40 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

As adults, we have already debunked certain myths on our own. Santa is fictional, the tooth fairy doesn’t actually come to collect your teeth for whatever creepy reason our parent’s made up. But here’s another myth we need to work on debunking, like… right now. Are you ready?

Myth: Thanksgiving is a holiday made for overeating; so just wear your fat pants to the party, embrace filling your plate 3 times, and bring a pillow for the food coma you’ll eat for dessert.
Truth: Thanksgiving, like any other holiday, is a special occasion we should absolutely enjoy but within moderation.

I am not saying skip the pumpkin pie. I’m saying be mindful of what you’re eating leading up to and during your big Thanksgiving meal. Taste all the things, but do so in moderation. My favorite way to make sure I don’t go totally off the rails during a party or get together is to offer to bring food. If I can make a dish or two that I know are healthier for me, I at least know there is something I can have that won’t make me go totally off track (or something I can safely have seconds of). I hope this compilation of kinda healthy recipes inspires you make this Thanksgiving a more nutritious one!

Appetizers

Pumpkin Hummus (Vegan + GF) by Rhian’s Recipes

French Chestnut Soup by A Hedgehog In The Kitchen

Whole30 Prosciutto Wrapped Pear with Arugula Salad by Cook At Home Mom

Roasted Garlic Beet Dip by Partylicious

Photo by Partylicious

Maple Butter Pumpkin Hummus by Green Scheme

Photo by Green Scheme

Rosemary Roasted Nuts by Partylicious

Photo by Partylicious

Salads

Roasted Beet, Delicata Squash, and Black Bean Quinoa Salad by Just Beet It

Photo by Just Beet It

Acorn Squash Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing by Crowded Kitchen

Roasted Pumpkin and Beet Salad with Arugula and Feta by Just Beet It

Photo by Just Beet It

Holiday Apple Pecan Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette by Meaningful Eats

Pomegranate Sweet Potato Feta Salad by Melanie Cooks

Photo by Melanie Cooks

Pumpkin Cranberry Quinoa Salad by Rhian’s Recipes

Main Dishes

Air Fryer Whole Chicken by Recipes From A Pantry

Apricot-Rum Glazed Spiral Ham by Skinnytaste

Photo by Skinnytaste

Vegetable Cauliflower Lentil Loaf by Strength and Sunshine

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash by Melanie Cooks

Photo by Melanie Cooks

Lamb Spareribs with Hazelnut Breading by My Pinch of Italy

Instant Pot Turkey Breast by This Old Gal

Photo by This Old Gal

Sides

Green Beans Almondine by The Recipe Well

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges by A Hedgehog In The Kitchen

Harissa Roasted Carrots with Toasted Hazelnuts and Pomegranates by Crowded Kitchen

Instant Pot Mashed Butternut Squash by Recipes From A Pantry

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries, and Pecans with Balsamic Vinegar by Marathons and Motivation

Stuffing Cups by Play. Party. Plan.

Instant Pot Honey Glazed Carrots by Spice Cravings

Gluten Free Vegan Stuffing by Strength and Sunshine

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash by Green Scheme

Photo by Green Scheme

Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce by This Mama Cooks

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette by Snappy Gourmet

5 Minute Sugar Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free Creamed Style Corn by Strength and Sunshine

Chili Garlic Green Beans by Recipes From A Pantry

Desserts

Ricotta Pear Stacks by Foodal

Photo by Foodal

Skinny Pumpkin Cinnamon Pie by Where Is My Spoon (Vegan, Low Fat, Low Sugar)

Paleo Pecan Pie Bars by Allergy Free Alaska

Pistachio And Pomegranate Frozen Yogurt Bark (Gluten-Free, Low Carb) by Recipes From A Pantry

Mini Salted Rosemary Rum Pecan Pies by Paleo-Gluten Free Guy

Healthy Carrot Cake with Yogurt Cream Cheese Frosting by Little Sweet Baker

Weight Watchers Pumpkin Spice Pizelles by Midlife Healthy Living

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Crustless Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes by Meaningful Eats

Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites by Marathons and Motivation

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