Fall is a time for feasting. It’s just the way the world works. Lately, I’ve been on this Whole30 recipe development kick. Although I’m not currently participating in the 30-day challenge, I still like to keep my diet clean and implement some of the same Whole30 principles in my daily eating habits. Since the biggest ‘eating’ holiday is fast approaching, I thought I’d throw some squeaky clean Whole30 Thanksgiving side dishes at you.
Here’s the thing, it doesn’t matter if you are doing Whole30, follow a Paleo diet, are a vegan /vegetarian, or just want to enjoy the holiday but not sabotage your healthy eating habits. The point is, you don’t have to sacrifice indulging in comfort-style foods during the holidays with these healthy Thanksgiving alternatives. #win #boomshakalaka #iloveexpressivehashtags
Most sane people who try The Whole30 program typically try to plan it around big events (like the holidays), but there are those super-committed, motivated, crazies that think, “Thanksgiving’s got nothing on my healthy eating streak!” So this one’s for you my friend. Major pat on the back.
Here are twelve Whole30 Thanksgiving side dishes to try this year. Even if you aren’t doing the Whole30 (even if you never want to try it), these recipes are not to be missed!!
Crockpot Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash by Cotter Crunch
Creamy, sweet parsnips with nutrient-dense roasted carrots? That you can set and forget in a crockpot? Ummm yes please. Pass on the loaded mashed potatoes and try this healthier alternative instead!
Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake by Stupid Easy Paleo
Need a sweet fix dish? You gotta try this dish! As a bonus, your house will smell like fall heaven when cooking cinnamon sweet potatoes with apples. Just think of what it will taste like in your mouth!
Sautéed Green Beans with Mushrooms and Caramelized Leeks by Tasty Yummies
Have you had caramelized leeks before? It’s like onion candy. Seriously. Skip the traditional “condensed soup” green bean casserole and make this instead.
Whole30 Scalloped Sweet Potatoes by Physical Kitchness
Yup I had to share my scalloped sweet potatoes with you all. If you grew up on dessert-like sweet potato dishes (hello marshmallows and brown sugar??) you will love this super healthy version with a decadent coconut milk/cashew/cinnamon/date cream.
Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Celery with Pecans, Rosemary and Lime by Kevin is Cooking
Am I weird if I admit I love the canned cranberry sauce? Even though I now know how terrible it is! When you still crave a little cranberry flavor in your life, try this. Bursts of juicy cranberries with roasted butternut squash and crunchy pecans will make you kiss the canned craving goodbye.
Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts and Pecans with Balsamic Drizzle by Pastured Kitchen
The name says it all. Caramelized brussels sprouts are the bomb, but combined with sweet potatoes, crunchy pecans, and a sweet and tangy balsamic drizzle?! BOOM.
Raw Balsamic Tahini Beet Noodles by Strength and Sunshine
Call me cray cray but I love beets. Especially combined with balsamic and tahini. Try this recipe for your salad starter this Thanksgiving.
Paleo Pumpkin Biscuits by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
MUST EAT BREAD. Is that your Thanksgiving mantra? Does the smell of fresh biscuits right out of the oven make you weak in the knees? These paleo pumpkin biscuits are calling your name.
Sweet Celeriac Mash by Healthy Helper
Feeling like you wanna get a little exotic this holiday? In the mood to bring a dish that will make everyone say, “whaaaa?!” Here’s a fun mashed potato alternative made with celery root and quince.
Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and Onions by In It 4 The Long Run
Here’s a savory sweet potato side dish with onions and fresh rosemary. Your Thanksgiving plate will be perfection with a heaping helping of this and a big ‘ol slice a turkey.
Parsnip, Leek, Butternut Squash Soup by Physical Kitchness
Parsnips and leeks team up to give traditional butternut squash soup a whole new twist. This easy-to-make soup is amazing on it’s own, garnished with bacon, OR grab a bowl and DIP your turkey in this creamy goodness.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Almond Dressing by Fit Mitten Kitchen
Are you more of a Brussels traditionalist? Just want to enjoy your green goodies without other veggie or squash elements raining on your parade? The balsamic almond dressing on these roasted sprouts will satisfy traditionalists AND foodie risk takers.
Cauliflower Rice Stuffing by The Healthy Maven
If stuffing is what Thanksgiving is all about for you, then you gotta try this lightened and low-carb version. An herby mix of cauliflower rice, celery, onions, and mushrooms garnished with pecans? See ya later calorie-loaded stuffing.
Go ahead, make one (or all twelve) of these side dishes to serve at you next turkey day celebration. Don’t forget to get your FREE 7-day Whole30 Meal Planning Guide here.