Thanksgiving is a week away!  Are you ready?  Is your menu prepared?  Are your recipes accounted for?  If you are still lacking on a couple side dishes, worry not.  I’ve complied a collection of side dishes to help you out.

While everyone looks forward to the turkey, I get excited about the side dishes.  I can fill my plate entirely with sides and be one happy camper.  Here are some classic side dishes and some new exciting twists on old favorites.  I’ve also included a couple make ahead recipes to help you keep calm and composed on the big day.


Spicy-Squash-Boats-with-Fruity-Quinoa-600Let’s start with a great vegetarian dish.  I love the colors and flavors in these spicy squash boats with fruity quinoa pilaf by Susan of The Wimpy Vegetarian.  You might not be able to see it in the photo, but there’s cocoa nibs in there!

Creamy-mashed-potatoes-with-1There are countless ways to mash and prepare your potatoes.  I prefer them creamy, buttery and smooth.  This creamy mashed potato with parsley by Heidi of Misoginger has me already wanting seconds.

brussels-2As a kid, I was never one to shy away from my greens.  I was that strange kid that actually enjoyed broccoli and Brussels sprouts.  I bet these bacon roasted brussels sprouts by Kristin of The Endless Meal would be delicious along side that roasted turkey.


Who doesn’t love a nice crispy potato?  Nobody!  That’s why you should try our accordion potatoes.  I seasoned them with garlic and thyme, but you can mix and match any herbs and seasonings you and your guests would like.

IMG_89623Looking for a gluten-free stuffing this year?  Have a look at this beautiful quinoa sweet potato and dried cranberry stuffing  by Lisa of With Style and Grace.

6a00e55015ee528833017c335875d6970b-500wiGreen beans are a Thanksgiving staple.  Try out these haricots verts and white beans with shallot vinaigrette by Zach and Clay of The Bitten Word.  This dish can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature.  That’s one less dish you have to worry about heating up.


Another great stuffing alternative is this cornbread casserole by Tara of Noshing with the Nolands.  I love cornbread and I can only imagine how tasty and addicting this side dish would be.


Nothing tastes more like Thanksgiving than sage.  Danielle of Delightful Mom whipped up with elegant dish of roasted cauliflower and cranberry with sage butter .  I think this is a dish your guests will be requesting to have again for the next holiday gathering.

Pumpkin Sage Polenta | www.kitchenconfidante.comPolenta is commonly served with braised beefs.  Why not serve it with turkey?  I think it’d be fabulous together.  This pumpkin sage polenta by Liren of Kitchen Confidante will be a sure favorite around the dining table.


If you happen to be a traditionalist and you must have classic Thanksgiving stuffing- you will love our slow cooker stuffing. No need to crowd the oven and bother your turkey, you can make your stuffing in a crock pot hours before the big meal.  Take that extra time to relax and enjoy yourself among family and friends.  It is Thanksgiving after all.