A recipe roundup of 10 healthy Thanksgiving recipes for a healthier holiday dinner. Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away! Do you know what’s on your Thanksgiving menu? Read on for some ideas!


I’ve always loved Thanksgiving… partly because it’s always right by birthday and the official start of the holiday season, but also because I love getting together with family and sitting at the dinner table for hours enjoying each others company and our family’s traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

What I don’t enjoy is slipping into a food coma by 4:00 in the afternoon! Did you know the average Thanksgiving meal contains over 2,000 calories?! Yep, that’s more than my petite frame needs in an entire day! I’m all about indulging on the holidays, but surely some of those calories can be reigned in!

Now that we’ve been hosting Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving for a few years, I’ve been branching out a little more with my recipes and experimenting with some healthier options. Some of the things I gobbled up when I was younger (like mushy green bean casserole with those greasy fried onions from the can) no longer appeal to me and the healthier lifestyle I’m trying to lead.

But I certainly don’t want to sacrifice flavor or make my friends and family feel like I’m putting them on a diet by serving them food that tastes like cardboard.

So I’ve rounded up 10 mouth-watering Thanksgiving recipes (and a bonus recipe for your leftovers!) that are a lightened up without sacrificing flavor.

Try some of these recipes for YOUR Thanksgiving dinner and let me know what you think!


Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese 

from Ciao Florentina

Easy and  Festive Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Appetizer with Cranberries & Honey Balsamic Glaze, finished with a blood orange infused olive oil and fresh basil!

Recipe: Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese

Image from Ciao Florentina

Carrot Apple Soup

from Our Salty Kitchen

This roasted carrot apple soup is like a big hug – warm, comforting, and nourishing for the body and soul. It’s a nutty and sweet fall soup recipe, and super easy to make.” A kid-friendly, healthy, easy soup recipe that is naturally paleo, whole30, and gluten-free, and great for a Thanksgiving appetizer.

Recipe: Carrot Apple Soup

Image from Our Salty Kitchen

Side Dishes

Fall Harvest Kale Salad

from Spinach4Breakfast

A super easy and healthy salad with lots of festive ingredients for a salad that’s as beautiful as it is tasty.

Recipe: Fall Harvest Kale Salad

Image from Spinach4Breakfast

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

from A Sweet Pea Chef

This Thanksgiving, make this Healthy Green Bean Casserole from scratch and wow your guests and your tastebuds!  Make green bean casserole healthier by just replacing a few simple ingredients for a clean and gluten-free side alternative to the traditional overprocessed stuff from cans.

Recipe: Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Image from A Sweet Pea Chef

Healthy Mashed Potatoes with Skin On

from Fit Foodie Finds

Add these lightened up, herby, and healthy mashed potatoes to your Thanksgiving dinner. They’re made with russet potatoes, Greek yogurt, a little bit of butter, and tons of fresh herbs for the most perfect mashed potatoes with skin on… because 1) it’s better anyway and 2) isn’t that waaayy easier than peeling all those potatoes?!

Recipe: Healthy Mashed Potatoes with Skin On

Image from Fit Foodie Finds

Skinny Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecan Topping

from Jessica in the Kitchen

This Skinny Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecan Topping is a vegan, light and healthy twist to traditional sweet potato casserole. All the comfort food, less than half the calories!

Recipe: Skinny Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecan Topping

Easy Gluten Free Stuffing

from Food Faith Fitness

This gluten free stuffing is moist and so packed with flavor, you would never know how easy it is to make! Perfect for Thanksgiving or any holiday meal! 

Recipe: Easy Gluten Free Stuffing

Image from Food Faith Fitness

Low Carb Rolls with Everything Seed Blend

from The Foodie Affair

These Low Carb Rolls are gluten-free and net just 2 carbs per piece. Each roll is topped with a blend of onion flakes, sesame and poppy seeds! Serve a batch of these rolls and enjoy the carb savings in a different dish!

Recipe: Low Carb Rolls with Everything Seed Blend

Image from The Foodie Affair


Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Mousse

from Fit and Fulfilled

Skip the pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake and enjoy this decadent, creamy pumpkin mousse that only tastes rich! It’s made from low-fat cottage cheese for a high-protein pumpkin treat without all the calories and fat. Or layer it with pumpkin or gingerbread snaps and a dollop of whipped cream for an impressive parfait!

Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Mousse

Image from Fit and Fulfilled

Spiralized Apple Crumble

from The Healthy Maven

Instead of spending all your time chopping, spiralize those apples for a quick and healthy Spiralized Apple Crumble. With curly apple noodles and a crispy crumble layer, this dessert is even better, healthier, and easier than apple pie making it the ultimate lazy girl dessert!

Recipe: Spiralized Apple Crumble

Image from The Healthy Maven


Bonus recipe!!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Cranberry Turkey Sandwich

from Nourish Move Love

Got a lot of leftovers? Use that extra turkey in a sandwich, and add a little holiday color and flavor with a slice of avocado and a cranberry puree drizzle.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftovers Cranberry Turkey Sandwich

Image from Nourish Move Love

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Leave a comment and let me know!

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