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Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Thanksgiving is inching closer, and it’s time to start planning our festivities. I’ve gathered the Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes for your big meal, and you won’t be disappointed by the choices. Let’s get cooking!

Collage of 12 of my BEST Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes, including potatoes, carrots, spaghettis squash and cheese, butternut squash, quinoa salad, spinach salad, and risotto.

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad combines roasted butternut squash, tri-color quinoa, green onions, shaved almonds, Craisins, and a simple Honey Dijon Dressing. This is a healthy fall recipe that can be served warm or cold, and makes a perfect special occasion side dish!

Overhead shot of a white dish of butternut squash quinoa salad, on a gray background.

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Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts are a savory side dish that combines yellow potatoes, brussels sprouts, and bacon. These veggies are topped with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then are roasted to perfection.

Overhead shot of a square white dish of roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts, with a wooden spoon.

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Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes are simple, buttery, and a perfect holiday side dish. Chopping up the potatoes before boiling allow these to cook super fast, and the added garlic provides just the right flavor. Make these creamy potatoes for your holiday guests!

Close-up shot of Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, with butter on top, and a wooden spoon inside the dish.

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash is the perfect fall side dish and should be on your holiday table. Combining roasted butternut squash with maple syrup, toasted pecans, and dried cranberries, your guests will be asking for seconds!

Side shot of a white dish of roasted butternut squash with pecans and cranberries, with a wooden spoon it it.

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Creamy Mushroom Risotto

My simple eight ingredient Creamy Mushroom Risotto is gonna shock all you rice lovers out there. The Arborio rice is a key component, but the process is equally important. So creamy and delicious!

Overhead shot of a pan of creamy mushroom risotto, topped with mushrooms.

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Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes are perfect for both entertaining or for any weeknight dinner. This colorful side dish combines roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, crispy bacon, and a delicious Balsamic drizzle.

Overhead shot f a oblong white dish of balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, with a wooden spoon.

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Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese

Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese is a lower-carb version of Mac and cheese, and so unbelievable tasty. Roast the spaghetti squash, make a quick roux, and then add in cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, frozen peas, and bacon. So delicious!

Overhead shot of a portion of a square white dish of spaghetti squash and cheese, with a wooden spoon and a portion gone.

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Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing is the perfect salad for entertaining or for any weeknight meal. Easy to prepare, hearty enough for the biggest appetite, and the tangy dressing adds an extra punch of flavor. I’ve been making this for several years and it never gets old!

Overhead shot of a large white bowl of spinach salad ingredients in sections, with a jar of Honey Dijon dressing.

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Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes are the perfect side dish for special occasions. Say yes to all the cheese and bacon, and make them up a day or two in advance.

Overhead shot of twice baked potatoes in a rectangular white casserole dish, showing the lower left corner and the white handle.

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Make Ahead Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Make Ahead Creamy Mashed Potatoes are the perfect Holiday side dish. Ultra indulgent, sooo creamy, and delicious. Plan ahead and make it a day in advance. You’ll be happy you did!

Overhead shot of creamy mashed potatoes in a round white casserole dish, with a wooden spoon in the middle, and you can see how creamy it is, on a gray tray.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with a Pecan Crumble

Holiday menus are being planned, and you can’t have a special dinner without this Sweet Potato Casserole with a Pecan Crumble! This will definitely be on our table, and it should be on yours too. ?

Close-up shot of a corner of a white casserole dosh with sweet potato casserole, and a pecan crumble topping, with a big helping removed.

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Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots

Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots should definitely be on your holiday table. These are simple, savory, and slightly sweetened, and a healthy side dish to go with your big meal.

Overhead shot of some colorful roasted carrots with maple glaze, in a round white serving dish.

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