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50 Frugal Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Must Try

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Are you and your wallet ready for the big day? -Turkey day that is. Hosting Thanksgiving is expensive and stressful. Coming up with your Thanksgiving menu takes time, especially if you are on a budget. However, with anything in life, a solid plan will help you nail your Thanksgiving dinner on the big day. We already know the main course, but what about your Thanksgiving side dishes? 

You want something that will wow your guests, but also Thanksgiving side dishes that are affordable and yummy.

Hosting Thanksgiving is not an easy task. Trust me, I’ve done it three times and we have a big family. – Like 8 brothers and sisters on my husband’s side big! Planning out the meal, grocery list, and devising a cooking timeline for the turkey saved my sanity!

Another thing that helped was sticking to a budget when buying the food. No one needs more money stress around the Holidays. Furthermore, it is great to check your local flyers and find the best price per pound on your turkey which is easy because most grocery stores have sales just to stay in the grocery game that week. But let’s face it, hosting any holiday including Thanksgiving is expensive and the Thanksgiving side dishes need to be taken into account within your budget.

So if you are on a budget, like me, you will want to find good deals on side dishes too while still awe-ing your guests with your cooking abilities and unique recipe ideas. 

With that in mind, I’ve created a roundup post with the help of my fellow food blogger’s including 50 plus side dishes that are delicious and still budget-friendly. Just pick a few and plan them out on your shopping list to keep track of your cooking expenses. 

Pro tip: Find a few recipes that share the same spices or ingredients to help cut your costs even more. For example. two recipes may use sage. You can save by only buying one spice pack.

Thanksgiving is usually stressful for the host, so don’t make it even more stressful by going over budget on food. Try some of these amazing recipes and enjoy your time with your family! You deserve it!

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50 Thanksgiving Side Dishes:

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Food and Wine: Garlic and Butter Mushrooms

Roasted Mushrooms

Pint-Sized Treasures: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Cranberries

Toasted pumpkin seeds with cranberries and spices

Confessions of an Overworked Mom: Savory Paleo Pumpkin Soup

Easy Savory Pumpkin Soup Recipe

The Country Chic Cottage:

Creative Homemaking: Pumpkin Butter

Easy pumpkin butter recipe. One of my favorite fall recipes!

Running to Radiance: The Best Thing to Make With Cranberries

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Recipe This: Easy Slow Cooked Turkey Stuffing 

Welcome to my easy slow cooked homemade turkey stuffing recipe.

I use the Crockpot 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry for all of my slow cooker meals and highly recommend it! It is eight years old and still going strong! I love how I can set a timer when cooking with this crock pot and it is stainless steel so it matches my kitchen.

Wholesome Yum:

Dukes And Duchesses: Apple Cranberry Stuffing

stuffing with apples, pecans, cranberries

Wholesome Yum: Low Carb Cauliflower Stuffing Recipe

Low Carb Paleo Cauliflower Stuffing Recipe for Thanksgiving - Need an easy low carb paleo stuffing for Thanksgiving (or anytime)? Try this cauliflower stuffing recipe! It has all the same flavors, plus it's healthy & delicious.


Midlife Healthy Living: Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

coleslaw recipe 3

The Country Chic Cottage: Avocado Corn Salad Recipe

Avocado Corn Salad Recipe -- a delcious summer time side dish.


Sugar and Soul: Yeast Rolls

Buttery yeast rolls in pan

Finding Zest: Homemade Drop Biscuits

Homemade Drop Biscuits Recipe

The Anthony Kitchen: Yeast Rolls

Easy Yeast Rolls

Cardamon and Coconut: Garlic Pull Apart Bread

Garlic Pull Apart Bread


Yummy Sides:

Drug Store Diva: Corn Casserole

Looking to be the hit of your next pot luck? This corn casserole recipe from www.drugstoredivas.net is PERFECT!

This Delicious House

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

pumpkin macaroni and cheee

Masalsaherb: Quick Creamy Polenta Recipe

Quick Creamy Polenta Recipe

Spaceships and Laserbeams: The Best Baked Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese


The Anthony Kitchen: Best Mashed Potatoe Recipe

Best Mashed Potaotes

Dukes and Duchesses: Sweet Potato Casserole with Macadamia Nut Topping

sweet potato casserole for thanksgiving

Ann’s Entitled Life: Chunky Parmesan Smashed Potato Recipe

Chunky Parmesan Smashed Potatoes Recipe. The fabulous combination of cheese and potatoes is blended to perfection in this delicious Chunky Parmesan Smashed Potatoes Recipe. Easy to make, this smashed potato recipe can easily be doubled to serve more people. Try some for dinner tonight!

Foodal: Kale Mashed Potatoes

A square, white, ceramic serving dish is nearly overflowing with red-skinned mashed potatoes and kale, on a brown striped wood table with folded light blue and white cloth napkins, and serving platters of chicken with carrots and roasted green beans in the background.

Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Looking for a new way to eat sweet potatoes? Try this Baked Sweet Potato Casserole from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Dancing Through the Rain: Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Cubed and seasoned sweet potatoes on a baking sheet with honey drizzled on top

Ally’s Sweet and Savory: 3-Step Crock Pot Mash Potatoes

3-step crock pot mashed potatoes (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Dancing Through the Rain: The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

Julia’s Simply Southern: Southern Candied Yam Sweet Potatoes

Southern Candied Sweet Potato Yams - a holiday side dish

More or Less Cooking: Best Slow Cooker Mash Potatoes

Best Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Trisha Dishes: Yam Casserole: A Slow Cooker Recipe

Yam Casserole! Get in my belly now!

Ann’s Entitled Life: Spiced Cranberry Butternut Squash Recipe

Spiced Cranberry Butternut Squash Recipe. Spice up your butternut squash with this delicious, easy to make cranberry and butternut squash recipe. A nice autumn side dish that perfect for pairing with pork, turkey or chicken.

This Old Gal: Pressure Cooker Syracuse Salt Potatoes

Drain the Water

Pinkfortitude: Healthy Sweet Potato

Also… Don’t forget the gravy for your mashed potatoes:

The Anthony Kitchen has a simple, easy recipe: Simple Turkey Gravy

Simple Turkey Gravy


Low Carb Yum: Keto Mashed Cauliflower with Spinach

Keto cauliflower mashed potatoes with spinach

Foodal: Dijon Mustard and Sage Roasted Squash

Top-down view of sliced, roasted butternut and sweet dumpling squash on a blackened baking sheet.

Recipes From a Pantry by Bintu:  Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts

image of brussels sprouts

Instant Pot is on the top of my Christmas list this year. I have been doing my research and this is the Instant Pot I am asking for! Great reviews.

Food Meanderings: 5 Ingredient Zucchini and Feta Saute

Zucchini & Feta Saute | healthy, side dish - Foodmeanderings. com

Salt and Lavender: Instant Pot Honey Butter Carrots

These honey butter steamed Instant Pot carrots are quick and healthy. The perfect easy electric pressure cooker side dish. Great for weeknight family meals or special occasions like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Food Meanderings: Corn Succotash

Corn Succotash | gluten-free - Foodmeanderings.com

Finding Zest: Roasted Radish Recipe

On a low carb diet and can't have potatoes? Don't like raw radishes? Try roasted radishes instead! Learn all about radishes and how this roasted radishes recipe is a great substitute for potatoes. Once roasted, these fresh radishes lose their spicy, peppery flavor and taste great with a dollop of sour cream!

Moneywise Moms: Roasted Balsamic Asparagus

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

Recipe This: Paleo Inspired Honey Glazed Carrots in the Slow Cooker

Welcome to my Paleo inspired honey glazed carrots in the slow cooker recipe.

Recipes by a Pantry by Bintu: Chile and Garlic Green Bean Recipe

green beans in a white pot with some water for green bean recipe

Brooklyn Farm Girl: Vegetarian Collard Greens

Two Healthy Kitchens: Blistered Green Beans

Blistered green beans take on even more great flavors and textures when you mix them with roasted red potatoes. Those potatoes get perfectly crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Amazing! And so very simple!

Fruits and Cranberries

Sugar Spun Run: Homemade Cranberry Sauce

My favorite cranberry sauce || SugarSpunRun.com

Newly Wed Survival: Holiday Side Dish: Cranberry Gelatin Mold

Cranberry Gelatin Mold side

Moore or Less Cooking: Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Cinnamon Apples

Stress Less Be Healthy: My Simple Homemade Applesauce


Confessions of an Overworked Mom: Cranberry Sauce Made With Honey

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Made With Honey

Pop Shop America: Tangerine Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Tangerine Cranberry Sauce

Bonus: Leftovers

My Food Story: Leftover Mashed Potato Hamcakes

Picture of Leftover Mashed Potato Ham Cakes showing how cheesy these are!

50 + Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Your Thanksgiving Menu Conclusion:

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope these recipes made your day and you found a few recipes that you can add to your Thanksgiving menu.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy what this day is about: Spending time with family. 

Don’t forget to add some wine to your menu and enjoy a few football games! 

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What are your favorite picks? Please tell me which ones you use for the big day in the comments below!

Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Your Thanksgiving Menu #Thanksgivingsidedish #Thanksgivingmenu #Thanksgivingfoods
Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Your Thanksgiving Menu

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