13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Slimmed-down holiday favorites

Just because it's Thanksgiving doesn't mean you have to blow your healthy eating plan. Here are some holiday favorites, slimmed down, that will thrill your guests.

From green bean casserole and mashed potatoes, to pumpkin cheesecake and apple pie, try these lightened-up dishes.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Crostini with Roasted Butternut Squash, Ricotta and Preserved Lemon

Try this appetizer, with the preserved lemon relish adding a bright, salty note  the flavors of creamy ricotta and sweet squash.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Bacon-wrapped Enoki

This is an easy make-ahead appetizer. Wrap bundles of enoki mushrooms in bacon, and bake. That's it.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Kale Salad with Miso and Pistachios

Don't settle for a basic green salad, opt for this delicious version with fresh kale, a bright and tangy miso dressing, and pistachios for crunch.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

The main dish at many Thanksgiving dinners will be, of course, turkey. Try this recipe for turkey breast with fresh garlic, rosemary, sage and thyme for a delicious change of pace from a traditional roast turkey.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

Try this lightened-up version of the classic green bean casserole. The crispy shallots add a modern touch.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Hummus Mashed Potatoes

Skip the heavy cream and make these mashed potatoes with hummus and just a bit of butter. The hummus adds a creaminess that you have to taste to believe.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Quinoa Stuffing with Apples, Sweet Potatoes and Hazelnuts

Stuffing doesn't have to be fattening or heavy with bread. This version combines quinoa with apples, sweet potatoes and hazelnuts.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Creamy Butternut Squash and Parsnip Soup

Add lime juice to this soup right before serving for a bright zing. This butternut squash soup is creamy without the use of any cream. Simple ingredients include chicken broth, onion and a dollop of yogurt as a topping.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Two Potato Tart Gratin

This potato tart gratin uses both Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes for a delicious combo. Opt for 2% milk instead of cream, and just a tablespoon of butter for flavor.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Roasted Cauliflower with Olive Vinaigrette

Combine roasted baby cauliflower with olives and lemon zest for a fresh take on Thanksgiving side dishes.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Orange Glazed Carrots

Go for a beautiful and flavorful side dish with this orange glazed carrot recipe. Orange juice and maple syrup blend beautifully to create the glaze.

13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Easy Baked Apple Apple Pies

Dessert is a big part of Thanksgiving. Cut calories but not the delicious taste with these baked apple versions of apple pie.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

There's no refined sugar in these pumpkin cheesecake bites, and you can opt to make them gluten free. Yet they're every bit as delicious as cheesecake should be.

Related Articles