A collection of delicious, healthy Thanksgiving recipes that will save you from that awful food coma!
Why bother with a low carb Thanksgiving menu and with healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Why not just indulge this one day?
Not everyone can handle a “cheat day”
Sure, you can indulge on Thanksgiving. It’s a completely valid option, especially if you know from experience that you can indulge one day (or one meal), then go right back to healthy eating.
But for many of us, a Thanksgiving “cheat meal” is not such a good idea. If you need to limit your carbs for health reasons, for example. Or if you know from experience that a single cheat meal could spiral into many days, weeks, or even months of unhealthy eating.
The good news: there ARE delicious and healthy Thanksgiving recipes. And these tasty recipes are not even difficult to make, though they might require the purchase of slightly unusual ingredients such as almond flour or coconut flour.
Happily, many grocery stores carry these nowadays, and needless to say, you can find everything on Amazon.
So here you go – twelve delicious, scrumptious, super tasty Thanksgiving recipes that are also very healthy.
1. Roasted Turkey Breast
Roasted turkey breast comes out crisp-skinned and wonderfully juicy when you cook it in a very hot oven for a relatively short time. It’s the perfect solution for small Thanksgiving gatherings.
2. Roasted Turkey Legs
Roasted turkey legs are perfect for small Thanksgiving gatherings. Roasting at a high temperature ensures crispy skin and juicy meat.
3. Keto cranberry sauce
This delicious cranberry sauce is sweetened with just 1/2 cup of powdered erythritol or with a small amount of stevia. While there’s no way around having to sweeten cranberry sauce – cranberries are extremely sour – there’s really no need for the crazy amounts of unhealthy sugar that many recipes call for.
4. Healthy green bean casserole
This healthy green bean casserole, made with fresh green beans, sour cream, garlic and cheese, is just as creamy and delicious as traditional green bean casserole.
5. Loaded mashed cauliflower
Mashed cauliflower is delicious, and surprisingly similar in texture and flavor to mashed potatoes, making it an ideal low-carb substitute. Loading the mashed cauliflower with bacon and cheese makes it even better, of course. 🙂
Unlike mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower can be made in advance and reheated, which is definitely an advantage. And obviously, cauliflower is very good for you (although admittedly the bacon is not an ideal choice).
6. Mashed pumpkin
Mashed pumpkin has a creamy texture and delicate flavor. It’s a delicious, healthier alternative to mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes.
7. Sausage stuffing
A super flavorful sausage stuffing that proves once and for all that your Thanksgiving stuffing does not need bread to taste amazing and that healthy and low-carb Thanksgiving recipes can be just as good as traditional ones!
8. Cauliflower stuffing
Flavorful cauliflower stuffing is keto and paleo. Made with cauliflower, celery and portobello mushrooms and roasted in the oven, it’s healthy and tasty.
9. Roasted brussels sprouts
These roasted brussels sprouts are seasoned with melted butter, garlic and Parmesan, then baked in a hot oven until crisp and caramelized. Beware – they are addictive!
10. Broccoli casserole
Deliciously cheesy broccoli casserole. I started making it because one of the kiddos consistently refused broccoli. This broccoli casserole took care of that problem, and I’ve been making it regularly ever since.
11. Crustless pumpkin pie
One of my favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipes, this creamy and delicious crustless pumpkin pie has tons of flavor but far fewer carbs and calories than a traditional pie.
At just 167 calories for a generous slice (135 calories for the low carb option), you can go ahead and have a slice or two! Or try this creamy keto pumpkin pie for an even lower carb version.
12. Crustless chocolate pie
Not everyone likes pumpkin pie, so I usually make this crustless chocolate pie on Thanksgiving as well. It’s a dense, intensely chocolatey pie, exquisite with homemade whipped cream. Just 195 calories for a generous slice!
See? Healthy Thanksgiving recipes do exist!
As you can see, there’s no need to choose between “healthy” and “delicious” on Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy these recipes. Bon appetit!
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