Our Favorite Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Holidays are a time to honor traditions, break out our best recipes, and celebrate in high style. Still, it can’t be denied that the usual Thanksgiving menu is rough on those with dietary restrictions, and generally leaves most of us feeling as overstuffed as the turkey!

Ever tried reinventing your Thanksgiving menu by taking it in a healthier direction? With a little planning in advance and practice, it really is possible to host a delicious and healthy Thanksgiving meal! Check out the following menu and try out these traditional versions of grain-free and (mostly) paleo Thanksgiving recipes.

The Menu Plan

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Turkey

Quarter an onion and a lemon and place them inside the cavity before tying. Then rub butter on the outside and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, and basil. Brown at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes to seal in the juices. Then, reduce the heat to 325 and roast according to the instructions for the size bird.

Grain-Free Stuffing

Roasted turnips and sweet potatoes flavored with apples, celery, and onions. This is a great way to add some extra veggies to the meal and try some delicious root vegetables. Hints of sage and thyme give it the traditional taste of stuffing without gluten or artificial ingredients.

Green Bean Casserole

Green beans topped with a homemade cream sauce and topped with pan fried onions in a coconut flour batter. This recipe has all the flavor (and more) of the traditional version without the mystery-soup-in-a-can.

Sweet Potato Casserole

While some prefer sweet potatoes baked and topped with real butter and sea salt, if you like the marshmallow-topped version, this is a good alternative. It’s topped with a homemade egg and honey based “marshmallow” that is very similar in taste and texture. All it’s missing is that high fructose corn syrup aftertaste!

Mashed “Fauxtatoes”

If you love potatoes, by all means indulge. But we love this much lower carb cauliflower version that uses pureed cauliflower and all the seasonings of regular mashed potatoes for a delicious substitute. Don’t worry, there’s still butter and cheese!

Cranberry Sauce

A slightly sweet recipe that leaves out the “equal parts sugar” in traditional recipes. Hints of orange and pineapple sweeten it naturally. This can be a great garnish to complement other thanksgiving dishes.

Bacon and Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Who says that we have to dislike brussels sprouts? When roasted until caramelized and topped with bacon and sea salt, brussels sprouts can become a side to fight over!

Butternut Squash Soup

If you want to serve a soup course, we recommend this one. This slightly sweet soup tastes like Fall in a bowl!

Parmesan and Sea Salt Asparagus

A delicious side that’s equally delicious when the leftovers are used in omelets the next morning. You can serve it with this Hollandaise Sauce.

DESSERTS

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Pumpkin Pie

The much loved Thanksgiving dessert gets a makeover without the added sugar and a grain-free almond and pecan crust. It’s also great for breakfast the next day!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you aren’t much of a pumpkin fan or need to feed a bigger group, this recipe has a subtle pumpkin taste that’s rolled into a cheesecake. It’s also gluten-free!

Carrot Cake

A healthy gluten-free version made with coconut flour, lots of eggs for protein, and spices. There’s optional cream cheese frosting that you can make. 

Pecan Pie

With no refined sugar and lots of eggs for protein, this is a relatively healthy grain-free dessert that’s great for special occasions.

Original Author: Katie Wells
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Victoria Gimelfarb