23 Thanksgiving Recipes So Good, No One Will Know They’re Actually Healthy

When I tell people I’m vegetarian, the #1 question I’ve always been asked is, “So what do you eat at Thanksgiving?” While a meat-free lifestyle has become more popular since second grade when the other kids called me “veggie girl” (true story), Thanksgiving isn’t traditionally the most plant-based-friendly holiday. Lucky for us health nuts, it’s actually easier than you think to find healthy Thanksgiving recipes, whether you’re vegetarian/vegan or want to add more produce that will make you feel good and help prevent the dreaded post-Thanksgiving food coma.

To prove it, here are 23 Thanksgiving recipes for all your traditional favorites, only they each sneak in some extra fruits or vegetables for more nutritious options. The best part? These recipes are so delicious, your friends at Friendsgiving or that picky uncle who only eats meat and dairy will never be able to tell the difference (because healthy or not, Thanksgiving dinner is meant to be enjoyed). 




1.  Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates 


2.  Sautéed Brussels Sprouts Salad with Mustard Sauce


3.  Kale and White Bean Artichoke Dip


4.  Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Garlic Vinaigrette 


5.  Turkey Veggie Tray


6.  Curried Cauliflower, Grape, and Lentil Salad



Main Dishes

7.  Kale and Mushroom Stuffing


8.  Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe

Source: Pinch of Yum


9.  Lentil and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie


10.  Vegan and Gluten-Free Gravy


11.  Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Mushroom Cashew Cream Sauce


12.  Roasted Delicata Squash


13.  Vegan Meatloaf with Chickpeas and Lentils


14.  Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes




16.  Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie


17.  Feel-Good Apple Muffins

Source: Pinch of Yum


18.  No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars


19.  Cinnamon Baked Pears


20.  Dairy and Gluten-free Carrot Cake


21.  Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies


22.  Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Scones


23.  Paleo Orange Loaf with Dark Chocolate Glaze


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