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25 Stress-less Guilt-less Thanksgiving Sides

Spicy Pear and Honey Crostini

Thanksgiving should not be about stressing out, but about enjoying time spent with family and friends. Of course, special wines and libations and a table groaning with the bounty of the season is part of the celebration. Still, the cooks in the family should not be sequestered to the kitchen. To help all the cooks out there, I sent smoke signals to some of my favorite bloggers to once again share one or two of their favorite Thanksgiving sides with you.

One thing I am grateful for this Thanksgiving is the ever-widening group of friends that food blogging has brought into my life. These men and women inspire me when my kitchen creativity is ebbing and motivate me to keep on plugging away on those days when the fun of sitting in front of my computer for hours escapes me. So, without further ado, feast your eyes on these 25 simple and sensational dishes with a high healthy quotient – I know there is a dish here that is calling your name!

I led off with Authentic Suburban Gourmet’s lovely Spicy Pear and Honey Crostini because you absolutely MUST have a tasty tidbit to keep the hunger pangs at bay while the bird is in the oven and savory aromas fill the house!

Parsnip-and-Carrot-Gratin, Thanksgiving
Root vegetables rule in this pretty Parsnip and Carrot Gratin – Liz the Chef

Red Wine Braised Chestnuts and Pearl Onions

No need to be apprehensive about chestnuts: Red Wine Braised Chestnuts and Pearl Onions – Cooking on the Weekends

Sweet-potato apple tian, Thanksgiving

Two autumn favorites star in this stunning Heirloom Apple and Sweet Potato Tian – Jolly Tomato

Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce, Thanksgiving

Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce – Family Spice

Braised Carrots and Pearl Onions

Quick and easy Braised Carrots and Pearl Onions – Mimi Avocado

Southwest Dressing, Thanksgiving

Dorothy’s Blue Ribbon Southwest Dressing bursts with flavor and vibrant color -

Shockingly Delicious

Green Chili Cornbread, Thanksgiving

Rolls seem boring when you can have Green Chile Cornbread - Nibbles and Feasts

Celery Root Puree, healthy Thanksgiving sides

The under-used celery root is the perfect low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes: Celery Root Purée - Liz the Chef

Cranberry Jicama appetizers

Recruit the kids to cut out the star shapes for Cranberry Jicama Appetizers - Jolly Tomato

Cauliflower with Manchego and

A guilt-less gratin with only 1 T. of butter and very little cheese: Cauliflower with Manchego and Pancetta – She’s Cookin’

Truffled potato gratin, Thanksgiving sides

Add a luxurious touch with Truffled Potato Gratin – In Erika’s Kitchen

Creamy Swiss Chard with Coconut, Thanksgiving

A surprising and delicious combination: Creamy Swiss Chard with Coconut – Sippity Sup

Chorizo-Sausage-Pear Pistachio Stuffing, Thanksgiving

Kick things up a notch with spicy Chorizo Pistachio Pear Stuffing from Presley’s Pantry

Asian Pear Salad, Thanksgiving

 An elegant fresh green salad balances all the rich fare. Asian Pear Salad with Cranberries & Pecans | She’s Cookin’

Roasted Delicata Squash, Thanksgiving

This beautiful edible blossom could steal the turkey’s glory! Roasted Delicata Squash Blossom – My Man’s Belly

Hatch Chile Cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving

Spice up your cranberry sauce!  New Mexican Hatch Chile Cranberry Sauce -

Shockingly Delicious

Garlic Herb Smashed Potatoes, Thanksgiving

Change things up in the potato category with Garlic Herb Smashed Potatoes -

Cooking on the Weekends

Roasted Green Beans and Scallions

Weary of the ubiquitous green bean casserole?

Try Roasted Green Beans & Scallions – Sippity Sup

Herbed Mashed Potatoes, Thanksgiving

Or, brighten up those spuds with herby goodness. Herbed Idaho Mashed Potatoes -

In Erika’s Kitchen

Moist Bread Stuffing with Swiss Chard, Thanksgiving

For the traditionalists at heart, Moist Stuffing with Swiss Chard to up the nutrition factor -

Family Spice.

Chanterelle Mushroom Soup, Thanksgiving

A Cream of Chanterelle Mushroom Soup with Fennel Sprouts is sure to impress your family and friends – Rustic Garden Bistro

Corn Pudding with Hatch Chile, Corn Spoonbread, Thanksgiving

Like Southern spoonbreads, this luscious Corn Pudding with Hatch Chiles is a crowd pleaser – She’s Cookin’

Guajillo Spiced Scalloped Potatoes, Thanksgiving sides

Spice up the spuds with Guajillo Spiced Scalloped Potatoes - Nibbles and Feasts

Pumpkin Flan, Thanksgiving

 This gorgeous Pumpkin Flan could easily replace the traditional pumpkin pie as a family favorite – Presley’s Pantry

I hope you found some inspiration among these delectable dishes. All but one of the recipes above are vegetarian, and many are gluten free or can be modified for gluten free diets. And,  if you’re craving more – check out the last year’s roundup and my Collection of Stress-less Thanksgiving Recipes at Foodie.com . Thank you to all my friends for sharing their creativity :)


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Glam Media. The recipes were curated by me and contributed by a group of wonderful friends.

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10 Responses to “25 Stress-less Guilt-less Thanksgiving Sides”

  1. Ally's Kitchen
    November 5 at 6:11 am #

    My gracious!! What a glorious post!! Love this, Priscilla…fabulous options and new ideas!!

  2. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}
    November 5 at 7:20 am #

    Thank you for including me in your Thanksgiving post! I am officially hungry right now AND finding some wonderful new dishes to add to our family feast! :-)

  3. Lizthechef
    November 5 at 8:05 am #

    What a round-up! Thanks for all your effort here – love the collection.

  4. shockinglydelicious
    November 5 at 9:28 am #

    This is a fabulous collection of recipes, and a great resource for Thanksgiving cooks! Thank you for including my stuffing and cranberry sauce!

  5. laura (Tutti Dolci)
    November 5 at 9:40 am #

    Wonderful resource of Thanksgiving sides, all of these look so tasty!

  6. sippitysup
    November 5 at 10:15 am #

    looks fantastic. GREG

  7. Valentina Kenney (@cookingweekends)
    November 5 at 4:47 pm #

    Love this collection of recipes and thank you for including me! :-)

  8. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    November 5 at 8:23 pm #

    What a mouthwatering roundup!

  9. Karen
    November 6 at 1:23 pm #

    What a wonderful roundup of dishes…perfect for Thanksgiving and all through winter.

  10. Damaris @foodie
    November 20 at 2:42 pm #

    This round-up is fabulous! So many great ideas.

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