Today I'll be rolling out a series of healthy Thanksgiving side dishes. Turkey Day may be the most decadent meal of the year for Americans, but who said every dish had to be drowning in butter and cream and shredded cheese? (Though, admittedly, growing up in the South, our Thanksgiving meals had a lot of all three!) Thanksgiving is actually a great time to eat your veggies, from sweet potatoes to Brusels sprouts to cauliflower to mushrooms to arugula and kale–in the following recipes I've got a little something for everyone. All of these recipes have maximum flavor and minimal fat (except for the heart-healthy kind), and as an added bonus, they're packed with vitamins and minerals. No need to end Thursday in a food coma...with these deliciously healthy side dishes, you'll end the day with energy to spare.


This is one of my all-time favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes. I love the amazing combination of flavors: sweet potatoes and roasted red onions with fragrant rosemary, salty Parmesan, and peppery arugula. This is inspired by a recipe I found years ago on Epicurious, and have since tweaked quite a bit. Rather than separating the sweet potatoes and red onions during roasting, I just mix them all up and let them roast together with the rosemary. I also love the addition of arugula with a Balsamic vinaigrette and a sprinkling of pine nuts. Delicious and healthy any time of year.