57 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Love

 

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Yes, I love it even more than the December holidays!

 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Every year, my parents host a big, 30-something-person holiday dinner. We've been doing this with the same five or six families since I was in kindergarten, and the kids still sit at the kids' table, with their kids now! (Those are us kids at last year's Thanksgiving!)

 

While my family always has must-have eats on the menu (like the Cinnamon Spice Muffins below), I'm always looking for some new ideas to whip up. That's why I asked my dietitian colleagues for their favorite healthy Thanksgiving appetizers, soups, breads, sides, and desserts to center around the main turkey (or in my case, Tofurkey) event. I can't wait to hear which ones you've tried!

 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

Appetizers

 

  

Pistachio and Wild Blueberry No-Bake Brie from my own kitchen

 

Spicy Cocoa Popcorn from Natalie Rizzo at Nutrition a la Natalie 

 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!


Chai Walnuts
 from Judy Barbe at Live Best

 

Turkey Veggie Platter from my own kitchen

 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Cauliflower Poppers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce from Natalie Rizzo at Nutrition a la Natalie

 

Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip with Crudites from my own kitchen

  

 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

Soup & Bread

  

Creamy Carrot Cauliflower Soup from my own kitchen

 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Spiced Pumpkin Bread from Jessica Levinson at Nutritioulicious

 

Vegan Cranberry Ginger Quick Bread from Chelsey Amer at C It Nutritionally

  

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Pumpkin Crescent Rolls from Anne Dunaway Teh and Lesley Baradel at 

My Menu Pal 

  

Roasted Butternut Squash and Chipotle Soup from Ashley Munro at 

A Pinch of Grace

   

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup from Jessica Levinson at Nutritioulicious

 

Cinnamon Spice Muffins from my own kitchen 

 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins with No Added Sugar from Chelsey Amer at C It Nutritionally

 

 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

Sides


Roasted Chestnut, Mushroom, and Cranberry Stuffing from Vicki Shanta Retelny at Simple Cravings. Real Food.

 

Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta, and Apple Saute from Katie Cavuto at Nourish. Breathe. Thrive.

 

Simply Roasted Parsnips with Rosemary from Jenny Shea Rawn at My Cape Cod Kitchen

  

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!


Orange Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes from 
Amanda Hernandez at The Nutritionist Reviews

 

Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Garlic from Jessica Cording at Keeping It Real Food

 

Creamy Rice with Parsnip, Onion, and Pepper from my own kitchen

 

Freekeh-Stuffed Acorn Squash from Maria Westberg-Adams at Halsa Nutrition

 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Kelli Shallal at Hungry Hobby

 

Broccoli Slaw Salad with Flaxseeds and Hemp Seeds from my own kitchen

 

Winter Roasted Vegetables from Christy Brissette at 80 Twenty Nutrition

 

Healthy Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary and Goat Cheese from EA Stewart at Spicy RD Nutrition

  

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Pesto Parmesan Spaghetti Squash from my own kitchen


Cheesy Corn Casserole from 
Anne Dunaway Teh and Lesley Baradel at 

My Menu Pal

 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Jennifer Lynn-Pullman at Nourished Simply

 

Cranberry Sauce with Red Wine and Vinegar from Marie Dittmer at 

Healthy Ideas Place

    

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Creamy Buttermilk Mashed Cauliflower from Kelli Shallal at Hungry Hobby

 

Lowfat Apple Bacon Gouda Macaroni and Cheese from Jamie Vespa at

Dishing Out Health

 

Caramelized Onion Gravy from Denise Shepherd Barratt Vine Ripe Nutrition


Roasted Maple-Mustard Glazed Brussels Sprouts from 
Julie Harrington at RDelicious Kitchen

  

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Sorghum and Roasted Butternut Squash with a Cranberry-Pear Sauce from

Tracee Yablon Brenner at Triad to Wellness

 

Sweet Cranberry and Apple Lentils from my own kitchen

 

Citrus Glazed Carrots from Angela Grassi at PCOS Nutrition Center

 

Green Beans with Pecans, Cranberries, and Parmesan from 

Karman Meyer at The Nutritionist Adventures

  

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Fall Farro Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Maple Apple Cider Dressing from

Chelsey Amer at C It Nutritionally

 

Cranberry Ginger Sauce from Tawnie Kroll at Kroll's Korner

 

Maple Balsamic Roasted Winter Vegetables from Marie Dittmer at

Healthy Ideas Place

 

Roasted Acorn Squash with Pomegranate and Pistachios from

Stephanie McKercher at The Grateful Grazer

  

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Cranberry, Walnut, and Apple Arugula Salad from  Anne Dunaway Teh and Lesley Baradel at My Menu Pal

 

Orange Cranberry Sauce from Allison Stevens Schaaf at Prep Dish

 

Quinoa Mung Bean Salad from Shahzadi Devje at Desi-licious RD

 

Better-for-You Brussels Sprouts Gratin from Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex at Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

   

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

Desserts


No-Bake Nutty Pumpkin Squares from Shahzadi Devje at Desi-licious RD

 

Raw Vegan Pecan Bars from Kelly Sloan at Kelly's Knack for Cooking

 

Spiced Cheesecake with Roasted Cranberries from Jenny Shea Rawn at 

My Cape Cod Kitchen

    

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!


Nutty Apple Cake from Lauren Harris-Pincus at Nutrition Starring YOU

 

Baked Mini Pumpkins from Christy Brissette at 80 Twenty Nutrition

 

Orange Cranberry Tart from Judy Barbe at Live Best

 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!


Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie from Alice Henneman at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

 Almond Raspberry Banana Baked Rice from my own kitchen

 

Chocolate Pecan Bites from Jennifer Lynn-Pullman at Nourished Simply

 

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

Holiday Fruit Compote from Denise Shepherd Barratt at Vine Ripe Nutrition

  

Pumpkin Spice Cake Roll from Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos at The Nutrition Twins

 

So-Simple Cinnamon Roasted Apples from my own kitchen

   

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes for the win! Try these recipes for families! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

 

 

What are your thoughts on this topic? What are your favorite Thanksgiving eats? Leave your comments here!

 

 

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Amy Gorin

is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,  media personality, and writer in the NYC area.