22 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Can you believe Thanksgiving is about a week away? We are traveling for Thanksgiving this year, so I’m not scrambling around collecting recipes the way I was last year at this time.  But I still love finding creative, healthy holiday recipes and am saving lots of new ideas for the next time we host.

I asked a few friends for healthy Thanksgiving recipes, and wow, did they deliver. I added a few that I’ve been pinning as well, and I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons. Check these out!



Pumpkin Hummus from Plant-Powered Kitchen

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Pesto Crostini from Jamie at Thrifty Veggie Mama

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Pesto Crostini from Thrifty Veggie Mama



Raw Brussel Sprouts Salad from Coco at Running with Perseverance

Warm Wild Rice and Pomegranate Salad from Sarah at A Gutsy Girl

Warm Wild Rice and Pomegranate Salad from A Gutsy Girl


Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Cinnamon Kabocha Squash from Amber at Ex Soy Cise

Smashed Greek Potatoes with Chives from Erin at Girl Gone Veggie

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes from Presley at Run Pretty


Side Dishes

My Favorite Vegetarian Stuffing from Naturally Frugalicious

Apple Sausage Chestnut Sage Stuffing from Laura at Sprint to the Table

Vegetarian Stuffing with Wild Rice from Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean

Vegetarian Stuffing from the Lean Green Bean



Traditional Dishes made Lighter

Light Sweet Potato Casserole from Moni at Moni Meals

Stove top Quinoa Dressing (and gluten free ideas) from Elle at We Can Begin to Feed

Made-over Green Bean Casserole from Naturally Frugalicious

Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce from Janice at Fitness Cheerleader

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes from Jamie at Thrifty Veggie Mama


Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes from Thrifty Veggie Mama



Bacon and Pecan Pumpkin Pie from Kyra at Get in Shape Girl

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Muffins from Abby at Back at Square Zero

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes from Presley at Run Pretty

My Tofu Pumpkin Pie or Whole Grain Pumpkin Muffins

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake from Charissa at Colourful Palate

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake from Charissa at the Colourful Plate


I also found this awesome vegan gravy recipe, and Amanda from Miss Zippy emailed me her favorite roasted squash recipe, which sounds fantastic:

Roasted squash with nib vinaigrette
One 4-lb. butternut squash
2 tablespoons EVOO
1 TB balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons cacao nibs
1 shallot, finely minced

Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Brush with olive oil and roast on 400 until soft. Remove from oven, let cool and then cut into one-inch pieces. While squash is roasting, mix together EVOO, balsamic, cacao nibs and shallot. Toss the squash w/ the dressing and serve!


Is there a dish that shows up every year at your Thanksgiving meal? Are you a host or a guest this year?

59 thoughts on “22 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

  1. I seriously cannot believe that Thanksgiving is a week away!! Thank you for this. I was just starting to think about recipes (and how I didn’t have any in mind)!! We always make smashed sweet potatoes. I think it’s a Barefoot Contessa recipe and it’s always a hit.
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  2. These all sound so amazing!! Especially the bacon, pecan pumpkin pie! What a trio!! I am cooking Thanksgiving with my boyfriend this year, we are going to make a mostly healthy dinner with a few naughty treats mixed in. I usually love to make pumpkin pie, sweet potato and pecans, my roasted kabocha squash (thank you for sharing!) and green beans with almonds. I’m getting hungry already!! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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  3. Great list that I’m sure I’ll be referencing when I start shopping. I actually love the side dishes of Thanksgiving more than anything else. My favorite is a whipped sweet potato with nuts. I’m not sure who it’s from but it’s fabulous!
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  4. All of those recipes look fantastic- especially the no bake chocolate cheesecake! I have never had to make a Thanksgiving dinner before. We always travel to my parent’s house in Oregon. Thanksgiving is a family reunion on my dad’s side of the family- there are around 100 people that show up. It is crazy- you should see the food and dessert table!
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  5. Those all look good! I usually am a “guest” but it’s at my parents house, so I often do plenty of cooking! We take turns, so nobody has to babysit the turkey every time! This year my brother is hosting and I will be running late, so I may get away with just bringing dessert!
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  6. Wowyzers! These ALL look amazing! Thank you for sharing my “Moni Light Sweet Potato Casserole” too! (I am actually prepping it very soon!) Can’t wait…it is sooooo good.

    I am all about these desserts the most though. hehe! 😉

    Great job!

  7. Love all these! I was looking for a few new, healthy recipes to make this year. This year we are traveling to a few places for Thanksgiving. The past few years we’ve hosted so it will be nice to be a guest for a change 🙂 I’m going to be making a Maple Roasted Butternut Squash salad that is sooo yummy! Oh and probably some desserts too.
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  9. Todd’s birthday meal last night included 3 of the 22!! cranberry sauce, the pie and cauliflower mashed! all superb! thanks always for the inspiration. mnolt

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