Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes You’ve Never Tried

As we gather to give thanks, the turkey is often the annual show stopper. Not, this thanksgiving! Move over turkey, make room for these two sexy sweet potato sides.

Shingled Sweet Potatoes with Harissa

Harissa (pronounced hah-ree-suh), a tomato-based spicy chili paste widely used in North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, gives these sweet potatoes an exotic and decadent flavour. Most harissa recipes are made with a blend of hot chile peppers, garlic, olive oil, and spices, like cumin, coriander and mint. You can make your own, or buy it pre-made at a middle easter grocer.

A good recipe to make your own harissa paste can be found here:

Sweet Potato Apple Butter Mash

If shingled potatoes aren’t your kitchen jam, here’s another healthy thanksgiving side dish! Try this sweet potato and apple butter recipe.  It’s super easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Cooking level – easy!


4 pounds sweet potatoes

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup apple butter


How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°. Pierce the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and place on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until very tender.

Step 2

Peel the sweet potatoes and transfer to a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher until creamy, then mash in the butter and apple butter. Season with salt and serve.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Dr. Mary, ND

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