By Mackenzie Schieck

Use this instead of that

Classic side dishes are a must-have at any Thanksgiving, and so are friends and family. So, if you have guests who are vegetarian or vegan, this round-up of favorite Thanksgiving sides — that only require a few simple ingredient swaps to make every guest happy — will let you have everything and everyone you love at one table.

Pictured: Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole | Photo by Mackenzie Schieck

Related: 20 Top-Rated Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Special Diets

1. Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

"I made this for the first time this Thanksgiving and my family loved it! I found that baking the sweet potatoes helped them retain a better flavor than boiling them," says MarciJ.

Make it vegan: Substitute plant-based butter such as Country Crock Plant Butter for dairy butter, and use a plant-based milk (hemp, oat, almond, etc.) in place of dairy milk. In place of the eggs, use either store-bought egg substitute or one of these egg substitute options.

VIDEO: Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

2. Bread and Celery Stuffing

Be sure to dry out your bread before making this recipe so it won't get soggy when you add the broth. BroncosFan says, "I air dry the bread for a few days on cookie sheets instead of just a few hours."

Make it vegetarian: Swap vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
Make it vegan: Swap vegetable broth for the chicken broth and use plant-based butter instead of dairy butter.

Photo by Michelle Ramey

3. Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

"This recipe is EXCELLENT," says BMCCOWN. "I made it for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. I cooked it in a crockpot to save space on the stove and it worked out great."

Make it vegan: Substitute plant-based butter for dairy butter and swap in a vegan-approved sweetener such as agave syrup or maple syrup.

Photo by bobagirl

4. Pecan and Apricot Sourdough Bread Stuffing

"Made this yesterday for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit! It was my first time trying a new dressing recipe and baking it outside of the bird. The sourdough bread makes it so flavorful and the apricots and pecans are a great touch," says home cook Mike's Girl.

Make it vegetarian: Swap vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
Make it vegan: Swap vegetable broth for the chicken broth, use plant-based butter instead of dairy butter, and use a vegan egg-substitute.

Photo by Chef John

5. Brussels Sprouts Gratin

"My husband and I are fans of Brussels sprouts to begin with," says Jen Myers, "and we both agreed that these were the best we've ever tasted."

Make it vegetarian: There are some really great vegetarian bacon-like substitutes that offer great flavor, and will do this recipe justice. You can often find them in a cold case dedicated to meat and dairy alternatives. Or try this recipe for homemade Eggplant "Bacon."

Photo by CookinCyn

6. Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

"This really is the simplest and tastiest way to make mashed potatoes," says Sarah Jo. "This recipe makes the fluffiest potatoes, and it's also good with a couple cloves of roasted garlic."

Make it vegan: Substitute plant-based butter for dairy butter, and use a plant-based milk (hemp, oat, almond, etc.) in place of dairy milk.

Photo by Baking Nana

7. Grandma's Corn Bread Dressing

"I like to try and make things low-fat and healthy," says David, "so I used one egg, and then egg substitute for the remaining four. This dish STILL comes out fantastic."

Make it vegetarian: Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.
Make it vegan: Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock, use vegan egg-substitute, and plant-based butter.

8. Chef John's Baked Acorn Squash

"I love this recipe! The roasting and accompanying glaze gives it such a rich and complex taste. I follow it exactly as written and am never disappointed. Just make sure the acorn squash is ripe and it's best to make when in season only," says Gemma.

Make it vegan: Substitute plant-based butter for dairy butter.

Photo by chefster

9. Buttery Garlic Green Beans

"I made these for Thanksgiving," says home cook Babs. "The day before I parboiled the beans for 5 minutes, then cooled them by flushing with cold water & put them in the fridge. On Thanksgiving, I sauteed the beans with butter then added the garlic and cooked til fragrant. Super easy & super yummy!" Great make-ahead tip!

Make it vegan: Substitute plant-based butter for dairy butter.

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

10. Maple Glazed Carrots

"A huge hit at my holiday table, even those who dislike carrots went for seconds, " says home cook Elyse Krantz. "Super quick and easy, why eat carrots any other way!"

Make it vegan: Use plant-based butter instead of dairy butter.

Photo by lutzflcat

Related: See our entire collection of healthy Thanksgiving recipes.

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