Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal! The following recipes, tips and recipe site recommendations can help you with your health goals, all without sacrificing flavor during the holiday season. So, get out the pots and pans and let’s get started creating a meal that will thrill both you and your guests.
Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey. Right?
If you’re looking for a healthy turkey recipe packed with flavor, try an Herb Roasted Turkey. It’s sure to make your Thanksgiving meal uniquely delicious.
If you’re not cooking for a large group of people, consider cooking the breast only. Breast meat has less fat than other parts of the turkey, which translates into fewer calories. Cook with the skin on to keep it moist, then remove before serving to reduce the calories.
If you’re cooking for just one or two, you don’t have to skip the traditional Thanksgiving meal. This recipe, Turkey & Stuffing for Two, will help you create a meal you can enjoy and you won’t have to eat leftover turkey for days on end either.
Turkey and stuffing go hand in hand, and both are required for Thanksgiving. You don’t have to skip the stuffing because of all the bread and carbs typical stuffing contains. This delicious recipe, Wild Rice or Quinoa Stuffing, uses rice or quinoa, a super-food high in protein, instead of bread.
Thanksgiving meals often include a multitude of side dishes. Many are loaded with unhealthy ingredients and more calories than you care to count. Check out these recipes for healthy side dishes you will love to serve.
Sweet Potatoes are a mainstay of every Thanksgiving feast. And they don’t have to be covered with marshmallows to be tasty. You can cook and season them just like regular mashed potatoes, or try one of the recipes here:
- Melting Sweet Potatoes – Forget the marshmallows; pecans and maple syrup steal the show!
- Sweet Potato Medallions with Almond Sauce and Chickpea Salad – A colorful salad your guests won’t be able to resist.
- Mini Baked Sweet Potatoes – Your guests will be charmed by their own little sweet potato served in a sweet potato shell.
- Sweet Potato Stacks with Sage Browned Butter – This recipe will make an interesting side dish or a great appetizer.
- Hasselback Sweet Potatoes – A great sweet potato recipe with a gorgeous display, crispy outer edges and drizzled with smoky chipotle cream.
Here is a list of recipes for additional healthy sides for your Thanksgiving feast:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts – Brussels sprouts are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal and will help your body fight off cancer too.
- Holiday Roasted Vegetables – A beautiful side dish filled with flavor … provided by herbs, cranberries and nuts.
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash with Dried Cranberries and Dijon Vinaigrette – With Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and cranberries, this flavor-packed dish is the epitome of autumn and Thanksgiving.
- Thanksgiving Cauliflower – Served with the gravy in this recipe, this is a great potato substitute.
Cranberry Orange Salad
This fresh fruit salad, which serves twelve, is a wonderful addition to any meal, and it’s a great substitute for the sugar-laden cranberry sauce often served with a Thanksgiving meal. Additionally, using Truvia, a natural sweetener, instead of the sugar further reduces the calories without affecting the flavor.
1 package fresh cranberries, chopped
2 oranges, peeled and chopped
Peel of 1 orange, chopped
½ cup walnuts, chopped
3 ½ tablespoons Truvia (or ½ cup sugar)
A food processor makes this recipe quick and easy. Use the pulse feature while chopping to ensure you don’t over-process the ingredients. After chopping, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Chill. Gently toss before serving.
Molded Citrus Salad
The following molded citrus gelatin salad, which serves eight, adds an elegance to your meal without a lot of sugar-filled calories.
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple
1 (6.5 oz.) can mandarin orange slices
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 ½ teaspoon Truvia (4 teaspoons sugar)
2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
1 (12 oz.) can diet ginger ale, chilled
Drain pineapple and oranges, reserving liquid. Mix fruit liquid and gelatin in a small saucepan, heating and stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in Truvia. Pour into a medium bowl and chill for 45 minutes. The mixture should be chilled but not set.
Gently stir the fruit, walnuts and ginger ale into the gelatin until blended. Chill until partially set, about 45 minutes. Spoon into mold(s) and chill until firm, approximately 1 hour more. Unmold and serve.
How about serving a chilled pumpkin soup for dessert? Pumpkin Pie Soup will give you all the flavor of a pumpkin pie without the extra calories contained in the crust. Plus, by substituting 1/3 cup plus 1 ½ tablespoons of Truvia for the one cup of granulated sugar called for in the recipe, it becomes a guilt-free pleasure.
Some of these recipes and suggestions call for Truvia. If you aren’t familiar with Truvia, you may be wondering … what the heck is Truvia? Truvia is a stevia-based sugar substitute which has zero calories. If you’ve never used it, you might want to give it a try. You might be “sweetly” surprised!
At Forest Hill we are so thankful for all we have and for the people we share our lives with every single day. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with the laughter of family and friends. We’d love to share our community with you, so you can see that we truly have a reason to be thankful. Contact us today for a tour or to learn more.