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Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes 2020

We’re sharing our much-loved Thanksgiving side dish recipes for the upcoming holiday. Vegetarian, make ahead, under 30 minutes, traditional, non traditional – lots to choose from. And all delish!

Thanksgiving dinner

In our home, we celebrate two Thanksgivings – Canadian and American. Luckily, it’s one of our favorite holidays.

I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving dinners for family and friends for over 30 years. We tend to keep things fairly traditional with tried-and-true recipes. But, from time to time, we change it up a bit to keep things interesting. Especially with two holidays to celebrate a month apart.

This year, for obvious reasons, we’ll be having a smaller affair. I’m determined, though, to keep the tradition going. We still have to eat! I will be making a succulent sous vide turkey breast as the center piece. With all the sides of course. Stuffing is my absolute fave.

So here’s what you’ll find among our best Thanksgiving side dish recipes below.

  • All are vegetarian side dishes (except the turkey gravy).
  • Most are make ahead Thanksgiving side dishes
  • Many are easy and take 30 minutes or less to make.

If you are hosting this year, here are a few tips for keeping foods warm which may come in handy.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Vegetable Quinoa Stuffing
vegetable quinoa stuffing
You won't miss the bread in this delicious, super healthy, Vegetable Quinoa Stuffing.  It's a great alternative to a traditional stuffing, dressing or any side dish. And takes only 30 minutes to make.
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How to Make Homemade Stuffing
Homemade stuffing baked in casserole dish ff
Follow our step-by-step instructions for how to make this tried and true classic homemade stuffing and you'll be sure to have a hit at your next Thanksgiving or holiday dinner.
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Vegetarian Stovetop Stuffing
vegetarian stovetop stuffing in pan
Need a change from potatoes? Try our homemade vegetarian stovetop stuffing. Quick, loaded with healthy veggies and way better than the store-bought packaged version.
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Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
turkey gravy in gravy boat 2
An excellent gravy can make all the difference to a turkey dinner. Take some pressure off by making this richly flavored turkey gravy a day or two before.
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Basic Mashed Potatoes
Basic Mashed Potatoes in a bowl
Basic mashed potatoes are a must with turkey and roast beef or just about anything with gravy. These are light, fluffy, creamy and sensational. No peeling necessary. 
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Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
Maple-Lime Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans in a bowl f
The combination of pure maple syrup, fresh lime and toasted pecans elevate these glazed sweet potatoes to a wickedly good side dish.
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Easy Creamed Spinach
Creamed Spinach in a serving bowl sitting on a plate f
Quick and easy creamed spinach, laced with onion and garlic, is one of the yummiest comfort side dishes ever. And super healthy. Make it as decadent or light as you like. 
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Best Green Beans with Panko Crumbs
green beans with lemon garlic panko and lemon wedges on plate f
 If you're looking for a vibrant, colorful, make-ahead side dish with classic flavors and some good crunch, try our best green beans with lemon garlic panko crumbs. Serve hot or at room temperature.
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Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe (5 minutes)
Cranberry-Orange Relish in bowl and spoon over sliced turkey breast f
This sweet and tangy cranberry orange relish recipe is fast and easy with only 3 ingredients. A perfect accompaniment for turkey, chicken or pork.  No cooking needed.
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Not so Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Oven Roasted Vegetable Recipe
Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, onions and Apples in a serving bowl
This oven roasted vegetables recipe is simple comfort food. Sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, apples and rosemary create a delicious side dish. Not to mention healthy and colorful. And never mind that an apple is not a vegetable. It works perfectly. 
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Basic Mashed Potatoes
Basic Mashed Potatoes in a bowl
Basic mashed potatoes are a must with turkey and roast beef or just about anything with gravy. These are light, fluffy, creamy and sensational. No peeling necessary. 
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Vegetable Strudel Recipe
Vegetable Strudel in puff pastry cut open on parchment paper
This vegetable strudel recipe wraps a savory medley of sweet potatoes, onion, peppers, apple, spinach & goat cheese in a flaky buttery puff pastry. It's a wonderful make-ahead main or side dish for a special occasion. And easy with a great shortcut.
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Butternut Squash Noodles Stir Fry
Spiralized Butternut Squash with Balsamic Butter Sauce. Ready in 10 minutes with a delicious sauce of butter, balsamic vinegar, soy and garlic.
If you buy pre-spiralized butternut squash, this side dish is beyond simple! Stir fry with butter, Balsamic, soy and garlic for a delicious treat in 10 minutes.
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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Risotto Recipe
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Risotto in blow on board with baby pumpkins and pumpkin seeds
In the spirit of Fall, we're making slow cooker pumpkin risotto. Rich, creamy and dairy free (unless you add Parmesan).  And best of all, so easy to make.
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Pumpkin Risotto Recipe (Instant Pot)
Pumpkin Risotto in bowl beside pumpkin f
This rich, creamy, flavor-packed Instant Pot Pumpkin Risotto recipe is pure comfort food that tastes amazing. It's a knockout vegetarian dinner for Fall or Winter. Substitute butternut squash if you can't find pumpkin.
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Honey Roasted Parsnips
Honey Roasted Parsnips in serving bowl
French fries? No. These are are honey roasted parsnips, a delicious side dish flaunting a natural sweetness and an earthy nutty flavor.
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Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots
Roasted Honey-Thyme glazed Carrots on a plate garnished with orange zest and thyme
A fresh bunch of carrots roasted with honey and thyme, and garnished with orange zest, make these roasted honey glazed carrots irresistible. A simple and easy jazzed-up side dish.
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Chunky Applesauce
Homemade Chunky Applesauce in a bowl sitting on board f
Homemade chunky applesauce is a yummy, no-fuss, healthy comfort food. Just 3 main ingredients. Serve it as a snack, dessert, breakfast condiment or side dish.
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Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing
Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing on plate f
Beautiful, delicious and satisfying as a vegetarian main or side, Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing will get rave reviews at your next holiday or dinner event. 
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Beet and Orange Salad Recipe
Beet and Orange Salad
Fresh, bright and pretty. This Beet, Orange and Goat Cheese Salad is easy to put together and looks beautiful on the table.
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Marinated Tomato Salad Recipe
Tomato Salad with Homemade Catalina Dressing - sweet, tangy and pretty
This sweet, tangy Marinated Tomato Salad with homemade Catalina dressing creates a colorful side dish even when tomatoes are not at their best.
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Red Quinoa Salad with Roasted Carrots Recipe
Red quinoa salad with roasted carrots and beets in shallow serving dish
This red quinoa salad is loaded with super healthy greens, roasted carrots and beets, topped with avocado and a delicious orange-balsamic dressing. Yum!
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Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
A delicious vegetarian side or main, these Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, stuffed with fresh veggies, herbs and cheese, are a wonderful change of pace.
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Broiled Cherry Tomatoes with Cheese and Panko Crumbs Recipe
Broiled Cherry Tomatoes with Cheese and Panko Crumbs on a bed of spinach sitting on a plate
Bubbly cheese, a crunchy Panko topping and a caper tang are the essence of these Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes. A tasty summer side dish or appetizer.
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Corn and Tomato Salad
Corn and tomato salad with quinoa in bowl f
Don't let summer end without a sweet fresh corn and tomato salad. Add quinoa to make it a satisfying vegetarian main dish. Easy, quick and versatile with whatever you have on hand. 
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