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8 Easy Thanksgiving Side Ideas for a Small Gathering

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Thanksgiving is definitely different this year, and although many of us can’t see our families this year, we can still celebrate Thanksgiving in our own homes with a smaller meal. And I’ve got you covered with 8 easy Thanksgiving side ideas for a small gathering.

And if you’re #TeamSides like me, then you’re in luck, because I’ve compiled my favorite sides that will still keep your Thanksgiving delicious.

Check out my 8 favorite Thanksgiving sides below. And once you go to the recipe, you can always reduce the serving size, and the ingredients will automatically decrease!

Stuffing Muffins

Stuffing muffins – need I say more? These adorable and small stuffing muffins were made for a small gathering. They’re dangerously delicious, and leftovers reheat super well!

Grab the recipe here.

Pumpkin Pasta Carbonara

I need to add a pasta recipe in here. And this Pumpkin Carbonara is the perfect pasta for thanksgiving! It’s a great side dish to a meal if you’re looking to add something different to the table this year.

This is one of my favorite fall pastas – it’s creamy and just soooo delicious. Grab the recipe here!

Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

The fall and winter are the best soup season, and I love incorporating a healthy soup as a starter to a big holiday meal.

This vegan butternut squash soup is a great dish to make ahead and then reheat as an appetizer before the meal! Get the recipe here.

Easy Sautéed Whole Garlic Mushrooms

We all need veggies, right? These whole garlic mushrooms are insanely good. They perfectly compliment turkey, ham, or beef – or really just about anything!

I love the addition of herbs in this recipe – it just makes every single bite burst with flavor. You can find the recipe here.

Roasted Carrots with Yogurt, Walnuts, and Mint

Roasted Carrots with Yogurt, Walnuts, and Mint

This carrot recipe is an oldie but goodie! These roasted carrots with yogurt, walnuts, and mint make such a beautiful side dish. They’re also a great recipe to try something new this Thanksgiving.

Get the recipe here!

Sesame Soy Glazed Brussels Sprouts

These sesame soy glazed Brussels Sprouts are SO good. These are a great way to get your veggies in this Thanksgiving.

These aren’t your traditional Brussels Sprouts – they’re packed with flavor, and have just a tiny kick. Find the recipe here.



Everybody loved mashed potatoes, but if you’re looking to add more veggies to your plate this year, make Colcannon!

Colcannon is a traditional Irish potato dish, which is basically mashed potatoes with kale. It’s SO good. I make these for St. Patrick’s Day, but I think I’ll make them for my small Thanksgiving this year.

Get this Irish classic recipe here.

Pumpkin Spiced Apple Galette

Pumpkin Spiced Apple Galette

We all know Thanksgiving dinner has to be finished with dessert, right? Take a break from pie this year and make an apple galette.

You can cut the puff pastry in halves or quarters to make a smaller one, or even make small individual galettes. No matter how you eat them, they are DELISH.

Get my favorite galette recipe here.

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving

From my family to yours, I wish you a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving.

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