20 Ways To Wow Your Family With These Keto Friendly Side Dishes

One scary thing about starting the keto diet is the holidays. How will you make it not being able to have stuffing, casseroles and the desserts on the menu? Well, you’re in luck and maybe so is the family because you can remain healthy around the holidays with these keto Thanksgiving sides. Savory classics like shepherd’s pie, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie are all included! Not only will you remain in ketosis but you can enjoy the moments of having a meal with your family which is the most important in my eyes.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes Classics

Keto Sweet Potato Casserole

My popular sweet potato casserole copycat has been amazing beginners of the keto diet for years. It has a rich brown sugar, pecan topping with a mix of pumpkin and cauliflower for a faux sweet potato base. Don’t knock it until you try it, the reviews speak for themselves.

More classic dishes:

Keto Green Bean Casserole

Without crispy onions it seems it would be impossible to have this dish. Yet, it is possible with the help of butter and almond flour to give you that delicious onion topping we all love in a green beans in a homemade cream of mushrooms sauce.

Keto Gravy Sauce

Gravy and mashed potatoes are a must have. In this recipe it’s easy to make gravy without meat drippings. Of course, meat drippings will always be better flavor but with the addition of seasonings and a little love you can make it happen!

Keto Mashed Potatoes

Thick, fluffy mashed potatoes are a great Thanksgiving side dish because it’s timeless and delicious. Of course, you can’t use potatoes on keto but cauliflower mash when seasoned properly makes a great alternative.

Delicious Casserole Dishes

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Who doesn’t love a great tasting casserole as a side dish on Thanksgiving? Bacon just makes everything together but ranch and chicken are the best combination ever!

Keto Shepherd’s Pie

If you enjoy veggies with casserole dishes you’ll love these next recipes as side dishes:


Almond Flour Biscuits

Dinner rolls and biscuits are a side dish that just pairs well with most dishes. From cornbread to biscuits or even sweet breads there is something for everyone and they will all be gluten-free.

More Side Dish Recipes For Thanksgiving

Bacon & Onion Brussels Sprouts

Air Fried Zucchini Fries

Creamed Spinach

Just to name a few keto sides you may not have thought of you can see that the options go very far. When starting keto it may seem things look strict or limited but you do have tons of options on this amazing diet all year and the holidays. Keto dinner recipes or any sort of low carb recipe will and can work great as a side dish for you and your family!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What do you eat on a keto Thanksgiving?

For the protein sources like turkey or ham you’ll be fine. But, for the dishes like mac and cheese, potatoes and yams just can’t be eaten. But, there are options to replace most of those things with your Thanksgiving dinner which is why I made this post. There are always options and some things are just as good or with small changes like with coleslaw and keto broccoli salad.

Can I cheat on keto for Thanksgiving?

This will come down to the individual. Maybe, a form of keto such as dirty keto is better for you? This will allow you to eat whatever you’d like as long as you stay within the macro range of the keto diet.

How many carbs are in a Thanksgiving meal?

Do you notice on Thanksgiving when everyone gets super sleepy after eating? That’s their blood sugar levels slamming down from all the sugar that just ate. I have noticed the traditional Thanksgiving meal is very carb heavy, loaded with starches and sugars within the ingredients. Potato this, pasta that the list goes on. Not to mention the desserts after. Thanksgiving is a very carb heavy day!

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