You’ve finally learned how to properly prepare a turkey and you make your mom’s favorite stuffing recipe, but it’s easy to get in a rut when it comes to the veggies. Look no further for brilliant Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes (including make ahead options!) to brighten up the most important meal of the year.
While it’s easy to feel weighed down after a hearty and decadent Thanksgiving dinner, if you load your plate with healthy side dishes like bright and snappy green beans or roasted and caramelized root veggies, you’ll be able to fill up on the main meal and still leave room for Thanksgiving desserts (bring on the pie!). Plus, with so many creative vegetable recipes, eating your greens will feel like a treat.
Whether it’s a popular dish like green bean casserole (made extra-creamy with cream cheese) or roasted potatoes loaded with bacon, it’s easy to get in plenty of produce on Turkey Day. In fact, there are so many delicious veggie options that you don’t even need to cook a separate vegetarian Thanksgiving menu; there will be plenty to load up on already! Personally, we’d be satisfied filling up on sour cream mashed potatoes alone. You can even make some of these dishes ahead of time, freeing precious oven space on the day-of for turkey and stuffing. It’s never been easier to get your greens.