Happy Friday ya’ll!

In the spirit of I-can’t-believe-it’s-almost-Thanksgiving, I’m throwing 50 healthier Thanksgiving recipes at you. We’re talking apps, salads, soups, mains, sides and most importantly, dessert.

Happy menu planning!

Butternut Squash and Sage Crostini via The Foodie Dietitian

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Cheese Fondue in a Roasted Pumpkin via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

Sweet Potato Polenta Bites with Thyme-Marinated Mushrooms via The Foodie Dietitian

Creamy Blue Cheese and Persimmon Crostini via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

Kid-Friendly Cheddar and Apple “Turkey” Appetizer via Holley Grainger

Kabocha Flatbread with Rosemary Roasted Grapes and Shallots via Nutritioulicious

Low-Fat Asian Holiday Cocktail Meatballs with Hoisin Apple Glaze via Abbey’s Kitchen

Wild Blueberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta via The Foodie Dietitian 

Soups & Salads

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Cardamom via The Foodie Dietitian 

Vegan Butternut Squash with Cardamom | The Foodie Dietitian @karalydon Award Winning Vegan Sweet Potato Soup via The Nutty Nutritionist

Vegan Savory Squash Stew via Simple Swaps

Fall Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad via Nourish Breathe Thrive

Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Pistachio Salad via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

Carrot, Dates, and Mint Salad via Food, Pleasure, & Health

Broccoli Apple Salad via Your Choice Nutrition

Roasted Beet & Candied Pecan Salad via Eating With a Purpose

Celery, Apple and Pecan Salad with Cider Vinaigrette via Abbey’s Kitchen

Deliciously Healthy Apple Waldorf Salad via RDN Mommy

DIY Dried Fruit + Trail Mix Wild Rice Salad via Nourish Breathe Thrive

Sweet Sorghum Salad with Apples, Pine Nuts and Raisins via Nutrition Starring YOU

Harvest Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Oil Dressing via The Foodie Dietitian 

Harvest Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Oil Dressing| The Foodie Dietitian @karalydon


Butternut Squash and Kale Slow Cooker Lasagna via The Foodie Dietitian 

Light Gluten-Free Cheesy Pumpkin Noodle Casserole via Abbey’s Kitchen

Acorn Squash with Curried Lentils via The Foodie Dietitian 

Sweet Potato Kale Mac N’ Cheese with Sage Breadcrumbs via The Foodie Dietitian 

Savory Herb-Baked Tempeh + Quinoa via The Grateful Grazer

Tempeh Pumpkin Hash via The Foodie Dietitian 

Tempeh Pumpkin Hash | The Foodie Dietitian @karalydonSides

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce via The Foodie Dietitian 

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce | The Foodie Dietitian @karalydon

Spiced Roasted Carrots via Ginger Hultin

Honey-Roasted Fall Vegetables via Holley Grainger

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts, Grapes and Figs via Abbey’s Kitchen

Smoked Brussels Sprouts with Maple Cashew Cream via Eat Real Food

Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms with Herbed Breadcrumbs via Avocado A Day Nutrition

Green Bean Casserole via Nourished Simply

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls via The Nutty Nutritionist

Gram’s Irish Raisin Bread via The Foodie Dietitian

Whole-Wheat Herb Stuffing via Nourished Simply

Cranberry Orange Ginger Relish via Nutrition Starring YOU

Creamy Buttermilk Cauliflower Mash via Hungry Hobby

Roasted Garlic Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes via Dishing Out Health


Slow Cooker Baked Apples via The Foodie Dietitian 

Slow Cooker Baked Apples | The Foodie Dietitian @karalydon

Nutty Apple Cake via Nutrition Starring YOU

Orange Cranberry Tart via LiveBest

Healthy Pumpkin Pecan Pie Oatmeal Cookies via Abbey’s Kitchen

Chocolate Pecan Bites via Nourished Simply

Maple Ginger Pear Crumble via Marisa Moore Nutrition

Healthier Hemp Pecan Pie (No Corn Syrup or Refined Sugars) via The Foodie Dietitian

Way Better so Sweet Potato Cheesecakes via NourishRDs

Healthy Holiday Individual Apple and Pumpkin Crisps via Abbey’s Kitchen

Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie via The Foodie Dietitian

Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie-5

I hope you enjoyed these 50 healthier Thanksgiving recipes!

Tell me, what’s on your Thanksgiving menu this year? Will any of these recipes make the cut? 😉

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  1. RD Lauren

    Kara, thank you! You’ve just inspired what I’ll be brining to offer some healthier options to my family. Can’t wait to try the Sweet Potato Polenta Bites, Roasted Beets Salad, and Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad!

  2. Hey with the wild blueberry and pomegranate bruschetta are you thawing the frozen blueberries at all or just letting them thaw on their own? I’m going through this roundup now, nailing down my menu tonight 🙂

  3. It’s crunch time for Thanksgiving recipes! I’ll be sure to show these to my clients, thanks for including my buttermilk mashed cauliflower!

  4. So many drool-worthy recipes in this round-up I just can’t handle it!! This has me ready for Thanksgiving even more than before. Thanks for including my smoked Brussels sprouts, Kara 🙂

  5. This is epic! So much delicious fall inspiration. Thanks for including my tempeh recipe, Kara! 🙂

  6. So many delicious, healthy recipes here! Need more than thanksgiving day to try them all! Thanks for including my squash flatbread!

  7. Wow, this is a great round-up! So many healthier dishes to choose from! Thanks for including my broccoli apple salad recipe!

  8. What an amazing roundup! Thanks so much for including my recipes! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  9. Love this round up of healthy holiday food! Especially your kale and sweet potato mac n’ cheese look good. Love pasta bakes – especially if they are healthy 🙂

  10. What a gorgeous collection you’ve curated, Kara. Thanks for including my recipes. Happy (early) Thanksgiving.