5 Keto-Friendly Thanksgiving Side Dishes For The Whole Family

Skip the carb-filled Thanksgiving side dishes made of yams, potatoes, and bread this holiday season. Instead, try out some of these keto side dishes the whole family will approve of!

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5 Keto Thanksgiving Side Dishes the Whole Family Will Love

1. Baked Cheesy Garlic Brussels Sprouts

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Baked Brussels sprouts covered in cheese in a dish on the table

Instead of the usual macaroni and cheese, opt for something healthier like baked cheesy garlic Brussels sprouts! This recipe removes the carbs and sodium without sacrificing the delicious cheesy goodness we all expect from a macaroni and cheese recipe.

You can also add this to your list of go-to keto breakfast recipes.

Calories: 139 per serving

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese, grated

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Boil a large pot of water and then cook the Brussels sprouts in it for six minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, coat a large saucepan with butter and then cook it with garlic and flour for one minute.
  4. Slowly pour in the milk while stirring for six minutes or until the mixture thickens. Make sure to whisk any clumps of flour.
  5. Then, take out the Brussels sprouts from the pot and place them in cool water for about two minutes. Pat the veggies dry with a paper towel afterward and set aside.
  6. Remove the saucepan with garlic and flour from the heat and then stir in half of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour the cheese mixture on the Brussels sprouts, mix until the ingredients combine, put everything in a baking dish, and then pour all the remaining cheese on top of it.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.

2. Cauliflower Stuffing

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A bowl of cauliflower stuffing next to a large dish and a basil plant

Having trouble getting the family to agree to keto-friendly side dishes? Then try out this cauliflower stuffing recipe!

What makes this dish so good is the broth makes up for the blandness of the veggies. So you don’t have to worry about the kids whining because this side dish is definitely juicy and meaty, even if it doesn’t have any actual meat in it.

Calories: 102 per serving

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cauliflower, diced
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage

Instructions:

  1. Coat a large frying pan with olive oil and then place over medium to high heat.
  2. Next, stir-fry the onions, garlic, and celery for about eight minutes or until the veggies start to turn brown.
  3. Lower the heat and then add the cauliflower. Stir-fry for 10 minutes or until the cauliflower turns golden brown and soft.
  4. Add the poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, sage, and parsley, then fry for one more minute.
  5. Pour in the chicken broth and then, cook for 10 minutes or until the veggies have absorbed the broth.
  6. Season with salt, pepper, and parsley, then serve.

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3. Green Beans with Bacon Parmesan

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A bowl of green beans covered with cheese and bacon

Bacon is every keto health buff’s secret weapon. If they feel their guests won’t enjoy their low-carb menu, they’ll throw in a bit of meat into the menu.

These delicious, fatty pork strips make anything taste better, even green beans.

Calories: 310 per serving

Ingredients:

  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and minced
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Boil a large pot of water, throw in the green beans, and then cook for three minutes.
  2. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for five more minutes while bringing down the heat. This will make the beans soft and juicy.
  3. Take the beans out of the water and then, stir-fry them in a skillet with the red onions, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice over medium heat.
  4. Season with garlic salt, onion salt, pepper, bacon, and cheese and cook until all the ingredients combine together.

4. Mashed Cauliflower

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A bowl of mashed cauliflower on a table

A lot of people can’t imagine Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes. After all, it’s one of the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes you can make.

However, a holiday dinner without mashed potatoes isn’t impossible. Instead of this high-carb staple, opt to replace with its light, low-carb alternative, mashed cauliflower!

Calories: 230 per serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions:

  1. Boil a large pot of water.
  2. Slice the cauliflower florets off and throw them in the pot. Cook for 20 minutes or until the veggies soften.
  3. Take the cauliflower out and then mash them to make a paste-like mixture.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients and continue mashing until they all combine.

5. Risotto Cauliflower with Mushrooms

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A bowl of risotto with cauliflower and mushroom

Yes, it’s possible to have a delicious, low-carb risotto! What you need to do is take the rice out and replace it with cauliflower.

This gives off the same fluffy texture and taste of rice so nobody really notices the difference. If anything, your guests might even find the light yet flavorful taste refreshing.

Calories: 245 per serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1 cup mushrooms chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions:

  1. Heat the butter in a large pan over medium heat until it melts.
  2. Then, saute the garlic and mushrooms until they soften and turn golden-brown.
  3. Bring the heat to low and stir in the cauliflower.
  4. Pour the white wine into the pan.
  5. Scoop some chicken broth into the dish about one tablespoon at a time.
  6. Once the cauliflower softens, you can pour in the remaining broth and a few tablespoons of heavy cream.
  7. Cover with the lid and let it cook for a few more minutes.
  8. Mix in the parmesan, salt, pepper, and all the remaining ingredients.
  9. Stir until the ingredients combine.

When coming up with keto Thanksgiving side dishes, the important thing is to consider the preferences of your guests and loved ones. Cooking healthy meals is great, but you don’t want to make a bland menu consisting of dishes no one really enjoys.

That’s why you need to find delicious, healthy keto meals everyone will approve of.

Explore the different keto alternatives to common high-carb food choices and see which may make a good side dish for the holiday season.

Also, don’t be afraid of spices and seasonings. It’s amazing how much they can change the way a meal tastes.

Pair your healthy recipe with health supplements like Vitamin D3 for added immune protection.

What are your go-to low-carb Thanksgiving side dishes? Share your recipes with us in the comments section below!

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