Whereas I do know that, theoretically, Thanksgiving is all concerning the turkey, I’ve at all times thought sides had been one of the best a part of the vacation. I grew up in a double turkey kinda family—however even earlier than I switched to a vegetarian way of life a decade in the past, I at all times seemed ahead to the yams and stuffing greater than the fowl—and I do not assume I am alone in that.

This 12 months, Thanksgiving (and the holiday season broadly) clearly appears totally different: with out large household gatherings, turkey won’t even be taking place for many individuals (in any case, when you’re solely cooking for 2, that is an terrible lot of leftovers). So when you, like me, are choosing a sides-only celebration this 12 months, I’ve received excellent news: it might nonetheless really feel decidedly celebratory.

With some more healthy options to the classics, and some much less standard recipes, this record is a superb place to begin your menu planning. Simply promise me you will not less than contemplate ending issues off with a healthy pumpkin pie, okay?