The Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching in the U.S. and I know some of you [err, maybe all?] are scrambling for the perfect dish to bring to your family feast or friendsgiving. I absolutely love T-giving because: A] food, duh & B] it’s a day of gratitude – if anything, it forces you to take a look at your surroundings and have a moment of pure thankfulness for what you are fortunate to have or to experience in life.
In order to keep your gratitude pants on, and avoid getting grouchy because you’re racing to find the perfect last minute contribution, I created a fantastic list of sides & desserts to choose from. From savory to sweet, from fluffy mash “potatoes” to BITG’s Citrus Thyme Cranberry Sauce, you’re guaranteed to find a dish to please your fellow diners – while satisfying your desire for healthy grub during an otherwise sugar-, fat- & carb-laden feast.
Sassy + Sweet Holiday Brussels from Seashells & Sit Ups – I made these this past weekend for an early family Thanksgiving and it was the favorite of the evening!
Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes from Love & Lemons – a total hit in my house.
Gluten-Free Biscuits from Elena’s Pantry – simple ingredients & easy to double or triple the quantity.
Kale Salad with Currants, Pine Nuts & Parmesan from Mountain Mama Cooks – a fun route to take to avoid a boring salad!
Green Bean Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing from Green Kitchen Stories – a fantastic alternative to the mushroom soup/mushy green bean concoction that mom’s still making.
Kale, Date, and Turkey Sausage Sourdough Stuffing from Seasonally Jane – an incredibly delish stuffing made with unique flavors.
Citrus Thyme Cranberry Sauce from Be In The Glow – see below for a tangy, sassy twist on this traditional condiment!
Spiced & Salted Pumpkin Pie Minis from My New Roots – a super fun dessert for a smaller group, although I don’t see why these cant be made into larger, “normal” sized pies.
Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles from Yummy Beet – these are so delish and look great on a decorative plate, ready to be gobbled up!
Vegan Apple Pie Squares from Eating Bird Food – use your seasonal apples in this wholesome apple pie alternative.
Pumpkin Spice Latte from Be In The Glow – the perfect way to cap off a great meal! Make it with coconut milk if you’d like the drink to be more decadent.
- zest from 1 lime
- zest & juice from one orange
- 12 oz bag cranberries
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground clove
- 1 bundle of fresh thyme
- 3 tbsp honey [or more if needed]
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine cranberries, citrus zest, and orange juice. Allow this to heat, stirring with a wooden spoon occasionally until cranberries soften and you’re able to crush them a bit – be careful not to spray yourself with hot cranberry juice! Add cinnamon and clove, and give a good stir, then mix in honey [adding more later if the cranberries are too tart]. Add in bundle of thyme, pushing down into cranberry mixture a little with the wooden spoon – we only want the thyme to infuse it’s flavor, so do not stir aggressively as you don’t want the thyme bundle to fall apart.
Give the cranberries some time to cook down and the thyme will infuse a nice flavor by simmering in the pot for a bit, too. After about 7 minutes or so, remove thyme bundle. Taste the cranberry sauce – careful not to burn your mouth – and add more honey, if needed.
Spoon the cranberry sauce into a small ramekin or bowl and top with a sprig of thyme for a nice presentation.
Now you have a plethora of sides & sweets to choose from – all easy to make, made with simple ingredients, and good for your healthy self. So, take a deep breath, say a word of thanks & get your cooking on! You’ve got this.
What are your favorite Turkey Day dishes??