The turkey is a given. But when it comes to the sides, there is room to get creative. Here are some updated favorites. Modern and healthy with tons of veggies, flavorful spice, they are a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds.
Green beans with crispy shallots and mushrooms
The traditional fat and sodium laden casserole gets a fresh farmers market taste upgraded with fresh green beans and mushrooms, rich in vitamins and minerals. Crispy shallots add satisfying crunch while parsley, lemon and Parmesan bring a pop of flavor.
Cauliflower - Potato purée
Swapping half the potatoes for cauliflower gives this mash a lighter texture while slashing the calories and carbs. Whole milk yogurt ensures it's silky smooth and adds a bright flavor hit too.
You may also wish to try Wild rice dressing,
Wild rice (is actually a seed) and has a deeper flavor, as well as more protein, fiber and antioxidants than traditional rice. With grassy, smoky notes, it plays well with fall flavors like leeks, celery, thyme leaves, dried cherries (full of potassium and beta carotene) and roasted pecans.
Brussel sprouts with apples and honey mustard vinaigrette
Deliciously earthy, nutty and chewy, roasted brussels sprouts have anti-cancer compounds as well as fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In this colorful side they are balanced by crispy sweet tart apples with a vinaigrette that ties it all together.
Recipes by Anna Theoktisto, photos by Greg DuPree