10 Lighter Thanksgiving Recipes That Still Taste Great

 

With the upcoming holiday, I’m definitely someone who firmly believes stretchy pants are a must! Having said that, I’m not a huge fan of some of the unhealthier traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Not necessarily because of the calorie count but more because of general flavor. Growing up in an Indian household, we often had a feast of Indian dishes with a few Thanksgiving items thrown in.

Now, I love creating dishes from both cultures and have tried to sneak in healthier options that everyone seems to enjoy. Adding a salad into the mix is always refreshing and I found a few healthier sides everyone seems to like. Quinoa is such a yummy way to add protein and substance to salads making even non leafy lovers happy. 

I also listed some of my favorite roasted veggie options! Roasted vegetables can be prepared ahead of time making it a super easy option and takes little to no preparation time. I’ve also found desserts to be an easy way to sneak healthy substitutes in. Mini pumpkin pies and berry crumbles are great options and taste amazing! 

Since we are headed to my moms this year I will be helping out in the kitchen and am excited to whip up a few of these. My family is not necessarily into ‘healthy food’ (that’s an understatement!) but with these options it’s usually pretty easy to sneak them in without anyone noticing! What healthy Thanksgiving recipes do you love? 

 

Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas and Crème Fraîche

 

healthy thanksgiving recipes

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad 

 

healthy thanksgiving sides

 

Cauliflower Rice Stuffing 

 

cauliflower stuffing

 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

 

thanksgiving sides

 

Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots 

 

honey garlic carrots

 

Quinoa and Pomegranate Salad 

 

herbed quinoa

 

Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup

 

pumpkin soup

 

Butternut Kale Panzanella Salad 

 

thanksgiving salad

 

Cranberry Blueberry Crisp

 

blueberry crisp

 

Salted Caramel Pecan Tarts

 

salted pecan tarts

 

Hope you enjoy these with your loved ones and be sure to share any of your own below in the comments!

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