100 healthy Thanksgiving recipes gives you ideas for starters, sides, breads, turkey, dessert and more to make your healthy Thanksgiving delicious!

I’m not sure there can be any holiday more amazing than Thanksgiving.

We sit around a table, stuff our faces full of delicious food and acknowledge things we’re grateful for with friends and family without any pressure of gift giving.

The holiday feels a bit odd for my family this year as we’re in this weird feeling of upheaval.

We’re literally waiting for my grandmother to pass away in her home under hospice care and the contract we had on selling our house just fell through at the 11th hour.

Two things I could go on and on about in either a very sad (the former) or a very angry/frustrated (the latter) manner, but I won’t (at least not today) because there are still plenty of things to be happy about and grateful for in life.

Like food.

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100 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Healthy is relative when it comes to Thanksgiving and let’s use some leniency in the dessert category specifically when referring to the word but all in all, these are some tasty, flavorful Thanksgiving ideas that aren’t too bad for you.

Have fun choosing!

Healthy Thanksgiving Starter Recipes

Cranberry cheddar sausage bites
Rosemary pumpkin hummus
Pumpkin goat cheese dip with caramelized onions
Goat cheese and prosciutto stuffed mushrooms
Crispy carrot chips: 2 ways 
Apples on a horseback with jalapeno cream cheese – Climbing Grier Mountain

Potato Pumpkin Soup | runningtothekitchen.com

Healthy Thanksgiving Soup Recipes

Cinnamon ginger kabocha squash soup
Sweet and spicy butternut squash soup
Pumpkin potato soup
Creamy potato leek soup – Tasty Yummies
Parsnip and apple soup – Healthy Green Kitchen
Golden beet soup with roasted garlic cashew cream – With Food + Love
Roasted maple butternut squash soup – Real Food Whole Health
Creamy pumpkin soup – The Comfort of Cooking

Pumpkin Corn Muffins | runningtothekitchen.com

Healthy Thanksgiving Rolls, Biscuits and Bread Recipes

Sweet potato bacon biscuits
Rustic rosemary cheddar bacon biscuits
Pumpkin corn muffins with honey sage butter
Cranberry corn muffins
Whole wheat sweet potato banana muffins
Honey wheat clover rolls – Simply Scratch
Cheddar and green onion cornbread – Tasty Yummies
Sweet potato buttermilk biscuits – Love and Olive Oil
The very best buttery dinner rolls – Dine & Dish
Amish potato rolls – Baked by Rachel
Soft and fluffy dinner rolls (100% whole wheat) – Texanerin

Green beans with bacon, cranberries and goat cheese on a plate.

Healthy Thanksgiving Vegetable/Greens Side Recipes

Green beans with cranberries, bacon and goat cheese
Lemon roasted asparagus
Shaved Brussels sprouts fruit salad
Coconut creamed spinach – Love & Lemons
Roasted broccoli with beer cheese sauce – The Beeroness
Roasted winter squash salad with goat cheese and pine nuts – Gourmande in the Kitchen
Vegan green bean casserole – Eat the Love
Massaged kale + blood orange winter salad – With Food + Love

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Gratin | runningtothekitchen.com

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Creamy cauliflower pumpkin mash
Butternut squash and cranberry gratin
Roasted broccoli and cauliflower parmesan gratin
Roasted garlic and greek yogurt smashed potatoes
Twice baked sweet potatoes with cinnamon cashew cream
Creamy butternut squash puree
Maple and roasted garlic squash puree
Goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes
Sweet potato goat cheese puffs
Glazed sweet potatoes with whiskey pecans – Well Plated
Butternut squash crumble – Chocolate Moosey
Apple bacon stuffed sweet potatoes – How Sweet It Is
Twice baked sweet potatoes with chipotle pecan streusel – Cookin’ Canuck
Sweet potato and kale gratin – Oh My Veggies
Roast pumpkin with feta and honey – Not Quite Nigella
Farro and spiced honey salad with sweet potatoes, apples and chestnuts – A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Honey Sweetened Cranberry Sauce
(photo courtesy of Texanerin)

Healthy Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce Recipes

5-Ingredient slow cooker cranberry sauce
Quick and simple apple, pear and cranberry sauce
Cranberry pomegranate compote – Healthy Green Kitchen
Honey sweetened orange cranberry sauce – Texanerin
Cranberry raspberry relish – Fork & Beans
Cranberry sauce with orange and cinnamon – Real Housemoms
Bourbon vanilla cranberry sauce – Eat Live Run

Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing
(photo courtesy of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver)

Healthy Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

Sausage cranberry apple stuffing muffins
Chestnut stuffing
Paleo cranberry flax stuffing – Healthful Pursuit
Chorizo and cornbread stuffing – Wanna Be a Country Cleaver
Gluten free cornbread stuffing with chestnuts, leeks and chanterelles – The Bojon Gourmet
Quinoa sage stuffing – Tasty Yummies
Cornbread and sausage stuffing – Baked by Rachel
Bacon leek stuffing with sage and pecans – Simply Scratch
Gluten free stuffing with kale, caramelized onions and mushrooms – Oh My Veggies

Stuffed Turkey Roulade
(photo courtesy of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver)

Healthy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Tart cherry cranberry glazed turkey
Tart cherry chestnut stuffed turkey roulade
Organic roast turkey with sage butter – Healthy Green Kitchen
Roasted turkey with herb butter & roasted shallots – Cookin’ Canuck
Roasted turkey breast with bacon and herbs – Jelly Toast
Roasted chicken with garlic sage butter and pomegranate glaze – Alaska from Scratch
Red wine lacquered turkey with spiced butter – Heather Christo

Cinnamon Apple Sugar Cake | runningtothekitchen.com

Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Paleo chocolate pecan tart
Paleo pumpkin pie fudge
Cranberry banana bread with orange glaze
Cinnamon apple sugar cake
Pumpkin streusel bread
No bake chocolate coco pumpkin bars
Raw walnut and pecan tartlets: 2 ways 
Apple streusel bread
Apple slab pie – Baked by Rachel
Grain free apple and pear crisp – So, Let’s Hang Out
Cranberry curd tart
Apple cinnamon pull apart bread – Bakers Royale
Apple chai pie – Box of Spice
Sweet potato marshmallow cinnamon rolls – Girl Versus Dough
Apple cranberry crumb pie – Baked by Rachel
Paleo apple galette – A Girl Worth Saving
Perfect soft batch pumpkin chocolate chip cookies – Baked by Rachel

Bonus: Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Don’t forget about the leftovers! This might be my favorite part about Thanksgiving. In addition to 100 healthy Thanksgiving recipes, here are some ideas to get you started on how to use up all those Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge:

Turkey avgolemono soup
Thanksgiving breakfast frittata
Turkey cranberry enchilada melt
Thanksgiving leftover waffle breakfast sandwiches

Founder and Writer at Running to the Kitchen | About

Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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  1. Gina thanks so much for including me Golden Beet Soup, Massaged Kale Salad + Quinoa Sage Stuffing!

    Holy amazing Turkey Day Roundup lady :)


  2. This is such a great round up of Thanksgiving recipes, I’m a last minute person so this is very helpful for me as I’m still trying to decide exactly what to make Thursday.

    I’m sorry about both your grandmother and your house falling through. Sending you peace and comfort during this difficult time!


    So pumped for next week!!! Next week at this time, we will all be eating left overs! :D

  4. I just love Thanksgiving round-ups! Thank you so much for including my farro salad. And Happiest Thanksgiving to you!

  5. OMG I cannot believe you put so much work into this post! But it all sounds amazing! I want it all!

  6. Thanks so much, Gina, for the generous sharing of these gorgeous recipes even though you are going through some very difficult times. Thinking of you!

  7. Awww, I’m so sorry to hear her healthy is declining. It is never an easy thing to have to prepare for something like that… especially around the holidays.

    Great round up though. There really is no need to search for recipes while menu planning this year… you did all the work for us!

  8. UGH I AM SO SORRY!!!! About everything. My heart is with you darling through this rough time.