Thanksgiving is definitely a holiday that foodies love, but that doesn’t mean some of those traditional side dishes don’t deserve a well-needed and healthier makeover. Here are 3 of the most popular dishes that you can serve and feel good about indulging in.

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
The side dish that’s always confused about whether it belongs on the dessert table or the main attraction table gets a sugar-free makeover without sacrificing taste. I’m talking about sweet potato casserole, of course.

Here, you’ll leave off the marshmallow topping and forget about adding any sugar to the mashed sweet potatoes because, well, they’re already sweet, right? But what you will need to add are some spices.

Bake the sweet potatoes to tenderness and let them cool before attempting to remove their skins. Either mash them by hand with a potato masher or add to your food processor if you’re looking for an even and smooth texture. Rustic or smooth – they’ll be delicious either way!

After they’ve been mashed, dollop in a little unsweetened applesauce. The applesauce will add a touch of natural sweetness while also helping to keep them moist. Also add in a tablespoon or two of melted coconut oil, butter or ghee. Mix together and taste and observe the texture. If you need more moisture, add more applesauce or butter.

Now you’ll need to spice it. Add a few dashes of ground cinnamon and nutmeg plus some salt. Again, taste as you go to get the preferred spiciness that you like.

Transfer the sweet potato mixture to a greased baking dish and garnish the top with chopped pecans. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes begin to slightly bubble up along the sides.

The sweet potato mixture can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you’re ready to bake it. Add the pecans just before you bake it.

Sheet Pan Roasted Parmesan And Garlic Green Beans
Forget the gloppy mixture of cream of mushroom soup mixed with green beans and topped with a can of fried onions and use this easy sheet pan version instead. It’s healthier and tastes amazing!

Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Wash and trim 1 pound of fresh green beans and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add 1/3 cup of softened, unsalted butter, 4-6 cloves of chopped garlic (depending on how garlicky you like your food), 3/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese, a dash of salt and pepper and mix until combined.

Add the green beans to the bowl and stir to coat with the buttery mixture.

Spread the green beans on the sheet pan and bake for approximately 20 minutes. You’ll need to stir the green beans halfway through to ensure that all sides get a chance to roast evenly. When done, serve immediately.

If you don’t like crunchy beans and prefera more tender texture, parboil the beans for a few minutes. Drain well, cool and let them dry completely before adding them to the butter mixture.

Healthy Cornbread Dressing
This vegan dressing is one that everyone will be able to enjoy. You can even keep it gluten-free by using GF bread and GF cornbread.

Make your favorite cornbread the day before so that it has a chance to dry out. It needs to be textured enough to absorb the liquid and seasonings without becoming gooey because it’s too fresh. Cube your favorite bread, also, and let it dry out, as well.

When ready to make the dressing, oil a 9 x 13 baking dish and set aside. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Chop the following: 5 stalks of celery, a large white onion and 5 cloves of garlic. If you like mushrooms, chop and add those, too. Sauté them over medium heat until softened. Season them with salt, dried thyme and ground sage. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large bowl add the cubed bread and crumble the cornbread in, as well. Stir in the sautéd veggies. Add 2 cups of vegetable broth, one cup at a time, and mix gently to combine. You may need to add another cup of broth if the mixture is too dry.

At this point, taste the dressing to see if you need to add more seasoning.

Add the mixture to your prepared baking dish and cover it with foil. Bake for approximately 30 minutes and then remove the foil. Continue baking for another 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top and hot in the center.