Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most important meals of the year. While turkey is usually the main dish, the sides are what contain the majority of the calories. As well, it’s hard to please everybody around the table. A wide array of different side dishes can solve this problem, and make your Thanksgiving dinner complete for everyone on your guest list. Your Thanksgiving sides can be easy and healthy for all of your guests and still be delicious.
In a previous post, I shared my favorite Quinoa recipes, including this Moroccan Quinoa. This simple side features a flavor-rich combination of quinoa, cilantro, pine nuts and dried fruit. Since it pairs so well with turkey, I wanted to highlight it again for the holidays.
Apple Ginger Brown Rice is another very simple but flavorful and healthy side that will work well on your holiday table. Unlike white rice, brown rice retains the nutritious bran and germ covering of the rice grain. This gives it a chewy texture, a nutty aroma, and plenty of essential nutrients, including B vitamins, iron, magnesium and zinc. Brown rice also contains three times the amount of fiber as white rice (fiber also makes you feel full really fast, so you will likely eat less). In this recipe, the rice is cooked in water and apple juice. The apple juice sweetens it up just a touch and the fresh ginger adds just the right bite.
Watch the video above to see how to make this Moroccan Quinoa recipe step-by-step. Another favorite side dish isn’t my recipe, but it’s from Mr. Bobby Flay. I love his garlic-roasted green beans with shallots and hazelnuts because it is so easy and healthy. I usually add more garlic to mine, but only when other garlic-shy family members aren’t around for dinner.
More easy & healthy side dish recipes:
Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
Apple Glazed Carrots