Indulge responsibly this Thanksgiving by preparing fresh, in-season sides and mains to balance the rest of the holiday feast. We aren’t suggesting you forgo butter or skip dessert, but we are certain that the holiday can be festive without dishes loaded with dairy, fats, and salt. Here, we’re sharing some seasonal recipes that are bursting with color and vibrant flavor to enhance the overall feast and make it a tad healthier.
The key to a fresher Thanksgiving dinner is hitting up the grocery store or farmers’ market and showcasing gorgeous fall produce. Of course, Brussels sprouts must be on the table; try pairing them with avocado and pumpkin seeds in a crunchy yet creamy salad rather than roasting them. That will free up oven space and give you a beautiful and unexpected dish. Instead of the usual green bean casserole, finish blanched green beans with miso and lemon or toss them in a warm raisin-caper dressing. Both recipes are fresher, faster, and less fussy-to-make options.
Not everyone eats turkey so serve bountiful vegetable mains that will tempt even the most dedicated meat eater. Pomegranate Relish is an eye-catching finish to Acorn Squash with Mixed-Grain Stuffing. Marshmallow-laden sweet potato casserole can be replaced with a gorgeous shingled Sweet-Potato-and-Sage Tian anchoring the table. We also love the idea of making a Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Herb Sauce, another stunning (and delicious) centerpiece option.
If you’re ready to prepare a produce-driven Thanksgiving dinner, these fresher upgrades on classics, dishes that have pops of flavor, and all the vegetables you know and love looking their very best will help you do just that.