With Amercian Thanksgiving a few days away, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of some of my favorite healthy and delicious recipes that you and your guests would love.
These recipes are perfect for people with dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten-free, Paleo) or those who just want to include more nutritious plant-based foods into their diet. There are mains, salads, sides and of course desserts!
If you’ve been on the hunt for a delicious vegan and gluten-free stuffing recipe, then today is your lucky day! With ingredients like wild rice, quinoa, apple, cranberries, and pecans, this stuffing recipe is jam-packed with flavors, textures, and nutrients.
Here’s another brilliant gluten-free stuffing recipe with traditional flavors of sage, thyme, cranberry, walnut and celery. This is recipe can easily be made vegan by substituting vegan butter for butter.
What’s Thanksgiving without pumpkin, or its sweet sister, squash? Pumpkin is often used in sweet dishes like pies and tarts at Thanksgiving feasts (don’t worry I’ve got you covered there also), but why not include it in the main course as well? Say hello to this beautiful roasted quinoa, mushroom, cranberry and walnut-stuffed acorn squash, the perfect vegan main dish on your Thanksgiving dinner menu!
Make these caramel-colored roasted spiced vegetables ahead of time to save yourself time, energy and valuable oven space on Thanksgiving. A guaranteed hit for adults and kids alike!
Skip the classic green bean casserole using canned green beans and mushroom soup and try this much healthier version made with real ingredients such as cashews, almond meal, fresh vegetables, and herbs. Not only is it vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and paleo-friendly, but it also tastes thousand times better than the traditional version.
The sweet glaze on these honey ginger roasted carrots is not the only reason I fell in love with this mouthwatering side dish. Serving it with a carrot top chimichurri played a huge part as well!
One of my favorite ways to lighten up Thanksgiving dinner (and possibly avoid that dreaded food coma 😉 is to replace the traditional mashed potatoes with a tasty and nutrient-dense cauliflower mash. Adding roasted garlic and aromatic herbs like thyme and chives will take this side dish to a whole new level.
This sweet potato casserole with a crunchy oat and nut crumble is a wonderful healthy alternative to the traditional version, which uses pure maple syrup instead of white sugar.
Instead of the store-bought pecan pie, which is loaded with refined sugar, additives, and preservatives, why not make this rich gooey version made with whole-food ingredients ahead of time? Your body and your guests will thank you for it!
And finally, there’s pumpkin pie! Afterall, what would a Thanksgiving recipe list be without pumpkin pie?! This vegan, gluten and grain-free pie with a sweet creamy pumpkin custard filling and a pecan coconut crust will sure impress your family and friends and maybe even convert a few into healthy eaters as well!
Hope you get to try some or better yet all of these recipes for Thanksgiving or the upcoming holidays. What are your favorite healthy holiday recipes? Comment and share them with us below.