Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. It’s the only holiday that focuses on giving thanks rather than giving gifts. Plus, it’s all about spending time around the table with my favorite people. I even got engaged on Thanksgiving a few years ago.
Growing up in the North East, we had our traditional foods like stuffing, creamed spinach, and pumpkin pie. It wasn’t until I moved to Texas that I learned about another delicious Thanksgiving staple: asparagus casserole. I love learning about traditional foods in different places as much as I love eating them.
I found two asparagus casserole recipes to try, an easy traditional recipe and a Whole30-friendly one. Why make a dish like this Whole30-friendly? Because enjoying your favorite holiday foods doesn’t ever have to make you feel guilty! Usually just making some very simple swaps for healthier alternatives will help with minimizing the possibility of weight gain over the holiday season.
But First, Why Asparagus?
Asparagus grows really well in the southern US, making it a no-brainer to use for all types of dishes. As a lower-calorie veggie, asparagus is packed with nutrients like vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin E, with about 2 grams of fiber per ½ cup serving. Vitamins C and E are antioxidants, which can help reduce your risk of chronic disease.
All this talk about Thanksgiving dinner is making me hungry! Let’s get to the casseroles.
Traditional Asparagus Casserole
We found an easy Asparagus Casserole recipe for you to try out this Thanksgiving. I love cooking, but I also recognize that I do not do well with recipes that require a lot of ingredients or steps.
This recipe has neither, so to me it is the ideal recipe to follow for a side at the Thanksgiving table. You can still even make some swaps to this recipe if you need it to be gluten-free or vegan-friendly!
Whole30- Friendly Asparagus Casserole
This Whole30 Asparagus Casserole is a healthier spin on the traditional recipe above. The basic flavors and textures are still there, and the ingredients just happen to be healthier, making this a win-win!
In a Whole30-friendly recipe, the main focus is using whole foods, rather than any processed ingredients. Going the whole food route does add a little bit of time to the overall prep of this recipe (you’re making your own crispy onion topping instead of dumping it out of a can), but let me tell you: it’s so worth it!
If you enjoy cooking or have some extra time and energy to spend on your Thanksgiving side dish, I highly recommend trying this recipe out! If you are less concerned with it being fully Whole30-compliant, you can always opt for some ingredients that are pre-made.
Whichever asparagus casserole recipe you decide to try this holiday season, I hope you enjoy it! And as always, make sure to get some protein on your plate as well. Happy eating, and Happy Holidays!