Thanksgiving Recipe Round up (Healthy holiday recipes for you!)

 

Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, some from my blog, and others from some great food bloggers.

 

All of these recipes use whole food ingredients and are healthier versions of traditional dishes -- just as delicious. For guests with food sensitivities at your holiday table, you'll find some vegan, gluten-free, and dairy free options here.

 

Pumpkin Stuffed with Chestnuts, Apples, and Leeks

This is a festive main dish for Thanksgiving that will satisfy vegans and carnivores alike, but would also be a great accompaniment to a turkey.

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Cranberry Pear Sauce

I don't know the first thing about roasting a turkey, but I do make a mean cranberry sauce. Skip the canned stuff this Thanksgiving….homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make!  This sauce is naturally sweetened with a ripe juicy pear and maple syrup, and no refined sugar.

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The Best Shredded Kale Salad

You know I love making massaged kale salad. This salad by Angela Liddon simply cannot be improved upon. The pecan parm on top is fantastic. 

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Black Rice and Mushroom Stuffing, in Baked Butternut Squash (gluten free stuffing)

This stuffed squash has nutritious whole grain black rice, flavorful mushrooms sauteed in fresh thyme, and tart cranberries. Toasted pecans give an added crunch for texture. 

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Sweet Potato Crumble Casserole

No Thanksgiving is complete without a sweet potato casserole, and this one by Angela Liddon is happily made with maple syrup instead of sugar and a crumbly nut oat topping.

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Warm Roasted Beets with Toasted Nuts and Greens

Add lots of veggies to your Thanksgiving table. I like adding some greens to earthy roasted beets in this dish. 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate

More veggies. You can't go wrong with roasted Brussels. 

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If you can find them in your local market, get the big stalk of Brussels sprouts. They are so fresh and yummy!

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And now for some desserts!

 

Cranberry Pear Tart

This was the winning recipe for a holiday reader recipe challenge on My New Roots, a wonderful blog. I had fun making the layers and I love the combo of pear and cranberry. The bright red is so festive too!

 

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Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust 

Thanksgiving isn't complete without pumpkin pie, and after much experimentation, this is the one. I wait all year to bake fresh pumpkin or butternut squash in the Fall to make into pies and other things. This year we grew a lot of butternut squash in our garden, so that's what's going in the pie. You can also use canned pumpkin puree in this recipe. 

pumpkin pie pecan crust from web

 

Ojas Milk -  This is one of my favorite winter beverages, warm and comforting and sweet. As a boost, it also builds your Ojas, your life force, according to Ayurvedic philosophy.  It makes for a nice after dinner warm drink. 

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 Wishing you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving....filled with gratitude.


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