Whether you’re a pro at hosting Thanksgiving or a first-timer, we’ve got you covered. We’ve created 21 delicious, healthy Thanksgiving recipes to choose from so you can prepare a healthy feast that will please even the pickiest eaters.
Spending the holiday as a guest at someone else’s dinner?
These healthy Thanksgiving recipes are lower in fat and calories than traditional holiday dishes, but it’s still important to keep your portions in check and focus on veggies more than starches and desserts.
Pro tip: Check out these do’s and don’ts for filling your plate and our tips to avoid overeating throughout the holiday season.
Citrus-Herb Roasted Turkey
This roasted turkey is basted in a delicious citrus, garlic, and herb marinade that makes it extra juicy and elevates the flavor of your holiday bird. Get the recipe.
Turkey is the main event, so it’s definitely not something you want to leave to chance.
If you’ve been put in charge of the bird this year, then follow this recipe to make a flawless (and healthy) turkey. Get the recipe.
This simple stuffing is loaded with sweet apples and cranberries and topped with pine nuts. It tastes great warm or cold, and is an easy dish to make a day or two ahead of time! Get the recipe.
Zucchini Stuffing With Mushrooms and Garlic
Our healthier version of traditional turkey stuffing uses whole grain bread and is loaded with colorful veggies! Get the recipe.
Roasted Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, and Brown Rice Pilaf
Instead of stuffing, how about this colorful rice pilaf that is packed with fall vegetables? Get the recipe.
Side Dish Recipes
Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Lentils and Goat Cheese
This hearty salad topped with lentils and fresh pumpkin is a perfect start to your holiday meal.
In other seasons, replace pumpkin with sweet potato! Get the recipe.
Brussels Sprouts With Roasted Grapes
Enjoy these Brussels sprouts hot or cold. They develop a mellow nutty flavor that goes perfectly with sweet grapes. Get the recipe.
Green Bean Casserole
We created a lighter version of the classic green bean casserole with mushrooms and crispy onions, and we think it tastes even better than the original! Get the recipe.
Green Beans With Lemon and Thyme
Or skip the traditional bean casserole and keep your green beans clean and lean. Lemon and thyme pair beautifully with green beans, and have bright flavors that will be a welcome change from all of the rich dishes on the table. Get the recipe.
Roasted Cauliflower Mash
This twist on mashed potatoes is made with a non-starchy veggie, no cream and butter—and yet, it’s every bit as yummy as your traditional mashed potatoes. Get the recipe.
Glazed Yams With Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Hold the marshmallows! By making a few substitutions to this classic side dish, we’ve made it healthier without sacrificing the flavor. Get the recipe.
Rosemary Roasted Yams
Yams and sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and fiber, and they taste so good! Roasting them with rosemary is any easy way to prepare them that will make your whole house smell delicious. Get the recipe.
Curry powder gives traditional roasted cauliflower a flavor-makeover in this super healthy dish. Get the recipe.
Cauliflower Pumpkin Au Gratin
Our combination of cauliflower and cheesy pumpkin sauce has all the comfort of a creamy casserole without the fat! Get the recipe.
Sauces and Gravy
Most cranberry sauces are overloaded with sugar. Our version is refreshingly tart and sweetened with fruit juices and maple syrup. Get the recipe.
This flavorful vegan gravy is surprisingly rich and delicious! Get the recipe.
Mushroom and Garlic Gravy
There’s no need to swerve past the pumpkin pie or skip the flavorful gravy — for a lighter gravy on your Thanksgiving turkey, try this easy recipe made with garlic and mushrooms. Get the recipe.
Hearty Mushroom Gravy
For a flavorful gravy that’s not laden with fat, try this one made with hearty mushrooms. It tastes great with turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, or on top of a steak. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Pie With Whole-Wheat Crust
With cinnamon, nutmeg, and pure pumpkin puree, this healthier version of pumpkin pie is sure to become a Thanksgiving favorite. Get the recipe.
Instead of apple pie, how about serving this dessert, which features the rich flavor of baked apples, walnuts, oats, and a touch of maple syrup. Get the recipe.
Red Wine Poached Pears With Marscapone
If you want to impress the in-laws and other guests this holiday season, then this is the dessert recipe you need.
Red-wine poached pears with mascarpone sounds like a complicated dessert, but it’s actually easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. Get the recipe.
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