Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
Check out our healthy versions for Thanksgiving sides, appetizers, desserts, and more. Try our healthy versions of Thanksgiving stuffing, mashed potatoes, or green bean casserole, and even our gluten-free or paleo versions all made without tons of butter or oil. We also have complete menu ideas for a vegetarian Thanksgiving feast.
16 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes for a Fit Feast
Thanksgiving is definitely a time to induge. That being said, eating that slice of pie is a lot more satisfying when the other dishes on your holiday table are a little more saintly. Here are our favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipes that'll help you justify two helpings of dessert!AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Cranberry-Walnut BreadThis Thanksgiving-inspired quick bread recipe comes from Jane Kraemer of Manchester, Connecticut.
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Vegan Thanksgiving RecipesSo you have vegan guests coming to dinner this year. Step one: Don’t panic. Step two: Choose from our collection of mouthwatering vegan Thanksgiving recipes that will delight every last person at the table.
Healthy Spaghetti Squash RecipesGet mains, sides, and more healthful ways to enjoy this unique vegetable.
Healthy Fruit Dessert RecipesWe love serving fruit every which way for dessert. Depending on the season and your mood, it's delicious grilled, chilled in an icy shake, or baked in a warm pastry shell, just to name a few. Here are our favorite fruit-filled desserts.
Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes
Choose from our array of favorite fall vegetable dishes, with fresh and simple or rich and creamy flavors, to round out the Thanksgiving menu.
Easiest Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
Streamline your Thanksgiving meal-planning with any of these easy side dishes, including sauteed and roasted seasonal vegetables and favorite potato and sweet potato dishes. We've got you covered with a wide range of recipes for classic- and modern-style holiday sides.
Thanksgiving Potluck Recipes
Look no further for great Thanksgiving potluck recipes, including casseroles, gratins, easy vegetable side dishes, and desserts. All of these recipes can be prepared ahead of time and brought to the holiday gathering. Many only require a bit of assembly or reheating in the oven, while others can be served right from the refrigerator or at room temperature.
Martha's Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu
Impress your guests with this year's Martha-selected Thanksgiving feast, featuring a delectable menu of new favorites, timeless classics, and, of course, the perfect bird.
Thanksgiving Salad Recipes
Our collection of refreshing salad recipes includes choices that work as first-course appetizers or as Thanksgiving sides. In addition to lettuce-based green salads, you'll find dishes centered around green beans, wild rice, and root vegetables.
Thanksgiving Wisdom RecipesIt’s hard to reinvent roast turkey every Thanksgiving, but this year we think we nailed it. To ensure super-moist meat throughout, we wrapped our bird in parchment, creating a cozy steam packet. Then we ripped it open and cranked the oven to brown the skin until crackling‐crisp.
25 Bite-Sized Thanksgiving AppetizersHave friends and family gather around appetizers while dinner is being prepared -- our recipes are so delicious that nobody will notice if the turkey's running late! Take your pick from easy finger foods such as spiced nuts, deviled eggs, homemade crackers, and so much more.
82 Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
For many, the real star of a Thanksgiving dinner is the assemblage of side dishes, not the turkey. To help you put together a showstopping selection for your table, we've rounded up our favorites, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and much more.
Quick Thanksgiving Recipes
Although it's possible to spend days, even weeks, preparing the Thanksgiving feast, it's equally possible to create a totally homemade and completely delicious Thanksgiving spread in far less time. Pick a few timesaving dishes or create a whole menu from our favorite quick Thanksgiving recipes, all of which take less than an hour to prepare.
Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes
With multiple appetizers, an epic array of side dishes, and an assortment of pies to prepare -- not to mention the great big bird at the center of the table -- making Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming to even the most seasoned cooks. That's why we like to make as many dishes ahead of time as we possibly can. Here are our best make-ahead recipes for appetizers, side dishes, and desserts so you can have more time to enjoy your guests on Thanksgiving Day.
Spud-Tacular Healthy Potato Recipes (Yes, There Is Such a Thing)Regardless of whether you say "potato" or "po-TAH-to," some savory spud recipes manage to be indulgent and wholesome at the same time. Satisfy your cravings without sacrificing your diet by cooking up one of these more diet-friendly dishes featuring the terrific tuber.
Healthy Harvest StuffingRecipe
Roasted Root Vegetables with Sage and GarlicRoasting carrots, rutabagas, turnips, and parsnips (here with fresh sage and garlic) highlights their richness and varying intensities of sweetness.Recipe
Lima Beans with Roasted Artichoke HeartsThis is a delicious salad featuring capers and a sherry vinaigrette.Recipe
Roasted Paprika AlmondsThis flavorful snack is guaranteed to be a hit at holiday parties.Recipe
Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Butternut SquashSweet and savory sweet potatoes and squash make this warm salad a perfect side dish.Recipe
Autumn Field Greens with Spicy Pecans and Pomegranate SeedsThe spicy pecans in this recipe are also delicious served as an hors d'oeuvre.Recipe
Caramelized Onion and Fennel Mashed PotatoesPureed vegetables are comforting and healthy side dishes that pair well with simply grilled or roasted meat or fish.Recipe
Turkey SandwichGive this favorite a big nutrient boost by choosing the right ingredients. Skip the mayo and cheese, which add fat but not much else, and our Romesco Sauce instead.Gallery
15 Healthy (and Festive!) Recipes for the Holidays
Family gatherings often seem to be code for tossing out resolutions for healthy eating, but that needn’t be the case. Take full advantage of the spectrum of flavors and colors found in the bounty of the season for dishes that will impress, satisfy, and be celebratory.Recipe
Pumpkin-Cornbread StuffingThis stuffing, made with shiitake mushrooms, apples, and pumpkin seeds, has only two grams of fat per serving.Recipe
Spicy Roasted Brussels SproutsKimchi, a Korean condiment made of pickled vegetables, lends a bit of heat to the robust flavor of brussels sprouts.Recipe
Farro Salad with Oven-Roasted Grapes and Autumn GreensChewy farro -- an Italian whole grain -- is tossed with mixed greens in this colorful salad. It's flavored by two kinds of grapes that have been baked in a low oven to concentrate their sweetness and release their juices. The Concord grapes aren't seedless, but they make a beautiful garnish.Video
Spicy Pumpkin SeedsSarah Carey makes a quick and easy spicy snack for the upcoming holidays with simple pumpkin seeds. It’s the perfect treat in under 5 minutes!Recipe
Squash-Spiked Mashed PotatoesButternut squash lends a lush texture and sly sweetness to everyday mashed potatoes. A whisper of nutmeg finishes it off.Recipe
Fresh Cranberry RelishApple tones down the tart cranberries and orange zest provides zip in this fresh, no-cook sauce.Recipe
Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado and Pumpkin SeedsNo roasting pan necessary for these adorable cabbage cousins: Tossed with avocado and coated in a bright lemon-Dijon dressing, the tender Brussels sprout leaves make a showstopping salad.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Creamy Farro Pilaf with Wild MushroomsCrisp roasted mushrooms add texture and an earthy depth to velvety farro cooked in wine. Parmesan brings it all together.Recipe
Honey-Glazed Carrots with GarlicCaramelized in a sweet-and-spicy blend of honey, rosemary, and dried red chile, these colorful roots bring a subtle heat to the meal.Recipe
Crispy Green BeansPitas can be more than just pockets! Use the flatbread to create seasoned breadcrumbs for this easy vegetable side.Recipe
Parsley, Lemon, and Walnut Pesto on Roasted Sweet PotatoesWhen roasting sweet potatoes, leave the skins on for greater nutrition (and better texture). High heat muddies the fresh flavors of the herbs and lemon zest in pesto, so spoon it on just before serving.See More