You probably have the turkey taken care of for your Thanksgiving meal, but side dishes can sometimes pose a challenge. While you probably have a few favorites your family meal wouldn’t feel complete without, it helps to mix things up by introducing new flavors and ingredients. Here are some healthy side dish ideas from our menu that keep it simple and healthy. Test them out for your holiday celebration this year, you won’t regret it!
Brussels Sprouts With Grapes & Walnuts
Our Creative Culinary Director whipped up this side dish on our Thanksgiving #TableTalk Facebook Live event, but it originally debuted on our full menu alongside tender chicken.
- To make, preheat your oven to 375° F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil (this really helps with cleanup).
- On the baking sheet, toss the Brussels sprouts and grapes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, shallots, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
- Spread evenly and roast until sprouts are tender and golden brown (about 20 minutes).
Broccoli & Apple Salad
This recipe is featured on our current menu as a main course with chicken, and it makes a wonderful and unexpected side dish. This salad makes broccoli more exciting by integrating apples and pepitas which bring a nice sweetness and crunch to this healthy dish.
- To make, bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil.
- Add broccoli. Cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
- Drain broccoli, and plunge in a large bowl of ice water to stop cooking.
- Pat the broccoli dry with paper towels. Chop the apples.
- Make vinaigrette: Whisk together mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Combine broccoli, apples, pepitas, and onion in a serving bowl. Add vinaigrette and toss to coat.
Crisp Haricots Verts In A Sweet And Sour Bacon Sauce
Almost every dish can be improved simply by adding bacon, and this one is no exception. You may even win over a stubborn relative who still (as an adult) insists they don’t like green beans.
- Roughly chop your bacon and add to a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Cook until crisp. Turn off heat.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked bacon to the paper towel lined plate.
- Place skillet back over a low heat.
- Stir shallots into bacon renderings and cook, stirring until translucent (2 minutes). Whisk in mustard, vinegar, sugar and 1/3 cup water.
- Increase heat to medium-low, add haricots verts in a single layer and cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are just cooked but still crisp (approximately 6-7 minutes).
Basil-Infused Skillet Roasted Corn
Corn is a traditional kid-friendly favorite side that you shouldn’t overlook for your big meal. This recipe brings both sweet and savory flavors and elevates what is usually a fairly basic dish. The sweetness of the corn is highlighted by the garlic and the fresh peppery flavor of the basil, and this one really couldn’t be much easier.
- To make, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add remaining half of garlic, corn, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
- Sauté 5 minutes or until corn is tender.
- Stir in basil.
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