Published November 20, 2018

7 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes to Impress Your Guests This Year

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Whether your guests are gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, or just trying to cut down on their pie intake this year, having something other than turkey and gravy on your table is a must to cater to the whole crowd. We’ve rounded up 10 healthy Thanksgiving side dishes that your guests will love, no matter what their dietary restrictions may be. With dishes this good, they won’t even miss all that extra butter.

1. Potato Gratin with Herbs

Skip the usual butter-heavy mashed potatoes this year and opt for this herbed potato gratin. This cream-free option gets great flavor from the thyme and rosemary but won’t leave you in a dairy-fueled food coma. To make this recipe vegetarian friendly, simply swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth.

2. Gingered Green Beans

This recipe is multi-purpose. It suits vegetarians and vegans alike, but that’s not even the best part. The recipe is even easier to make than the classic green bean casserole that has graced Thanksgiving dinner tables for decades, and it’s better for you. Get you a green bean that can do both.

3. Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette

This vegan roasted butternut s quash is guaranteed to brighten up your table this year. With its gorgeous colors and complex flavors, this regional favorite is sure to be a hit. We love the addition of apple cider for a little extra punch.

4. Herb and Apple Stuffing

You may not think a stuffing recipe from the Barefoot Contessa herself would be on a list of “healthy” sides, but this herb and apple stuffing is better for you than most. Swap white bread for whole wheat for a guilt-free stuffing that’s sure to leave you—you guessed it—stuffed.

5. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

This year, avoid the marshmallows and opt for roasted sweet potatoes for a healthy alternative. The honey and cinnamon drizzle keeps this side sweet without all the processed sugar. You can even mash or whip the potatoes if you don’t want to lose that soufflé texture your guests have grown to love!

6. Vegan GF Pumpkin Pie Squares

Ok, let’s talk about why we’re all really here. It’s for the pie. Forget store bought crusts and jelly-like fillings. These pumpkin pie squares are better than your average pie. Plus, they’re vegan and gluten-free to boot. The graham cracker crust is just the beginning.

7. Spiral Apple Crumble

Not a fan of pumpkin? This spiral apple crumble is a fun and easy alternative. Or hey, why not make both? We won’t tell. The coconut sugar and coconut oil make this dessert a lighter option than classic apple pie. The crumble on top adds a nice crunchy texture, and the fun spiral shapes will delight guests of all ages.

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