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I’ve collected the 30 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes to make your Thanksgiving dinner planning incredibly easy! They are grouped into categories, so you just have to choose one from each for a balanced and flavorful meal!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance can you make Thanksgiving side dishes?

Generally you can prepare most Thanksgiving side dishes up to a week in advance. I think it is best to prepare by pre-cutting vegetables, bread for stuffing, and herbs. That way the side dishes are easier to assemble and prepare the day before or the day of Thanksgiving. Some items like fresh rolls and mashed potatoes are best made the day they are served.

How to select Thanksgiving side dishes?

I like to break up the side dishes by categories and select a few from each. I always have several different vegetable side dishes including a sweet potato dish, a stuffing or dressing, and then a bread or dinner roll. After I pick the flavors, I make sure that the dishes range between very little hands-on preparation to more active preparation needed. You don’t want to choose all very complicated dishes that require too much prep on Thanksgiving Day. Select some easier and some more complicated recipes, and be sure that some of the preparation can be done in the weeks before.

How many side dishes should you have for Thanksgiving?

This is ultimately a personal choice, but the fun of Thanksgiving is in the variety! I like to have at least 4 side dishes no matter the number of guests. Two vegetable side dishes, a stuffing or dressing, and a sauce. The more guests, the more variety and options you can have! Have fun with it. They don’t have to be complicated as long as they are flavorful and they all taste good together!

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30 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes!

I’ve broken down the 30 Best Thanksgiving side dishes by categories to make it easier to select the perfect Thanksgiving dinner menu or you could just follow my Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu with recipes!!

Yeasted Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

I love to have a homemade yeasted dinner roll or bread on the Thanksgiving dinner table. A well-selected roll will allow your guests to sop up all those fabulous flavors on Thanksgiving day and make leftover sandwiches the next day.

Pumpkin Herb Dinner Rolls Perfect Texture

These pumpkin herb dinner rolls are savory yeasted pumpkin roll flavored with browned butter and herbs. They have impactful flavors that are sure to impress all your guests! They are also easier than they seem – just a little pumpkin puree and patience!

Pumpkin Herb Dinner Rolls Perfect Texture
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Pumpkin Herb Dinner Rolls

These are the perfect savory Pumpkin Herb Dinner Rolls. Rosemary, sage and thyme are bloomed in browned butter for a deep, complex flavor. These yeasted rolls are soft, tender and full of flavor. I’ll give you all the tips and tricks for perfect rolls every single time.
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Potato Dinner Rolls being torn apart

You can never go wrong with soft, tender Potato Rolls. These rolls do require making mashed potatoes but that can be done up to a week in advance. I usually cook a larger batch of potatoes and mash them. Then take out what I need for this roll recipe and transform the rest into easy weeknight Mashed Potatoes.

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Easy Potato Dinner Rolls

These are the best Potato Dinner Rolls. They are easy enough for a beginner baker but are soft, tender and buttery! They use real mashed potatoes for a rich flavor!
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Rosemary Sourdough Rolls on wooden board

These Rosemary Sourdough Rolls have that perfect browned exterior and chewy interior. The rosemary flavor will complement any other side dish you choose and also my Roasted Herb Turkey! Consider making a double batch because they will be gone before you go back for seconds.

Rosemary Sourdough Rolls on wooden tray
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Rosemary Sourdough Rolls

These Rosemary Sourdough Rolls are soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside! They are completely leavened with sourdough starter!
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Easy Dinner Rolls Fluffy Interior

These easy dinner rolls are so soft and tender that they melt in your mouth. With no additional preparation required (like in the potato dinner rolls) you can make them start to finish on Thanksgiving day!

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Easy Dinner Rolls

These Easy Dinner Rolls are soft, tender and slightly buttery! With these step by step instructions, making perfect dinner rolls will be so easy you’ll want them every night!
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Pumpkin Spice Dinner Rolls Crumb

I love a good side dish surprise. These Pumpkin Spice Dinner Rolls are an unexpected but delightful choice for Thanksgiving side dishes. They are savory but have just the faintest hint of brown sugar and warming pumpkin spice. They will pair beautifully with sweet potato casserole, any stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

Pumpkin Spice Dinner Rolls Perfect Bun
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Pumpkin Spice Dinner Rolls

These savory Pumpkin Spice Dinner Rolls are the perfect addition to a Fall dinner menu! They have all the pumpkin spice flavors you love but are soft, tender and chewy. An easy, yeasted dinner roll to spice up any occasion.
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Honey Whole Wheat Buttermilk Rolls in basket

If you wanted a more sensible choice, here it is! Each Whole Wheat Buttermilk Roll only has 50 calories and is 100% whole wheat! They are still light and fluffy and incredibly delicious.

Honey Whole Wheat Buttermilk Rolls in basket
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Honey Whole Wheat Buttermilk Rolls

These Honey Whole Wheat Buttermilk Rolls are soft and fluffy with just a hint of honey! And they are only 50 calories each! Hearty, healthy dinner rolls that will complete any meal!
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Quick Thanksgiving Bread Side Dishes

Some years there is no time for a yeasted roll side dish, and that is what cornbread and biscuits are for! These easy quick bread side dishes will complement any Thanksgiving dinner and come together in no time.

Sweet Southern Cornbread a 30 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Moist Sweet Cornbread is an easy alternative to yeasted bread for Thanksgiving. You can mix it up in one bowl or even in the same cast iron skillet you’ll bake it in!

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Sweet Cornbread

This Sweet Cornbread Recipe is buttery, lightly sweetened and has a velvety texture. This moist cornbread recipe can be made in under 45 minutes in any dish even a cast iron skillet!
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Buttermilk Biscuits honey drizzle

I lived in the South long enough to know that there are households where no meal is complete without a Buttermilk Biscuit. Do all the prep ahead of time and then bake them fresh for Thanksgiving dinner!

Buttermilk Biscuits cast iron
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The Best Buttermilk Biscuits

These are the best buttermilk biscuits ever: soft, flaky and incredibly tender! Look no further for your new favorite biscuit recipe!
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The Ultimate Cornbread Recipe with butter

This is my Southern Cornbread Recipe. It isn’t as sweet as my Sweet Cornbread, but it is still tender and soft. I use it to make mushroom cornbread stuffing but it also makes a wonderful side dish.

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Southern Cornbread Recipe

This is the best Southern Cornbread Recipe! It is soft, tender and moist without being sweet! It is delicious hot from the oven, topped with maple butter or used as the base for yours favorite cornbread.
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Sweet Potato Thanksgiving Side Dishes

There must be at least one sweet potato side dish on my Thanksgiving table! I prefer them on the sweeter side like in sweet potato casserole but I also love a good savory sweet potato side dish!

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes in blue bowl

These Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes are the best of both worlds! They are a little sweet but mostly savory. Silky-smooth sweet potato puree mixed with maple syrup, butter, and a little bit of crème fraîche for an extra silky texture.

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes in blue bowl
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Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The are the best Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes! They are silky smooth, rich and creamy! Roasted sweet potatoes are sweetened with maple syrup and finished with butter and crème fraîche.
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The best Sweet potato casserole one of 30 best thanksgiving side dishes

This is a decadent recipe for The Best Sweet Potato Casserole. A rich, buttery sweet potato base topped with a brown sugar pecan crumble. When they bake together you get the actual best sweet potato casserole. This is what Thanksgiving dreams are made of.

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The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

This is the best sweet potato casserole with pecans you’ll ever taste, with a delicious, crunchy pecan and brown sugar topping that's the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
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An easy recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole Lightened Up! Still packed with brown sugar, buttery goodness but with half the calories!

In case you aren’t here for the 100% decadence of my classic Sweet Potato Casserole above, I’ve lightened up the recipe for you. This Sweet Potato Casserole Lightened up recipe uses less butter and sugar, but still retains the silky texture and crumble topping for a healthier version of a classic.

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Sweet Potato Casserole Lightened Up

My lightened up Sweet Potato Casserole still has all the buttery, brown sugar flavor of a traditional casserole with half the calories!
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Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes will liven up any meal! Easy, stunning and delicious!

These Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes are smooth, creamy, and flavored with browned butter and sage for a completely savory sweet potato side dish.

Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes will liven up any meal! Easy, stunning and delicious!
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Brown Butter Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Smooth and creamy mashed sweet potatoes with nutty brown butter and savory fresh sage come together in a beautiful and delicious side dish!
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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes 30 best Thanksgiving side dishes

This Hasselback Sweet Potato Casserole is even healthier than my lightened up sweet potato casserole. Slice sweet potatoes Hasselback-style then bake with a touch of butter until they are soft and tender. I sprinkle a little brown sugar pecan crumble over the top for a final bake. You get all the flavors of sweet potato casserole in a fun, healthier presentation!

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes Perfect Texture
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Hasselback Sweet Potato Casserole

This Hasselback Sweet Potato Casserole is a fun twist on the traditional sweet potato casserole. It has all the flavors without all the work! The sweet potatoes are sliced thin and then baked under a generous covering of delicious brown sugar pecan topping for an easy, playful side dish.
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Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving

Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving, and any round up of the 30 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes would be incomplete without a few of my favorites.

Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing 30 best Thanksgiving side dishes

This Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing has tons of fresh herbs, a little sweetness from the apples and a little spice from the sausage! It is a phenomenal addition to any list of the Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes.

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Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing

This Apple Sage Sausage Stuffing is a sensational side dish! It has something for everyone! A little sweetness from the apples, a little spice from the spicy Italian chicken sausage, tons of savory flavors from aromatics and fresh herbs, and a little crunch from toasted pecans!
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Classic Cornbread Stuffing

This Classic Cornbread Stuffing has a mix of crusty bread and cornbread for the perfect texture! There are tons of aromatics and just enough stock to keep it moist without being spongy.

Classic Cornbread Stuffing White Ramekin.
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Classic Cornbread Stuffing

This Classic Cornbread Stuffing uses fresh, savory cornbread with an abundance of spices, herbs and aromatics for a delicious side dish!
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Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing in white baking dish

This Mushroom Cornbread stuffing is my favorite. It is made with 100% cornbread and tons of aromatics and herbs. The mushrooms give it body and texture while keeping it healthier. A few cranberries studded throughout gives it a little tartness.

Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing in white baking dish
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Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing

This Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing is flavored with mushrooms and all the herbs! Cranberries are studded throughout for the perfect holiday side dish!
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Potato Thanksgiving Side Dishes

I love to mix in different flavors and textures with Potato Side Dishes. Sometimes I go traditional with mashed potatoes, and other times I like to mix it up with cheesy, indulgent scalloped potatoes. I always try to balance the texture with whichever sweet potato side dish I choose.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe melted butter 30 best Thanksgiving side dishes

These Creamy Mashed Potatoes are a staple on my dinner table. They are easy to pull together and have just enough butter to make them feel decadent.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe with vintage spoon in blue bowl
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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

These Creamy Mashed Potatoes are easy enough for a weeknight and only contain three ingredients! A simple recipe from a professional chef for fast, delicious, creamy mashed potatoes.
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Scalloped Potatoes on wooden server

Scalloped Potatoes are my husband’s favorite side dish. They are a prerequisite in my house, but every year I tweak the recipe just a bit to try different cheeses or add another layer of flavor. It is creamy, cheesy and after one bite, you’ll be dreaming about it until next year.

Scalloped Potatoes on wooden server
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Scalloped Potatoes

These Scalloped Potatoes are rich and creamy and super cheesy! Layers of perfectly cooked potatoes and cheesy béchamel bake together into one stunning side dish!
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Loaded Mashed Potatoes 30 best Thanksgiving side dishes

Loaded Mashed Potatoes have all the toppings of loaded potatoes but mixed into smooth, creamy mashed potatoes! Silky mashed potatoes loaded with bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and chives!

Loaded Mashed Potatoes Delicious Spoonful
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Loaded Mashed Potatoes

These Loaded Mashed Potatoes are bursting with bacon, sour cream, chives and cheddar cheese. Everything you love about loaded potatoes but mixed into smooth, creamy mashed potatoes!
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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes close up 30 best thanksgiving side dishes

These Roasted Rosemary Potatoes are a healthier option to mix up the best Thanksgiving side dishes. I make these all year round because they are flavorful and incredibly easy to make. If you need a low-key side dish, this is a great option.

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Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

I make these Rosemary Roasted Potatoes at least once a week! They are easy, delicious and the perfect complement for roast chicken. The leftovers are phenomenal on salad!
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The Best Thanksgiving Condiments

You can’t forget the accoutrements! These are the sauces that will pull the whole meal together and transform leftover sandwiches into inspirational meals! No list of the 30 best Thanksgiving Side Dishes would be complete without a few complementary sauces!

Maple Butter dark shadows

Maple butter isn’t a sauce, but it does make any dinner roll taste even more fantastic! Plus, it is the easiest thing you’ll make all day. Simply mix together maple syrup, kosher salt, and softened butter for a sweet, salty spread! Think of this as the enabler for, “okay, maybe just one more roll.”

Maple Butter swirled
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Homemade Maple Butter

This easy Homemade Maple Butter recipe uses only 3 ingredients for a rich, salty-sweet butter spread. Maple butter is delicious on toast, quick breads, muffins or dinner rolls.
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Nanas Cranberry Chutney one of 30 best thanksgiving side dishes

Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without a generous helping of Nana’s Cranberry Chutney. It is just a little sweet and very aromatic. The tart, fragrant sauce pulls all the different side dishes together and adds a welcomed burst of acidity.

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Cranberry Chutney

My Grandmother’s recipe for Cranberry Chutney is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. Easy and aromatic, a Holiday table wouldn’t be complete without it!
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Gravy From Scratch Wood Slate Backdrop

If you are already roasting a whole bird, then why not make a flavorful gravy from the pan drippings? Make this Easy Gravy Recipe with any pan drippings. I give you all the cheat codes for making it delicious no matter what happens.

Gravy From Scratch Delightful Overhead
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Easy Gravy from Pan Drippings

A professional chef shows you how to make gravy from drippings! This easy gravy recipe makes a thick, rich, robust gravy that can be made with chicken or turkey pan drippings. You can also make it with butter for an equally delicious homemade gravy.
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Break out of the cranberry rut with this Spiced Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce| An easy recipe for any night or your holiday feast!

This Cranberry Sauce is a flavorful twist on classic cranberry sauce. Fresh cranberries simmered with whole spices, brown sugar and apple cider for a tart and delicious side dish.

Break out of the cranberry rut with this Spiced Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce| An easy recipe for any night or your holiday feast!
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Cranberry Sauce

Break out of the cranberry sauce rut with this Spiced Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce! Cranberries are simmered with brown sugar, apple cider, star anise, cinnamon, cardamom and tangerine zest!
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Vegetable Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Here are some vegetable side dishes that pack a flavor punch and range from very healthy to more decadent.

Brussels Sprouts and Leeks with Lime ginger butter in skillet with spoon

These Brussels Sprouts & Leeks are served with a lime ginger butter that elevates roasted brussels sprouts to a whole new level! This is another easy, healthy side dish to add to the mix.

Brussels Sprouts and Leeks with Lime ginger butter in skillet
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Brussels Sprouts & Leeks with Lime Ginger Butter

These Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Leeks with a lime-ginger butter have layers of flavor! Caramelized brussels sprouts and leeks are finished with a lime ginger browned butter sauce so good, you’ll never look at brussels sprouts the same again!
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Creamy Swiss Cheese Mixed Vegetable Casserole red dish

This Vegetable Casserole Recipe will be the easiest side dish you make all day. Just mix together the 5 ingredients and pop it in the oven! No chopping, no prep, no stress. Even if you forget to thaw the veggies, it will still be ready before the turkey!

Mixed vegetable casserole in a square red baking dish on a light wood surface.
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Vegetable Casserole

Creamy, cheesy, flavorful. 5 ingredients and 5 minute prep time: This casserole couldn’t be easier yet it has a surprisingly complex flavor!
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Easy Rosemary Lemon Roasted Cauliflower pink bowl on a green surface

I love this recipe for Rosemary Lemon Roasted Cauliflower. It is healthy, flavorful and easy. You could even cut the cauliflower florets several days before Thanksgiving for an easy side dish.

Easy Rosemary Lemon Roasted Cauliflower on baking sheet
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Rosemary Lemon Roasted Cauliflower

This easy Rosemary Lemon Roasted Cauliflower will be your new favorite side dish! Cauliflower florets seasoned with fresh rosemary, thyme and lemon zest. It is fast, flavorful and versatile
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Lasagna Thanksgiving Side Dishes

These Lasagna recipes are for the Italian Americans out there and everyone else who feels lasagna is an essential Thanksgiving Side Dish. I was surprised the first time I heard this tradition, but then it all made sense. What is one more decadent, cheesy side dish among friends?

Ultimate Lasagna Recipe slices on two plate with cheese pull

This is my Ultimate Lasagna Recipe. It is tried and true and I have been making it since college. There is flavor packed into each and every layer for the best lasagna.

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The Ultimate Lasagna Recipe

This is the Ultimate Lasagna Recipe! It has all the expected layers of cheese, pasta sauce and noodles, but I’ve built extra flavor into every single layer for the most mind-blowingly delicious lasagna EVER.
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Spaghetti Squash Kale Lasagna

This vegetarian Spaghetti Squash lasagna is shockingly delicious. It is packed with herbs and is gluten free. A healthier way to have your lasagna and eat it too!

Spaghetti Squash Kale Cilantro Lasagna
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Spaghetti Squash Kale Lasagna

This Spaghetti Squash Lasagna has layers of low-carb, filling spaghetti squash, bright cilantro, and homemade tomato sauce, with rich, creamy mozzarella and part-skim ricotta. It’s healthy, vegetarian, hearty and flavorful!
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Whole-Wheat Vegetable Lasagna

This recipe for Whole Wheat Vegetable Lasagna uses whole wheat lasagna noodles and layers of summer squash for a healthier take on a family favorite. All the same great flavors of my ultimate lasagna but lightened up.

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Whole Wheat Vegetable Lasagna

This vegetable lasagna is packed with vegetarian goodness: ricotta cheese, zucchini, tomato sauce all roast in the oven for the best veggie lasagna!
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Before You Go

I hope you enjoyed these Thanksgiving side dish ideas. You might also want to see all our Thanksgiving dinner recipes, the 20 Best Thanksgiving Pies or these Easy Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes!

Hi, I’m Chef Lindsey!

I am the baker, recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Chef Lindsey Farr. I believe in delicious homemade food and the power of dessert!

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