With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving day menu. Whether you want to cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at home or a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal at a campsite, we want to offer you a few simple ideas for delicious Thanksgiving sides you can make with dehydrated vegetables. We’ve found that dried veggies and freeze dried fruits are the secret ingredients that help cooks create easy, healthy, mouthwatering holiday feasts.

Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes are one of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, but using raw potatoes can be time consuming and messy. Instead of spending precious holiday moments washing and peeling, try preparing Dehydrated Sweet Potatoes as a classic side dish or as the filling in sweet potato bread or pie. Dried Sliced Potatoes can be baked with basic seasonings, or made au gratin style. For those who want to get creative with just a few extra ingredients, check out our Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe – you’ll love them!

Green Bean Casserole

Dried veggies can also be used in a traditional green bean casserole. Using the casserole recipe of your choice, just add in some rehydrated green beans, mushrooms, and onions. If you are intimidated by the rehydration process, don’t fret – we provide a rehydration chart to make the process as easy as can be.

Butternut Squash

Let’s not forget about the sweet and rich flavor of butternut squash. Using a 1/2 Cup of dried butternut squash, 1-1/2 Cups Water, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg, you can prepare an excellent spiced butternut squash side dish that brings the entire meal together.

Corn, Carrots, and Peas

Ditch the cans and prepare some of the most simple Thanksgiving side dishes quickly and easily! Just add water, boil dried corn, peas, and/or carrots for a few minutes, add some of your favorite seasonings, and you are done.


Dried spinach makes for a delicious creamed spinach side or a spinach dip appetizer that you and your holiday guests can enjoy before dinner is served.

Ending on a Sweet Note

Thanksgiving dinner would feel incomplete without a sweet treat to end the evening. Freeze dried fruits are an excellent alternative that can help you create easy Thanksgiving desserts. Try using dried apples to fill a holiday pie or a dried fruit medley to bake a warm and crusty cobbler. For a super simple dessert, warm the dried fruit of your choice and serve it à la Mode using your favorite ice cream flavor.

An Easy, Happy Holiday

No matter what you decide to make, we hope the ease of using dried foods lightens your cooking load and creates delectable and unique Thanksgiving side dishes you and your guests can be grateful for. Happy Holidays!

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