10 healthy versions of classic thanksgiving dishes

Those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving understand that it isn’t your typical meal. It’s such a large feast that many of us will only eat once on Thanksgiving Day.  Afterwards, we’re left feeling just a little too full for comfort, and guilty for indulging so much (but it’s okay because it’s only once a year right?).

To make your day easier and stress-free, we’ve put together a collection of some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes that are little lighter, and a lot healthier. Enjoy!

1. Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

This casserole uses fresh ingredients – nothing frozen. It uses less cream and cheese, so it isn’t as thick as your typical casserole, but it’s still delicious. View full recipe on Hip Foodie Mom.

2. The Juiciest Thanksgiving Turkey

The Juiciest Thanksgiving Turkey

No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without a juicy bird! It’s the centerpiece of every meal, so there’s a lot of pressure to get it right. This recipe is simple, tasty, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. View full recipe on Design Mom.

3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Balsamic Syrup

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Balsamic Syrup

A lot of people aren’t fond of Brussel sprouts, so most families skip dishes like this. But that’s because most people boil them, which makes them taste bitter and bland. This recipe uses onions and bacon for a smoother, more indulgent flavor. View full recipe on Lauren’s Latest.

4. Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls

Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls

Every celebration needs some hors d’oeuvres, but there’s no need for all those fried foods. These simple, gluten-free, vegan snacks make the perfect appetizers. Plus, you probably have everything you need for them in your pantry! View the full recipe on Happy Healthy Mama.

5. Traditional Bread Stuffing

Traditional Bread Stuffing

Instead of using store-bought stuffing, make your own this year with delicious, wholesome ingredients, including toasted bread! It’s a versatile recipe, so you can add in anything you grew up on, like sausage or cornbread. View the full recipe on From Valerie’s Kitchen.

6. Ultimate Apple Crisp with Chia Seeds

Ultimate Apple Crisp with Chia Seeds

This traditional Thanksgiving dessert swaps fattening ingredients like butter and brown sugar for lighter (but equally tastier) alternates, like coconut oil, honey and pecans. Lots of leftovers? Stuff this crisp into cored apples for a delicious (and filling) mid-day snack. View the full recipe on Delightful Mom.

7. Pumpkin Goddess Dressing

Pumpkin Goddess Dressing

Pumpkin is arguably the ingredient to use in your cooking right now. This creamy, yogurt-based dressing highlights everything we love about fall, and the versatile flavor of pumpkin. Serve this dressing over your favorite light salad or grilled chicken dish. View the full recipe on The Seasoned Mom.

8. Harvest Corn Chowder

Harvest Corn Chowder

It’s corn season, so take advantage of the freshness. It’s a simple recipe that, when combined with some basic ingredients, creates a remarkable and hearty soup. View the full recipe on Simple Bites.

9. Thai Crunch Brussel Sprouts

Thai Crunch Brussel Sprouts

This is the most visually appealing Thanksgiving dish you’ll ever eat! Sauté the sprouts to reduce their bitterness, then toss them with pretty much everything else – peppers, onions, cucumber, and more. View the full recipe on How Sweet It Is.

10. Sweet Potato Pecan Risotto

Jolene Hart Pecan Risotto

We love this delicious recipe from Eat Pretty author and wellbeing coach Jolene Hart. Sweet potato offers a fantastic natural source of Vitamin A, and the addition of pecan makes this deliciously sweet and festive – without the added sugar found in traditional holiday dishes. View the full recipe on Beauty Is Wellness.

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