7 Next-Level Healthy Sides To Fill Up On At Thanksgiving

Overeating is right up there with giving thanks and pumpkin pie as a requisite for Thanksgiving Day. What starts with a few cheese and crackers mid-morning becomes a slippery slope to dessert and a nap on the sofa late afternoon.
We’re all guilty of it; it’s in the spirit of the season. But what if this year could be different? While the turkey may seem to hero the table, we’re putting in a strong case for the sides. Instead of filling up on the pre-dinner nibbles, stacking your plate full of turkey stuffing and topping it off with dessert, arm yourself with healthy sides to fill up on instead.
We’ve rounded up seven ridiculously flavoursome vegetable dishes that’ll leave you satisfied minus the stomach ache. From a dairy-free cauliflower mash to a roasted pumpkin dish with chilli yoghurt, you’ll find something to please even the fussiest of guests.

White bean kale salad with tahini dressing

Thanksgiving sides, WHITE BEAN KALE SALAD WITH TAHINI DRESSING
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Cinnamon-Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries & Pecans

Thanksgiving sides, Cinnamon-Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries & Pecans
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Kale and Brussel sprouts salad

Thanksgiving sides, Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad w/ Bacon and Pecorino
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Cauliflower Mash with garlic and herbs

MASHED CAULIFLOWER WITH GARLIC AND HERBS, Thanksgiving sides
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Roasted pumpkin with chilli yoghurt and coriander sauce

Ottolenghi’s roasted pumpkin with chilli yoghurt and coriander sauce
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Maple-Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Thanksgiving sides, MAPLE-BALSAMIC ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
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Garlic Butter Sautéed Broccolini

thanksgiving sides, Garlic Butter Sauteed Broccolini
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Arm yourself with more mindful eating habits by reading our experts’ tips on portion control and how to stop eating when you’re full … and if dessert is your weakness, try whipping up this pumpkin spice recipe so you can make a healthy PSL or dessert that tastes just like pumpkin pie without the guilt. 

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