My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

BlogNovember 18, 20140 CommentsKirsten Johnson

My favorite part of Thanksgiving is not the turkey, but the sides! I love doing creative, healthy veggie side dishes. Here are my favorites.

Brussel Sprouts and Apple Salad


I love brussels. This is a really yummy recipe using tart apples and candied walnuts. Recipe here.

Roasted Acorn Squash & Wild Rice Salad


I have used this recipe for a couple of years now. It is always a crowd pleaser. You can’t go wrong with roasted acorn squash. Add the rice, the citrus from the oranges and tartness of the cranberries, with the nuttiness of the pecans and you have a great dish. Recipe here.

Haricots Verts With Crispy Shallots


A little upgrade to a side of green beans. The fried shallots add little crunch to this dish. I really like using haricots verts instead of green beans. They have a better flavor and texture. Recipe here.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with White Beans and Kale 


Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite veggies. They are so full of yummy flavor and nutrients. This dish is full of color and texture. The  flavors of rosemary, garlic, and red pepper are so warm and inviting. It is a great side dish. Recipe here.


Of course I have to make some sweet dessert side dishes also. There is usually pies and cakes at Thanksgiving, but I like to make a few small side dishes of desserts to accommodate the dessert table. Here are my two recipes that I love to make.

Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies


These are great little cookies to just pop in your mouth. The nutella between the two hazelnut cookies is yummy and creamy. Recipe here.

Chocolate Chip and Walnut Blondie Bars 


I have made these brownies many times. They are chewy and nutty with chucks of chocolate. You can’t go wrong. Recipe here.