Thanksgiving Side Dish Roundup & a Wüsthof Giveaway [CLOSED]

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?? Not a few weeks from now or a month away anymore. IT’S NEXT WEEK. Are you hosting your own shindig this year? Having a cozy dinner for two at home? Going to watch your mom or in-laws cook while you drink? All are totally acceptable options in my opinion. If you’re making the feast or bringing some sides, I decided to give you a roundup of some of my all time favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, most of which are light and easy on the waistline and a chance to win a fancy new Wüsthof knife! But, before we get to that, we’re going to talk food.

Side dishes

Sides are my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. Yes, I love me some turkey and pie, but I always load up on sides. Luckily for you (and my scale), these sides are all lower in fat and calories, so you can have double servings for the same nutritional breakdown as one serving of the regular stuff.

Green bean pasta with gorgonzola cream

Creamy pumpkin soup  

Mashed potatoes with kale and garlic

Low fat creamed spinach 

Vegan stuffing

Creamy garlic vegan mashed potatoes

Crock pot honey and balsamic carrots

Light confetti corn with bacon 

Loaded baked potato soup

Roasted butternut squash risotto  

Creamy butternut squash mac n’ cheese

Spinach dip risotto  

Creamy spinach mac n’ cheese 

Baked gnocchi mac n’ cheese

Broccoli with roasted new potatoes

Savory sausage stuffing

Cheesy bacon grits

Slow cooker carrot and ginger soup 

Phew! Are you drooling yet? And can you tell I’m absurdly obsessed with mac n’ cheese? Even though I could eat only side dishes for the rest of my life, I know you can’t have a proper Thanksgiving meal without a turkey (or a vegan substitute).

Now, roasting a turkey is the easy part. The hardest part? CARVING IT! I was the world’s worst turkey carver (just ask my husband) and this is really due to the fact we didn’t have a proper carving knife! Well, that was until the amazing folks at Wüsthof sent me one to review and give away to you!

Guys, this knife IS A DREAM! The hollow ground edges make the perfect thin slice and the oval depressions make for an even cut, with no messy pieces or strings left behind. With this knife, your turkey will be so beautifully carved, people will ask if you work in a butcher shop. I can’t carve anything to save my life and with this knife? I’m a badass in the carving department.

SO GUESS WHAT? One of you lucky readers will get this beautiful Wüsthof Grand Carving knife (a $125 value) FOR FREE just in time for Thanksgiving! AWESOME RIGHT? Just enter the prompts below by Friday at midnight! Good luck!

*If you are chosen, you have 72 hours to respond to my email asking for your address. If you do not respond, you forfeit the winnings to the next person. It’s only fair!

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  1. Posted by Jessica Lynn Slish on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    my favorite dish is a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe called filling. It is kind of a mixture of stuffing and mashed potatoes and baked until hot and golden. It is amazing.
  2. Posted by Sara @ Magia e Pasta on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    This is my first Thanksgiving in a new city and I am hosting dinner and really don't want to blow it! Can the knife also help me magically whip up dinner? ;)
  3. Posted by Jeanna on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is pumpkin pie. It's the only time of year I eat it and I look forward to having a slice all year long.
  4. Posted by Ashley on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I LOVE green bean casserole! I allow myself to splurge on that during the holidays :-)
  5. Posted by Kelly Hunt on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Ok first of all I'm loving ALL your delicious turkey day dishes and its not helping that I'm starving right now! Secondly, I desperately want that knife!!!! Great giveaway! :)
  6. Posted by Laura on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Fresh, homemade green bean casserole. I made it last year and my family requires that I bring it again. Mmm
  7. Posted by Raymond on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Pumpkin Pie! Always a classic favorite!
  8. Posted by Georgiana on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Gotta go with the turkey itself - always so juicy as my hubby does a great job and would love to carve our organic kosher bird with this fabulous Wusthof knife! Also my favorite part has got to be the drumstick!
  9. Posted by Jeffrey Lammers on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I like sweet potatoes, baked or mashed with a touch of brown sugar and honey.
  10. Posted by Rachel Lore'l on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I love the mashed potatoes best. Especially with the fresh turkey gravy. Mmm.
  11. Posted by Athena R on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I love dressing the best...yum!
  12. Posted by Lauren on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I like sweet potatoes the best!
  13. Posted by Sandra Kuhn on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    All of it ! But, if I had to choose, the pumpkin pie .
  14. Posted by christophersorel on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    roasted sweet potatoes with bbq spice no sweet here please
  15. Posted by Casey Foster Wright on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Homemade creamed corn with a parmesan crust
  16. Posted by Erin Duke on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is a toss up between the stuffing/dressing or the sweet potato casserole! :)
  17. Posted by marge b on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Mashed potatoes and gravy are my favorite. yummm!
  18. Posted by VickiA on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My mom's cranberry sauce with walnuts and carrots.
  19. Posted by Stephanie Kubala on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    turkey with cranberry sauce and stuffing and broccoli robbe mixed together!
  20. Posted by Susan Tate on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I would have to say that my favorite Thanksgiving dish would be cranberry chutney!
  21. Posted by Nicole on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    But, my most favorite food that i adore on the thanksgiving table is the bird! I love the bird! I usually eat as much lean protein as my little heart desires. Btw: That gnocchi and cheese looks like heaven in a bowl!
  22. Posted by Sara on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I love the cranberries!
  23. Posted by Becky B on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is definitely chestnut stuffing! So good.
  24. Posted by Ashley on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I don't know if I could pick one favorite side - I love them all!
  25. Posted by Lisa Petrillo on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Cheesy hashbrowns!
  26. Posted by MaryB on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Oh, that's a hard one to answer. I love the side dishes but I guess maybe the dressing or mashed potatoes are my favorite.
  27. Posted by kim@hungryhealthygirl on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    All of these side dishes definitely left me drooling! In my opinion the sides are the best part of Thanksgiving. My favorites are anything having to do with a sweet potato and my mom's broccoli cheese casserole.
  28. Posted by tricia on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    brussels sprouts! love em!!
  29. Posted by domesticfits on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I think I'm going to your house for Thanksgiving.
  30. Posted by kelly on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I love candied yams
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  31. Posted by Regenia on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    sides really are the best part.
  32. Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I love green bean casserole (that green bean pasta recipe up there is calling me) and anything with sweet potato!
  33. Posted by Susie on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I try to convince myself every year that I don't like all of the super fattening ones and then I have that first bite and its like GET IN THERE! Really good stuffing is pretty magical though.
  34. Posted by Jen on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My favorites for Thanksgiving are the sides too & would love the knife to help make my cooking skills that much more fabulous!!
  35. Posted by Camara McLaughlin on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My boyfriend and I are cooking our very first Thanksgiving this year. This carving knife would be perfect! Though not necessary for mashed potatoes, my favorite Thanksgiving side.
  36. Posted by Tina on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Chinese-themed Thanksgiving with everything in soy sauce is surprisingly good.
  37. Posted by Alicia on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    The green been pasta looks so goood!!!!
  38. Posted by Julie on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    love stuffing thansk
  39. Posted by Tara O on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    It's so cliche, but my favorite Thanksgiving dish is pumkin pie with freshly whipped cream!
  40. Posted by Claire on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my grandmother's mashed sweet potatoes served in hollowed out orange shells with crumble topping! I wait all year for it!
  41. Posted by Samuel Groves on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    turkey salad
  42. Posted by Stephanie on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My mother in laws stuffing is the BEST! MmmmMmmmm
  43. Posted by Allison Fornal on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I always look forward to sweet potatoes in hollowed out oranges.
  44. Posted by Jenny on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My favorite thanksgiving food would be the obvious pumpkin pie! With lots of whip cream!!
  45. Posted by Chad Paxton on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    im going to try a pumpkin spice mousse this year...
  46. Posted by Michael W. Stevenson on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My grandmothers homemade stuffing with turkey!
  47. Posted by Joe on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Great post and even greater suggestions!!!
  48. Posted by purrrrrrr on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Stuffing. Lots of sage and sausage. Even better crunchier the next day. I used to demand mom make an extra dish so I could take it home. Yum!
  49. Posted by Stephanie D. on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish would have to be my mom's cornbread stuffing -- full of apples, pine nuts, cranberries, and turkey jus! Delicious.
  50. Posted by Nancy Larma on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish has to be cranberry sauce. It's the perfect balance with Stuffing, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy! Mmmmm...
  51. Posted by Eric Weese on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    def not tofurkey!!!
  52. Posted by Luke Dahlgren on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I would have to go with moist stuffing with gravy smothered all over it.
  53. Posted by Cheryl Hendricks on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    sweet potatoes!
  54. Posted by Linda Herrin on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    who in their right mind would not Love this knife...and the Turkey and dressing is not half bad either....
  55. Posted by Malerie Carey on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Favorite is green bean casserole!
  56. Posted by Aneesa Bint Lewis on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I love stuffing and collard greens.
  57. Posted by Sabrina5000 on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Awesome contest!
  58. Posted by Anne on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Love having corn casserole!
  59. Posted by Sabrina5000 on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My grandma's Apple salad. So delicious
  60. Posted by IceHawk on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Roasted beet and pumpkin salad with sweet honey onion dressing and blood orange gastrique garnish
    • Posted by Donna on
      Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
      I want to come to YOUR house for Thanksgiving...Pure yum...You had me at "gastrique"...MasterChef indeed...
  61. Posted by Tony Jacobsen on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Turkey n gravy baby !!!!
  62. Posted by Richard Truong on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Sweet potato casserole
  63. Posted by Renata on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Sweet potato casserole with toasted marshmallows on top!
  64. Posted by Steve Stavlo on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Pumpkin Pie!
  65. Posted by laurie msoer on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    My sisters sausage stuffing!
  66. Posted by karen on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    sweet potatoes!
  67. Posted by Anna Maria on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    Creamy pumpkin soup!!! Yammm..........yammm...
    Thanks for all the amazing recipes! :)
  68. Posted by barbara n on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    I love bread stuffing cooked in the turkey with gravy!
  69. Posted by Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    Oooh! Is it bad that my eyes were stuck in the stuffing and mashed potatoes? lol My fav sides.
  70. Posted by Shelly on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    I'd say either the turkey or mashed potatoes!
  71. Posted by Gene Duncan on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    I love bread stuffing cooked in the turkey.......trying new beer brine turkey this year....yum
  72. Posted by Tina Voyak on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    Whipped sweet potatoes
  73. Posted by Alice Choi on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    Fave Thanksgiving dish? I don't have one! it's too hard! But if I have to name one: the stuffing. The stuffing has to be good. That and the turkey for sure!
  74. Posted by Denene on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    Corn bread and sausage dressing
  75. Posted by JessieC on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    sweet potato casserole
  76. Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    Great roundup of recipes! And awesome giveaway! Wusthof has been on my wishlist for so long! My favorite Thanksgiving dish has to be the candied yams. I look forward to them all year!
  77. Posted by amanda on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    I would give anything to be cooking on Thanksgiving for the fam. These dishes look amazing! Instead ill be cooking for hundreds of lovely DC friends. Happy Turkey Day!!
  78. Posted by Sommer Collier on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    What an amazing roundup! PS LOVE my Wusthof knife!
  79. Posted by Kelly Kenney on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    I love lots of thanksgiving dishes but I am recently in LOVE with brussels sprouts!
  80. Posted by PB and Peppers on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    All of your dishes looks amazing! Hard decision on what to make first!!
  81. Posted by Kristin Ritter on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    My favorite thanksgiving dish is a corn souffle. I could eat the whole dish.
  82. Posted by Donna on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    My favorite thanksgiving dish is a sage/thyme/celery dressing/stuffing which was my Mom's signature ...A close second would be my grandma's scandinavian "lefse"..a wonderfully hand made potato flatbread spread with a bit of fresh butter..or even sprinkled with a bit of brown sugar or cranberry compote...Pure heaven!..


    I could so use the exquisite carving knife...as my present ones are barely suitable for slicing butter..and I have been fantasizing about "feeding" a 30 pound turkey into my food processor's feeding tube for even, suitable slices...Oh my..yes..THAT pathetic!
  83. Posted by Lizzy Do on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    I want to come to your house for Thanksgiving!!!! My favorite dish is my spinach souffle.
  84. Posted by jacquie on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    cranberry and orange relish - yummy
  85. Posted by Kara on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    Definitely pumpkin pie!
  86. Posted by Corisa on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    stuffing always!
  87. Posted by Christine Rosko on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    I'm obsessed with Mashed Potatoes. They're always my absolute favorite
  88. Posted by Mihaela on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    Thank you for this opportunity!
  89. Posted by Mihaela on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    I think it must be the gravy with mashed potatoes!
  90. Posted by Karl Robbins on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    pistachio torte....one word wow
  91. Posted by Mara on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    Golly. I think I am going to have to try the Butternut squash mac and cheese. New favorite, perhaps.
  92. Posted by Yhillster on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    Side dishes make the meal!
  93. Posted by Sarah on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    Those look delicious! My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the yams and apples!
  94. Posted by Rachelle S. on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    My favorite is stuffing - hands down. It can't be beat! My Aunt Cindy's corn pudding comes in at a close second. I just got the recipe for your spinach dip risotto and can't wait to try it!
  95. Posted by MaryB on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    My grandmother's dressing, along with mashed potatoes and gravy.
  96. Posted by Hayley on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    That knife is beautiful! I think one of those side dishes is going to be my dinner tonight. Thanks! :)
  97. Posted by Julia Guinto on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    my favorite dish is definitely stuffing and/or mashed potatoes.
  98. Posted by Misty Germann on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    my favorite side dish for Thanksgiving is pea salad(we call it peas n' cheese)
  99. Posted by Hr Hamada on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    favorite side is my wold famous roasted butternut squash soup
  100. Posted by Kristen @ The Balanced Bowl on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    I love absolutely ANYTHING with sweet potatoes or squash. Haven't tried a dish made with either of them yet that I didn't love!
  101. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    Stuffing is my fave!
  102. Posted by Sarah H.P. on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish has to be stuffing and cranberry sauce!
  103. Posted by Elena Istomina on
    Thursday, November 15th, 2012
    cranberry and apple sauce