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!
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.
Pistachio and Wild Blueberry No-Bake Brie from my own kitchen
Spicy Cocoa Popcorn from Natalie Rizzo at Nutrition a la Natalie
Chai Walnuts from Judy Barbe, author of Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest: Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being
Turkey Veggie Platter from my own kitchen
Cauliflower Poppers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce from Natalie Rizzo
Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip with Crudites from my own kitchen
Soup & Bread
Creamy Carrot Cauliflower Soup from my own kitchen
Spiced Pumpkin Bread from Jessica Levinson, co-author of We Can Cook: Introduce Your Child to the Joy of Eating with 75 Simple Recipes and Activities
Vegan Cranberry Ginger Quick Bread from Chelsey Amer at C It Nutritionally
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
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
Roasted Chestnut, Mushroom, and Cranberry Stuffing from Victoria Shanta Retelny, author of Total Body Diet for Dummies
Simply Roasted Parsnips with Rosemary from Jenny Shea Rawn at My Cape Cod Kitchen
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
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
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
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
Sorghum and Roasted Butternut Squash with a Cranberry-Pear Sauce from Tracee Yablon Brenner, co-author of Simple Food for Busy Families
Sweet Cranberry and Apple Lentils from my own kitchen
Citrus Glazed Carrots from Angela Grassi, author of The PCOS Nutrition Center Cookbook: 100 Easy and Delicious Whole Food Recipes to Beat PCOS
Green Beans with Pecans, Cranberries, and Parmesan from Karman Meyer, author of Eat to Sleep
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
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!
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
Baked Mini Pumpkins from Christy Brissette
Orange Cranberry Tart from Judy Barbe
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
Holiday Fruit Compote from Denise Shepherd Barratt
So-Simple Cinnamon Roasted Apples from my own kitchen
Pumpkin Spice Cake Roll from Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos, co-authors of Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure: Expert Advice and Tantalizing Recipes for Health, Energy, and Beauty
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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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