10 healthy veggie side dishes straight from the fall garden

carrots from the garden for a simple and healthy vegetable side dish

At our house, the festive fall and early winter season is all about refocusing our efforts on cooking, inviting friends and neighbors over for brunches and dinners to reconnect after a hectic summer, and hosting holiday meals or crafting dishes to bring to the houses of other hosts.

The uptick in social events revolving around food, combined with the many different vegetables available during the fall harvest season, make cooking a real joy at this time of year. Sometimes the most difficult part is deciding which of the many vegetables crammed in your fridge you want to use in a recipe.

This is also the time of year when sugar, junk food, and other holiday treats appear at every turn. That’s why it’s important to double down on eating your vegetables, so you don’t feel guilty when you do indulge in a few gingerbread cookies or a coworker’s famous chocolate beet cupcakes.

Side dishes are the perfect opportunity to let the tasty and colorful vegetables of fall and early winter take center stage. And the more vegetables in a side dish, the more healthy it is in my book. (We recently counted eight different vegetables in one dinner at our table!)

The following healthy veggie side dishes have been gathered from some of my favorite food and garden bloggers.

10 Healthy Veggie Side Dishes From the Garden

Arugula, Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Salad with a Zippy Lemon Dressing

wild rice arugula salad as a healthy vegetable side

by Cookie and Kate

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Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary and Honey

roasted root vegetable recipe as a vegetable side dish

by Garden Therapy

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Super Kale Salad

kale salad as a healthy vegetable side dish

by The Creative Vegetable Gardener

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Apples

shredded brussels sprouts and apples recipe as a healthy side dish

by 101 Cookbooks

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Pumpkin Cornbread

pumpkin cornbread as a healthy side dish

by Healthy Homespun Living

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Marrakesh Carrot Salad

marrakesh carrot salad easy healthy side dish recipes

by Sprouted Kitchen

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Roasted Parsnip Soup with Apple and Rosemary

parsnip soup recipe quick and easy vegetable side dishes

by Lovely Greens

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Roasted Beet Salad with Spinach and Herbs

Roasted beet salad recipe healthy veggie sides recipes for fall

by Naturally Ella

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Butternut Squash and Leek Stuffing

butternut squash and leek stuffing for a simple healthy side dish

by Love and Lemons

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Miso Sweet Potato and Broccoli Bowl

miso sweet potato broccoli bowl smitten kitchen simple veggie side dishes

by Smitten Kitchen

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As you head to your various festivities this fall, instead of bringing along the humdrum green bean casserole or candied sweet potatoes, try one of these healthy vegetable side dishes featuring fresh food from your garden instead. I bet you’ll impress and delight the other guests!

Some of these inspiring food bloggers have published their own cookbooks – check out my favorites here.

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