9 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes That Will Instantly Make Your Mouth Water
It's true that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the amazing family and friends in our lives, but we can all agree that the Thanksgiving dinner is another important thing we're extremely thankful for. I personally can't wait to consume all of the stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, and apple pie that I can get my hands on, which is why having some healthy Thanksgiving recipes on deck for your holiday menu is so important. And, yes, these recipe tutorials are super healthy, but they are also so delicious that you'll definitely be going in for more helpings.
Some of these recipes are vegan or gluten-free as well, so any of your guests who have a food allergy can help themselves to as much as they please. You can pretty much find a healthy recipe for every Thanksgiving food staple item that your family loves to make. We've assembled these nine festive recipes that you can take a stab at to have a healthier spread for your guests. There's even a pumpkin pie recipe that looks so incredibly amazing that I will for sure have to try it out this year. Make sure to save room for dessert. I mean, it's the holidays, so why not start with the pie first?
1. A-maize-ing Corn Bread
Pardon the pun, but this corn bread looks absolutely a-maize-ing. Every Thanksgiving dinner table needs some bread, and my favorite is always a loaf of warm corn bread. It's also vegan, just like the rest of the recipes featured in this video you'll totally love.
2. Feast Your Eyes On This Sweet Pumpkin Pie
You can't have Thanksgiving without the pumpkin pie. That would just be wrong, and even your gluten-free friends and family can have a slice of this one. What a cutie pie that I cannot wait to try.
3. Festive Apple Dessert
This tutorial says you can use this as a filling for your homemade apple pie, or you can serve it in a bowl with some raisins and nuts to garnish. It looks downright delicious, and it's great for anyone coming over who wants something sweet and healthy. I mean, this is seriously perfect since your heart will be working overtime having all of your loved ones around on Thanksgiving!
4. Roasted Turkey Breast
Turkey is a staple to have at your Thanksgiving dinner table. If you have a small group coming over, a roasted turkey breast is all you'll need serving-wise. This recipe keeps it light and healthy, and cooking the turkey on top of some lemon slices gives it a divine citrus flavor.
5. Vegetarian Stuffing
I don't know about you guys, but stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. I could eat stuffing everyday of the year, and if I ate this recipe, I would be getting my daily serving of vegetables while doing it. This recipe features carrots, zucchini, celery, and peppers. It's a vegetarian's dream stuffing.
6. Vegan Dinner Rolls
These dinner rolls are vegan, so almost everyone can eat them for Thanksgiving. The only problem is I don't want to share them because they look so damn good. They're also super easy to make, so I guess if you did happen to eat them all you can always make some more.
7. Homemade Cranberry Sauce
I love a good canned cranberry sauce, but that's not always the healthiest option. So, here is a great cranberry sauce recipe that's healthy, simple to whip up, and extremely delicious. Obviously, it may take more time to make than just opening up the can, but it's oh-so-worth-it in the end.
8. Mashed Potatoes
I'm most thankful for mashed potatoes. I don't think there's anyone who hates on these gems, and they always deserve a great spot on the holiday table.
This garlic roasted recipe gives your potatoes a nice flavor without all of the excess butter. I also love that this recipe uses purple potatoes, so it adds a bit of color to spice up your dinner table.
9. Gravy For Everything
Everything tastes better with gravy on top, which is why Thanksgiving needs gravy. Have fun pouring on as much gravy to your turkey and mashed potatoes as you'd like, because this tutorial is healthy AF.