In spite of the shorter days, we just can’t help but get excited about the holiday season. Between the much-needed downtime where we can chill with friends and family while watching movie marathons to all the delicious fall foods, we love it all. Did we already mention the food? Let’s just say it again: we love the food. While the main dish is always the star of Thanksgiving dinner, we think sides need a little love, too. So, we searched the Food Monster App for some seriously awesome sides that are guaranteed to impress.
If you haven’t already, check out 15 Creamy Fall Soups You Can Make In Your Blender!, 15 Vegan Seasonal Mashed Vegetable Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table, 15 Delicious Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes, and Green Beans Galore! 12 Thanksgiving Dishes Using the Lovable Legume for holiday meal planning ideas. Then, buckle up, because here are your 25 plant-based side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner:
A new, holiday favorite: Turmeric-Roasted Cauliflower with red onion, garlic, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, and a bright maple-pomegranate vinaigrette. Turmeric brings a wonderful earthiness and a gorgeous golden color to the cauliflower florets. And juicy, ruby-red pomegranate jewels, crisp toasted pine nuts, and a zesty dressing take it to the next level; how could anyone resist such a royal dish?
These quick Paleo Maple Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes in coconut oil are sweet, spicy, and so easy to make! A light and healthy Thanksgiving side that your guests will love!
This recipe for Maple-Thyme Roasted Parsnips And Carrots is so simple, it’s genius! You have to try this combination, it works so well together and the vegetables get slightly sweet, crunchy and just amazing! A savory and sweet dish that is perfect to pass around the table this holiday season.
Green beans aren’t always the most exciting side, but these Cranberry Almond Green Beans are definitely an exception. This recipe is a healthy take on the traditional green bean casserole. It will be a perfect, modern side dish this holiday season. The added almonds give the classic ingredients an extra nice crunch.
5. Crispy Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
These Crispy Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts are the perfect quick, easy side dish. Fresh Brussels sprouts are tossed in a simple blend of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper and then roasted until crisp and slightly caramelized on the outside. This dish is ready in under an hour, making it an easy option to throw together.
This Cauliflower Cheese is a plant-based take on a classic English dish. Smooth, creamy, and dairy-free sauce made from almonds pairs perfectly with tender cauliflower and is a great accompaniment to any holiday meal.
These Smoky Southern Collard Greens are comfort food at its finest! The South’s favorite greens are braised in a mixture of smoky paprika, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup to create a dish that’ll make you see collards in a whole new light.
These gluten-free Herbed Biscuits With Mushroom Gravy are amazingly flavorful, they’ll disappear in an instant. They are best fresh, warm, and straight out of the oven, but if you make hem the day ahead, simply warm them in the oven prior to serving. With the addition of herbs and a gravy that encompasses classic fall flavors, and is a fantastic addition to any holiday table.
This Millet Cauliflower Mash cooks up soft and creamy and even tastes like mashed potatoes. The Shiitake gravy makes it especially tasty for the holiday season.
Although full-fat coconut is an important piece of what makes this Coconut Creamed Corn so amazing, it doesn’t compromise the flavor by adding notes of coconut. First, onion and garlic are sautéed and then combined with sweet corn kernels and caramelized. Creamy coconut milk, a sprinkle of coconut sugar, fresh herbs add an amazing depth of flavor that might just upstage all the other dishes on the table.
In this recipe for Roasted Carrots With Fresh Figs, carrots caramelize with the figs with a delectable just-sweet-enough glaze, all roasted in one pan. Here is a colorful, balanced side-dish that excites the palate rather than weigh it down. The perfect combination of roasted veggies and fruits with nuts, herbs, and a zippy glaze.
Crispy, crunchy, Beer Battered String Beans! The lager used in the batter adds another layer of rich flavor to the fries. The best thing about these crispy string beans is that they pair well with any holiday sides, like mushroom gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole … you name it!
The nutty flavor of the root vegetables in this Slow Cooker Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash mixed with the creamy almond milk and coconut cream creates a satisfying dish to add to any menu. This is an easy-to-make, comfort-food style dish that is perfect for any family party.
This Autumn Maple Sage Acorn Squash is a caramelized, sweet squash dish — the perfect comfort food for any occasion. Get ready for the holiday season with this winter squash recipe.
Warm, bubbly, and sweet, this Candied Squash Casserole is a must-make for the holidays. This recipe uses North Georgia candy roasted squash — keep an eye out for it at your local farmers market, but otherwise, use another sweet squash variety, such as buttercup or butternut. With dairy-free butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, this side bakes up into something sweet, sticky, and aromatic. If you find yourself in possession of a North Georgia candy roaster, count yourself lucky and give this moreish side dish a try!
These Sweet Potato and Sage Corn Muffins are an autumn-inspired take on cornbread. They have sweet potato puree in them to add a little natural sweetness and some sage to make them fragrant and earthy.
Chanterelle mushrooms are fleshy, firm, and smell a bit like peppery apricots. They last much longer than other mushrooms in the fridge and are absolutely delicious in this Glowing Turmeric Chanterelle Gravy! Mushrooms sauces are conventionally made with butter, cream and/or white flour, making it a very high-fat food. This Chanterelle mushroom gravy is so delicious and creamy, yet oil-free and even gluten-free! You won’t need to compromise on taste or texture. And last but not least, this gravy is also Candida diet-friendly! This hits all the marks.
These smoky, herbed Holiday Hasselback Sweet Potatoes are perfect for a holiday meal. Rich sweet potato is completed with savory toppings for a full flavor experience. Cheesy almond and cashew parmesan is the perfect compliment to the smoky taste of coconut bacon. Sage and rosemary tie it all together for a delicious combination.
The buttery flavor in these Cornbread Squares is attained by using a combination of avocado oil (the butteriest!) and a small dollop of vegan mayo. Definitely use fresh corn kernels if corn is in season, if not frozen will work fine (or leave them out entirely).
This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Casserole is comfort food heaven. Sweet, creamy butternut squash is paired with decadently cheesy macaroni elbows and sealed with a unique flatbread topping. The finishing touches really put it over the top, from the smoky Shiitake bacon to the red pepper flakes and maple syrup.
Everyone needs cranberry sauce for their holiday table. This Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce is infused with cinnamon and cloves and flavored with fresh orange juice and zest. This combination creates just the right balance of acidity, sweetness, and warming spice; perfect for your holiday table.
This simple Sweet Potato Mash has the deep flavors of roasted sweet potato, onion, and a whole head of garlic. The cashew cream makes this dish feel like a guilty pleasure, with its unsurpassed creaminess. It’s perfectly warming served as a side or as a thick soup.
With lemon and orange juices, fresh ginger and spices, this Wild Rice Pilaf With Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and Pecans produces a shock of delicious flavor.
It’s that time of year! Time to make these Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Apples and Chestnuts. Make sure you make this dish on a cookie sheet for maximizing your crispiness efforts.
These Beluga Lentils With Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, and Plums are the perfect dish for your next holiday or family gathering. Each component brings wonderful flavor to the table; butternut squash is roasted with bell peppers, mushrooms are sautéed with garlic, plums add a delicate hint of sweetness, and rosemary brings an earthy note. Toss with protein-rich lentils, garnish with just enough salt and pepper, and you have a dish that will be remembered by all.
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Lead image source: Turmeric-Roasted Cauliflower