This Thanksgiving menu gives you the taste of all of the classics with healthier ingredients (including desserts!). Plus, download a free printable shopping list that makes Thanksgiving easy and nutritious!
Hosting a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving meal for your
family or friends can be pretty simple and stress free, though
it does require some work.
To make things easier, I prepare a Thanksgiving menu plan
and print my recipes and a shopping list (see the end of this
slideshow for a free shopping list download) ahead of time
so that I can make most of the dishes in the days before.
Then, on Thanksgiving, I just have to cook the turkey, roast
some veggies and re-heat the dishes I’ve made.
TurkeyI prepare by quartering an onion and a
lemon and placing inside the cavity before
tying. Then, I rub butter on the outside and
sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, and basil. I
brown at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes
to seal in the juices. Then, I roast according
to the instructions for the size bird.
Bread Free Stuffing
Made with roasted turnips and sweet
potatoes and ﬂavored with apples, celery,
and onions. A great way to add some extra
veggies to the meal and to try some
delicious root vegetables.
Green Bean CasseroleGreen beans topped with a homemade
(real) cream sauce and topped with pan
fried onions in a coconut ﬂour batter.
This recipe has all the ﬂavor (and more)
of the traditional version without the
Sweet Potato CasseroleAt our house, we much prefer sweet
potatoes baked and topped with real butter
and sea salt, but if you like the marshmallow
topped version, this is a good alternative. It
is topped with a homemade egg and honey
based “marshmallow” that is very similar in
taste and texture.
Instead of all the starch of white
potatoes, try this cauliﬂower version
that uses pureed cauliﬂower and all
the seasonings of regular mashed
potatoes for a delicious substitute.
A slightly sweet recipe that leaves
out the “equal parts sugar” in
traditional recipes. Hints of
orange and pineapple sweeten it
naturally. Great as a garnish on
leftover turkey sandwiches.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Who says kids (or adults) have to dislike
Brussels Sprouts? When roasted and
topped with bacon and sea salt, Brussels
Sprouts can become a side to ﬁght over!
Butternut Squash Soup
If you want to serve a soup course, I
recommend this one. We love this slightly
sweet soup that tastes like Fall in a bowl.
Parmesan and Sea Salt Asparagus
A delicious side that is equally delicious when the leftovers are
used in omelets the next morning. Even the kids like asparagus
this way, and we usually serve it with Hollandaise sauce.
The typical Thanksgiving dessert but this
version gets a makeover without the added
sugar and an almond and pecan based crust.
If you aren’t much of a pumpkin
fan or need to feed a bigger group,
this recipe has a subtle pumpkin
taste rolled into a cheesecake.
A healthy version made with coconut
ﬂour, lots of eggs (protein!), and spices.
Optional cream cheese frosting.
This is one of my favorite
grain free dessert recipes.
With no reﬁned sugar and
lots of eggs for protein, it is
a relatively healthy dessert
for special occasions.
TO see all the recipes and
to download my printable
shopping list for them,
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