Thanksgiving is the most solid side dish game in town!
I’m a sides girl. I’ve been known to make a whole meal out of side dishes when I go out to eat (asparagus, spinach and mashed potatoes please!) so for Thanksgiving dinner, I LOVE to make as many sides as I can.
If you are cooking, I made you this special Holiday Recipe Round Up of clean meals to make including desserts (the most important part of the meal!). Using real ingredients with whole foods always taste better, and we all know anti-inflammatory foods keep you glowing inside and out.
Here are some clean holiday recipes for you and your guests:
*all gluten-free and plant-based
Starters and Salads:
• Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots (I can eat these all the live long day!)
If you have the Go Clean, Sexy You cookbook… check out these as well!
• Spicy Sweet Potato Soup (p. 154)
• Sweater Season Soup (p. 129)
• Autumn Soup (p. 176)
• Spinach, Carrot, Apple Salad (p. 176)
- Raw Brownie Squares (p. 184)
AND more! Get the complete list here>>>
I also experimented in the kitchen today and decided to make an extra additional side, Sweet Root Veggie + Fruit Casserole. The root veggies plus the dried fruit make this side sweet. The orange and lime juice give it a tangy taste, too. Perfect for the dinner table!
Sweet Root Veggie + Fruit Casserole
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 parsnips, peeled and chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 yellow onion, sliced (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Place sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and onions in 9 x 13 inch casserole pan. Add cherries and toss.
To make “sauce”: In a small bowl, combine orange juice, syrup, juice, cinnamon and sea salt. Whisk to combine and pour 1/2 of bowl evenly over the veggies. Cover with foil and back for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, remove foil and baste with remaining “sauce.” Return uncovered for 10 more minutes. Toss veggies and serve.
Serves up to 6
*gluten-free and vegan
We are heading to the beach to see my in-laws this year which I’m stoked about. It’s always nice to get a quick break from regular life at home.
If you are celebrating, will you be hosting or traveling? OR ordering take out! Ha! (I have yet to do this but maybe one day we’ll just order pizza! But looking at the Round Up, I say NO! These recipes are just too gooooood! ). If you are cooking, what recipe will you make?
It’s been a pretty challenging time lately so make sure you keep up with your self-care. Taking care of YOU first will allow you to help others. Making a few of these healthy recipes will nourish your belly as well as your soul.
I’m grateful for you, my friends! xoxo