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20+ Easy & Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

These easy and healthy Thanksgiving side dishes will surely impress the dinner crowd! Give this mashed sweet potato recipe a try!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thanksgiving side dish recipes, thanksgiving side dishes, thanksgiving sides
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or ghee
  • 1/4 cup milk dairy-free milk also works
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley finely diced


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil on high heat.
  • Peel the sweet potatoes with a hand peeler.
  • Dice the potatoes into chunks and place them into the pot. Cook the potatoes for 20-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Drain the potatoes over a colander.
  • Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and mash them with a hand masher or electric beater.
  • Then, pour the butter and milk into the mixture and continue mixing until creamy. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Scoop the mashed sweet potatoes into a bowl, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve!


  • To create a more creamier consistency, use a food processor, hand mixer, or stand mixer to blend.
  • To make it dairy-free, you can swap butter for ghee as well as use any type of nut milk.
  • My favorite peeler is a Y peeler. It's the best for peeling potatoes!


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 573mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 24309IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg