It’s always tough to find great recipes to cook for holiday get together when the common menu is not filled with foods that you feel are healthy options. So, we put together a list of resources that give ideas about different healthy Thanksgiving Day recipes. We have chosen one “showcase” recipe for side dishes, and one for deserts. The rest are links to great resources with lists of recipes you can pull from.
Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
FEATURED RECIPE: Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup is sure to dazzle your guests.
This recipe has been adapted from Dr. Andrew Weil’s book “The Healthy Kitchen” (Knopf, 2005).
- Prep Time 15 minutes
- Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
- Yield Serves 4
- 1 large winter squash (about 2 1/2 pounds), such as butternut or kabocha, peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and quartered
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Coarse salt
- Chili powder, for seasoning (optional)
- 4 cups Andy’s Vegetable Stock
- Cilantro Walnut Pesto, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large roasting pan, toss squash, onions, garlic, and apples with oil to coat. Season well with salt and chile powder. Roast, stirring every 10 minutes, until vegetables are fork-tender and lightly browned, about 40 minutes.
- Transfer half the vegetables and 2 cups stock to a food processor; puree until smooth. Repeat with remaining vegetables and broth. Return pureed mixture to pot, thinning soup with stock, if necessary. Season with salt and chile powder; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Serve immediately, garnished with Cilantro Walnut Pesto, if desired.
Other Recipe Ideas
- Maple Roasted Pumpkin Salad is a great side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.
- Indian Mango Lassi is a great fresh way to add some fruits to your menu.
- Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Sage are guaranteed to be a hit.
- Thyme-Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a great way to server your Thanksgiving Day potatoes this year.
- This is a list of various Thanksgiving side dishes, check them out and chose ones that compliment your existing menu items.
- Green Beans with golden raisins is a great substitute for the traditional green bean casserole.
Healthy Thanksgiving Deserts
FEATURED RECIPE: Coconut Pumpkin PIe
- 8 ounces gluten free graham crackers, finely crushed (recipe for gluten free graham crackers)
- 3 to 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
- 1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk, shaken before opening
- ¼ cup minus 3 tablespoons maple syrup-
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- Pinch ground white pepper (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine cracker crumbs and butter in a 9-inch pie dish, tossing to coat. Press crumbs evenly on the bottom and up the sides of the pie dish. Bake for seven to eight minutes to toast the crumbs. Transfer pie dish to a wire rack to cool while you make the pumpkin filling.
- In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the paddle attachment, combine pumpkin, coconut milk, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, white pepper and salt. Blend on medium-high speed until well-combined.
- Pour pumpkin filling into pie crust. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until filling is set. If graham cracker crust starts to brown, cover with a pie crust protector or strips of aluminum foil.
- Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool for a few hours before slicing and serving.
Other Recipe Ideas
- Mixed Berry Salad is a fresh way to feed a healthy sweet desert.
- Gluten Free Bread Pudding with Apples and Bourbon Sauce: We recommend taking the sugar out completely or using a healthy sugar substitute.
- Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies are a rich healthy combo for your dessert choices.