Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

November 5, 2022

Thanksgiving 2022 is just around the corner! Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite recipes for a healthy Thanksgiving feast. From appetizers to desserts, we’ve got you covered.

Healthy Appetizer Board

Simply and Savory shares this comprehensive guide for how to build a healthy charcuterie board everyone will love!

Some of the ingredients they recommend including in your healthy appetizer board are:

  • Uncured Pepperoni
  • Uncured Salami
  • Uncured Prosciutto
  • Celery and Carrot sticks
  • Homemade Hummus
  • Assorted Greek Olives
  • Baby Dill Pickles
  • Dried Apricots
  • Grapes
  • 2 ounces of Goat Cheese
  • Fig Salami
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Crostini
  • Assorted Nuts

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Air Fryer Green Beans

We love that these air fryer green beans from The Pioneer Woman are ready in only 15 minutes and need only a handful of ingredients to make:

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

See the full recipe here.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

There’s a lot to love about mashed sweet potatoes! Not only are they delicious, but they’re also lower in carbohydrates than their white potato counterparts.

This recipe from The Pioneer Woman uses just eight ingredients and can be on the table in less than an hour.

See the full recipe here.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you’re looking for a veggie side dish that’s sure to please, look no further than roasted Brussels sprouts! This recipe from Gimme Some Oven is easy to follow and results in perfectly crispy, flavorful Brussels sprouts every time.

All you’ll need is:

  • 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

Vegetarian Sourdough Stuffing

This vegetarian sourdough stuffing from XO&So is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving feast! It’s packed with flavor and can be made ahead of time, which is always a bonus. It also uses sourdough bread which offers gut-health benefits.

Healthy Thanksgiving Entrees

Now, on to the main event! These two entree recipes are sure to impress your guests.

Herb, Lemon, and Garlic Turkey

This roasted turkey breast from Cooking Light is packed with flavor thanks to the variety of herbs used. It’s ideal if you’re serving a big crowd, as this recipe serves up to 16 people!

See the full recipe here.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Loaf

This vegetarian “loaf” from Minimalist Baker is the perfect main dish for your vegetarian or vegan guests! It’s made with a variety of whole foods, including lentils, mushrooms, and quinoa, and is packed with protein and fiber.

Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

Pumpkin Pie Bars

These paleo pumpkin pie bars from Ambitious Kitchen are a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional pumpkin pie. They use almond flour in the crust and are sweetened with maple syrup.

Apple Crisp

This apple crisp is also from Ambitious Kitchen and it’s a classic fall dessert that’s sure to please! It uses a variety of fresh apples, as well as oats and pecans in the topping. You can also easily make this vegan by substituting butter for coconut oil.

Healthy Thanksgiving Cocktail

Skinny Moscow Mule

This “Skinny Moscow Mule” recipe from Farm to Jar is a delicious and healthier alternative to this delicious drink.

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz. of your favorite Vodka
  • 1/2 oz of Ginger Lime Syrup 
  • a few ounces of club soda
  • A squeeze of lime
  • Top it off with some fresh mint

 Time to get cooking! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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