Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

If healthy Thanksgiving recipes are what you need, I’ve gotcha covered with this collection of the best, all-natural Thanksgiving dinner ideas. Your holiday table will truly shine this year!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. A day for family, eating too much, and either playing football or sacking out on the couch.

A table covered in Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes and dishes.

Of all the holidays where food is at the center, Thanksgiving is the easiest holiday meal to make healthy.

While most people will just throw in the towel and eat a bunch of junky traditional foods and then feel terrible after dinner, you don’t have to end up feeling like you swallowed a 2-ton truck.

A healthy Thanksgiving table is easy to plan and easy to make, and your guests won’t know the difference. Except maybe when their tummy doesn’t hurt so bad when the meal is done.

Thanksgiving Food

I’ve gotcha covered here with all my Thanksgiving favorites, made from scratch and made from healthy, whole-food ingredients like whole grains, fresh vegetables, and lean protein. These recipes have great flavor and savoriness, and I’ve even got breakfast covered for you! I’ve covered most of the classics here, and some of these are even gluten-free.

  • Thanksgiving drinks
  • Thanksgiving dinner ideas
  • Healthy Thanksgiving desserts
  • Healthy Thanksgiving side dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

You’ll find a whole column of healthy side dishes below. Make some while the turkey roasts! Even the best roast turkey breast or leg feels a little lonely without a good side dish, and the downloads below will help you plan your entire dinner.

Less Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

We all have our favorites, and some of them just aren’t considered traditional. But that’s okay! Here are a few dishes you may want to add to round out your holiday table.

Thanksgiving Recipes To Come

I’m hoping to add a few new dishes to my table this year. Possibly something with cauliflower and/or something with kale. I also plan on adding some Thanksgiving appetizers (think cheese platter or finger foods) and maybe even putting together a vegan Thanksgiving menu for those of you who want it. And oh yes, definitely more dessert recipes with pecans. So yummy! I’ll update here when I have those available. And if you have any favorites you’d like to see here, feel free to leave a comment below!

Thanksgiving Ingredients To Have On Hand

While this list isn’t specific to the recipes below, it’s a good, overall list to check off for not just a thanksgiving meal, but also the holiday season as a whole. Here’s what you might want to keep on hand this year:

  • Cream
  • Butter
  • Lemon – juice and zest
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Stuffing ingredients
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh herbs – Such as parsley
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Orange – juice and zest
  • Fennel
  • Spices – such as garlic, black pepper, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and more.
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Green beans – Gotta have the green bean casserole!
  • Cranberries – There’s nothing like homemade cranberry sauce!
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Russet potatoes
  • Broth – chicken broth, beef broth, and even turkey broth if you prefer that.

And don’t forget, your slow cooker is a fabulous friend when it comes to prepping a big meal! Have both a small one and a large one on hand. The small one can handle the cranberry sauce, and the bigger one can help cook all sorts of side dishes.

And if you happen to have an air fryer, you can even make a thanksgiving dessert and some healthy thanksgiving appetizers to boot!

Have Leftovers?

Here are my recipes for using up everything from leftover turkey to leftover cranberry sauce.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Menu

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  1. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! Enjoy!

  2. graciouspantry says:

    I haven’t done a full turkey yet, no. Something for next year. I do have a whole, roasted chicken. You could certainly try that recipe with a turkey…

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Haha!!! Hope you enjoy it then! I’m not making it for Thanksgiving this year, but I might have to make it just to have some “leftovers” around the house!

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  8. Jaclyn Turner says:

    Thank you for this! The Pumpkin Pie was a big hit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Ashley Lew says:

    Thanks for the good recipes!! I just wanted to add that my family farms here in the US (corn, beans, popcorn are what is done in the Fall; wheat in the summer). , and we just got done with harvest in the middle of November. Which is typically when we finish every year. So, Thanksgiving is truly right after harvest for us. ๐Ÿ™‚ We would prefer October, too, but they are never done by then; in fact, my husband doesn’t even get to go trick-or-treating with my kids and I. bummer!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – Wow! That is a bummer! I guess maybe farming practices are different here than they are in Europe? Or maybe it’s just the seasons.

  10. The site says the cookbook is $3.99 but when I go to the cart it shows $4.99 as the cost. I know it’s just one dollar, but which is correct?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bea – Sorry for the typo. It’s been fixed. The book is $4.99.

  11. Such great ideas! I’ll have to use this for Thanksgiving next year!

  12. Isadora Guidoni says:

    Uh, I love these recipes already. We have a tendency to eat too much on Thanksgiving, at least we can guarantee some clean eating.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Isadora – I hope you enjoy them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Owen Carver says:

    Wow! Thanks for this super handy recipe index hook-up! I’ve never seen such an organized list of recipes before. You’re saving the day here. ๐Ÿ˜€