Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients

Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients

While we prefer food made from scratch using organic, local ingredients, we understand that not everyone is a culinary master, or has access to every ingredient they want at their Thanksgiving table at a farmer’s market. So, we at the Mindful Merchants, are bringing you a list to help create some of your favorite healthy Thanksgiving dishes. Below you will find an array of healthy Thanksgiving sides,  healthy Thanksgiving ingredients and what recipes they're good for.

 

#1 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients: Bread Crumbs

  • Great for use in these recipes:

    • Sweet potato casserole

    • Green Bean Casserole

    • Stuffing

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Bread Crumbs

Panko breadcrumbs are a light and crispy Japanese-style breadcrumb that add a light and crispy crunch to and meal. These are all natural, and free from gluten, egg, nuts, and soy. Unlike traditional breadcrumbs, Ian's panko breadcrumbs are not gritty or dense, and they absorb less grease. Pre-seasoned with a tasty seasoning blend, Ian's Original panko breadcrumbs are an essential pantry staple. Great for breading your healthy thanksgiving main coarse.

#2 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients: Corn

  • Great for use in these recipes:

    • Corn Chowder

    • Stuffing

    • Perfectly good side item!

Corn

Cascadian Farms is on the Skagit River in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. They are a leader in converting conventional farms to organic. These corn kernels are sweet and juicy, the closest to fesh you can get!

#3 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients: Cranberries

  • Great for use in these recipes:

    • Cranberry Sauce

    • Stuffing

    • Perfectly good side item!

       

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Cranberry Sauce

Woodstock's whole cranberry sauce is USDA organic and Non GMO project verified. It is naturally fat free and very low in sodium. There are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Certified organic: Quality Assurance International. Member: Organic Trade Association.

 

#4 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients: Flour

  • Great for use in these recipes:

    • Stuffing
    • Biscuits
    • Pies

     

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All Purpose Flour

Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods is a United Sates company in Milwaukie, Oregon. Charlee and Bob Moore started the company, together, in 1978. Their mission to bring their customers nutritional whole grains that has helped them become one of the top names of healthy choices in the country.

Case of Four, 44 oz. bags (11 lbs. total). Gluten Free; Vegan/Vegetarian; Kosher Pareve. Manufactured in a dedicated gluten free facility; R5-ELISA tested gluten free. 

 

#5 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients: Mushroom Soup

  • Great for use in these recipes:

    • Gravy

    • Green Bean Casserole

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Organic Cream Of Mushroom Condensed Soup is a savory base of mushrooms combined with garlic and creme fraiche from our founder's farms deliver a delicious, robust flavor that your family is sure to love. It is as versatile as it is delicious; our cream of mushroom soup is great as a base for soups, casseroles and sauces. This organic soup is gluten free and soy-free. It is a chef-inspired hearty soup that deliver fresh home-made taste in an easy open tear package; no can openers or scissors required, no sharp edges.

 

#6 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients: Potatoes

  • Great for use in these recipes:

    Let's be honest, we could list every way to make potatoes! But, for Thanksgiving, we tend to prefer mashed potatoes!

  Potatoes

We love potatoes for SO many reasons. Firstly, they taste good with just about everything. Secondly, they are easily found and grown across the globe. Thirdly, but certainly not lastly, they are healthy. No healthy Thanksgiving could happen without potatoes. High in vitamins, potassium, and other things our bodies need.

 

 

#7 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients: Pumpkins

  • Great for use in these recipes:

    • Pumpkin Pie!

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Pumpkin

Pack of 3 15-ounce cans (total of 45 ounces). USDA Certified Organic. Naturally sweet pumpkin pureeGrown in the USA.

 

#8 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients: Sugar

  • Great for use in these recipes:

    • Pies, sweet sweet pies!

    • Stuffing

    • Gravy

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 Sugar

The Wholesome Sweeteners company strives to do all they can to use sustainable and eco-friendly agriculture in order to make products that are healthy for our bodies and the environment. This sugar is organic and fair trade certified. Wholesome sweeteners organic sugar evaporated cane juice, 4 lb. 1 Pack, 4lbs

 

#9 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides & Ingredients: Sweet Potatoe

  • Great for use in these recipes:

    • Sweet potato casserole

    • Great side item!

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are ranked at the top of the list of the most healthy foods. Their beta-carotene makes them an excellent source of vitamin A. They are also a very good source of vitamin C,  vitamin B1, vitamin B2.  and vitamin B6. Additionally, they offer a great dose of  potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and phosphorus.

 

  • Great for use in these recipes:

    • You can use this to add some heartiness to gravy or stuffing. Or, just use this in place of "Turkey".

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"Turkey" Roast

Field Roast Celebration Vegan Roast, 1 Pound -- 12 per case. Family feasts, holiday gatherings or a simple dinner for two; our Celebration Roast is the ultimate in vegetarian sophistication. It starts with a rich and savory sausage-style stuffing made from Field Roast grain meat, fresh cut butternut squash, mushrooms and granny smith apples seasoned with a blend of rosemary, thyme and sage. They then surround the stuffing with luxuriant grain meat seasoned with rubbed sage, garlic and lemon juice. As a centerpiece, appetizer or sliced in a sandwich, the Celebration Roast is perfect for any occasion.

Conclusion:

I hope you all found this very helpful. Picking out food that is good for you that is free of chemicals and other pollutants can be difficult, but with these tips, I hope we have made it a little easier on you. We hope you all have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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Natasha received her Bachelors of Art and Design Art Education from Salem State University along with her Massachusetts State Licensure in Art Education. She earned a certificate of Residential Planning from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Her life-long love of the arts  has lead her to collaborate with others on various projects including graphic design, performance art, photography, art directing, makeup artistry, sculpting, and painting. This passion for the arts, and expertise in cognitive development, allow her to plan for a multitude of appropriate developmental needs. Her understanding of design and her deep appreciation for color help to create lively and fun compositions.

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