16 Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Every Diet


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Newsflash: Thanksgiving is right around the corner, people! That means it’s time to begin the dreaded chore of coming up with a Thanksgiving menu. Putting together a lineup that pleases every single person at the dinner table can be a seriously tough task, especially when you’ve got everyone from Paleo devotees to vegans to gluten-free folks on the guest list. But not to worry, friends—we’ve got you covered.

We’ve rounded up 16 recipes for some of the most popular diets out there: On this list, you’ll find everything from gluten-free stuffing to vegan creamed spinach to Paleo mashed “potatoes” to low-carb mac and cheese. Now, read up, pick a few recipes and prepare to wow even the pickiest of eaters.

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Coconut Creamed Spinach
Via Love and Lemons

Thanksgiving doesn’t feel right without a big scoop of creamed spinach on your plate, am I right? This vegan version, made with coconut milk, shiitake mushroom and crispy shallots, is sure to hit the spot.

The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Via Minimalist Baker

These garlicky mashed potatoes only require six ingredients and about 30 minutes of your time. On a busy day like Thanksgiving, that’s what I call #Winning.

Easy Vegan Gravy
Via Edible Perspective

And speaking of mashed potatoes, a scoop of ‘em isn’t complete without gravy, so here you go: A delicious mushroom and herb-packed vegan gravy. Bonus: It’s also gluten-free.

Quinoa Stuffing with Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Pistachios
Via Gimme Some Oven

Who says plant-eaters have to miss out on stuffing? This quinoa variety is lighter than the usual bread-laden recipes, plus it’s loaded with good-for-you ingredients like fiber-packed squash and spinach.

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

Grain-Free Stuffing
Via Against All Grain

Made with almond flour, this Paleo-friendly gluten-free stuffing is just about as close to the real deal as it gets.

Cauliflower Carrot Mash
Via Multiply Delicious

This herby mash makes for the perfect alternative to mashed potatoes. Bonus: It won’t send you into a carb coma at the dinner table.

Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Mustard
Via Cook Eat Paleo

Brussels sprouts plus bacon equals heaven? I think some would say yes.

Paleo Mac and Cheese
Via My Natural Family

You won’t find any cashew sauce or nutritional yeast in this grain-free paleo mac and cheese—it’s made mostly of veggies!

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa Stuffing
Via Kitchen Treaty

This super-hearty stuffing recipe—filled to the brim with apples, cranberries, pecans, celery, and more—will satisfy gluten-free eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike.

Roasted Pumpkin with Feta and Honey
Via Not Quite Nigella

This dish is the perfect balance of sweet and salty, plus it makes for the perfect next-day salad-topper—given you have any leftovers.

Potato and Garlic Goat Cheese Gratin
Via The Hungry Hounds

Who needs mac and cheese when you’ve got this?

Thyme and Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Via Host the Toast

These mashed potatoes only require four ingredients (not including kitchen staples like oil, salt and pepper), and they’re delicious to boot.

Low-Carb Thanksgiving Recipes

“Better than Potatoes” Cheesy Cauliflower Puree
Via I breathe I’m Hungry

With just four grams of carbs per serving, you can feel a whole lot less guilty about having seconds.

Grain-Free Stuffing
Via Detoxinista

This veggie-heavy stuffing recipe, chock-full of parsnips, carrots, mushrooms, and more, ditches the bread completely for a hearty recipe that won’t leave you feeling too stuffed (pun intended).

Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese
Via Skinny Taste

This cheesy spaghetti squash casserole is the low-carb answer to mac and cheese. Yes, please.

Green Bean Casserole
Via Food Network

This low-carb casserole comes complete with crispy onion straws. Mmmm.

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