Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes isn’t the oxymoron you’re thinking it is. I’m here to share some of my tastiest Thanksgiving Recipes, that happen to also be made with wholesome, simple ingredients. Yes, that’s right…I’ve taken many of the Classic Thanksgiving Recipes and turned them into modern, healthier versions that still taste incredible.
This post has been edited from the original post published on November 20, 2017.
- Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers
- Vegan Main Dishes for Thanksgiving
- Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- Healthy Squash Recipes
- Thanksgiving Must Haves
- Healthy Salads for Thanksgiving
- Pumpkin Desserts for Thanksgiving
- Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
- Healthy Chocolate Desserts for Thanksgiving
- Healthy Thanksgiving Tips
Celebrate Thanksgiving in style with these delicious recipes. Get inspired to make some family favorites with a new twist this year.
Vegan Main Dishes for Thanksgiving
Not everyone likes turkey for Thanksgiving, and that’s OK. Wow your gusts with a show stopping Vegan Dinner for Thanksgiving…or bring along one of these tasty dishes for the pot-luck you’re going to.
Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Oh, I’m all about the healthy side dishes and Thanksgiving sides are some of the best of the best!
Healthy Squash Recipes
Thanksgiving Must Haves
Make extra gravy…trust me, all the leftovers need gravy! This vegan gravy is super tasty, easy to make….AND…you can make it in advance…none of this last minute, wait for the turkey to get out of the oven craziness. Same with the veggie broth…it’s a MUST for all the great recipes and perfect to make ahead.
Healthy Salads for Thanksgiving
Don’t skip the salad. Your gut will thank you for including some greens in the Thanksgiving Menu. Here are some seriously delicious salads.
Pumpkin Desserts for Thanksgiving
Donuts, cakes and pies….oh my! You’ll want to make yourself a batch of this homemade substitute for pumpkin pie spice to use in your favaor
Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
No refined sugar was used in the making of these desserts…just pure, wholesome, yumminess. Life is too short to skip dessert. Enjoy these healthier thanksgiving treats.
As a child, I always loved Thanksgiving. We went to my Aunts house where there were loads of cousins to play with and my Grandmother always did the bulk of the cooking. I remember it fondly as a day that wasn’t rushed. Grandma made chopped liver (it was the “real deal” but I now make this vegetarian mock liver and it is super tasty), and the adults sat around in the living room telling stories and laughing away the afternoon while we ran around having a great time, stopping in to steal a nosh and hear some of the grown-up talk from time to time.
It’s been many years since I have been able to spend a Thanksgiving at Aunt Helen’s but I try to create the same chilled vibe that was always present at her house. The key is to plan your menu, get organized, create a timeline, delegate (yes, ask family and friends for help), and be prepared for your guests to show up hungry. Many people try to “save up” for the big meal, and in doing so, arrive HANGRY. Don’t get flustered. Have some amazing vegan appetizers (oh, hello vegan sweet and sour meatballs or gluten-free stuffed mushrooms)available to snack on….so your guests can spend some quality time together relaxing. There is no rush.
As a health coach I see what a mine field Thanksgiving can be for some to negotiate. Emotional triggers with family drama can lead to over indulging and then negative self talk and a vicious cycle that begins anew. Here is something I wrote about avoiding holiday fatigue, and another about creating Healthy Habits for the Holiday season to create less stress and make room for more joy. They have helped many, and I hope it will help you too!
I always make a pot of Vegan Butternut Squash Soup for Thanksgiving. It’s warm and comforting. The perfect snack for after the football game to tide everyone over until meal time.
Whatever you decide to make, just know that it’s going to be great. Make a reasonable plan and stick to it. Have confidence that it is ENOUGH, that YOU ARE ENOUGH……you don’t need to make more and more and more….until you are too overwhelmed and exhausted to enjoy being with family and friends.
As an adult I still love everything about Thanksgiving (including the cooking) but I am careful remain true to my goal of creating a relaxed environment where I am able to be present to all of the blessings around me….including the gift of time with my loved ones. Wishing you a holiday filled with love and light, good food, and plenty of time to soak it all in.