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.

Staff Picks

Herbed Roasted Turkey

Rating: 3.87 stars
This traditional holiday bird brings much more to the table than just great taste. Our version, which is packed with protein, is rubbed with a blend of parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, and garlic.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Rating: 3.57 stars
Instead of sugar pumpkins, you can use other winter squash in our Roasted Pumpkin Soup recipe. Kabocha, calabaza, and Hubbard are the best alternatives. Choose a squash that feels heavy for its size and is free of soft spots. The soup can be garnished with toasted pepitas or a dollop of sour cream—or both.

Carrot Puree

Rating: 3.81 stars
All it takes is a sprinkling of salt and pepper to enhance the earthy flavors of the carrots in this simple side dish.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts

The red grapes' sweetness brings out the nutty notes in the sprouts. Walnuts can be swapped for almonds or pecans.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3.1 stars
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Mushrooms and Rice

Rating: 3.44 stars
These work as well on the Thanksgiving table as they do on a meatless Monday.

Glazed Pearl Onions

Rating: 3.44 stars
The longer those cook, the sweeter and more caramelized they will become. A little balsamic vinegar is a nice touch to add.

Butternut Squash Mash

Rating: 3.03 stars
The vegetable mash is rich in vitamin A and potassium, thanks to butternut squash.

Maple-Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 3.6 stars
Often the most favorite holiday side dishes are the simplest. This recipe combines roasted sweet potatoes with butter and maple syrup in the food processor with very little effort.

Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado and Pumpkin Seeds

Rating: 3.05 stars
No 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.

Creamy Leftover-Turkey-and-Rice Soup

Put a light, fresh spin on Thanksgiving leftovers with a speedy riff on avgolemono, the classic Greek chicken soup. Egg yolks add creaminess to turkey stock, while lemon juice brightens the flavor, and cooked rice and shredded meat fill out every spoonful.

Maple-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 3.13 stars
This supremely simple dish is rich with the flavor of maple. Although it requires last-minute preparation, the recipe is easy enough to tackle no matter how many items are on your holiday menu.

Inspiration and Ideas

Add These Vegetable-Based Sides, Mains, and Salads to Your Thanksgiving Menu
Yes, there will be turkey on our Thanksgiving tables, but there will also be plenty of plant-based dishes to choose from. Check out our colorful and delicious vegetable-centric mains, sides, and salads to add to your holiday feast.
Cranberry-Pineapple Relish
Rating: Unrated
Even assertive ingredients like puckery-tart cranberries can be tempered by pineapple and honey.

Green Beans with Vinaigrette

Rating: 3.22 stars

These fresh green beans help balance out the richness of the rest of the Thanksgiving meal.