walnut and Onion Brussels Sprouts roast for a simple, classic and hearty side.
Potatoes are highly versatile root vegetables. They are sadly underrated for their health benefits because they are so often fried in hot oil but eating roasted or mashed potatoes is a great way to get healthy fiber (especially if you leave the skins on), vitamin C and DNA-supporting folate. Try our simple Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with Garlic for a basic side dish, or try your hand at the Cumin or Parsley Mashed Potatoes for a more exotic palette. Also, don’t forget about your sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also a high fiber food that packs a punch! No need to peel sweet potatoes, just wash them well because the skins have lots of fiber along with vitamins and minerals. They are specifically a rich source of vitamins C & K and B vitamins, along with betacarotene. 1 cup of baked sweet provides 24% of your daily requirement for FIBER! Our recipe for Mashed Yams with Crispy Maple Shallots is a healthy and delectable spin on the classic sweet potato recipe, without the unhealthy marshmallows! For something different, try the Apple Potato Bake, an easy vegetarian interpretation of a classic English dish.
Quinoa is a powerful grain. It is a complete plant-based protein, and it’s rich in fiber and magnesium. It’s easy to cook and has a nutty crunch! It’s basically a blank canvas, so try out these Quinoa salads to see what you like best. The Harvest Quinoa Salad uses rich squash and crunchy pumpkin seeds for a hearty dish, or try this Warm Colorful Quinoa Salad for a light and fresh vegetable-grain ensemble.
Green Beans are so comforting, and are a very good source of manganese, vitamins K, C, and B2, dietary fiber and folate. Try this elegant and flavorful Green Bean & Mushroom Sauté, or for a simple and easy option, make these Steamed Green Beans for the table.
Fresh greens are essential for a balanced feast. Get all the benefits of nutrient-rich, peppery raw arugula with these two tasty salads. This Pumpkin & Arugula Salad with Hazelnuts is a fantastic dish to honor those wonderful fall flavors. Or, try this light Pear Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette and be delighted by the contrast of fresh pears with bleu cheese.
Pumpkins and Squash
Last, but not least! We love the sweetness of roasted squash, and during the fall season there are so many ways to prepare it. Squash is rich in vitamins A, C and E, making it a great staple for the colder seasons. This Simple Roasted Pumpkin recipe is sure to please and easy to prepare. Or, try this quick-to-make Fennel-Scented Squash Soup. Fennel is delicious and great for digestion.