12 ingredients or less Thanksgiving side dishes: roasted turkey on a plateDid you know the average American eats 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day?

I knew I ate too much on T-Day because of my painful tummy but never realized it could potentially be that many calories until I was reading one of those pesky statistics reports on food and Thanksgiving.

Ouch! No wonder my tummy always hurts.

Thanksgiving is one of those days of the years that I get to show off my cooking skills, so I always go all out. I use heavy cream and plenty of butter. It’s normally the one day a year I give myself to eat what I want and be guilt free.

But after seeing that statistic, I’m doing things differently this year.

This year is all about revamping the old favorites into yummy healthier versions of the old one or finding completely new favorites.

There’s nothing wrong with a little change. Plus it’ll be fun because I get to try out some new dishes.

Since I’m switching things up, I’m also going to look for easy to make with fewer ingredients.

Simple, tasty and healthy.

That’s the motto for this Thanksgiving.

Although I am still having a nice piece of pumpkin pie with real whipped cream.

For those that want to join me, here’s a list of healthier side dishes perfect for the holiday table. The count of these 12 ingredients or less Thanksgiving side dishes includes salt, pepper and oil.

Easy, right?

Not only are these 12 ingredients or less Thanksgiving side dishes recipes simpler, easier and tastier but they will still WOW your Thanksgiving guests.

And for a bonus, you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with them (for some that may not be a bonus, so feel free to “pretend” to be cooking in the kitchen if you feel the need).

1 Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Oh My Veggies Rosemary Roasted Carrots
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Check out these beautiful Roasted Carrots from Oh My Veggies. Only four ingredients in this tasty easy to make recipe.

2 Delicata Squash with Miso-Maple Butter

Nerds with Knives' Delicata Squash with Miso-Maple Butter recipe
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Nerds with Knives’ Delicata Squash with Miso-Maple Butter recipe brings out a little Asian flair with only seven ingredients.

3 Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Roasted FingerlingsSimply Sophisticated Cooking’s Roasted Fingerling Potato recipe is simply salt, pepper, oil and your choice of herbs for easy tasty potatoes.

4 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Thyme

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Thyme from Healthy Seasonal Recipes
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Tansform six ingredients into wonderfully savory Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Thyme from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.

5 Fall Pecan and Pear Salad

My Wife Can Cook's Fall Pecan and Pear Salad recipe
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Pears, pecans and greens along with five more ingredients make an incredible Thanksgiving salad in My Wife Can Cook’s Fall Pecan and Pear Salad recipe.

6 Mashed Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese and Rosemary

Recipe Runner's Mashed Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese and Rosemary recipe
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Skip the mashed potatoes and go for Recipe Runner’s five ingredients tasty Mashed Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese and Rosemary recipe.

7 Roasted Garlic, Parsnip and White Bean Soup

Yummy Beet's recipe for Roasted Garlic, Parsnip and White Bean Soup
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If you’re looking for an excellent soup, Yummy Beet’s recipe for Roasted Garlic, Parsnip and White Bean Soup is at the top with the full 12 ingredients but so worth the effort.

8 Butternut Squash Quinoa with Kale, Cranberries, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Stuck on Sweet's Butternut Squash Quinoa with Kale, Cranberries, Walnuts and Goat Cheese
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Stuck on Sweet’s Butternut Squash Quinoa with Kale, Cranberries, Walnuts and Goat Cheese recipe tastes as good as it looks. With nine ingredients, this easy salad is sure to become a new Thanksgiving tradition.

9 Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Pecans

Gluten Free with LB's recipe for Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Pecans
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Forget the white potatoes and serve up unforgettable sweet potatoes with only seven ingredients in Gluten Free with LB’s recipe for Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Pecans.

10 Vegan Portobello Mushroom Gravy

My Darling Vegan's Vegan Portobello Mushroom Gravy
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Everyone needs an awesome Turkey Day gravy.  My Darling Vegan’s Vegan Portobello Mushroom Gravy recipe is very easy to make, healthy and tastes great with only 11 ingredients.

11 Creamy Garlic Cauliflower Potato Mash

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower Potato Mash recipe from Meg is Well
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No one will miss the extra potatoes in Meg is Well’s nine ingredient Creamy Garlic Cauliflower Potato Mash recipe.

12 Ginger Cardamon Spiced Carrots

Runnin Srilankan's Ginger Cardamon Spiced Carrots
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Cardamom pairs beautifully with most Thanksgiving dishes.  Runnin Srilankan’s  Ginger Cardamon Spiced Carrots seven-ingredient recipe is sure to be a hit with everyone including the kids.

13 Roasted Mushrooms

Love & Food ForEva: Roasted Mushrooms
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Roasted food not tends to be healthier and leaner but roasting brings out such wonderful flavors such as in Love & Food ForEva’s nine ingredient recipe for Roasted Mushrooms.

14 Sweet Potato Tian with Brown Butter, Cider Syrup and Sage

Panning the Globe's Russet and Sweet Potato Tian with Brown Butter, Cider Syrup and Sage
Photo from Panning the Globe: Russet and Sweet Potato Tian with Brown Butter, Cider Syrup and Sage

Sweet potato casserole is one of the worst side dishes we put on our Thanksgiving table. Switch it up this year for this beautiful 10 ingredient recipe for Russet and Sweet Potato Tian with Brown Butter, Cider Syrup and Sage from Panning the Globe.

15 Vegan Pumpkin Stuffing

12 ingredients or less Thanksgiving side dishes: Vegan Pumpkin Stuffing recipe from Cook for Your Life
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These 11 ingredients will not only make the non-meaters happy in your home but the meat eaters as well in Cook for Your Life’s Vegan Pumpkin Stuffing recipe.

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