15 Tasty Low-Carb Thanksgiving Sides

Cheesy Creamed Spinach in a white dish
Photo: KGora

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate, but all those carb-laden traditional side dishes can really add up. If you are hoping to keep your low-carb diet during the holidays here are some tasty sides that are full of flavor but light on carbs.

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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower in a ceramic bowl
lutzflcat

Mashed potatoes are delicious but this creamy mashed cauliflower is a great alternative and has less than 9 grams of carbohydrate per serving.

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Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash on a sheet pan
Allrecipes Magazine

Instead of sweet potatoes, try some roasted acorn squash, which is just as tasty but contains a lot fewer carbs.

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Parsnip and Carrot Puree

green bowl filled with Parsnip and Carrot Puree
Allrecipes Magazine

Dive into a bowl of this golden, buttery veggie puree. It's low in carbs but sweet and addictive.

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Quick Brussels and Bacon

Quick Brussels and Bacon on a white dish
abbaplez

Skillet-cooked Brussels sprouts and bacon are so delicious that you won't miss out on those dinner rolls.

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Cauliflower Au Gratin

Cauliflower Au Gratin in a white dish on a table
Chef Mo

Instead of mac and cheese, reach for some cheesy cauliflower.

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Green Bean Bundles II

Green Bean Bundles II wrapped with bacon on tin foil
hungryallweighs

Traditional green bean casserole contains a lot of carbs with those fried onions and processed soup. Take a lighter approach with these salty and sweet green bean bundles.

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Grama's Peppery Parsnips

Grama's Peppery Parsnips in a white dish
pelicangal

Caramelized parsnips will satisfy your sweet tooth, so you won't be tempted by sweet potato pie.

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Broccoli Rabe with Roasted Peppers

Broccoli Rabe with Roasted Peppers in a white pan and white dish

With just 4.5 grams of carbs per serving, this colorful dish is tasty and guilt-free.

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Cheesy Creamed Spinach

Cheesy Creamed Spinach in a white dish
KGora

This indulgent and creamy side dish is divine and naturally low in carbohydrates.

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Asparagus with Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Asparagus with Cranberries and Pine Nuts on a white plate
Molly

Asparagus spears get festive with some toasted pine nuts and dried cranberries. Just use dried cranberries sparingly, as they're usually high in sugar and carbs.

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Awesome Broccoli-Cheese Casserole

Awesome Broccoli-Cheese Casserole in casserole dish
Amanda Vestal

"My mom used to make this easy recipe every Thanksgiving when I was little. We kids could never get enough! It was our very favorite Thanksgiving vegetable," Stacy M. Polycn says.

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Patty's Mashed Turnips

mashed turnips in a white bowl with parsley garnic
Ockra / Getty Images

"The smell of hot buttery turnips always reminds me of the holiday season when my grandmother prepared this dish for the family," Patty Spencer says.

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Spinach with Pecans

Spinach with Pecans on a white dish
LatinaCook

Low carb meets low effort in this simple, healthy side.

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Herbed Cauliflower Rice

Herbed Cauliflower Rice in a white dish
Soup Loving Nicole

"The herbs add a fresh zip to this cauliflower rice, making for a tasty side dish as is or topped with your favorite gravy or sauce. The secret to a fluffy and light texture is to dry the 'rice' on the stovetop before serving." — Spexgirl

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Brussels Sprouts Bake

Brussels Sprouts Bake in a white dish
Melissa Goff

Bread crumbs (in moderation) add a nice crunch to creamy, cheddary Brussels sprouts.

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