If you are looking for new healthy and creative recipes to serve this year at Thanksgiving look no further! From festive salads to creative easy desserts, in this post, you'll find a variety of options including allergy-friendly, vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free side dishes. Something to please every guest at your celebration.
The Thanksgiving menu at my house has remained pretty consistent for the last 30+ years. My mom has her tried and true favorites and every member of the family insists on at least one of her recipes. Swapping new recipes in for some of the old favorites is a challenge, but every year I try to gently introduce one new dish.
Whether your family is rooted in tradition or always open to trying something new I love to gently encourage the addition of one dish that may be just a little bit healthier. It's the holidays, enjoy your traditions, stay mindful and eat with intention, but it doesn't hurt to also shake things up with a new recipe that can help to balance out the heavier foods of the season.
HEALTHY THANKSGIVING APPETIZER RECIPES
I love having a little something for my guests as they arrive. My family has been known to have an epic appetizer/cocktail hour which, as delicious as it is, tends to get everyone a bit too full before the meal. I think serving a little something takes the pressure off the host, your guests fill their bellies with a few bites of something yummy so you (the hostess with the most-ess) have time to finish the main meal.
Here are some of my favorite ideas.
Vegan Pumpkin Peanut Butter Soup
The Ultimate Fall Mezze Platter
This is my favorite Thanksgiving appetizer, I can switch it up a little bit every year and everyone loves it! Use a variety of raw and roasted veggies, several yummy dips (like this beet sumac hummus), cheese, and nuts. It's the ultimate grazing platter and light enough that you save room for the main event.
HEALTHY THANKSGIVING SIDE DISH RECIPES
My favorite part of the meal BY FAR! Try some of these healthier side dish recipes this Thanksgiving!
Creamy Kale and Mushroom Stuffed Delicata Squash
Instant Pot Creamy Herb Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes
Herb Roasted Honeynut Squash with Miso Tahini Sauce
Updated Sweet Potato Casserole, savory(ish) – Paleo
Escarole Citrus Salad with Avocado
I am always looking for something bright, citrusy, and crunchy on Thanksgiving. All the other side dishes, as delicious as they are, tend to be a bit heavier. A light citrus salad is the perfect compliment.
Slow Cooker Maple Cranberry Applesauce
Pecan Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts with a Spiced Tahini Glaze
Move over boring Brussels sprouts, there is a new kid in town! Create a nutty brown butter sauce and then add pecans, top with a maple tahini glaze. Stop the delicious madness!!
Rosemary Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin
Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Feta and Pomegranate
HEALTHY THANKSGIVING ENTREE RECIPES
Creamy Pumpkin Parmesan Chicken with Wild Mushrooms
Thanksgiving for two? Forget the turkey, make this chicken and you will love me forever.
HEALTHY THANKSGIVING DESSERT RECIPES
Do you have a lot of kids that come to your Thanksgiving celebration? Create a DIY caramel apple and pear station and make this heavenly vegan pumpkin caramel sauce.
Single-serve, super easy, make in advance, all the things. Heavenly pumpkin mousse layered with gluten-free gingerbread cookies and coconut whipped cream. Vegan, gluten-free and so delicious!
Earl Grey Roasted Pears with Warm Chocolate Sauce
A more refined dessert, not your traditional pie, but oh man no one will complain! Roast pears in earl grey tea and then drizzle with chocolate sauce.
A simple gluten-free dessert, fresh seasonal apples topped with a crispy oat and nut crumble. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
HEALTHY THANKSGIVING DRINK RECIPES
Warm Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider
I keep this warm all day in my Instant Pot and let my guests serve themselves. A small bottle of good quality bourbon is near by for those that want a little extra “warmth”.
I have been on a serious kombucha cocktail kick, they are low in alcohol and have the added benefit of a little bit of gut support. Woop! Woop! This festive kombucha cocktail is absolutely delicious!
Make a batch of vegan pumpkin spice creamer and leave it at your coffee bar to gain some serious hostess points!
You know what Thanksgiving really means right? It heralds in EGGNOG SEASON!!! My favorite time of the year! You can make a batch of this ahead of time and heat as needed.
Wishing you the most glorious holiday celebration ever!!!!
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