by Olena

50 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

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?! 🙂

collage of healthy thanksgiving recipes

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.:)

healthy butternut squash soup in a white bowl with cream

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.

healthy breakfast casserole with bell peppers and cheese

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.

roast turkey breast on a plate with mashed potatoes and gravy

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? 🙂

sauteed green beans with garlic

Healthy Casseroles

Delicious and healthy Thanksgiving casseroles can be made without canned soups, marshmallows and dehydrated packet mixes.

healthy sweet potato casserole in a glass baking dish


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.

raw brussels sprouts salad with parmesan and pomegranate seeds

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 turkey breast

Healthy Desserts

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.

healthy pumpkin pie on a gray plate with a fork

Turkey Leftovers

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.


50 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

5 from 1 reviews

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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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Hi Oleana,!
    Thank you so much for the fun, easy, and tasty Thanksgiving recipes! I made your mashed potatoes and turkey breast (5 lb.) in the instant pot and they turned out delicious! So quick and easy too – my husband said this was the best thanksgiving meal I ever made! You are so sweet!

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