Who says Thanksgiving has to be fattening? These 9 Healthy Thanksgiving recipes prove that we can still revel in delicious comfort food and seasonal, holiday flavors without the heavy, inflammatory ingredients that often come with traditional Thanksgiving dinner recipes. Swap in some of these festive and healthy Thanksgiving sides, appetizers, dinner and even dessert recipe ideas at your Thanksgiving table this year and see for yourself–food can taste as good as it makes you feel!
Thanksgiving just might be my favorite holiday of the year. Food, friends, family, football, wine – what’s not to love?!
There’s often a temptation with any holiday, but especially Thanksgiving, to go overboard and throw all our healthy eating to the wind. While you all know that I’m definitely one to indulge sometimes with my trusty 80:20 rule, it’s all too easy on Thanksgiving to stuff ourselves silly – and then feel the icky side effects for hours – or days! – to come.
This year, avoid the sleepy, bloated, have-to-put-on-my-elastic-pants feeling by setting up your holiday table with these healthy Thanksgiving recipes!
The Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
Curried Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten and Dairy-Free)
My Curried Butternut Squash Soup recipe is incredibly rich and decadent, without any dairy! Adding healthy, vitamin and mineral rich soup to your Thanksgiving meal – or having it as an appetizer earlier in the day – is a great way to stay nourished and get your veggies in.
Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel, Honeycrisp & Goat Cheese
This healthy Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel, Honeycrisp & Goat Cheese from Cookie & Kate is crisp and slightly sweet, featuring seasonal shaved fennel, chopped Honeycrisp apple, toasted pepitas, dried cranberries and goat cheese, all tossed in a lemony dressing.
The Creamiest Vegan Mac and Cheese (Gluten Free)
Do you know anyone who doesn’t love a good mac and cheese? Well now, everyone can enjoy it with this gluten free and vegan version that is still creamy, decadent and full of flavor!
Vegan Green Bean Casserole w/ Rosemary Garlic Mushrooms
I’m loving this foodie twist on the classic side dish for Vegan Green Bean Casserole with Rosemary Garlic Mushrooms from Jar of Lemons. Goodbye, boring heavy casserole; hello, upgraded and healthy Thanksgiving recipe!
Instant Pot Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Dairy-Free)
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes. Make your Thanksgiving prep a little bit easier with the Instant Pot! No one will know that these flavorful, creamy Mashed Potatoes are dairy-free. and Paleo, plus it’s also super easy to make and bursting with flavor like sweet roasted garlic, nutty nutritional yeast and bright chives. And it’s beyond creamy thanks to cauliflower, olive oil and cashew milk! Even better–these mashed potatoes are low fat, high in fiber and collagen protein, and chockfull of Vitamin C, B and K. The best comfort food!
Simple Homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce
What would Thanksgiving be without iconic cranberry sauce to go with your turkey? Swap out the processed, sugar-laden canned stuff for this Simple Homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce from Paleo Running Momma.
Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts with Sriracha Aioli
Add some spice to your Thanksgiving meal with this faux-fried, Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts with Sriracha Aioli recipe from Minimalist Baker. It’s entirely vegan, gluten-free, and ready in less than 30 minutes with a creamy, Sriracha aioli dipping sauce – what’s not to love?
Paleo Pumpkin Muffins with a Chocolate Swirl
Thanksgiving without pumpkin is like the 4th of July without fireworks. Add a pumpkin treat to your table with a fun new creation like these Paleo Pumpkin Muffins with a Chocolate Swirl from A Saucy Kitchen – a simple, one bowl recipe that’s also gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free.
Easy Slow Cooker Apple Crisp (Gluten-Free)
This gluten free apple crisp is made with just 1 pot (your crockpot!) and is full of delicious warming spices and seasonal apples. Dessert doesn’t get much easier than this!
What are your favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Let us know in the comments below!