Thanksgiving superfood sides

Including whole-grain stuffing and glazed squash with pecans and sage

During Thanksgiving dinner, New York City–based recipe developer Laura Rege uses an approach called “crowding it out:” “I fill my plate with delicious vegetable sides,” she explains, “making less room for some of the traditional (and heavy) dishes which take a toll on your waistline and your gym progress.” These recipes celebrate seasonal produce with plenty of textural and flavorful additions like turmeric pickled onions on tahini-laced green beans, chopped walnuts and cranberries in whole-wheat stuffing, and crisp sage and pecans on roasted butternut squash.

Here, three Thanksgiving vegetable sides full of nutrient-rich superfoods:Photography and styling by Jenny Huang

tahini green bean “casserole”

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whole-grain stuffing with mushrooms and leeks

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hasselback squash with crispy pecans and sage

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Power pair: steak + citrus

Eat steak with vitamin C and you'll absorb more iron.

Roasted orange beef with citrus chips

A (much) lighter version of the takeout classic

Mediterranean steak kebabs with grilled lemon

Pair these flavorful skewers with a salad or brown rice.