Our 10 Best Thanksgiving Sides November 13, 2017

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Give the hustle-bustle of the holidays a serious upgrade with our best Thanksgiving sides — some of which are even on the menu in time for the big day! Feast your eyes on the recipes, and don’t miss the chance to order our limited edition holiday sides today.

1. Apple Cranberry Stuffing 

There’s no way we weren’t going to pull out all the stops for a holiday that’s all about food (and giving thanks… but mostly food). So we’re offering up a special stuffing that will be welcome on any feasting table. It’s got Ocean Spray cranberries, sage, toasty bread, and our special harvest spice blend. All you need to make it complete is a few of your other favorite Thanksgiving dishes (and six to eight hungry mouths to feed it to). Order it off the menu today to get all the pre-measured ingredients delivered to your doorstep next week. And in the meantime, take a peek at the recipe here.

2. Caramelized Shallot Risotto 

Caramelized Shallot Risotto

Raw shallots start out crisp and pungent, but when you roast them in the oven they become meltingly tender and sweet. In this recipe, they’re tucked into a risotto, adding surprise bursts of flavor between the creamy grains. And for an elegant finish, you’ve got zucchini ribbons, which top the rice like a green veggie crown. It’ll be impressive as a side dish at Thanksgiving, serving six to eight, but also perfect for enjoying as a meal for two any night of the week. Order it off the menu today to get everything you need in time for the big day. Get excited by checking out the recipe here.

3. Feel-Good Freekeh Salad with Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Apple


Don’t settle for boring brown rice on Thanksgiving. Instead, opt for freekeh. The smoky, nutty flavor of this whole grain mixed with creamy butternut squash, sweet apples, and crispy roasted Brussels sprouts is guaranteed to wow even the pickiest of crowds. After all, there’s a reason it’s called “feel-good freekeh salad,” right? Get the recipe here.

4. Fig and Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Mint, and Feta

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Calling this a “salad” doesn’t do it justice. From the protein-packed quinoa, fiber-rich figs, and heart-healthy arugula, this dish packs a serious nutritional (and flavor) punch. It’s one of our go-to vegetarian meals that has officially reached the rank of Thanksgiving side dish. Get the recipe here.

5. Loaded Lentil Salad with Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

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Lentils are a nutritional powerhouse loaded with protein, fiber, complex carbs, vitamins, and minerals. Needless to say, you want them on your Thanksgiving table — especially when they come alongside honey-roasted sweet potatoes, crispy Brussels sprouts, and crunchy pepitas. Get the recipe here.

6. Brussels Sprouts, Gorgonzola, and Pecan Salad

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This super simple and nutrient-packed salad has a few key flavor players: buttery pecans, sharp Gorgonzola cheese, nutty Brussels sprouts, and fragrant fresh thyme. Talk about a Thanksgiving show-stopper. Get the recipe here.

7. Celery and Parsnip Stuffing with Roasted Meyer Lemons

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Another take on the Thanksgiving classic — but this time, with parsnips, a whole lot of fragrant herbs, tangy Meyer lemons, and hearty wholegrain bread. Get the recipe here.

8. Crispy Vegetable Roast

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Slice and roast a colorful medley of vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, and sweet potatoes to make a simple, delicious, and eye-catching dish.


  • 5 Pounds Zucchini
  • 5 Pounds Yellow Squash
  • 5 Pounds Eggplant
  • 5 Pounds Sweet Potatoes
  • 5 Pounds Purple Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Pomegranate seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Slice all produce into thin rounds, rub with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Arrange in a baking dish and bake until golden brown, about 60 minutes.
  3. Top with pomegranate seeds and serve.

9. Sweet Potato and Red Bean Chili

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Chili and Thanksgiving may sound like an odd combination, but it totally works — especially when sweet potatoes are involved. They add an autumnal flavor and starchy thickness to every delicious spoonful of this flavorful stew. With a hefty dose of fiber, protein, and complex carbs, this side is hard to beat.


  • 3 Pounds Medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Vidalia Onion, diced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans
  • 1 Cup Corn
  • 2 Cans Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Pepper
  • 1 Avocado, cubed
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sour Cream
  • Cilantro
  • 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Lime


  1. Add sweet potatoes and red bell pepper to a large pot with olive oil. Cook until tender, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Add diced onions and garlic. Cook until onions are golden and fragrant. Add beans and corn. Cook another 5-6 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and spices, and simmer on low 45-60 minutes.
  3. Top with cubed avocados, sour cream, cilantro, shredded cheddar cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

10. Stuffed Squash Boats

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These boats carry delicious cargo: button mushrooms, toasty quinoa, golden raisins, and creamy feta cheese. Now you just have to decide if you want to name yours the Mayflower, Pinta, or Santa Maria. Get the recipe here.

Once you order your favorite holiday sides off the menu, check out these epic Thanksgiving fails for a good laugh.

Oh – and meet Freddy Freshbot while you’re at it! He’s our friendly virtual assistant on Facebook Messenger who can help with a lot of things, including answering common questions, setting up meal choice reminders, and even providing holiday inspiration.

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