50 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes is a collection of holiday classic dishes you know, love and that are good for you. And a few new favorites here and there.
And what Thanksgiving 2019 could be without an Instant Pot?! 🙂
Eating healthy on Thanksgiving day is possible. In fact, easier than you think. If you know me, you know I believe in real whole foods, moderation and not diets.
Here I have compiled an array of your favorite classics you grew up eating every Thanksgiving. Just more healthy. 🙂 From turkey to mashed potatoes to even a pumpkin pie, you can truly enjoy a holiday without feeling guilty the next day.
All recipes are broken down into sections for easy use. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!
Healthy Appetizers and Soups
This section is small because I want you to save room for the good stuff.:)
Make Ahead Breakfast
Make ahead breakfast for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning is where it’s at. Spend time cozying up with your family while prepared the day before breakfast is bubbling in the oven.
Turkey, Chicken and Meat
Turkey is not the only star of the show. We take more lean turkey and chicken breasts and make them juicy and flavorful. Don’t feel like poultry? Make lamb or salmon.
- Boneless turkey breast roast
- Roast turkey breast
- Chicken stuffed with brie
- Boneless leg of lamb roast
- Salmon in foil
- Turkey stuffed acorn squash
- Healthy cranberry sauce
Healthy Veggie Sides
When it comes to mashing, roasting and sauteing vegetables, mashed potatoes are just the beginning. I like my veggies not overcooked, with a lot of flavor and yet on a healthy side. This is where we exercise moderation. Did I say bacon? 🙂
- Mashed potatoes
- Cauliflower mashed potatoes
- Mashed sweet potatoes
- Garlic green beans
- Roasted cauliflower
- Cauliflower risotto
- Roasted sweet potatoes
- Roasted asparagus
- Baked butternut squash
- Sauteed brussels sprouts with bacon and pecans
- Smashed cauliflower bites
- Sesame cauliflower and bell peppers
Delicious and healthy Thanksgiving casseroles can be made without canned soups, marshmallows and dehydrated packet mixes.
I love a good salad! However, last thing you need is a complicated salad recipe on a busy Thanksgiving day. Most of our salads can be made ahead and do not contain many ingredients or blender made salad dressings.
- Mexican kale salad
- Brussels sprouts salad
- Spinach salad
- Beet salad with arugula and feta
- Kale and quinoa salad
- Healthy broccoli salad
- Cauliflower potato salad
- Lemon kale salad with garlic and Parmesan
- Smoked salmon salad with arugula
Instant Pot Recipes
Are you a lucky Instant Pot owner yet? If yes, electric pressure cooker can save you precious stove and oven space on busy Thanksgiving day. And food comes out delicious with minimal prep. Instant pot essentially has replaced a slow cooker hands off convenience, just way faster!
- Instant Pot sweet potato casserole
- Instant Pot baked potatoes
- Instant Pot mashed potatoes
- Instant Pot turkey breast
I do make some healthy desserts sometimes although we are not huge on desserts. And we also like to buy cakes because well, remember moderation at the beginning of this post?! But you can definitely make your own and these are Thanksgiving favorites.
Oh, good old turkey lady. Growing up in Ukraine, I was taught not to waste food. Including a turkey carcass or no way any turkey meat. So, here are a few ideas for your turkey carcass.
- One pot turkey tetrazzini
- Instant Pot bone broth
- Leftover turkey spaghetti squash
- Buckwheat soup
- Turkey noodle soup (coming Friday)
50 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
50 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes is a collection of holiday classic dishes you know, love and that are good for you. And a few new favorites here and there. And what Thanksgiving 2019 could be without an Instant Pot?! 🙂
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