14 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Side Dishes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Are you still looking for Thanksgiving meal plan ideas? Don’t panic. Instead, use these simple recipes to give your Thanksgiving dinner the special touch you're looking for. These recipes utilize ingredients you may already have on-hand and are healthier versions of the traditional full-fat calorie laden side dishes. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Roasted Pumpkin Wedges with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Take the pumpkin beyond pie. Roasting a pumpkin in wedges cuts down on cooking time, and makes for a fun and tasty side dish.
CALORIES: 82.9  |  FAT: 1.2g  |  PROTEIN: 2.8g  |  CARBS: 16.7g  |  FIBER: 2.4g

Garlic-Herb Potato Packs

Whether you make these on the grill or in the oven, these quick-fix potato packs are your best friend. No mess, no clean-up, and only five minutes to prepare.
CALORIES: 198.7  |  FAT: 2.6g  |  PROTEIN: 4.1g  |  CARBS: 41.4g  |  FIBER: 2.9g

Roasted Root Vegetables

This recipe sings of the fall and early winter harvest. 

CALORIES: 82.1  |  FAT: 1.9g  |  PROTEIN: 1.3g  |  CARBS: 15.8g  |  FIBER: 3.2g

Massaged Kale Salad

Even kale needs some love. Massaging an acid-based dressing into the fibrous green leaves tenderizes them, making the healthy vegetable more palatable in its raw form. This dish ages beautifully. Make it a day ahead.
CALORIES: 49  |  FAT: 3.2g  |  PROTEIN: 1.9g  |  CARBS: 4.1g  |  FIBER: 1.3g

Buttermilk Biscuits

These delicious biscuits go great with turkey. Serve with No Added Sugar Pumpkin-Apple Butter.
CALORIES: 104.4  |  FAT: 4.2g  |  PROTEIN: 2.6g  |  CARBS: 13.5g  |  FIBER: 1g

Thanksgiving Wild Rice
A healthy side dish to serve in place of stuffing. 

CALORIES: 189.8  |  FAT: 7.8g  |  PROTEIN: 3.4g  |  CARBS: 19.1g  |  FIBER: 3.1g

Thanksgiving Skinny Stuffing Muffins

Don't stuff yourself like a turkey this year. Use these recipe to help keep your portions under control. Enjoy your favorite thanksgiving item, but don't over indulge.
CALORIES: 178.3  |  FAT: 6.4g  |  PROTEIN: 3.3g  |  CARBS: 10.7g  |  FIBER: 1.9g

Savory Sweet Potatos
Delicious Sweet Potato recipe that is on the savory side - no sweets added here.

CALORIES: 119.4  |  FAT: 2.7g  |  PROTEIN: 2.2g  |  CARBS: 21.8g  |  FIBER: 3.8g

Light and Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Healthy scalloped sweet potatoes with full of flavor and nutrition. 
CALORIES: 140.2  |  FAT: 4.2g  |  PROTEIN: 5.5g  |  CARBS: 20.8g  |  FIBER: 2.7g

Carrot-Cranberry Salad

Kid prepared and approved! I am always looking for a salad that my kids can make and then devour.
CALORIES: 86.8  |  FAT: 0.3g  |  PROTEIN: 1.3g  |  CARBS: 21.6g  |  FIBER: 4.1g

Zesty Cranberry-Orange Relish

Toss the canned cranberry jelly and use this homemade version instead. It's ready in no time, and it's full of healthy fruit! 

CALORIES: 42.8  |  FAT: 0g  |  PROTEIN: 0.2g  |  CARBS: 11.2g  |  FIBER: 0.9g
 Caramalized Brussel Sprouts

The brussel sprouts turn out firm and, by caramilizing them, they have a very unique flavour.

CALORIES: 37.8  |  FAT: 0.3g  |  PROTEIN: 3g  |  CARBS: 7.9g  |  FIBER: 3.3g

Apple Cider Gravy

Gravy gets a bad rap, but this tasty sauce can be made with almost no fat.
CALORIES: 20  |  FAT: 0g  |  PROTEIN: 0.9g  |  CARBS: 4.1g  |  FIBER: 0.1g

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