If there’s ever a time to indulge in decadent food, it’s the holidays. Spending time in the kitchen with your friends and family is one of the best parts of the season. And to boot, Thanksgiving Day always brings some of my favorite traditional American dishes.
But with that said, I do like to try and incorporate some healthy options into the traditional Thanksgiving faire to balance out the inevitable damages done. If you’re like me and want to add some healthy alternatives to your turkey day mix this year, here are 10 delicious, must-try recipes…
1. Golden Beet Soup with Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream
If you like to start your Thanksgiving meal with a yummy soup, this healthy recipe from With Food and Love will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
2. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Fruit Salad
This one’s a mix of Brussels sprouts, apples, cranberries, and pears. As Gina of Running to the Kitchen puts it, “It’s fall on your plate.”
3. Roasted Butternut Squash
You might recall butternut squash listed as on my recent fall farmers’ market favorites. That’s because this buttery squash is packed with antioxidants, dietary fiber and vitamin A, and it’s also low in fat! Follow this recipe from A Food Centric Life for flavorful and perfectly roasted squash.
4. Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad
According to this recipe’s author, Life’s Ambrosia, “Farro is a grain popular in rustic Italian cooking. It has a nutty flavor and works well as a substitute for rice or pasta.” It also has four times as much fiber as brown rice, making this yummy salad extra filling.
5. Hummus Mashed Potatoes
Ditch the heavy cream in traditional mashed potatoes, in favor of creamy (and healthy) hummus! I love Gimme Some Oven’s simple substitution and can’t wait to test this recipe out.
6. Vegan Green Bean Casserole
It may look indulgent, but this green bean casserole from Eat the Love is vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly. It’s an update on the old canned mushroom variety, with added flavor and nutrients.
7. Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato and Hazelnuts
Family Fresh Cooking’s healthy twist on classic stuffing is great for people who are on gluten free and grain free diets… or people who just love quinoa.
8. Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
Turkey is a lean protein, so choose a flavorful baked recipe (like this one from Ina Garten) for a delicious but healthy dish.
9. Easy Baked Apple Pie Apples
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without apple pie. Deliciously Sprinkled’s creative take on the classic is healthier, and also makes for an adorable presentation.
10. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
These delicious, bite-sized desserts by Oven Love are a perfect way to indulge, without loosening your belt. They’re also made without any refined sugar, and can easily be tweaked to suit gluten free needs.
Which of these looks the most delicious to you?
Do you have any healthy recipes you’re going to be making this Thanksgiving?