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Ten Favorite Low-Carb Green Vegetable Recipes (plus honorable mentions!)

Here are my Ten Favorite Low-Carb Green Vegetable Recipes because I always try to have at least one green vegetable option when I’m making a special meal. And because I have so many favorites, I’m giving you ten honorable mentions as well! Use Recipe Round-Ups to find more recipe collections like this.

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Ten Favorite Low-Carb Green Vegetable Recipes

It’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving recipes, and for people like myself who really love vegetables, narrowing down your side dish choices can be a challenge. I want to give you lots of options, so in this post I’m sharing Ten Favorite Low-Carb Green Vegetable Recipes (plus honorable mentions!). And every Thanksgiving dinner needs plenty of green vegetables to balance out all those less diet-friendly choices, right?

A few of these recipes are long-time favorites, and every recipe here is a winner. Hope you enjoy at least one of these on the Thanksgiving table! (And if you want more ideas for low-carb Thanksgiving Recipes, check out 25+ Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes, Appetizers, and Salads.)


Ten Favorite Deliciously Healthy Green Vegetable Recipes [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Let’s start with the recipe for Broccoli Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan pictured above. Most everyone in my family would love this for a Thanksgiving veggie, and I’ve made it several times through the years. (Although some of my brothers and sisters who would still vote for the Thanksgiving Broccoli with Cheese Sauce I used to make years ago.)

Ten Favorite Deliciously Healthy Green Vegetable Recipes [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

I”m happy to have a new photo for Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan that have been pinned millions of times!  And I promise, you’ll love this way of roasting green beans if you try it.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado and Pecans

The brussels sprouts recipe I’m currently swooning over is this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado and Pecans. If you like all three of those ingredients, you can’t go wrong with this recipe.  My family has a few brussels sprouts avoiders, but I’m going to make this for the few of us who love them.(More for us!)

Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms with Everything Bagel Seasoning

For families who love asparagus, this Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms with Everything Bagel Seasoning cooks in 20 minutes, and this is really a wow!z

Lemony Green Beans

These Lemony Green Beans are something I find myself making over and over for guests.  They cook very quickly, which makes them easy for Thanksgiving.

Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese found on KalynsKitchen.com

For a broccoli option that’s not quite so cheesy but still delicious, this Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese is easy to throw in the oven when you take the turkey out.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Gorgonzola

When I first posted this recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Gorgonzola I said “with or without Gorgonzola”. But now I would say, don’t skip the creamy melted Gorgonzola that makes this such a wow side dish!

Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger

Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger are not only really, really tasty, but they’re so festive for a holiday meal!

Easy Low-Carb Air Fryer Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan

If you have an Air Fryer, this Easy Low-Carb Air Fryer Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan is perfect for a holiday like Thanksgiving when oven space is in demand, and asparagus only needs a few minutes in the Air Fryer!

Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan

And finally, if we’re talking about Thanksgiving-worthy green vegetables, we can’t forget this Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan! This one will win over a lot of brussels sprouts avoiders.

Ten More Green Vegetable Recipes for a Special Dinner:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts
Barely-Cooked Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce
Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts
Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts
Roasted Asparagus with Garlic
Garlic-Roasted Green Beans Recipe with Shallots and Almonds
Pan-Fried Asparagus Tips with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
Steamed Green Beans and Carrots with Charmoula Sauce
Shredded and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds and Parmesan

What’s your favorite green vegetable for a special meal? Tell us about your favorite holiday veggies in the comments.

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34 comments on “Ten Favorite Low-Carb Green Vegetable Recipes (plus honorable mentions!)”

  1. So only the spinach ring is green, but we love this swiss sauce cauliflower.
    http://www.homeecathome.com/the-home-economist/swiss-sauce-cauliflower

  2. Thank you for your quick response. If I do try it the day before I will be sure to let you know how it turned out. Thanks again…..

  3. This sounds like a great recipe! Could I roast the brussel sprouts the day before and then the next day heat them in the oven and then finish the recipe with tossing in the parmesan cheese and sprinkling the pine nuts? Any help is appreciated.

    • I've never tried roasting the brussels sprouts ahead and reheating, and truthfully I don't think it will give nearly as good of results as cooking them right before you eat. But if you do try it, I'd love to hear what you think.

  4. I absolutely ADORE that you're sharing all kinds of green veggies for Thanksgiving. I feel that sometimes, they get lost in casseroles or just completely ignored on Thanksgiving. I am currently DROOLING over your Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado and Pecans. Those look incredible!

  5. I am so bummed that my family doesn't like Brussels sprouts because I'd make either one of those dishes in a heartbeat. I love the idea of the pine nuts with the sprouts and have always adored avocado. I might just have both on the table since I can't decide which sounds better.

  6. Thanks Joanne; I do love every one of these!

  7. Yay for green veggies! These are all great recipes.

  8. Lydia, I love all these green veggies, so that would work for me!

  9. The first time I went to a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner with my husband's family, I was shocked to find not one single green vegetable dish on the table. Now, most of our holiday dishes are green — a real change for the better.

  10. Glad you're enjoying the recipes!

  11. I spent a few hours this Sunday afternoon reading many of the wonderful South Beach friendly Thanksgiving recipes and feel much better about being able to get through the holidays with out straying too far! I've found several I'll be trying within the week and I'll definitely be back! Thanks!!

  12. Irene, glad to hear it.

  13. Haha! This ia a great way to get the kids eating more veggies. I made it and there were no complaints. Thanks!

  14. Elle, hope the kids like the Broccoli Gratin. I made it recently with my niece, her boyfriend, and a friend and they loved it.

    Ronelle, glad you like the ways to dress up brussels sprouts!

  15. I LOVE all these green vegatables you have here Kalyn..with a favourite the brussels sprouts with balsamic…the only way my family eats them, is roasted in the oven, but your additions are so different and something I'm doing next time!
    bisous
    Ronelle

  16. broccoli is one of my kids' favorite vegetables (along with cauliflower) – I might just give the first recipe a try for dinner tonight.

    and before I forget – I made your horseradish meatloaf and it was the best meatloaf ever! everybody loved it – including the kids! (it was a bigger hit than a Jamie Oliver chicken recipe I tried the other night…) I'm going to make it again but this time with mustard instead of horseradish and see how it goes.

    Thanks and happy Thanks Giving!

  17. Thanks Georgie! I'm still trying to decide what to make myself. I'm going to my brother's house but I want to take several different side dishes.

  18. They all look great Kalyn – Yes I remember the shredded brussels sprouts from last year!

    Yum yum yum – how ever will I pick what to make for my table? Its just me and my husband and he's not crazy for veggies, so really I just make several veggies for myself 🙂

    And the leftovers are aaaallllllllllll Mine!

    Georgie

  19. Hi Kalyn 🙂

    I read your a few of your posts over on Blogher and really enjoyed them.

    Love the looks of this recipe and your stuffing cups!

    I look forward to getting to know you and your recipes better 🙂

    Lyndsay~The Kitchen Witch

  20. Karina and Janice, yaay for roasted brussels sprouts!

  21. These all look amazing. I can't decide which brussels sprouts recipe to try first!

  22. So many tempting recipes. And I agree- until you try roasted Brussels sprouts, you can't judge them. They get so sweet and complex when you roast them- especially with balsamic vinegar.

  23. Becky, that sounds great to me!

  24. Another good way to cook brussels sprouts is to cut them in half and lay cut side down in a heated cast iron skillet. Olive oil in the pan, of course. Cook a few minutes on one side then turn them over for a couple of minutes. Very delicious.

  25. Sandi, me too. My mom never cooked them, and when I tasted them they always seemed too bitter until I had roasted ones. Now I love them!

  26. I have never been a brussel sprout fan until I started roastig them… They turn into a whole new vegetable!

    I'll be back to check those favorites~

  27. Thanks for the nice feedback about the veggie ideas. Jacqueline, I think *roasted* brussels sprouts are completely different than brussels sprouts cooked any other way, so do try them! (And yes, I'm awake in the middle of the night reading comments.)

  28. I really hate brussel sprouts Kalyn, but I am tempted by those recipes and I would like to get over my dislike of them.

  29. everything look delicious! many of the vegetables are my favourite too!

  30. My family would eat almost any green vegetable if it had enough cheese on it! Your post about the Brussels sprouts with balsamic made a believer out of me, and I've made the recipe many times since.

  31. Thank you for the great veggie recipes!

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