Are you the traditional turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes type? Or maybe you’re a more adventurous kind who likes to try new things? Either way, Thanksgiving is one of the best times to execute delicious holiday recipes! Even those who cherish the classic Thanksgiving dinner every year can mix it up and try something new with some of these delicious sideswhich are sure to offer everyone something to love!

Potatoes, the “Perfect Food”

Nearly everyone loves potatoes in one form or another. So it may be easy to understand why potatoes are our number-one favorite of Thanksgiving sides. Not only are they good for you, but potatoes are very versatile vegetables that can be prepared in countless ways. Switch up the classic mashed and gravy for crispy smashed potatoes topped with sour cream and cheddar cheeseor horseradish and sea salt.

If sweet potatoes are more your flavor, or you just need both, try roasted sweet potatoes with sriracha and lime, for an easy but flavourful side with a kick. Stuffed sweet potatoes are another tasty option that are entirely customizable (for the creative chefs out there). Stuffed sweet potatoes are also ideal for using up your leftovers. Some favorite recipes include curry-spiced stuffed sweet potatoes with roasted chickpeas and a yummy turmeric yogurt sauce, or a slaw of shaved brussels sprouts along with radishes, apples, feta, cranberries and a bright vinaigrettefor a fall harvest-stuffed sweet potato. 

Cauliflower and Cabbage

Perfect for vegans and veggie lovers alike, cauliflower and cabbage are both exceptionally healthy foods with outstanding nutrient profiles. High in vitamins C and K, roasted cabbage steaks are easy to make and very tasty. The tender cabbage leaves absorb the flavors of the seasonings. Also, its outer leaves get crispy and offer a delicious textural contrast.

Cauliflower is another versatile food that picks up the flavor of anything it’s paired with (even holiday favorites.) It can work as a main course, side, or even a dessert! Pair cauliflower with the sweetness of caramelized onions, tender mushrooms, and parmesan cheese for a creamy cauliflower casserole dish that everyone will love. If you really want to wow your guests with a delicious and beautiful side, cauliflower and broccoli come together flawlessly in a riced form in this roasted winter stuffed acorn dish. Topped with pomegranate arils and dried cranberries, it’s savory and sweet in every bite. 

Stuffing

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the stuffing. Its flavorful aroma embodies the holiday and is a must for many. However, even something classic can easily be an unforgettably flavorful dish.

Rich and buttery homemade stuffing is one of the best Thanksgiving side dishes! It will have you leaving the old boxed stuffing behind for good! Homemade stuffing is easy to make in a few simple stepsusing your choice of bread (day old or toasted is best), celery, onion, leeks (if you’d like to add more buttery onion flavor), plus fresh herbs and seasonings. Add wild mushrooms, dried fruits and nuts, even bacon or sausage to make it more exciting. The recipe stays easy. Whether you’re a professional chef or not, a good stuffing recipe using fresh ingredients is both easy and fast to whip up. Also, it will quickly become a staple in the kitchen that keeps everyone asking for more. 

Pumpkin

Pumpkin isn’t just for pie. Though old-fashioned, pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream is a favorite for good reason.  So, pumpkins are not one-hit wonders. Small “sugar pumpkins” are perfect as a festive vessel for almost any pumpkin dish itself, and sure to steal the show on your table. Fill your bowl with a curried pumpkin soup, made with creamy peanut butter (or almond butter), coconut milk, and red curry pastefor a creamy-sweet, robust soup with deep flavor notes.

A perfect dish to fill your pumpkin bowls is another vegan-friendly option: stuffed roast pumpkin, which you can easily portion into side servings and combine with other festive flavors on your holiday table. Combine the rich, buttery flavor of shiitake mushrooms with kale, warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, nutty gruyere cheese, toasted pecans, and (of course) pumpkin. Bring a pumpkin to the table differently this holiday, and enjoy one of the most memorable Thanksgiving sidesone that’s full of flavor and sure to blow everyone away.

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