Helloooo procrastinators. Or should I say, planners? Cause in reality, we still have three days until Thanksgiving. In case you’re still looking for that perfect side dish, or a way to keep mashed potatoes warm without using the crowded stovetop, or if you realized you don’t have any vegetables on your Thanksgiving menu, whelp, here ya go. I’m also looking at all those “I’ll bring a side” guests who actually have no idea what kind of side to bring.
I’m here to offer up a quick Real Food Thanksgiving Round-Up! If you’re still trying to figure out how to roast the bird, well, I can’t help you. But salads? Different ways of eating potatoes and sweet potatoes? I’ve got you covered. Here are 12 recipes from around the web that are real-food approved (or are RF with *modifications), and delicious.
Real Food Thanksgiving Salads:
For putting the green things in your life.
1. Bacon & Brussels Sprouts Salad by Pinch of Yum
This is the salad that I will be contributing to Thanksgiving this year, and I can’t wait!
2. Basil Lemon Parmesan Dressing Over Arugula by Frugal Nutrition
This is my favorite salad. FAVORITE salad. When I serve it to people, they want the whole bowl for themselves. If you have access to basil, please make this. Your guests will thank you.
3. Sweet Potato Candied Walnut Salad by Pinch of Yum
Crunchy and sweet and salty. Enough said. Try it with yellow sweet potatoes or even butternut squash. Candied walnuts with honey or maple syrup! Yes!
4. Tangy Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad by Jeannette’s Healthy Living
It’s just not Thanksgiving without lots of brussels sprouts.
5. Butternut Squash Couscous by Frugal Nutrition
Because sometimes you need your salad to have couscous in it. Feel free to toss with greens or extra swiss chard!
Real Food Thanskgiving Potatoes:
Cause, you know, potatoes are a necessity on Turkey Day.
6. Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes by Frugal Nutrition
You can put rosemary and garlic in just about anything and people will swoon. I promise. Just keep an eye on that minced garlic. Or, if you’re going to be crazy hectic, scrap the fresh and use garlic powder instead.
7. Sweet Potato-Cauliflower Mash by Frugal Nutrition
It’s everything you want in a bowl of carbs, just slightly healthier. I want to eat a bowl of this right now.
8. Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Pinch of Yum
Cause we can’t hog up all the space on the stove with pots of potatoes! Use the slow cooker, ya dingus!
Real Food Thanksgiving Bread:
9. Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Biscuits by Frugal Nutrition
You didn’t have enough potatoes on your plates yet, did you? Because here’s one more potato recipe you should make room for. Equal parts sweet potato (see, healthy!), and whole wheat flour!
10. Whole Wheat Cheddar-Garlic Drop Biscuits by 100 Days of Real Food
Because Red Lobster’s rolls aren’t real-food approved. And these are better.
Real Food Thanksgiving Gravy:
11. Homemade Gravy by 100 Days of Real Food
It’s so easy to use up all that delicious leftover flavor from the turkey to whip up an awesome gravy! I couldn’t get a picture of this one, so check out the video!
12. Vegan Mushroom Gravy by Barbara Cooks
Buuut… if you’re looking for something you can make in advance and serve to your vegan and vegetarian guests, this one comes highly recommended!
Now you have no excuses! None of these recipes take much prep work, so you can pull them together pretty quickly for a crowd. Happy Thanksgiving to all!