Five Modern Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Group of Friends Making a Toast at a Dinner Party

The classic Thanksgiving meal includes tangy-sweet cranberry sauce, savory herbed stuffings and indulgent mashed potatoes. These are all undeniably delicious, but this year consider surprising your guests with one of these five untraditional recipes. You might discover a new favorite holiday side dish!

Autumn Glow Vegetable Medley-Combine classic fall flavors by roasting Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with a cinnamon maple glaze. To finish up mix the roasted vegetables with cranberries and pecans. Everyone will be asking for seconds, even guests who claim not to like Brussels sprouts. Make this recipe as savory or sweet as you like: http://juliasalbum.com/2015/10/roasted-brussels-sprouts-cinnamon-butternut-squash-pecans-and-cranberries/

Kale and Quinoa Minestrone-There’s nothing like warming up with a nice bowl of homemade soup. While it’s tradition to overstuff yourself this holiday season, guests are sure to enjoy this light and healthy option. Check out http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/02/kale-quinoa-minestrone-vegan-gluten-free/ for detailed instructions on cooking this dish at home.

Cheesy Cauliflower Au Gratin-This is a healthy but still yummy alternative to mashed potatoes or mac n’ cheese. It doesn’t require much time and its an easy way to get the kids to eat vegetables. Visit this site for details on how to get started: http://www.thecookingjar.com/creamy-cauliflower-au-gratin/

Sweet Potato Gratin with Chile-Spiced Pecans-If your family likes to bring up the heat, this unique take on a traditional dish is sure to be a hit. This might even create some entertainment by challenging guests to see who can handle the most spice. Give this recipe as much kick as you like: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sweet-potato-gratin-with-chile-spiced-pecans

Apple Salad with Apple Cinnamon Vinaigrette-After chile-spiced pecans a refreshing salad will help cleanse the palette. Not only do the pomegranate arilis and pumpkin seeds add a nice fall touch, they’re also full of good antioxidants, fiber and protein. Make this recipe using your favorite salad greens: http://tsgcookin.com/2012/12/apple-salad-with-apple-cinnamon/

What will you be serving this Thanksgiving? Share your tips and tricks with us!