Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Enjoy a happy, healthy Thanksgiving dinner with recipes for healthier versions of all your favorite holiday classics!

Staff Picks

Lightning Gravy

Rating: 4.06 stars
Gravy in 5 minutes! You can use any flavor bouillon; chicken, beef or vegetable. I've used this in many a 'pinch'!

Low Carb Cheddar and Garlic Cauliflower Mash

Rating: 4.63 stars
This recipe is great for anyone on a low-carb diet and has that occasional mashed potato craving.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Ricotta Cheese

Rating: 4.26 stars
No marshmallows here! Just sweet potato goodness.

Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Lemon

Rating: 4.31 stars
The hazelnuts and lemon zest add a wonderful light touch. It's a favorite!

Barley and Wild Rice Stuffing

Rating: 4.86 stars
Whole grains are the star in this delicious side dish.

Lite Corn Pudding

This is a lighter version of regular corn pudding for those who are watching calories.

Low-Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Rating: 4.6 stars
Low-carb cheesecake bars with few ingredients. They taste like the inside of a pumpkin pie!

3 Healthier Takes on Mashed Potatoes

For a healthier — yet still fluffy — take on mashed potatoes, celeriac, or turnips, try this broth-based version.
By Caitlyn Diimig, RD

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Rating: 4.8 stars
If you have a taste for turkey, but don't want the time or the hassle of a full bird, try a split turkey breast, prepared in the air fryer. This recipe gives the flavor of an oven-roasted turkey, but in much less time, and with much less fuss! Use any combination of fresh herbs that you and your family will enjoy!

Gluten Free Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Rating: 4.55 stars
Gluten-free crustless pumpkin pie. Delicious and easy to make.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4.6 stars
This recipe is from my mother. It may sound strange, but these are really good and very easy to make. The Brussels sprouts should be brown with a bit of black on the outside when done. Any leftovers can be reheated or even just eaten cold from the fridge. I don't know how, but they taste sweet and salty at the same time!

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Make Your Thanksgiving Menu Healthy
Preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that's lower in fat and calories but still thrills the crowd isn't hard. We'll show you how.
5 Easy Ways to Make Thanksgiving Side Dishes a Little Lighter
Try these lightened-up versions of your favorite sides.

Out of this World Turkey Brine

Rating: 4.83 stars

Best brine for smoked turkey around. This recipe was given to me by my uncle. He is always smoking meat. EDITOR'S NOTE: This recipe uses canning or kosher salt, not table salt. Using table salt in this amount will make the brine too salty.