• Are you struggling to come up with some delicious side dishes that will push your Thanksgiving meal out of the ordinary,green-bean-and-fried-onion casserole territory and into the realm of creative culinary adventure?
  • Are you lazy and need something simple and easy to take to the Thanksgiving potluck?
  • Are you wondering how to stick to your healthy eating lifestyle on the day when we all let our inhibitions (and our waistbands) go, and in overindulge in food, glorious, food?
    Did Thanksgiving just sneak up on you and you forgot you’d need to serve something besides turkey? [You did remember the turkey, right? ]

If you answered yes to any (or all) of those questions, I am here to save the day. The followers of my blog, The Smart Kitchen, know me as Miss Smart, an amateur but creative cook whose focus is on easy, healthy cooking (despite her penchant for bacon and ice cream),  and I have a simply smart solution: to any side dish conundrum you might be facing: serve squash.

I looked through the textbook of recipes from my culinary classroom (also known as The Smart Kitchen) and pulled four squash recipes that range from “easy” to “no thought required” in preparation. You can whip these up and impress your guests on Thanksgiving, or simply make them to enjoy throughout the fall and winter, when other vegetables look sad at the market, but winter squash abounds in its sweet or savory deliciousness.

Easy: Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

(best served with Cheesy Caramelized Onion Beer Bread)

Easier: Buttercup Squash Bulgur Risotto

Easiest: Sugar & Spice Kabocha Squash

No Thought Required: Roasted Delicata Squash Rings

The best thing? Most of these recipes can be adapated to any type of winter squash, as their consistencies tend to be nearly identical, and what tastes great with one type, as far as seasoning, usually goes well with another.

Happy (Healthy) Thanksgiving!

Food Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Serve Up Sides of Squash!