Saturday, November 14, 2015

Healthy Vegan Thanksgiving Sides

A collage of Thanksgiving vegan Recipe Sides at
 Can you imagine Thanksgiving without all of the FABULOUS seasonal sides made from sweet potatoes, string beans , potatoes, stuffing, roasted vegetables, pumpkin pie,cranberry sauce, soup etc. ?

This is a collection of healthy real food recipes 

( gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan )

I love Thanksgiving and the beauty and richness of the season! I try to make my recipes as easy as possible. I hope you find some recipes in this collection that you can try for this year's celebration

Healthy Thanksgiving Sides ( Gluten Free and Vegan) 

stuffed acorn squash with berry compote at

Stuffed Berry Acorn Squash-   A WOW presentation- acorn squash halves stuffed with an apple and berry filling. Looks as good as it tastes!

Cider Glazed Butternut Squash - This is one of my favorites for many reasons. It's an easy recipe that is naturally sweet and flavorful.  In addition it is low in calories, making it only 1 point plus on WW. Easy and tastes great!

Caramelized Onion and Butternut Squash If you love caramelized onions the way I do, this simple combination of winter squash and rich caramelized onions will become a savory yearly favorite.

Fruity Sweet Potato Tzimis- Dried fruit, sweet potato,  nuts , apples and sweet onions make this traditional Jewish recipe favorite a perfect side on Thanksgiving. A better choice than sweet potato casserole with sugar.  

Wendy's Crunchy Vegetable Balls This is a pseudo name for my crunchy and delicious roasted fresh Brussels sprouts. There was a time ( before I tasted this recipe that was shared by my daughter in law Wendy) that I turned my nose up to Brussels Sprouts! - But Not since I tasted them made this way. 

Wild Rice Stuffing  -  A delicious stuffing made from a blend of wild and regular rice.

Corn Bread Stuffing  This recipe calls for making gluten free cornbread. Jaime Oliver has a good homemade cornbread.

Quinoa Chinese Style Stuffing-  The only thing that makes it Chinese style is the ( GF) soy sauce that is added , which could also be left out. Check this one out!

A vegan Entree:  Stuffed Portobella Mushrooms with quinoa

Vegan Rice stuffed tomatoes at

Greek Stuffed Tomatoes- Beautiful presentation and tastes divine! Perfect for every holiday celebration

Lemon Mushrooms with garlic and herbs  - A quick few minute prep and less than 15 minutes to cook. A lighter favorite that could be called Mushroom Scampi

Beets and Orange Slices  is a must at any holiday meal. The rich red color offset by the contrasting orange is just vibrant! A healthy dish for any occasion.

Sweet Potato Smash - Easy,  crispy,  and delicious. One individual sweet potato per serving. 

Sweet Potato Fries - Sweet potato are cut into strips and then baked, not fried. Your choice of how to season ( Cajun? Cinnamon? Salt and Pepper? ) Loved by kids of all ages.

White Potato Rosemary Smash  - Baked with olive oil and rosemary, the potatoes become crunchy, crispy and fabulous! 

Riced Cauliflower Pilaf
 a low calorie/low carb alternative to using rice. Tastes delicious and adds an interesting mystery dish to the table. 

Moroccan carrot appetizer at

Moroccan Carrot Recipe

If you like lemony Moroccan food, you'll love this authentic carrot dish. Simply steam carrots and then dress with the fabulous marinade. It looks simple, but it tastes outrageous!

Arugula and Cashew Salad- Make this for Christmas. The rich green arugula and sprinkling of fresh cranberries makes this a colorful favorite. 

Red and Orange Holiday Coleslaw is a must for cole slaw lovers. The colors and sweet flavors win everyone over.

Pickled Red Onions- nice pickled condiment that is fast, easy, looks pretty.  

Healthy, Quick and Easy Soups

Brussel sprouts soup at

Leeks and Brussels Sprout Soup : Fast, Easy, Delicious ( cooks in 12 minutes)  and is rich satisfying and seasonal. ( Paleo, vegan, gluten free) 

Pumpkin : This  Paleo Pumpkin Pie Soup  is a winner in my book. Use cooked pumpkin or any cooked winter squash for a delicious fragrant soup. Bursting with flavor, this rich golden soup is a favorite on the holiday. ( GF, Vegan, Paleo)

Butternut : A bowl of this Savory Butternut Squash Soup   is only one point plus on Weight Watchers. What a great way to start off a meal. Satisfying, low calorie and delicious.( GF, Vegan, Paleo)

Red Lentil Hearty Red Lentil Soup  is one of my favorites on a cold winter day. Red lentils cook quickly and melt into the vegetable soup making it hearty and creamy. ( vegan, GF)

Chickpea:  Many Vegans eat this high protein delicious  Spanish Chickpea soup on Christmas. Maybe it's the rich, red color.

Carrot :  Moroccan Spiced Carrot   adds a little kick to this otherwise mild carrot soup. Perfect to spice up  and heat up any meal.

Mushroom: This Hot and Sour Chinese Mushroom  Soup is my version of a hot and sour soup that is served in Chinese restaurants. It's full of fresh mushrooms making it a mushroom lover's favorite.

Carrot Ginger Soup  . This is the fastest soup ever and it's perfect if you are under the weather - it acts like a vegan chicken soup  - don't forget the gluten free matzo balls

Spinach Vegetable: This is my friend Paula's soup recipe. I've had this Wilted Spinach Vegetable Soup  at her house on family gathering for various holidays. We love it.

Lentil; Tangy Tomato Lentil is a wonderful lentil soup with a tomato base. Cooks up quickly and it rich in protein too.

Spinach and Garlic: This beautiful green soup is easy to make and a must for spinach and garlic lovers. Fresh Spinach and Garlic Soup ( 1 PP on WW). Low in calories

Detox Soup -  Perfect after holiday detox - lose up to 5 pounds in 4 days. This post went viral and I still get hundreds of views /day

Vegetarian and Vegan Desserts

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie ( vegan, GF, Paleo) - Made in the blender, this fast and easy recipe is delicious.(  

** vegetarian - not vegan
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie with Grain Free Crustone of my favorites

pumpkin pie gluten free at

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies- These are healthy enough to eat as a breakfast. no sugar. My grandkids LOVE them. Makes a great dessert.. Use dried cranberries for Thanksgiving or Christmas

Pumpkin Cakes: Flourless   These little mini individual cakes are really delicious. Made with crunchy almond butter.. don't eat too many -- they are healthy but a little more caloric

Baked apples, cranberries, raisins, and nuts ( vegan) - This was my mother's recipe that she made for dessert every Thanksgiving. Certainly a healthy and tasty dish... top with some Vanilla Greek Yogurt for an added treat..

Raw Cranberry Walnut Tart-  ( vegan) This tart was featured on Veg news magazine. It requires no cooking and looks absolutely delicious.

not vegan
Black Bean Brownies: These brownies are made in the blender and are quick and easy to make. They taste amazing! Healthy, flour less and tasty! 
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  1. Wow, what a fantastic resource! I'm looking forward to trying some of these recipes this holiday season. Thanks for sharing!

  2. These are some of my favorite recipes. Hope the recipes are useful to you Jen. Happy Thanksgiving

  3. Hi Judee,
    Thanks for the fabulous array of recipes. It will help me with some new recipes for the holidays. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted. Have a healthy happy blessed Thanksgiving!

    1. Marta,
      I hope that you find some recipes of interest. Happy Thanksgiving

  4. wonderful selection of yummy side dishes. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

    1. Hi Katherine,
      Always glad to share on Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Thanks for stopping by and for you comment about the sides dishes

  5. Replies
    1. The desserts are awesome tasting and healthy - a mix of vegetarian or vegan. Enjoy!

  6. What a great list! These look delicious!

    1. Thank you Alison and thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope you can find a recipe you will enjoy and have a happy Thanksgiving

  7. This post is amazing, Judee! You've shared so many helpful resources and recipes! I've pinned and shared your post and am featuring it at this week's Hearth and Soul Hop, live on the blog now. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    1. April-
      I'm am super excited to be featured omn Hearth and Soul Hop- one of my favorites. Thank you so much and Happy Thanksgiving

    2. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Judee!

  8. Hi Judee,
    What a great collection of Thanksgiving Sides. Wishing you and your family a bountiful Thanksgiving and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Miz Helen,
      I'm a regular and really love visiting Full Plate Thursday. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving

  9. When sides include desserts, I'm in!! Seriously, everything looks wonderful, Judee, but I love the crust you used for your grain-free pumpkin pie. I've made a similar crust before (when I wasn't doing crustless) and it always works great. :-)


    1. I figure as side is anything but the turkey; lol .. So , the day we've been planning for is almost here. I'll be a guest this year , but will be making the cranberry sauce and my 12 minute brussels sprout soup to bring along

  10. Some fun alternatives. I have traditional recipes that my family would not forgive me if I didn't make. lol! However, wouldn't mind trying a few of these some time. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. I get it. There is nothing like home cooking family favorites. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by!

  11. Lots of tasty ideas here :) yum!

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, Happy Thanksgiving ..

    1. Claire,
      Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for hosting all those wonderful blog parties

  12. Really tasty looking recipes! (Had a hard time getting here - the link kept moving to a page that said "better translation" - But I persisted!! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

  13. Congratulations. You've been featured on this week's What's for Dinner link up! Stop by tomorrow when it's live and grab your "I've been Featured" button!

    Thanks for sharing!

    And thanks for your comments on last weeks post - you've been pinned, yummed AND tweeted!

    1. Thank you so much for the feature this week and thanks for hosting. I appreciate it so much. Happy Thanksgiving.

  14. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. “Like" someone in person today!

    1. Marilyn,
      Thank you Marilyn,
      I will be back as I enjoy your Over the Moon Party- always lots of good recipes. Thanks for hosting

  15. There are so many delicious recipes here, Judee! This post is such a great resource too, especially for those who are seeking vegan, vegetarian or gluten free options for the holidays. Pinned. Thank you so much for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

    1. Thank you April and thank you for hosting Hearth and Soul blog carnival- always so many great recipes -

  16. A very healthy version for Thanksgiving! I would love to taste the soup! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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