Oh don’t you wish there was a day that was dedicated to warm and fuzzy feels, happiness, and all the eating?
Ummm there is. There are just 14 (FOURTEEN!) days left until the biggest eating day of the year and let’s be real…we are ever so pumped to stuff our face holes. Hashtag no shame. Hashtag Thanksgiving.
Now, we all know the story (at least, the Charlie Brown version). In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He discovered America, and then years later the pilgrims sailed over on the Mayflower. They settled, and then the Native Americans helped them prepare a giant feast of superfood salads, sweet potato hummus, lentil loafs, maple-balsamic brussels sprouts, and paleo pumpkin bars. Right? Absofreakinglutely.
Okay, fine. Maybe the Pilgrims weren’t feasting on tempeh and delicately spiced organic gluten-free vegetables, but you can bet your holiday hiney that if they had been, they wouldn’t regret a damn thing. What I have for you here are 24 ways to keep your holiday drool-worthy, but not heart attack-worthy. No thank you, cardiovascular disease.
Put a twist on your Turkey day that that your body will be thanking you for. From appetizers to entrees to desserts, I’ve got your healthy holiday season covered, and I’m not talking no tofurkey. These recipes are as mouth watering and sleep inducing as any stuffed turkey and cheesy casserole-laden feast (sans the extra saturated fats, MSG, refined sugar, and protein overload. So this year, nourish your body with some of these healthier options and yeah, help yourself to thirds. Happy Thanksgiving!
SOUPS AND APPETIZERS
Sweet Potato, Kale and Chickpea Soup via Cookie and Kate
Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus via Pinch of Yum
Roasted Acorn Squash & Apple Soup via Making Thyme for Health
Smokey & Spicy Nut, Sesame, and Coconut ‘Bacon’ Bar Nuts via Oh She Glows
Marinated Beet and Apple Salad via Cotter Crunch
Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries, Apricots, and Avocado via Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Mushroom Lentil Loaf via Making Thyme for Health
Kale and Tempeh Stuffed Acorn Squash via Delish Knowledge
Lentil Loaf with a Maple Sweetened Glaze via Eating Bird Food
Cauliflower Rice Stuffing via The Healthy Maven
Wonderful Roasted Veggies with Parmesan, Olive Oil & Garlic via Ambitious Kitchen
Butternut Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole via Minimalist Baker
Raspberry Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce via Kitchen Treaty
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Curry via Food Faith Fitness
Spiralized Apple Crumble via The Healthy Maven
Creamy No Bake Pumpkin Pie via Minimalist Baker
Sweet Potato Pie on a Maple Quinoa Crust via Nosh and Nourish
Oatmeal Pumpkin Pie Bars via Keepin It Kind