Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts!

Thanksgiving is in ONE week!  I know I usually post on Sundays, but I wanted you all to have plenty of time to go shopping this weekend!  Why??  Because I have some AMAZING healthy Thanksgiving recipes for you to make and you’re going to need a few things!  Because they’re healthier recipes, you won’t feel quite so bad when you’re digging in!  Go ahead and try a few out this year, maybe they’ll become a new tradition 🙂

Thanksgiving is a Holiday for food and fun, but who says it can't be healthy and delicious!? Check out these 30 healthy Thanksgiving recipes ranging from salads and veggies, to sweet potatoes and desserts!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts!

My Healthy Halloween Treats post was so much fun that I couldn’t wait to do it again, but this time for Thanksgiving!  I am ridiculously excited to show you guys this list!  The only problem?  I wish there was more time (and more people in my family) to try them all out!  I’ve broken them up in different categories for you, so you can easily find what you’re looking for.  We’ve got salads, vegetables, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, cranberry sauces, stuffing, and of course DESSERTS!

I’m not going to waste any more of your time – ENJOY these healthy Thanksgiving recipes 🙂

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Roasted Beet Butternut Squash Beet Green Salad – This salad from is relatively simple and full of veggies you’re unlikely to eat on a normal occasion.  Add in the feta cheese on top and you’ve got a delicious and super healthy salad!

Roasted Carrot Salad – knows how to make a beautiful and hearty salad!  You’ve got carrots and cranberries and goat cheese and pistachios!  I know, I got you at pistachios 🙂

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Salads

Kale Orange Cranberry Salad – I love kale!  Anyone else?  Clearly does as well because this salad is full of it!  Plus some fruits to keep it interesting!  It’s a super easy recipe and one you’re sure to love!

Goat Cheese Pears Candied Pecans and Maple Balsamic Dressing – Alright, so wins for longest title of a recipe ever, BUT it looks unreal!  I’m telling you, this salad has it all!  Who doesn’t think pears are a perfect pair with salad greens (I’m cracking up at myself on that pear/pair combo)??  And if the maple balsamic dressing doesn’t have you questioning every balsamic dressing you’ve ever tried, then something must be wrong with you!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Salads


Rainbow Roasted Vegetables – There is nothing crazy special about this roasted vegetable dish from  However, roasted vegetables are seriously the BEST kind of vegetables!  And serving this gorgeous dish will definitely please your whole family!  Full of color and nutrients!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Rainbow Vegetables

Pomegranate Pecan Brussels Sprouts – I have to admit, I’ve never been a brussels sprouts fan… but I may be after I make this amazing recipe!  The pomegranate and pecans really add a beautiful touch to this dish from!  With 5 minutes of prep time, this is a dish I can get behind!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brown Sugar Carrots – Another roasted recipe and another win if you ask me!  And how beautiful are those rainbow carrots from  Those will definitely spice up the turkey brown on the table!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Rainbow Carrots

Orange and Cranberry Steamed Carrots – If you’re more into regular carrots as opposed to rainbow, this easy recipe dresses up carrots with some cranberries, orange juice and honey!  Sounds delicious from!

Lemon Balsamic Asparagus – I love asparagus and we’ve got balsamic again, so these must be good!  They’re tangy and sweet, plus healthy and easy!  Sounds perfect to me, thanks!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette – More brussels sprouts, but the lemon thyme vinaigrette sounds too good to pass up!  It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s healthy!  And addresses something I’ve ALWAYS thought… why brussels sprouts?  I just say brussel sprouts…

Maple Roasted Delicata Squash Rings – I can honestly say, I’ve never even heard of a delicata squash (I’m clearly no chef here), but these rings look so good!  They’re roasted (are you seeing a pattern here with the veggies??), glazed with something sweet, and cooked to crispy perfection!  I love these from

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Squash

Green Bean Casserole – This is MY FAVORITE Thanksgiving dish.  Of course my Mom makes it with canned soup… so I knew I HAD to include this recipe here because I think I’m most excited to make this one!  It may not be the easiest on the list, but it’ll definitely be a favorite!  You’ve just made me so happy!!

Crispy Asparagus Fries – More asparagus because they’re a favorite of mine, and hello?  Fries!  These healthy fries use Parmesan cheese so you know they’re going to be good!  I bet even the pickiest of eaters will like these veggies from!


Mashed Cauliflower – Okay so technically we’re starting out this potato section with something other than potatoes… but they’re mashed!  And they include cheese and bacon, so I’m pretty sure they’d be a crowd pleaser!  Thanks

Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes – Mashed potatoes are a STAPLE for Thanksgiving.  I mean seriously, you have to have mashed potatoes!  And these from have just the right amount of herbs plus a little bit of coconut milk!  A twist on your classic mashed!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Mashed Potatoes

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts – So these really are a mix of potatoes and veggies but I thought I’d put it here!  Anything with Parmesan is delicious in my book so I can’t wait to try these from  What’s cool about these is that they use both red and purple potatoes!

Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Roasted Sweet Potatoes – These sweet potatoes from aren’t too sweet but are a perfect comfort food!  Deliciously simple and the secret?  Roasting the potatoes before mashing!

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole – This casserole from honestly looks too good to eat!  It looks like a scrumptious dessert and one I can’t wait to try!  I think the pecans might put it over the top.

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Sweet Potatoes

Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Bananas and Honey – What I love about this recipe from is the use of bananas and honey!  And that her son thinks they taste like candy!  If a kid approves, you know they must be good!

Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes – YUM!  That’s all I can say about these!  They’re diced and spiced and look amazing!  I never knew there were so many ways to make sweet potatoes, but I know I can’t wait to make these from!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts! - Sweet Potatoes

Cranberry Sauces

Homemade Cranberry Sauce – My Dad LOVES cranberry sauce.  In fact, he always has some for any meal that doesn’t use gravy.  But it’s canned.  Which is why I’m pumped about this homemade version from!  Seriously look amazing and only 4 ingredients!

Orange Cranberry Sauce – Another beautiful cranberry sauce from with only 4 ingredients!  And using an instant pot on Thanksgiving??  Literally perfect!  Orange must be a perfect match with cranberries!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Cranberry Sauce


Golden Beet Cranberry Quinoa Stuffing – Stuffing, like mashed potatoes is a staple (I’m actually not a huge fan of stuffing, but shhh don’t tell).  But this stuffing has beets and quinoa and walnuts and cranberries!  I don’t know how you couldn’t like this recipe from!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Stuffing

Gluten Free Vegan Stuffing – has another awesome recipe here!  I love all the veggies packed in this stuffing and that you can clearly see them all!  Maybe this will be one stuffing I like!


Paleo Apple Pie – I LOVE apple pie!  And this one looks to die for!  Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?  Who needs turkey when you have this pie from Acleanbake?!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Apple Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars – I don’t like pumpkin pie… I know, there’s something wrong with me.  But these pumpkin cheesecake bars from might just convert me!  I absolutely love the layers and I can only imagine the slight crunch of the bottom layer!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Pumpkin Cheesecake

Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Cookies – You can’t go wrong with cookies during the Holidays.  And when says they’re like a muffin top, well I don’t know what other sign you need!  These cookies are healthy and delicious (but not if you eat the whole batch in one sitting…).

Paleo Pumpkin Pie – Like I said, I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie, but I know it’s such a huge part of Thanksgiving! has this grain free and dairy free recipe!  So go ahead and have a second piece of this delicious pie!

Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse – When I think of mousse, I think light, airy, and fluffy.  And this mousse from is all of that and more!  It combines all the ingredients of Fall and there’s whipped cream on top!  Just about perfection to me!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake – My Dad makes a great cheesecake, but this pumpkin cheesecake from looks even better (please don’t tell him!!).  I think I’d like to eat the crust all by itself!  A healthy cheesecake is the best kind of cheesecake!

Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts - Pumpkin Cheesecake

Now GO Enjoy!

And there you have it.  A list of 30 awesomely delicious and healthy recipes you can serve this year!  Remember, be on the lookout for my healthy Christmas recipe post coming soon!!

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Thanksgiving can be healthy AND delicious! Just look at these 30 healthy Thanksgiving recipes! We've got salads, veggies, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and of course dessert!

Do you and your family have a healthy recipe you eat every year?  I’d love to hear about it!  And if you have a healthy Christmas recipe you want included next month, send me an email at!


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