At Cooking Planet we are not going to flood you with thousands of recipes, our app and web site are known for our chef-selected and chef-tested recipes. And if you are planning anything for Thanksgiving, we know you might already have a turkey or ham or alternative main dish. So… We’re gonna give you 30 sides you might consider for your dinner, or for potluck contributions to family gatherings. Check back with us daily to get the next recipe(s).
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You don’t have to open a can to make this favorite holiday dish. This recipe is easy and tastes fresh.
Truly elegant without any fuss, this salad impresses guests and taste buds.
Sweet and salty always go well together, and this dish is no exception.
Quinoa is a super food, literally. This dish makes a great side or vegetarian entree and tastes great the next day too, so take it to go for a healthy lunch solution.
Fennel really shines in this recipe. It’s so flavorful on its own, but pairing it with the rich cream cheese and fresh dill takes it to a whole new level.
Kale salads are rich in nutrients, big on flavor, and sure to satisfy.
7. SWEET POTATO CAULIFLOWER MASH [PALEO]
Spiced with paprika and pureed with cauliflower, this dish is a great accompaniment to any dinner.
They say we eat with our eyes first, so this salad must be delicious because it’s absolutely beautiful. But it tastes good too, of course!
This is a great, tasty dish with satisfying, savory flavors.
Believe it or not, Brussels sprouts are delicious! Adding some crispy pancetta makes them even tastier!
Flavor boost! The textures and flavors make this a great side dish that’s heart-healthy too.
12. CREAMY POLENTA
This recipe will have all your guests asking for seconds. Look for uncooked, raw, yellow polenta in the bulk aisle. You only have to buy what you need, which makes it affordable too.
As good as it sounds! Creamy, smooth soup made with one of nature’s most nutrient-rich vegetables.
Creamy, rich mashed potatoes become even more decadent with crumbled blue cheese. It will make any evening feel like a special occasion.
A light and robust salad that’s just sweet enough to appeal to all tastes.
So easy and so good! This recipe brings out the natural sweetness in carrots.
Classic mashed potatoes at their best. After you try this recipe, add any of your favorite flavors like blue cheese, caramelized onions, horseradish or truffle butter!
Six simple ingredients combine in flavor harmony.
Creamy goat cheese and earthy walnuts add texture and flavor to the roasted beets for a truly delicious side dish.
This is an easy and healthy recipe. It’s great for parties too because you can build the tian in advance, then just pop it in the oven when guests arrive.
21. POMEGRANATE KALE
A sweet preparation for a tasty, heart-healthy green.
Creamy, cheesy potatoes baked until tender and golden brown. Sometimes you just must indulge!
Tart and sweet, just like cranberry sauce should be. I think if people knew how easy this recipe is, they wouldn’t even think about opening a cannned version ever again!
24. VEGGIE STUFFING
Traditional flavors of classic dressing are delicious all year-round.
Acorn squash lends itself well to the combination of savory and sweet, as showcased in this recipe with butter and brown sugar.
Marshmallows, vanilla, brown sugar and cinnamon make this a decadent treat that’s worth indulging in more than once a year!
Familiar yet interesting, this stuffing dish will satisfy any craving for tradition while also sparking those preferences for something new.
Sweeten up sprouts with this caramelized, buttery sauce. So good and truly hard to resist.
Everyone loves mashed potatoes, so you can’t have too many recipes for the beloved dish.
Once you’ve had a properly roasted beet, you’ll love them unconditionally. This is a basic recipe that will show you how to add beets to any meal.
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It’s a perfect time to introduce my colleague and contributing chef, Christy Horton, who developed the dessert recipes we will be sharing. Christy started with us a few months ago with the sole focus of gearing up for Dessert Planit. (Yup! You read that right! Dessert Planit is in the works!) Our sister site is still a few months off, but we have content underway so we figured why keep it all to ourselves?
Thanksgiving is the ultimate potluck dinner, is it not? Most often, the host pours his or her energy into the turkey and main sides dishes, plus getting the house ready, setting the table and being the perfect host. Then, hopefully, they enlist some help from their guests by asking people to bring a dish or two. Sound familiar?
BONUS: Alternative Thanksgiving MealS
THANKSGIVING ALT 1: TURKEY TWIST
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THANKSGIVING ALT 2: TAKE ON TRADITION
Why should turkeys have all the fun? This simple twist on a classic Thanksgiving dinner is easier to manage and will satisfy everyone’s craving for tradition.
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THANKSGIVING ALT 3: New with the old
People expect mashed potatoes and stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner, but wow your guests by serving them alongside rich, tender short ribs. They’ll be grateful for the surprise!
THANKSGIVING ALT 4: FESTIVE FEAST
Special meals are part of the holiday season. This menu should be on the top of your list.
Thanksgiving Alt 5: Grateful for Flavor
This meal makes you appreciate all the great flavors of the holiday season.
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- Crispy Pork Cutlets with Apples and Sage
- Fig, Pistachio and Blue Cheese Salad with Honey Vinaigrette
THANKSGIVING ALT 6: VEGGIE THANKFUL
Vegetarians have a lot to be thankful for this season too, like this holiday menu!