Easy Veggie Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Can someone tell me how it is Thanksgiving in four days?

Wasn’t it just the 4th of July and we were barbequing? This whole time flying by as you get older thing has got to stop. Seriously.

Yesterday I was picking up a few things at Trader Joe’s when I noticed it was a little crazier than usual. That’s when it dawned on me.

Ah, yes! People are getting ready for the big Thanksgiving meal.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the actual turkey on Thanksgiving. For me, it’s not about the bird. It’s all about the sides. They really are the best part, right?

My perfect Thanksgiving Day meal would be all sides. That’s it. No bird. No main dish. All sides. And dessert. Always desert.

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Here’s 12 easy veggie side dishes for Thanksgiving that I’ve been dreaming about.

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Spiced Pumpkin Cornbread

Saweet! Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Crumble

Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Apple Bake

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Cranberries

Kale and Sweet Potato Casserole

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings

Roasted Purple Potato Soup

Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli Salad

Sweet Potato-Ginger Spoon Bread

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday -Teriyaki Salmon + Brussels sprouts

Monday – Pick your egg sandwiches + avocado toast

Tuesday – Veggie Burgers + roasted sweet potato fries

Wednesday – Homemade veggie pizza


Friday – Leftovers

Saturday – wing it

What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

What’s for dinner this week?

High Five Friday

Happy High Five Friday

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1. Fall splendor. I’m holding on to this vision for the next 6 months when everything goes dark and blah. And white.

2. Good ol’ wheel pose. So thankful my back is feeling better than ever.

3. Monster walks are back in my life. After having a physical therapy evaluation earlier this week (to get to the root of why I got Achilles tendinopathy in the first place), it was quite evident that my balance is off and my hips are weakened (again). And I thought I was being so good with all my other exercises.

4. Sunset. It’s beautiful but why does it have to be at 4:15 p.m.?

5. Pineapple, black beans, roasted butternut squash and corn on top of quinoa. Random but a delicious dinner.

5 Things

1. Dear Daughter – I love this piece from a dad to his daughter about life lessons learned from losing weight and running. I say it to anyone and everyone – running is SO much more than exercise.

2. Is it better to run for time or miles? – This question came up in our small group activities during RRCA Running Coach certification in June. I prefer miles, but a lot of my team liked prescribing time. Our coach for Boston is also using time. What do you prefer?

3. Building Her Own Running Team -  Of course, I want my kids to run, but forcing them isn’t going to make anyone happy. I’m following Amanda’s advice for getting my fleet of runners. BTW – super exciting to see Amanda on Zelle!

4. Do You Get What I’m Saying? – Thanksgiving is next week which means you may be around more family members than usual. Before you start chattering to Uncle Ned about running, make sure you print this handy guide out for him.

5. The Toughest Race I’ve Ever Run – My latest post for Competitor Magazine relives my horrible first marathon. You would think I’d never want to run that distance again. But actually, it’s fueled my desire to get back into the pain cave. I’m not letting it beat me. Now if I can just stay healthy enough to run another.

What would you like to high 5 today?

What has been the toughest race you’ve ever run?