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These Healthy Side Dishes Brighten Up Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is a day for family, friends, and yes—indulgence. But that doesn’t mean that every dish needs to be full of butter and cream to be delicious. These lighter-than-average Thanksgiving sides make delicious additions to your table, and are less caloric to boot.

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Start the night off right with these beautiful sweet potato rounds topped with ricotta, cranberry and walnuts.

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Cream free and decadently rich, this butternut squash soup makes a perfect starter or accompaniment to the turkey sandwiches the day after.

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Roasted sweet potatoes and brussels are a go-to side any night of the week, but we love them on Thanksgiving too.

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Lemon maple squash wedges are beautiful plated next to roast turkey.

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Savory parsnips add fiber and flavor to mashed potatoes.

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This beautiful potato gratin is creamy but uses no cream at all.

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Paleo sweet potato pie goes on the dinner and the dessert table.

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These tricolor roasted carrots are one of our all-time favorite sides.

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Cranberry, ginger and orange chutney is a perfect addition to traditional cranberry sauce.

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Powerful antioxidant tumeric adds a kick to this beautifully roasted delicata squash.

Friendsgiving and Blogsgiving 2014: Green Bean Bundles // The Speckled Palate

These bacon-wrapped green beans are as pretty as they are delicious.

About McLean Robbins

McLean Rob­bins is a Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based lux­ury lifestyle writer spe­cial­iz­ing in travel, spas, and wed­dings. She writes reg­u­larly for the Travel Channel, Forbes Travel Guide, The Wash­ing­ton­ian, AOL, Robb Report, Pursuitist, and many more. Fol­low her on Twit­ter: @McLeanRobbins and on Google +

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