5 Healthy Recipes for Thanksgiving

by Annabelle Blythe

Thanksgiving is a time for connection with family, expressing gratitude for all that we have been given…and a time for food! 

While delicious, the typical thanksgiving fare can leave you feeling less than fantastic the next day, or even right after your meal (Turkey naps, anyone?).  Whether you want to revamp your entire holiday dining experience, or simply make some easy switches to boost the nutrition in your Thanksgiving meal, or offer a vegan alternative to holiday favourites - the recipes below are for you!  From start to finish, let this meal be a tasty one that keeps on giving.

Healthy Dip Appetizer

Minimalist Baker - Creamy Eggplant & Caramelized Onion Dip (V)

Skip out on the artery clogging seven layer dips or oozy baked bries and try this vegan, creamy eggplant and caramelized onion dip on for size.  The rich, earthy flavours go well with the cold weather, and will definitely leave you feeling energized enough to sit through your family gathering. 

http://minimalistbaker.com/creamy-eggplant-caramelized-onion-dip/

 

 

Turkey Alternative

Laura Miller - Lentil & Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash (V)

Give the vegans something to gobble up this holiday season with this delicious lentil and mushroom stuffed acorn squash recipe.  Or if you’re feeling like a switch, sub out the nap inducing turkey for this nourishing, energizing vegan main dish!

Healthy Stuffing Alternative

Minimalist Baker - Simple Vegan Stuffing (V)

Depending on how you make it, typical turkey stuffing can end up increasing the nap-factor of your post-meal feelings tenfold.  Try this vegan stuffing for something a little on the lighter side. 

http://minimalistbaker.com/simple-vegan-stuffing/

 

Mashed Potato Sub

Tara Stiles - Sweet Potato Mash (V)

Upgrade your basic, bland mash to this super simple, delicious vegan sweet potato mash.  It’s full of flavour and nutrition, and will easily become a fall favourite. 

http://tarastiles.com/recipes-2/sweet-potato-mash/

 

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Minimalist Baker - Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie (V)

Now here’s a real treat - a pumpkin pie that your whole family can eat! Allergy friendly, gluten free and vegan, this pie is sure to be a picky crowd pleaser.  Better yet, with only 10 ingredients, it’s the vegan dessert of your dreams!

http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-gluten-free-pumpkin-pie/

However you enjoy this holiday, use this time to cherish yourself and others through self care, cooking delicious healthy food, and sharing with your loved ones and those around you.  Have a healthy, happy Thanksgiving!