36 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes (That Are Also Easy and Delicious!)

These healthy Thanksgiving recipes will help you plan your holiday menu to include flavorful and delicious foods that suit your clean-eating lifestyle. I’ve separated the post into categories to make the perfect celebration easy to accomplish. Enjoy!

These healthy Thanksgiving recipes will help you plan your holiday menu to include flavorful and delicious foods that suit your healthy living lifestyle. I’ve separated the post into categories to make the perfect celebration easy to accomplish. Enjoy!
We take our Thanksgiving Day dinner very seriously around here.

Nothing’s better than enjoying great food with family and friends on Thanksgiving. Adding in a Cowboys game is pretty awesome, too.  Man, I love Thanksgiving!

Since there’s a lot of meal preparation for an amazing Thanksgiving, it’s important your recipes are not only absolutely delicious, but are easy to follow and make. Also, if you’re following a weight-loss or clean-eating lifestyle, or you don’t know how to make healthy Thanksgiving dishes, I’ve got you covered.

I’ve gathered our family’s best-loved healthy Thanksgiving recipes to share with you. We absolutely love each and every one of these dishes and hope you will, too. All of these Thanksgiving dinner recipes make HEALTHY and delicious dishes. Because yes, friends, it is possible to eat healthy without saying no to all your favorite comforting flavors.

I’ll teach you how to make your preferred holiday dishes less heavy and I’ll share with you my best recipes, including Thanksgiving entrée dishes, savory Thanksgiving sides, and my delicious and healthy Thanksgiving desserts.

How does this sound?

Also, to make the meal prep easier, I’ll tell you all the tools I use to make healthy Thanksgiving food. You know I love to give you useful tips, so get ready to learn how to save time and to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving dinner. I hope these simple Thanksgiving recipes will make your life a little easier because I know the holiday season can be stressful.

One more thing before we get started, the best way to have stress-free holidays is planning. Start by selecting your favorite Thanksgiving recipes from this list to create a menu. Many of these recipes, including some of the Thanksgiving sides, appetizers, and starters, can be made ahead of time so you don’t have to worry that you won’t have time to prep and cook all the healthy Thanksgiving recipes you want.

Overhead shot of a full Thanksgiving dinner menu on a plate, including the roasted turkey, fresh cranberry sauce, garlic parmesan green beans, cauliflower mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, gravy, fresh pumpkin pie, and whipped cream.

WHAT KITCHEN ITEMS DO I NEED FOR THANKSGIVING?

Before discussing all the best Thanksgiving recipes I gathered for you in this post, let’s take a minute to talk about the tools that will help you to put together an unforgettable Thanksgiving menu.

  • Let’s start with a large skilletOpens in a new tab.. It’s important to have one, especially when you cook for more people. A large skillet will be very helpful when cooking some of the Thanksgiving side dishes.
  • Casserole dishes are also very popular during Thanksgiving because they are simple to make and you can easily cook for a crowd, so make sure you have casserole baking dishesOpens in a new tab. for the Thanksgiving recipes.
  • Another useful tool for cooking Thanksgiving sides is a baking sheetOpens in a new tab.. You can use the baking sheet for roasting sweet potatoes or other veggies you can serve as a Thanksgiving side.
  • Now, if you want to prep ahead, make sure you have your meal prep containersOpens in a new tab. ready. Or your Ziploc bagsOpens in a new tab., gallon freezerOpens in a new tab. bags, or whatever airtight container you have for storing food.
  • If you want your Thanksgiving dessert to be a pie, you’ll need a pie plateOpens in a new tab.. And a rolling pinOpens in a new tab. if you want to make a healthy pie crustOpens in a new tab..
  • As for more general tools and appliances, you’ll need a set of mixing bowlsOpens in a new tab. in different sizes, a sharp knifeOpens in a new tab., a digital thermometerOpens in a new tab. to make sure your turkey is perfectly roasted, a sauce panOpens in a new tab. for the homemade cranberry sauceOpens in a new tab., and a food processorOpens in a new tab. or blenderOpens in a new tab. for all the Thanksgiving recipes that require mixing and blending.
  • Last, but not least, I use a roasting panOpens in a new tab. to make my turkeyOpens in a new tab..  I only use it when I roast meats, but it is awesome and really helps the turkey roast perfectly.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

7 TIPS FOR MAKING HEALTHY THANKSGIVING MEALS EXTRA DELICIOUS

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before. If you want to cook a healthy Thanksgiving dinner, however, rest assured you have nothing to worry about if you make a plan and stick to it.  To help boost your confidence, here are my 7 top tips for having a successful Thanksgiving dinner.

  1. As I already mentioned, the first thing you have to do is to decide on your healthy Thanksgiving menu by selecting your favorite Thanksgiving recipes. This list is a great resource since it has all the Thanksgiving favorites! You don’t have to spend hours researching healthy Thanksgiving recipes.
  2. If you want your Thanksgiving dinner to be healthy, make sure you have all the good-for-you substitutes.  Make sure you have a list of all the healthy alternatives before you go shopping.
    1. Olive oil and coconut oil are great butter alternatives.
    2. Whole wheat flour, almond flour, and chickpea flour are better than all-purpose flour.
    3. Coconut sugar is a great alternative to refined white sugar.
  3. And speaking of shopping, plan your grocery shopping at least a week before Thanksgiving to be sure you find fresh and healthy ingredients and you’re not forced to rely on canned and processed ones.
  4. Prep ahead. The key to a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner is prepping side dishes ahead of time. Thanksgiving appetizers make ahead recipes are also a good idea. You can prep them a few days or even a week ahead of time and store them in the fridge or in the freezer.
    1. Some of the recipes in this post that can easily be made ahead and then served cold or reheated the day of are:
      1. Cranberry SauceOpens in a new tab.
      2. Green Bean CasseroleOpens in a new tab.
      3. Mashed Sweet PotatoesOpens in a new tab.
      4. Sweet Potato CasseroleOpens in a new tab.
      5. Pecan PieOpens in a new tab.
      6. Sweet Potato PieOpens in a new tab.
  5. If it’s your first time roasting a turkey and you’re not sure when it’s safe to eat, use your digital thermometerOpens in a new tab. to check the internal temperature. A turkey is done when the internal temperature of the thigh is 165 degrees F. Also, as a general rule, you should cook the turkey for approximately 13 minutes per pound.
  6. To keep your mashed potatoes warm, you can use your slow cookerOpens in a new tab.. Keep the mashed potatoes on low in the slow cooker for up to 4 hours.   In fact, I even have a recipe for Crock Pot Mashed PotatoesOpens in a new tab. you can use!
  7. If you’re not hosting but you want to cook something for Thanksgiving dinner, choose Thanksgiving sides or Thanksgiving desserts because they are easy to transport. And nobody complains they have extra Thanksgiving desserts. Plus you can make them healthy. Same for the sides.

All four ingredients, the fresh cranberries, orange zest, raw honey, and orange juice, are in a sauce pan to be cooked down to make the best homemade cranberry sauce.

QUICK AND HEALTHY THANKSGIVING RECIPES

I hope my tips made you less stressed and more excited about Thanksgiving.

Because you deserve to be excited and stress-free. Also, because it’s Thanksgiving food we’re talking about here, so YUM.

Now, are you looking for nutritious things to make for Thanksgiving? Because I have the best Thanksgiving recipes for you – and they are all made with the best clean-eating ingredients.

And I promise these Thanksgiving recipes will make your life a lot easier and a lot healthier. On the list, we have some quick and easy recipes that you can prep and cook in no time but also some classics that turned into healthy Thanksgiving recipes, some delicious Thanksgiving side dishes, and, of course, desserts. Because no festive meal is complete without dessert!

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING BREAKFASTS

When you’ve got a big day of cooking ahead (but don’t worry, this list will make it come together easy-peasy), starting the day off with a satisfying breakfast is ideal.

Close up of Make Ahead Frozen Breakfast Burritos wrapped in aluminum foil, ready to be eaten, including eggs and peppers.

FROZEN BREAKFAST BURRITOS

Grab these nutritious Frozen Breakfast Burritos out of the freezer, have a relaxing breakfast, and get ready for the day. The kids will love’em, too.

Close up side view of 3 make ahead freezer sandwiches, with ham and egg in a whole wheat English muffin.

MAKE-AHEAD FREEZER BREAKFAST SANDWICHES

These Make-Ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches are another recipe you can grab out of the freezer for a protein rich breakfast to start Thanksgiving Day off right. I use whole wheat English muffins.

Hand with a spoon taking a spoonful of the Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl which is topped with dark chocolate shavings, bananas, and fresh berries.

CHOCOLATE QUINOA BREAKFAST BOWL

Low on calories, low on carbs, but high on flavor, this Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl is beyond delicious and full of fresh-fruit goodness. 

Side view of 6 different mason jars filled with overnight oats recipes, including strawberry overnight oats, carrot cake overnight oats, mango overnight oats, kiwi overnight oats, blueberry overnight oats, and chocolate peanut butter overnight oats.

OVERNIGHT OATS

You’ve gotta love these overnight oats. Whether it’s blueberry, carrot cake, or chocolate peanut butter, prep one of these 6 Overnight Oats Recipes for a healthy Thanksgiving breakfast.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING APPETIZERS AND DRINKS

It’s always nice to have something to nibble or sip on while you prepare the meal, or to offer the family and guests while they wait!

Overhead view of a bowl of caramelized onion dip topped with fresh thyme leaves with a hand taking a spoonful of the dip.

PARTY APPETIZERS

I know that Thanksgiving dinner is a meal that you like to fill up on. But I like to have an appetizer or two on hand in the event the serving of the meal runs a little late. And, because I just love appetizers! Choose from dips and other yummy tidbits here.

Close up side view of two bowls of Roasted Acorn Squash Soup garnished with onion, one bowl in the background and one in the foreground.

ROASTED ACORN SQUASH SOUP

Don’t fill up on this amazing Roasted Acorn Squash Soup, but I know it may be hard to stop at one bowl!  This soup has 69% of your daily requirement for vitamin C!

Overhead view of a white bowl containing Cream Of Tomato Soup, with spoons beside it as well as melba toast.

CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP

Another one of my fave soups is Cream of Tomato. Once you make this delicious soup, you’ll never buy canned again. I like to use vine-ripened tomatoes for this recipe.

Side image of a bowl of homemade baked pita chips, with a large plate of chips in the background along with a bowl of dip.

BAKED PITA CHIPS

I like to crunch on Baked Pita Chips if my tummy is hungry as I prep the turkey. A little bit of garlic and a little bit of olive oil – perfectly good! 

Overhead view of a bowl of healthy beet hummus, made with beets, cumin, and tahini, garnished with lemon.

HEALTHY BEET HUMMUS

The ideal accompaniment to the chips is colorful and oh-so healthy Beet Hummus. It’s easy to make and ready in about 30 minutes! It’s a fabulous Thanksgiving appetizer.

Light Eggnog | Introducing Eggnog without the guilt (and you can have it all year round!). Yes, you can rejoice now. | A Sweet Pea Chef

LIGHT EGGNOG

If you want to have a healthy Thanksgiving menu, you have to think about the beverages too. Start with this Light EggnogOpens in a new tab..  It’s creamy, it’s delicious, and you can adjust the flavors to suit your taste.

Close up side view of 2 white mugs filled with Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte, with a pumpkin on the background.

HEALTHY PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

Do you want to make your coffee festive on Thanksgiving? Try my Homemade Pumpkin Spice LatteOpens in a new tab.. It’s similar to the one you can buy from Starbucks. Except it’s better because it’s also healthy and cheaper.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING ENTRÉES

This section is all about the star of the show – the turkey! But I’ve also got recipes for fish and beef, too.

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

NO-FAIL THANKSGIVING TURKEY

Do you still worry your turkey won’t turn out perfect?  Follow the steps listed in this No-Fail Thanksgiving TurkeyOpens in a new tab. post and I guarantee that you and everyone gathered around your Thanksgiving table will love your turkey.

Close up image of Roast Beef partially sliced on a wooden cutting board with a knife laying beside it.

ROAST BEEF

For non-turkey fans, it’s nice to offer roast beef. I’ve written a post to help you cook the Perfect Roast Beef, and even give tips on how to slice it properly for the juiciest result.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING SIDES AND FIXINGS

The best Thanksgiving meal has can’t-resist trimmings! Just like the ones I have listed below.

Best homemade cranberry sauce, ready to eat, and next to fresh cranberries and spoons.

BEST HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE

Cranberry sauce is by far my favorite part of Thanksgiving. Don’t worry, it’s still a healthy Thanksgiving if you make the Best Homemade Cranberry SauceOpens in a new tab.. No more canned cranberry sauce loaded with sugar. This cranberry sauce is made with only healthy ingredients. Aside from cranberries, the cranberries sauce contains – raw honey, pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, and orange juice.

Overhead image of turkey slices along with a jar and a small serving carafe of of Homemade Turkey Gravy on the side.

HOMEMADE TURKEY GRAVY

Do you know what goes well with roasted turkey? Homemade Turkey GravyOpens in a new tab., of course.  If you were looking for healthy Thanksgiving recipes, particularly clean-eating gravy recipes, this is it right here. The gravy can be made while the turkey is resting. Perfect timing I’d say. Also amazing flavors and perfect texture.

Overhead image of a container of Thanksgiving Stuffing beside a white plate with stuffing and two spoons on it.

THANKSGIVING STUFFING

Add this Thanksgiving StuffingOpens in a new tab. recipe to your list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes and try it. Paired with the turkey, this Thanksgiving side just adds extra yumminess. It’s the perfect texture, with amazing flavors that make the turkey complete!

Overhead image of a white casserole dish containing cornbread, with 4 slices taken out. Three slices are on a plate and one on the counter beside the casserole dish.

SWEET CORNBREAD

Want some easy Thanksgiving treats? Try my Sweet CornbreadOpens in a new tab.. I call sweet cornbread a treat because it’s perfect for any hour of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And it’s also one of those quick and easy Thanksgiving recipes that is ready before you know it. The texture is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. And don’t get me started on the amazing taste.

Overhead close up view of a white bowl containing Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes garnished with chives, with a hand holding a spoon dipping into the potatoes.

CROCK POT MASHED POTATOES

Do you have a list of mandatory Thanksgiving side dishes? I do. And Parmesan Mashed PotatoesOpens in a new tab. are definitely on that list. These Crock Pot mashed potatoes are dense, full of flavor, and delicious. I could say they are the best Thanksgiving side.

Close up side view of a clear casserole dish containing sweet potato casserole, with a wooden spoon in the dish and a serving taken out.

EASY SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

You will love this Easy Sweet Potato CasseroleOpens in a new tab..  It has sweet layers of crunchy and dense deliciousness. But it’s still healthy because the brown sugar was replaced with coconut sugar and the butter with coconut oil.

Overhead image of a white rectangular casserole dish containing Healthy Green Bean Casserole, with a wooden spoon dipping into the casserole.

HEALTHY GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

This Healthy Green Bean CasseroleOpens in a new tab. is in my top 3 favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. It’s made from scratch with healthy ingredients including homemade crispy onions and mushroom sauce and it’s perfect for prepping ahead. Did I mention it’s darn delicious?

Overhead image of a blue dish containing pieces of roasted acorn squash cooked and ready to eat, with a wooden spoon laying to the side.

HOW TO MAKE ROASTED ACORN SQUASH

Learning How to Make Roasted Acorn SquashOpens in a new tab. is a great way to start your Thanksgiving planning. This recipe for acorn squash definitely fits into the quick Thanksgiving recipes category. And the super easy to make category too. And, most importantly, the good-for-you list! Also, you only need 3 ingredients to make roasted acorn squash and refined sugar is not included, which makes this veggie dish not only delicious but also healthy.

Close up overhead view of a blue bowl with Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and a hand holding a spoon dipping into the mashed potatoes.

MASHED SWEET POTATOES

Looking for other vegan Thanksgiving sides with mashed potatoes? How about Mashed Sweet PotatoesOpens in a new tab.? Made with only 3 ingredients, this recipe makes delicious, refined sugar-free mashed potatoes with amazing cinnamon flavors.

Overhead view of a white casserole dish filled with Healthy Mac And Cheese, with a wooden spoon dipped into the dish.

HEALTHY MAC AND CHEESE

Healthy Mac and CheeseOpens in a new tab. or, in other words, how to make classic mac and cheese better! Simple changes and you can transform a great dish into the perfect dish. And it’s still considered easy Thanksgiving food because no complicated steps are involved.

Cauliflower mashed potatoes in a bowl that are topped with sliced chives and ready to eat with a hand coming in with a spoon, about to eat.

CAULIFLOWER MASHED POTATOES

Make this recipe for Cauliflower Mashed PotatoesOpens in a new tab. instead of regular mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving for a low-carb alternative. Easy to alter for paleo and vegan diets.

Garlic parmesan green beans lined up on a white plate, garnished with grated parmesan cheese, and ready to eat.

GARLIC PARMESAN GREEN BEANS

I love easy vegetarian Thanksgiving side dishes as you can see. So here’s another one – Garlic Parmesan Green BeansOpens in a new tab.. Made with only 6 ingredients and ready in only 15 minutes, this is one of my go-to quick and easy Thanksgiving recipes. They make everybody’s taste buds very happy. Plus, green beans are high in fiber and protein, which means this recipe deserves a place on the healthy Thanksgiving recipes, too.

Overhead image of a sheet pan lined with ready to serve Thyme-Roasted Carrots.

THYME ROASTED CARROTS

I love carrots and even better, carrots that have nutritious ingredients. That’s this Thyme Roasted Carrots recipe, which contains lots of healthy fiber. Carrots definitely deserve a spot at the table when serving a healthy Thanksgiving dinner.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING DESSERTS

There is always room for dessert, right? This healthy Thanksgiving desserts list is going to be your annual go-to for variety and clean-eating, I guarantee it!

Overhead image of a Southern Sweet Potato Pie in a glass pie dish with a couple of slices of pie taken out.

SOUTHERN SWEET POTATO PIE

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving dessert, or are you like me and you have a couple of favorite Thanksgiving desserts? I like the classic pumpkin pie. But I also love the pecan pie. And this Southern Sweet Potato Pie, Opens in a new tab.which is similar to pumpkin pie but lighter and made only with nutmeg and cinnamon for spices. This pie is very easy to make and healthy too.

Close up view of a white plate of Cinnamon Apples, with 2 forks on the plate. In the background there is a blue skillet full of cinnamon apples.

HEALTHY CINNAMON APPLES

To me, apples signify fall just as much as pumpkin, squash, and sweet potatoes do. And that’s why I love to include Healthy Cinnamon Apples as part of the dessert offerings on Thanksgiving Day. There is no refined sugar in the recipe, yet they are as sweet and tasty as can be!

Overhead view of a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and covered with Quinoa Peanut Brittle, with chia seeds and peanuts.

QUICK AND EASY QUINOA BRITTLE

My kiddos love this treat, even after a big Thanksgiving meal. It’s sweet and salty and full of peanutty goodness. Sweetened with maple syrup, this Quick and Easy Quinoa Peanut Brittle has both fiber and protein.

Hand pouring cherry topping with a spoon over a slice of vegan no bake cheesecake.

HEALTHY NO BAKE CHERRY VEGAN CHEESECAKE

I, for one, love cheesecake at Thanksgiving! And I like this Healthy No Bake Cherry Vegan Cheesecake especially. It is so rich and creamy, not to mention all of the healthy ingredients in it – like raw almonds and coconut milk.

Close up shot of a single slice of pumpkin pie from scratch, topped with fresh vegan whipped cream and cinnamon.

THE BEST PUMPKIN PIE FROM SCRATCH

We’ve got a sweet potato pie, and we can’t forget this Thanksgiving staple. This Best Pumpkin Pie From Scratch has a lovely keto whipped cream to top it, and the pie is nice and light, too. There is no refined sugar in this dessert, either!

Fresh Pumpkin Ice Cream | Smooth, creamy, sweet, vegan, and clean eating pumpkin ice cream. So much goodness. | A Sweet Pea Chef

FRESH PUMPKIN ICE CREAM

Ice cream for Thanksgiving? Why not? It’s Fresh Pumpkin Ice Cream after all, which, in my book, makes it perfect for Thanksgiving. The homemade pumpkin ice cream is ready in 15 minutes and is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, so all your guests will be able to enjoy it.

Healthy Pecan Pie | Clean, easy, and super delicious - this pecan pie is free of refined flours and sugars! | A Sweet Pea Chef

HEALTHY PECAN PIE

There is no such thing as too many pie choices at Thanksgiving. That’s why I just had to include this Healthy Pecan PieOpens in a new tab.. It’s yummy, obviously. But it’s also made with a clean pie crust which makes it healthy too. And the cinnamon-egg filling poured over pecans is so darn delicious.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS

One thing I love about Thanksgiving is that I get to enjoy the leftovers for days! These are recipes ideal for using your yummy leftovers in a healthy way.

Easy Turkey Noodle Soup

EASY TURKEY NOODLE SOUP

When you make a Thanksgiving turkey, you know leftovers are inevitable. If you don’t want to make the same old turkey sandwiches, you can try this Easy Turkey Noodle SoupOpens in a new tab.. It’s yummy, it’s healthy, and it’s a great way to use your turkey.

Leftover Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette | The perfect healthy use of those Thanksgiving leftovers! | A Sweet Pea Chef

LEFTOVER TURKEY SALAD WITH CRANBERRY VINAIGRETTE

This delicious and fresh Leftover Turkey Salad with Cranberry VinaigrettOpens in a new tab.e is the perfect healthy recipe for what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers!

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

6 thoughts on “36 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes (That Are Also Easy and Delicious!)

  1. Ooh, wow. This covers everything plus you’ve even thought about the leftovers the next day.
    I’m in NZ where we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but these recipes translate well to our Xmas and why not give it an American spin this year.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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