I know many of you are finalizing your Thanksgiving menus, so I wanted to share a round up of the best healthy Thanksgiving recipes that I’ve shared here on the blog over the years. I’ve published this post previously, but have updated it with new recipes from the past year!
As you guys know, I don’t believe in only eating “healthy” stuff on Thanksgiving – that’s not fun or realistic (see also: How to Have a Stress-Free Holiday Eating Experience). But it’s nice to have some less heavy and veggie-packed options in the mix as well. So, enjoy – and please let me know if you try any of these recipes! I’d love to see photos. 🙂
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Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers
This crostini is easy to make, full of interesting flavors and textures, and pairs wonderfully with bubbly. 😉
An old favorite and fun seasonal twist on regular hummus. All you need is 5 minutes and a food processor!
A flavorful, unique, and easy gluten free and vegetarian appetizer that’s sure to please a crowd!
I also love the look of this Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board from a fellow blogger – big appetizer spreads are always a win!
Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
My favorite Thanksgiving side dish. Packed with flavor, not sugar.
These taste (and look) like normal mashed potatoes, but the nutrition is amped up with cauliflower and cannellini beans. Packed with protein and fiber and they’re vegan, too! (Psst: have lots of leftover mashed potatoes? Try my Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes!)
These green beans pack in plenty of fresh flavor so you can skip the gray-tinted green bean casserole. 😉 Ready in minutes, too!
Skip the canned gelatinous goo and impress your guests with this easy and way more delicious homemade cranberry sauce. Sweet, tangy, and bright, this can be made early to save time on the big day.
These flaky biscuits are delicious, filled with crave-worthy fall flavors!
This savory sweet potato casserole is easy to throw together, and can also be made ahead of time!
Let the oven do the work with this hearty and savory take on regular roasted veggies.
These maple cinnamon infused veggies are a great alternative to the savory roasted veggies above. With just a hint of sweetness, they pair well with turkey!
This impressive, yet surprisingly easy, dish is packed with sweet and savory flavor from cranberries, squash, herbs, and feta cheese. It makes a great side – or even an entree if you have vegetarians attending your feast!
This hearty dish is comforting and cheesy, but still packs a nutritious punch.
This dish was actually served at our wedding! It was so good I asked the caterers if I could share the recipe, and have made it many years now for Thanksgiving. It makes a fabulous side dish!
Healthy Salads for Thanksgiving
This colorful and delicious salad makes the perfect side dish. Sneak in those veggies!
This grain salad is a great way to use up leftovers after Thanksgiving, or it would also make a creative main course or side dish on the big day, if you want to mix it up from the usual!
This salad tastes just as rich and delicious as regular Caesar salad, despite being vegan. It makes a great potluck dish to bring as a vegan option to Thanksgiving dinner!
If you’re looking for a nice light and refreshing side, this will fit the bill. Tangy, tart, and crunchy, this will nicely round out any heavier side dishes, while also fitting in flavor-wise given the seasonal apples.
And last but not least, one of my favorite festive autumn drink recipes:
What’s on the menu at your family’s Thanksgiving feast this year? Feel free to share some recipe links for your family’s best healthy Thanksgiving recipes!