8 Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes – 80 Twenty Nutrition

8 Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Everyone has their favorite turkey recipe, but have you decided on your Thanksgiving side dishes this year? Mix it up and include more vegetables in creative ways with these healthy vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes created by registered dietitians!

These recipes aren’t only loaded with seasonal fresh vegetables and fruit, they’re sure to impress your guests with their decadent flavors and gorgeous presentation.

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Roasted Winter Vegetables

Roasted Winter Vegetables parsnips squash Brussels sprouts beets fennel budget-friendly Christy Brissette dietitian 80 Twenty Nutrition "Cheesy" Sage Roasted Brussels Sprouts These "Cheesy" Sage Roasted Brussels Sprouts are so crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The roasting process takes away any sulphur/cabbage smell and gives these sprouts a caramelized hint of sweetness. Add some sage for a wintery festive aroma and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for a vegan substitute for parmesan cheese!

These Roasted Winter Vegetables can be pre-sliced and diced so you can quickly toss them with some olive oil, herbs and sea salt and throw them in the oven.

Pick up some creamy and delicious buttercup squash (like butternut squash on steroids) and add beets, fennel and parsnips for a simple but beautiful side dish everyone will love!

 

Super Easy Butternut Squash Soup

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This Super Easy Butternut Squash Soup only requires 2 ingredients and some water and 15 minutes of your time. You can make it ahead and reheat on the day for a fuss-free Thanksgiving starter.

To decorate your soup with these beautiful white patterns, add small dollops of coconut yogurt or use a drizzle of almond milk to decorate your bowl. Add a sprinkle of red chili flakes and fresh parsley and your quick and easy soup is elevated to Instagram-ready!

 

Wild Blueberry and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes - Christy Brissette media dietitian 80 Twenty Nutrition

This gorgeous Wild Blueberry and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad from dietitian Meri Raffetto of Real Living Nutrition is packed with antioxidants and fiber for a healthy start to your Thanksgiving meal.

Wild blueberries have double the antioxidant content of other blueberries. They aren’t available this time of year, but no worries… frozen wild blueberries will work perfectly! Simply defrost before adding to your salad. Any juices from the berries can be incorporated into your salad dressing for extra natural sweetness and nutrition!

To make this salad vegan, leave out the cheese and sub maple syrup for the honey in the salad dressing.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Pilaf

Vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes - Christy Brissette media dietitian 80 Twenty Nutrition
I love my roasted squash with brown sugar for a classic Thanksgiving side dish. This Acorn Squash Stuffed with Pumpkin Seed and Cherry Quinoa Pilaf by E.A Stewart, MBA, RD of Spicy RD Nutrition has me converted! The additional ingredients add color, texture and more fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants. I have a feeling this is about to become one of my favorite vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes!

 

“Cheesy” Sage Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts - Christy Brissette media dietitian 80 Twenty Nutrition

These “Cheesy” Sage Roasted Brussels Sprouts are so crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The roasting process takes away any sulphur/cabbage smell and gives these sprouts a caramelized hint of sweetness.

Add some sage for a wintery festive aroma and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for a vegan substitute for parmesan cheese!

 

Pesto Spaghetti Squash Bake

Vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes - Christy Brissette media dietitian 80 Twenty Nutrition
This Pesto Spaghetti Squash Bake from Amy Gorin, MS, RDN is a hearty yet lower calorie, low carb side dish thanks to the use of spaghetti squash instead of starchier squash or potatoes. This is a great option that vegetarians and ketogenic or paleo dieters can all enjoy!
To make this vegan, buy or make vegan pesto with olive oil, your favorite nuts and fresh basil and substitute nutritional yeast for the cheese.

 

Maple-Roasted Delicata Squash 

Vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes - Christy Brissette media dietitian 80 Twenty Nutrition
If you haven’t tried delicata squash yet, you’re in for a treat. Dietitian Katie Cavuto of Nourish Breathe Thrive shows you how to make this delicate-tasting squash even more delightful in her Maple-Roasted Delicata Squash recipe.
Plus, if you’re into saving time, you don’t have to peel this squash to eat it… the skin is thin enough to eat and loaded with fiber and other nutrients.

 

Cranberry Apple Compote

Vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes - Christy Brissette media dietitian 80 Twenty Nutrition

Cranberry: not really a side dish but it is a big part of the Thanksgiving tradition in my world. I’ve been known to pile my plate with this deliciousness like it’s a side dish!
This Cranberry Apple Compote by dietitian Lauren Sharifi of Bite of Health Nutrition is naturally sweet so you don’t need to add sugar. Thanks for the help, apples!
Use this compote as a healthier alternative to cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving and save your daily sugar intake for dessert!

 

Vegan and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes

8 vegan and gluten free thanksgiving side dishes - media dietitian Christy Brissette 80 Twenty Nutrition
What side dishes are you making for Thanksgiving? Any special diets, allergies or restrictions you’re trying to accommodate? Share with us in the comments below!
Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful to you for supporting my blog and sharing it with people you care about.
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