This healthy easy Thanksgiving recipe roundup is proof that there is a way to make simple and healthy takes on classic Thanksgiving recipes.
We are getting so close to Thanksgiving and I am getting SO excited about all of the good food. I feel like it is that one holiday where you can completely just unbutton your pants and go to town on everything.
And all of the food is so unique – I mean we don’t ever have stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, or pecan pie on a regular basis. I wish we did because it is some of my most favorite foods, but I think it makes Thanksgiving that much more special.
While I’m all for indulging on the holidays and eating whatever your body wants, the whole basis of my blog is create healthier recipes, so I took great pride in making some amazingly delicious Thanksgiving favorites. We’ve got side dishes and desserts, and it is all so delicious.
These healthy easy Thanksgiving recipes are all must haves for your big kitchen table and I would love to see you sharing these with your family and friends like I am sharing with mine!
A Drink to Kick-off Thanksgiving
Enjoy the first flavors of fall with Apple Cider Margaritas. Made with only 4 ingredients and requiring hardly any prep time, they’re a must-try this season! Make a batch and cozy on up with your favorite blanket to enjoy the taste of autumn!
Nothing cools you down quite like a tart and tangy ice-cold beverage. On a hot summer day, this Apple Cider Spritz is just what the heat ordered! Made with apple cider, vanilla vodka, lemon juice, and prosecco, this beverage hits the spot and provides a cozy edge. It’s great for enjoying through the summer and into autumn!
Celebrate autumn with the delicious fall flavors of this Pumpkin Espresso Martini. Made with classic ingredients like vodka and Kahlua, we’re taking things up a notch by adding creamer, maple syrup, pumpkin, and more pumpkin!
Cool down with this refreshing Gold Rush Bourbon Cocktail made with only four ingredients and completed with a rich and delicious homemade honey ginger syrup.
Enjoy a tasty drink made with apple cider, bourbon, and ginger beer, and garnished with cocktail cherries, apple slices, and cinnamon!
Appetizers to make on Thanksgiving that everyone will love!
Dive into a blend of savory and sweet flavors with this incredible Baked Hot Honey Feta Dip recipe. Made with feta, cream cheese, hot honey, pistachios, and chives, it’s perfect for game day or enjoying as a flavorful appetizer!
Grab your crostini and pita chips and dig into this Whipped Feta with Hot Honey recipe! Made with Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and scallions, it’s the perfect refreshing dip.
Whip up this sweet and salty Hot Honey Whipped Ricotta Recipe made with sweet potatoes, sage, and pomegranate arils! Serve with crostini, veggies, chips, and more.
Enjoy sweet, savory, and tart flavors all in one with this Cranberry Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip. It’s made with all of your favorites – cream cheese, maple syrup, and cheddar!
An easy, three-ingredient appetizer that is perfect for all your football watch parties and upcoming holiday gatherings! These bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese are the idea combination of sweet, salty, and creamy. I promise, they’re impossible to resist.
This savory pumpkin hummus is the perfect fall appetizer or healthy snack. It is made with the chickpeas, tahini, and olive oil, but adds in pumpkin puree for a fun fall spin! The result is a hummus that is light and fluffy, slightly sweet from the pumpkin, but has a slight kick from the cayenne. The perfect combo!
Main Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner
Bring the flavor of Thanksgiving to your dinner table a little bit early with this candied yams recipe. This deliciously sweet and savory dish is made with a blend of sweet potatoes, butter, sugar, and plenty of spices. Whether enjoying it as a side dish or dessert, it’s sure to become a favorite in your house.
Embrace the cozy vibes of fall with a delightful spinach quinoa salad with feta cheese. This hearty salad celebrates the earthy flavors of the harvest season, combining the nutty texture of quinoa, the tangy crumble of feta, and the sweetness of roasted sweet potatoes. Tossed in a homemade quinoa salad dressing, each bite is a burst of robust flavors!
Nothing is cozier than this Corn Pudding Recipe! Made with multiple types of corn, delicious Jiffy muffin mix, and butter on butter, this cozy recipe hits the spot on any chilly fall evening! Pair it with your favorite main course for a complete meal, or enjoy a serving as a snack!
Indulge in savory garlic and parmesan flavors with these delicious Roasted Garlic Parmesan Potatoes. Made with only four main ingredients plus seasonings and ready in under an hour, they make the perfect side dish for any main course!
A full-bodied, tangy bourbon cranberry sauce is just what your holiday table needs. It tastes and looks gourmet but is refreshingly effortless.
Pair any main course with the Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe for a side that everyone will enjoy! Made with butter, milk, and sour cream for an ultimate creamy texture and rich flavor.
Pair your main course with this salty and sweet side of Glazed Sweet Potatoes. This recipe yields 10 servings and is made with maple syrup, coconut sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon for maximum flavor!
This cornbread sausage stuffing is a classic Thanksgiving side dish that will remind you of traditional holiday dinners, surrounded by family and good food!
Try this staple recipe for the ultimate comforting side dish! Made with two types of cheese and a whole lot of spice, this is the Best Classic Mac and Cheese Recipe you’ll make all year!
Ditch your old recipe and upgrade with Healthy Green Bean Casserole. Made with mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and garlic, it’s a flavor-rich dish that compliments any main course!
Upgrade your normal mashed potatoes with this Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe. We’re using a mix of butter, Greek yogurt, and various spices to create a well-seasoned, fluffy bowl of potato deliciousness!
It’s time to ditch the canned stuff! This homemade Healthy Cranberry Sauce is made with fresh cranberries and orange juice and sweetened naturally with only maple syrup. Ready in 10 minutes, it’s the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu!
You’ll never say no to Brussels sprouts again with this Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts recipe. Perfected in a balsamic glaze and topped with pecans, cranberries, and turkey bacon, this is a recipe you won’t want to miss.
Give green beans an upgrade with this Garlic Sesame Green Beans recipe. Sautéed in oil and garlic and coated in toasted cashews and sesame seeds, this dish pairs perfectly with any main course.
Give your mashed potatoes a healthy upgrade with cauliflower. Made with lots of seasonings and even Greek yogurt, these Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes are a special treat.
Indulge in something satisfying and filling with this Cheesy Sweet Potato Gratin. Made with sweet potatoes, loads of spices, almond milk, and gruyere cheese, it’s a cozy and delightful dish that’s perfect as a side or a main course.
Enjoy Easy Skillet Cornbread, a lightened up twist on the classic dish made with Greek yogurt, almond milk, and actual corn! It’s light, fluffy, and just as delicious as it should be.
Dive into Healthier Sweet Potato Casserole for a lightened version of the Thanksgiving classic. Made with oats, pecans, and maple syrup, it’s complete with a crispy crumble topping and flavors that are to die for!
The best parts of Thanksgiving are all the classic side dishes! Serve this homemade healthier apple sausage stuffing and feel free to indulge in family-favorite comfort food.
Desserts for After Dinner
Whip out your bread pan and let’s make this incredible Pumpkin Streusel Bread! Made with maple syrup, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice, it’s the perfect recipe for the season. Oh, and did we mention that it’s also topped with pumpkin streusel and an incredible pumpkin glaze?!
Bring the warm and cozy flavors of the season into your home with this magnificent and delicious Apple Crumble Cheesecake. It’s made in four parts and filled with the most flavorful ingredients, like cream cheese, lots of brown sugar, graham crackers, apples, cinnamon, and caramel!
Dive into the fall season with delicious Pumpkin Pie Bars made with gingersnaps, pumpkin, and plenty of great flavor! These bars make a fabulous grab-and-go dessert.
Are you ready for the ultimate fall treat? You should try making these delicious apple cinnamon rolls! Made with homemade cinnamon roll dough and filled with a brown sugar apple pie filling, these sweet treats are sure to be a hit for breakfast or dessert.
Indulge in a refreshingly sweet Easy Apple Galette for the perfect summer dessert. Bake with a variety of apples for a more robust flavor!
Up level your dessert with this Lightened Up Pumpkin Cheesecake. The perfect recipe for the family or a fancy dinner, made with cream cheese, coconut sugar, and more.
Even desserts can be good for you! This pumpkin pie crisp is packed with fiber, nutrients, and heart-healthy whole grains. Your body will love this as much as your tastebuds do!
Embrace your favorite pumpkin flavors – they are all in these soft pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies. Made with all plant-based ingredients, they are a guilt-free indulgence!
Dive into pumpkin season with this delicious Easy Pumpkin Pie Dip. It pairs with pretzels, wafers, apples, and more, and it’s perfect for your next charcuterie board!
A healthy paleo-friendly pumpkin pie recipe that is easy to make, healthier than the traditional recipe, and is made gluten-free and dairy-free with an almond flour crust and fresh pumpkin filling! This simple pie is quick to make and is the perfect thanksgiving dessert!
Indulge in something a little sweet with these Healthy Apple Pie Bars. Made with an almond butter crumble, ripe honeycrisp apples, and a delicious glaze, these bars are the perfect autumn-inspired treat!
This healthy mini apple pies recipe is a deliciously easy dessert made with a homemade cookie crust. These mini pies are made with almond flour, making them both gluten-free and low carb!
Healthy Pecan Pie Bars are paleo, vegan, gluten free, and taste exactly like real pecan pie! They’re simple to make, have a delicious pecan filling on top, and only require 15 minutes of prep time.
Healthy Apple Cobbler is easy to make from scratch and is the perfect for dessert! Made gluten-free and with no refined sugar, this dessert features fresh juicy apples and lots of naturally sweet flavor. Add a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream on top, and you’re set!
A combination of my two favorite desserts: pecan pie and brownies! These pecan pie bars are the perfect fall dessert! They are dairy-free and refined sugar free, perfectly sweet, and will be the highlight of your fall gatherings.
I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving and please let me know if you make any of these healthy easy Thanksgiving recipes!
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