Thanksgiving doesn’t have to derail your diet. These healthy sides will still satisfy your comfort food cravings. 


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there’s no time like the present to start preparing for everyone’s favorite meal of the year.  There’s no shortage of mouthwatering recipes floating around the web, but just looking at the gluttonous dishes can

Traditional Thanksgiving fare is made with cheesy, creamy ingredients that can do some serious damage on your diet. But what if you could indulge in your favorite Thanksgiving comfort foods without gaining a pound?

With resources like Pinterest chock-full of original recipes, it’s totally possible to feel like you’re indulging in your favorite comfort foods without ingesting the requisite calories. We consulted The Minimalist Baker, one of our go-to sites for delicious and nutritious recipes, for some remakes of classic Thanksgiving side dishes.

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Mac and Cheese
Vegan Caramelized Onion Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Recipe by The Minimalist Baker 

Ooey, gooey mac ‘n’ cheese is always a temptation come Turkey Day, but not when you can opt for a healthy alternative made from one of nature’s superfoods. This vegan alternative of the cheesy classic actually uses an eggplant base, which creates a smooth and velvety sauce. Even the most die-hard macaroni and cheese enthusiasts will be licking their spoons. Click here to get the recipe from

mashed potatoes

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy
Recipe by The Minimalist Baker

No Thanksgiving is complete without a hefty pile of mashed potatoes drowning in rich, decadent gravy, but those starchy spuds are loaded with carbs. Mashed cauliflower is near perfect replacement, and the fluffy texture is spot on. A vegan mushroom gravy tastes shockingly decadent, and will taste divine smothered over your Thanksgiving turkey. Click here to get the recipe from


Warm Roasted Butternut Squash
Recipe by The Minimalist Baker

It’s important to get your greens, even on Thanksgiving, but the occasion calls for a more sophisticated salad. Impress all of your guests with a Warm Roasted Butternut Squash Salad, that incorporates one of the season’s most yummy ingredients. Topped with pecans and dried cranberries, this is the perfect holiday salad that you can turn to time and time again. Click here to get the recipe from

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

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