The internet is peppered with lists of Thanksgiving recipe ideas. From the most difficult and decadent, to simpler fare, there is no shortage of suggestions to make your Thanksgiving Day feast one for the history books. With a mind towards having a happy and healthy holiday, here are a few of our favorite recipes from around the internet realm, as well as a few recipe roundups we love!
This has to be one the best "healthy versions" of a decadent classic out there! Using almond milk instead of cream (or, heaven forbid, cream cheese) gives the richness you want without the guilty feelings. An absolute must have on your Thanksgiving table, and easy enough to whip up for a weekday meal as well!
If creamy is not what you are looking for (as so many Thanksgiving sides are), we suggest this delectable salad. Filling, but with with the flavor of lemon to lighten it up, it might become part of your weekly menu!
Nothing says fall like a side dish featuring a member of the gourd family. What are we constantly thankful for? The fact that the taste profiles of these family members are different enough to include on the table all at once. Some of our most favorite recipes include Stuffed Acorn Squash from Deliciously Organic, Smoked Maple Butternut Squash from Cook Eat Paleo, and Balsamic Glazed Pumpkin with Walnuts from ECurry. Need some assistance with decorating? The irreverently wonderful people at McSweeny's have some suggestions for you!
Searching for an alternative to pie on your dessert table? These pears are it! They will satisfy your sweet tooth without making you feel like you will explode. A delicious and light, end of meal treat. Although eating the whole tray (it has happened before) will undoubtably leave you feeling more stuffed than intended!
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Although traditional protein staples of the season, such as turkey and ham, can sneak there way into many a side dish, vegetarian side dish recipes also abound. Check out some great ones from 101 Cookbooks!
Just for fun, you should really check out the NY Times "The United States of Thanksgiving" with one recipe for each state (and DC and Puerto Rico). Recipes such as California's Sour Dough Stuffing with Kale, Dates and Turkey Sausage, or Tennessee's Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Peanut Vinaigrette look pretty amazing!
Using your stove as an extra closet? Check out these 6 ideas for healthy no-cook Thanksgiving meals in NYC.