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18 Easy & Healthy Make-Ahead Sides to Simplify Thanksgiving Day

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18 Easy & Make Ahead Healthy Sides to Simplify Thanksgiving Day from SimplifyLiveLove.com. Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides

With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, you may be thinking about your menu already! Here’s a great list of Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides to simplify Thanksgiving Day. The beauty of these sides is that many of them can be prepared ahead of time to help you spend less time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day, and more time with your family! We’ve included a few healthy options for many of the classic Thanksgiving categories- side dishes, appetizers, cranberry salad, and a little something for the sweet tooth too.

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides

Appetizers / Dips

Healthy Sides to Simplify Thanksgiving Day

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip – Center Cut Cook

Pumpkin Spice Dip – Back to Her Roots

Spinach & Spaghetti Squash Dip – Julia’s Album

Mashed Potato Sides

Health Sides to simplify Thanksgiving Day

Spinach Mashed Potatoes – Chef in Training

Rosemary & Garlic Mashed Cauliflower – The Cookie Rookie

Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Fannetastic Food

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Make Ahead healthy sides to simplify thanksgiving day

Holiday Stuffed Portobellos with Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce – It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Easy Thanksgiving Meals: Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad – Family Spice

Easy Homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce – Fed & Fit

Simple Veggies

Healthy Sides to Simplify Thanksgiving Day - healthy veggie sides

Buttery Carrots – from ME!

Delicious Green Beans – from ME!

The Best Brussel Sprouts EVER! – from Me!

Gravy / Rolls / Salad Dressing

Healthy Sides to Simplify Thanksgiving Day - Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides

Creamy Garlic Salad Dessing – Happy Wives Club

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy – The Yummy Life

Triple Herb Overnight Dinner Rolls – Recreating Happiness

A little to satisfy the Sweet Tooth

Healthy Sides to Simplify Thanksgiving Day - Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls – The Skinny Fork

Carmel Apple Turkey Plate – Handmade in the Heartland

Flourless Paleo Pumpkin Bread Recipe {Grain-Free, Nut-free} – Healy Eats Real

I’ve got a really old post with a simple Thanksgiving Menu from a few years back, here, if you’re curious what we’ve eaten in years past. I think a new menu is in order this year, doncha think? 😀

Do you have a signature dish you ALWAYS make for Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear!


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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.

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