Food is the main essence of Thanksgiving. But after the yummy servings of turkey, mashed potato and pies follow the guilt of gluttony.
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Little do people realize that just a few substitutions can make the dishes nutritious, without compromising on the taste. So we’ve scoured the internet to get some healthy Thanksgiving recipes for you. So no more worrying about the calories!
Roasted Miso and Pumpkin Spiced Kabocha:
In this recipe, kabocha squash is flavored with warm pumpkin spices and miso. It’s further topped with pomegranates, walnuts, and fried sage leave.
Celery, Pecan And Apple Arugula Salad With Cider Vinaigrette:
This green salad has an excellent balance of texture and flavors. The peppery flavor of arugula will smoothly cut through the other rich dishes on the dinner table.
Thanksgiving Turkey Pavochon:
Somebody just let out a secret! Find out how they make turkey in Puerto Rico by following this recipe. And don’t worry, it’s healthy.
Spaghetti Squash Gremolata:
A perfect recipe to celebrate the delicious vegetable- squash. Gremolata is chopped and combined with tomato sauce for the dressing.
Roasted Green Beans And Mushrooms With Herbed Breadcrumbs:
Here’s a healthier and tastier twist to green bean casserole. Mushrooms and green beans are roasted and topped with breadcrumbs that mixed with herbs.
Gluten Free No Bake Pumpkin Pie:
Pumpkin pie is one of the most anticipated desserts during the Thanksgiving. But how about giving it a twist this Thanksgiving? Why not make a cheesecake out of it.
Vegan, Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie:
Along with the modified version, we need to prepare traditional pie as well, to please the old-fashioned people. So here’s the one for you.
Wild Mushroom Gravy:
A perfect accompaniment for your mashed potato. The umami flavor of this gravy will make an excellent substitute for turkey.
Carrot Cake Pancakes with Whipped Topping:
For a lovely Thanksgiving brunch, whip up these yummilicious carrot cake pancakes. The yogurt coconut cream topping is giving a nice contrast of taste.
Pumpkin Pecan Polvorones:
This one’s a traditional Mexican wedding cookie, but we think it will make a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu as well, because of pumpkin and pecans, of course.
Simple Baked Pears:
An easy peasy recipe to get your Thanksgiving meal started. This delicious recipe is vegan, gluten free, sugar-free and Paleo friendly.
Roast Pumpkin With Honey And Feta Cheese:
Instead of pumpkins, you can use squash as well. And if your guests are too calorie conscious, skip the feta cheese.
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Chard & White Beans:
The natural round shape of acorn squash makes it perfect for stuffing, right So why not fill it with something healthy. This stuffing has white beans, olives, tomato and many other healthy ingredients.
Seeded Multigrain Boule:
This multigrain boule is loaded with fiber. And the blend of grains and nuts gives it a wonderful texture, aroma, and flavor.
Arugula, Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Salad with a Zippy Lemon Dressing:
This salad has got rave reviews. And we’re sure it will taste equally great. Tart cherries, especially, are giving a perfect punch of flavor.
Roasted Beet And Carrot Salad:
This looks like the salad people would actually want to eat. And it has cheese, the ingredient that makes every dish better.
Creamy Roasted Brussels Sprout and Quinoa Gratin:
A cheesy gratin made with roasted Brussels sprouts and quinoa. Now that’s unique. It’s vegan already, but if you want to make it gluten free, use gluten-free bread for making the crumbs, as suggested by the blogger.
Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup:
This soup is creamy, tasty, luscious and seasoned with red Thai red curry paste and coconut milk.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup:
What is a Thanksgiving meal without squash soup? The blogger recommends it baking a day before as it tastes even better that next day.
Mediterranean Couscous Cabbage Rolls:
In this recipe, cabbage rolls are stuffed with olives, couscous, and feta cheese. And it’s looking so colorful.
Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese:
One of those recipes that can easily steal the thunder from your turkey. And it’s one of those rare mac and cheese recipes that is healthy. Sounds too good to be true, right?
Quinoa Stuffing with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, And Pistachios:
Quinoa, in itself, is a super healthy food. But when you add in the squash, fresh spinach, and pistachios, you’ll get a recipe that’s much healthier than its traditional counterpart.
Balsamic Butternut, Kale, and Cranberry Panzanella:
This one’s so colorful and hearty. It has kale, butternut squash, cranberries, shallots and toasted croutons tossed in balsamic vinaigrette.
Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts:
The bitterness of Brussels sprouts is countered by the sweet maple syrup. And it’s unbelievably simple. An excellent way to make children have sprouts.
Cranberry-Maple Skillet Cornbread:
This delicious cornbread, made with browned butter has crisp edges. If you want to keep it traditional, skip the cranberries.
Honey Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins:
Nutrition wise, this muffin is great. It is made using whole-wheat pastry flour, a little butter, which you can swap with coconut oil, almond milk, and honey.
Easy Roasted Mushrooms with Rosemary And Garlic:
You do not butter to roast the mushrooms in this recipe. Just mushroom, garlic and a bit of seasoning. It would pair well with pasta and salads as well.
Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole:
This sweet potato casserole recipe requires just a little bit of maple syrup, instead of marshmallows and heaps of sugar.
Kale and Wild Rice Casserole:
People who don’t like kale are gonna love it after having this dish. You can even smother some more cheese if you want.
Stuffed Turkey Breast with Butternut Squash and Figs:
You do not need to make one whole turkey for Thanksgiving. At times, just a few breast pieces can suffice. And it has butternut. Can’t even imagine how tasty it would be.
Cranberry Orange Roasted Brussels Sprouts:
An excellent use of cranberries, apart from the sauce. It would make an excellent side dish for Thanksgiving.
We hope our article helps you compile a healthy Thanksgiving menu. Share some of your favorites by commenting below!