7 Healthy Thanksgiving Meal Ideas

Thanksgiving is around the corner and that means it’s time to start planning for the perfect family meal. The holiday season kicks off a marathon of treats and feasts, but that doesn’t mean we have to start off on the wrong foot. Below I’d like to share 7 healthy Thanksgiving meal ideas that your guests will be sure to love!

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad

Forget the typical side salad and fill your guests up with this colorful orange quinoa salad. Not only is it packed with tons of vitamins and protein, but it’s SO pretty to look at, too. Check out this delicious recipe at Family Spice.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

When you want to keep things healthier for your holiday bird, white meat is always your best bet. It’s lower in fat and calories than dark meat. The crispy skin can be a danger zone, but if you really want some, indulge in a small piece and then walk it off after dinner. Here’s a delicious recipe from Crunchy Creamy Sweet Instant Pot Turkey Breast. Yum!

Green Beans with Orange and Thyme

These green beans are full of flavor and only 50 calories per serving, so load up your plate. Interested in how to make it? Go to Woman’s Day Kitchen for this side dish that’s easy to prep and cook.

Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe already has me drooling! The creamy goodness and warm spices are so comforting on a chilly fall or winter day. You can make healthy Butternut Squash Soup with simple ingredients, in one pot, in less than 30 minutes. Thank you, Gimme Some Oven!

Mashed Potato and Cauliflower Gratin

Adding cauliflower into mashed potatoes makes them even more delicious and flavorful. A little Fontina and parmesan add a nutty note to the puree, without overpowering it with richness. Thank you, Epicurious, for providing this healthy Thanksgiving recipe.

Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa Stuffing

This flavorful stuffing substitute is packed with fresh herbs, apples, cranberries, and pecans, making it a dish we’d want to enjoy all throughout fall. And why not? It’s rich in protein and caters to almost any dietary restriction, so feel free to dig in any time. Find the recipe and moreover at Kitchen Treaty.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

You didn’t think I’d forget about dessert, did you? The natural flavors in this pumpkin pie substitute come from a variety of spices, bananas, and coconut sugar. This looks AND tastes just like your typical pumpkin pie filling, but is dairy-free, egg-free, and contains NO refined sugars. Credit to My Whole Food Life for sharing this delicious recipe.


Is there a healthy Thanksgiving recipe that I should share? What’s your favorite recipe from above? I’d love to hear your thoughts at hello@heartandsoulblog.com. Also, if you’re looking for more healthy recipe ideas, I encourage you to check out Healthy Fall Recipes That You’ll Love. Enjoy!

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