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57 Healthy Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Wondering what to make for Thanksgiving dinner? Here are 57 healthy recipes for Thanksgiving that your guests will love, including healthy appetizers for Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving pie recipes! Whip up a few of these healthy Thanksgiving recipes, and you'll have an easy, nutritious menu ready in no time.

 

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. Yes, I love it even more than the December holidays! I look forward to it every single year, and I'm always daydreaming about the menu of healthy Thanksgiving ideas that my family serves up weeks before the holiday happens. Your guests will love these healthy recipes for Thanksgiving dinner as much as my family and friends love them!

 

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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 a recent Thanksgiving!) We love Thanksgiving so much in my family that my best friend and I put together a picture book of all the years of Thanksgiving photos!

 

While my family always has must-have eats on the menu (like the Cinnamon Spice Muffins below), I'm always looking for some new easy, healthy Thanksgiving recipes 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. You're getting the best of easy dinner ideas, and I can't wait to hear which ones you've tried. Many of these ideas also make great cooking projects for kids. Enjoy these healthy recipes for Thanksgiving and get ready to eat a healthy Thanksgiving meal!

 

This post was updated in November 2019.

 

Appetizers

  

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

 

Spicy Cocoa Popcorn from Natalie Rizzo at Nutrition a la Natalie 

 

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Looking for healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Try these Thanksgiving appetizers, Thanksgiving desserts & more, including vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes. #thanksgiving #nutrition #vegetarian #vegan #holiday

Soup & Bread

  

Creamy Carrot Cauliflower Soup from my own kitchen

 

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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

   

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup from Jessica Levinson 

 

Spice Muffins from my own kitchen 

 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins with No Added Sugar from Chelsey Amer 

 

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Sides

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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

 

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Cinnamon Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Kelli Shallal, author of Make Ahead High Protein Breakfast Recipes 

 

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

  

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Pesto Parmesan Spaghetti Squash from my own kitchen


Cheesy Corn Casserole from 
Anne Dunaway Teh and Lesley Baradel 

 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Jennifer Lynn-Pullman at Nourished Simply

 

Cranberry Sauce with Red Wine and Vinegar from Marie Dittmer at Healthy Ideas Place

    

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Creamy Buttermilk Mashed Cauliflower from Kelli Shallal 

 

Lowfat Apple Bacon Gouda Macaroni and Cheese from Jamie Vespa at Dishing Out Health

 

Caramelized Onion Gravy from Denise Shepherd Barratt at Vine Ripe Nutrition


Roasted Maple-Mustard Glazed Brussels Sprouts from 
Julie Harrington, co-author of The Healing Soup Cookbook

  

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

 

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

  

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Cranberry, Walnut, and Apple Arugula Salad from Anne Dunaway Teh and Lesley Baradel 

 

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, co-authors of The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time!

   

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Desserts


No-Bake Nutty Pumpkin Squares from 
Shahzadi Devje 

 

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

 

Spiced Cheesecake with Roasted Cranberries from Jenny Shea Rawn 

    

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Nutty Apple Cake from Lauren Harris-Pincus, author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club

 

Baked Mini Pumpkins from Christy Brissette 

 

Orange Cranberry Tart from Judy Barbe 

 

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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 

 

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Holiday Fruit Compote from Denise Shepherd Barratt

     

So-Simple Cinnamon Roasted Apples from my own kitchen

   

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I'd love to hear from you! Let me know if you have any favorite healthy recipes for Thanksgiving to add to this list. Which popular Thanksgiving dishes make your mouth water the most? Comment below, and tag @amydgorin on Instagram and Pinterest and @amygorin on Twitter and Facebook.

  

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