11 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

I sort of think turkey is for the birds. But mashed potatoes with goat cheese and chives? Yes please.
11 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

The turkey is not my friend on Thanksgiving. I know there are loads of you out there just visualizing your leftover turkey sandwiches dripping with cranberry sauce the day after Thanksgiving, but personally, I think that big bird is for the birds.

It's not my thing. What am I all about on Thanksgiving?


I'm all about the mashed potatoes and the roasted autumn squash and the rolls and the list goes on. You can keep the turkey.

But those Thanksgiving calories can add up way before you even get to the pie. Save a few calories for dessert and keep it a little healthier this year. Keep reading for 11 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes that might just steal the spotlight from the highly anticipated and possibly overrated turkey. Enjoy!

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Quinoa Salad from TodaysMama and Gluten-Free Goddess

Roasted Squash and Brussels Sprouts from Lou Lou Ingredients

Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs from Food & Wine

Broccoli-Potato Puree from Readers Digest

Thanksgiving Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese from Kalyn's Kitchen

Barefoot Contessa's Sauteed Carrots from Food Network

Apple Sausage Stuffing from Parade

Roasted Acorn Squash Rings with Fried Sage and Pecorino from We Olive

Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan from Cooking Light

Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Parmesan from Real Simple

Goat Cheese and Chive Mashed Potatoes Recipe from Oprah.com


Cranberry Sauce 

Mini Bites - Thanksgiving Recipes All Day Long

Festive Turkey Place Cards


Photo via This Week for Dinner

Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

The quintessential Thanksgiving image is always of a golden-skinned turkey, but let’s be honest, the Thanksgiving side dishes are really where all the action is.