As soon as November rolls around, I inevitably find myself planning for one of my favorite holidays of the year – Thanksgiving!
This year Fabio and I will be in New York and Massachusetts for Thanksgiving, however in years past we’ve gone to my dad’s house where there is very little focus on healthy eating.
On Thanksgiving day, his dining room table will be loaded down with buttery rolls, sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes with melty dollops of butter, sweet potatoes topped with toasty marshmallows, and then of course turkey with gravy. Usually the only vegetable on the table is a green bean casserole made with Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup and crispy onion straws, and while all of that food is delicious and I have no problem with indulging on special occasions, I usually find myself wishing there was at least one more healthy dish on the table.
Now that I’m older, I like to contribute something of my own to the feast, and this is usually where I sneak in a healthier dish. Last year I brought glazed carrots and roasted brussels sprouts with butternut squash and cranberries. Both dishes were a huge hit, and everyone was asking me how I made them. They couldn’t believe all I did to make the veggies was roast everything in the oven with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
They were so easy, healthy, and delicious!
This year we’ll be hitting up two Thanksgiving feasts – one in New York and one in Massachusetts – so I’m already on the lookout for a few healthy and delicious dishes to bring.
In case you’re in the same boat, I thought you might enjoy this roundup of healthy(ish) Thanksgiving dishes from around the web!
Breakfasts & Pre-Dinner Snacks
- Baked Pumpkin Donuts – These baked donuts made with canned pumpkin make the perfect Thanksgiving breakfast treat! This post also provides links to various glazes and donut toppings. Yum.
- Pumpkin Scones – This Starbuck’s Copycat recipe for pumpkin scones uses whole wheat flour and only a few tablespoons of sugar. These would be another perfect treat for Thanksgiving morning!
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts – If you’re looking for a twist on a veggie that gets a bad rap, try bringing shaved brussels sprouts! They’re really tasty and I bet you can get even the pickiest of eaters to like them 🙂
- Skinny Mac and Cheese – This tasty mac and cheese is made with fat free cottage cheese, whole wheat pasta, and broccoli, making it a perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving feast!
- World’s Best Broccoli – To this day, this is my absolute favorite way to cook broccoli. With a salty, sweet, and spicy topping, it’s a little fancier than regular roasted broccoli I would throw together on a weeknight. Luckily it’s still really easy and delicious, making it the perfect side dish to bring with you this Thanksgiving.
- Healthy apple cookies – These apple cookies are made with real apples, applesauce, and whole wheat flour. With a mix of healthy add-ins like raisins and nuts and a good mixture of fall spices, you’ll love these sweet iced cookies!
- Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies – This is actually one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes! Of course, as Phoebe knows, nothing can beat the Nestle Tollhouse recipe on the back of the bag, but this healthy alternative made with chickpeas is a great version!
Other Recipes from Around the Web
- Ginger and Apple Bourbon – I don’t usually include drink recipes on the blog because I often think they’re too much trouble to put together (who has time to make a simple syrup? Not this girl) but this recipe from the Tampopo Post looked so easy and delicious I just had to share it. All you do is mix fresh cider, super-gingery ginger beer, and Kentucky bourbon in a 2:2:1 ratio. So easy!
- Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Dried Cranberry Stuffing – I am a huge fan of traditional stuffing so I don’t think this could totally replace the real thing, but I love this take on quinoa “stuffing” with sweet potatoes and cranberries from With Style and Grace. This would be a beautiful addition to the Thanksgiving table.
- Salted Caramel Apple Cups – Although these salted caramel apple cups from The Girl Who Ate Everything aren’t the healthiest dessert on the planet, their smaller individual serving size makes them great for portion control. Plus there’s apples in them, so that’s got to count for something, right? 😉 This is one recipe I definitely plan to use for Thanksgiving this year.
Aaaaaand now I’m hungry. Too bad I’ll have to wait a few more weeks to make any of these! Maybe I should do some sort of test run? You know, just to make sure it tastes ok? 😉
Hopefully this recipe roundup has inspired you to contribute something healthy to your family’s Thanksgiving feast this year!
Question of the day: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?