The perfect Holiday Side: a healthy Thanksgiving recipe
Holidays are all about indulgence – lose track of your sleep, lounge around in comfort wear, and well, binge on your favorite food and drinks! And that’s exactly why we all simply love holidays – we get to relax, rejuvenate and refresh ourselves. It’s also tiem to try new things or new recipe like this healthy Thanksgiving recipe.
But is your body actually relaxing, with you throwing caution to the wind, going past your usual eating and sleeping patterns? It’s a big no. Does that mean you don’t enjoy your holidays? Again, a huge no! So what can we do instead? Include something healthy, detoxifying dish in your diet along with all the sweet, fried stuff we tend to consume these days! A detox tea, or even better, a healthy, plant-based side?
What is a healthy Thanksgiving plant-based side?
One of the best Thanksgiving vegetable dishes is the Holiday Roasted Vegetables. It is full of just the ingredients you need to cleanse your body after the festive feast. It has vegetables, and more importantly, it has herbs that act as instant detoxifiers.
How vital are herbs in the process of cleansing your body? Certain herbs, when consumed individually or paired with other herbs, have tremendous benefits. Incorporating different herbs will instantly rejuvenate your body, making it feel a lot more agile and fresh.
Herbs are not only beneficial for your internal organs but have impressive effects on your outer body too. Once you begin consuming herbs in various forms, your skin will radiate with an amazing glow. Your hair will be thick and luscious, and your nails will literally be in the pink of health.
While different herbs have varied benefits, I have particularly chosen rosemary and thyme for today’s thanksgiving vegetable side. To know why I have picked these two herbs, I’ve listed their health benefits. A quick read, and you’ll know why!
A rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, rosemary is immensely beneficial for your immune system. It an amazing cognitive stimulant and boosts alertness, intelligence, and focus.
If you’re feeling low someday, the aroma of rosemary itself is more than enough to uplift your mood instantly. Consuming rosemary also helps to ease digestion-related ailments. Rosemary also combats bacterial infections, keeping you healthy inside out.
A powerhouse of vitamin A, thyme, is apt to maintain the health of your eyes. If you ever feel chilly and are doubtful, you’ll fall prey to cough and cold, simply have thyme, and the upcoming cold will vanish away!
Thyme has loads of copper, fiber, manganese, and iron too. All in all, it is one single herb with so many benefits!
Now that we know how good rosemary and thyme are for health let’s start with the Thanksgiving vegetable recipe right away!
Oh Love! Don’t forget to check the Plant-based Thanksgiving Main Dish!
- 3/4 lbs Brussels sprouts halved
- 2 carrots large, peeled and sliced into 1/2” pieces
- 1 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp Rosemary leaves chopped
- 1 tsp thyme leaves chopped
- 1 pinch Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1 pinch black pepper freshly grounded
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans
- 1/2 cup dry cranberries unsweetened
- Preheat oven to 400°. Scatter vegetables on a large baking sheet. Toss with oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the vegetables are tender, shaking the pan halfway through.
- Before serving, toss roasted vegetables with pecans and cranberries.