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My Top Ten Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

This round-up has My Top Ten Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, and I’m also including ten more honorable mentions! These are the Thanksgiving recipes I make over and over! 

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Thanksgiving is approaching quickly, and I’m noticing people are checking out the Thanksgiving Recipes for ideas! But before you get your menu completely set, I want to remind you about this collection of My Top Ten Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, plus Ten Honorable Mentions. These are my absolute favorites, and some of these are recipes I make every year for Thanksgiving.

And since this is once-a-year holiday food for me, not every recipe here is low-carb or gluten-free, although quite a few of them are. I promise you’ll find some very tasty options here, whether you’re keeping it strictly low-carb for Thanksgiving or indulging a bit more for the holiday meal. Just click the link for any recipe and use the tags at the top to see which diet types that recipe is suitable for if you want that information.

But if strictly low-carb and gluten-free is what you’re looking for, check out the Low-Carb Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Ups at the bottom of this post for plenty of amazing ideas for holiday foods.  Hope those low-carb and gluten-free round-ups are helpful for anyone who’s working hard to keep the menu low in carbs or gluten-free! 

Now, let’s talk about my healthy Thanksgiving favorites. And if you’ve tried one of these favorites in years gone by, I’d love to hear how you liked it in the comments!

Let’s start with Stuffing Muffins with Sausage and Parmesan. I’ve made these the last few years, and this is something everyone in my family asks for.

Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin finished dish

This Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin is so good it just might win over some Brussels Sprouts avoiders!

Sweet Potato Gratin finished dish with some on serving plate

Sweet Potato Gratin was something we couldn’t stop eating when we tested the recipe, and when I made it for some food blogging friends they loved it too. This year I’m going to my sister Pam’s house and her kids have requested that I bring this!

Sugar-Free Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake finished cheesecake on serving plate

Sugar-Free Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake is something I’ve been making for Thanksgiving since 2006, and last year took a better photo to show how good this is!

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Parmesan finished salad in serving bowl

Another recipe I’ve swooned over for a few years is this amazing Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Parmesan.  If you’ve never tried raw Brussels Sprouts, they’re really delicious; toss in some dried cranberries if you don’t mind a few more carbs.

I can tell when it’s getting close to Thanksgiving by the visits to this recipe for Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan; this recipe has been Pinned and viewed on the blog millions and millions of times!

Low-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie finished pie on plate

I describe this Low-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie as being a cross between cheesecake and pumpkin pie, and I make this every year. There are some tips in the recipes if you want to make it even lower in sugar as well.

Broccoli Gratin finished dish in baking dish.

I could never skip this Broccoli Gratin without protests from some of my family members, who think this is a must-have vegetable dish for Thanksgiving.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts close-up photo

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts is the first Brussels Sprouts recipe I made for the blog and I still love this recipe. Many people have raved about this one through the years!

Sweet Potato Appetizer Bites with Feta and Green Onion close-up photo

And finally, another recipe that quickly became a Thanksgiving favorite was these absolutely amazing Sweet Potato Appetizer Bites with Feta.

More Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes from Kalyn:

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onions with Feta
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado and Pecans
Trina’s Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa
Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese
Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola
CrockPot or Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Lower-Carb Gravy
Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan
Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Gorgonzola
Onion Gratin

Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes:

25+ Low-Carb Thanksgiving Side Dishes, Appetizers, and Salads 
The BEST Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes 
Ten Low-Carb Winter Salads for Holiday Dinners 
Ten Favorite Low-Carb Green Vegetable Recipes 
Low-Carb and Keto Broccoli Side Dishes 
Low-Carb and Keto Brussels Sprouts Recipes 

What Are Your Favorite Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes?

Please share in the comments about what’s going to be on the menu at your house this year, and if you’ve tried any of my Thanksgiving favorites, I’d love to hear about how you liked them!

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    28 Comments on “My Top Ten Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes”

  1. I have so many coming from the little gran kids to the 80 year olds and heavens change traditions. Although this I'm adding your Roasted Green Bean & Mushroom dish plus the Green Bean blue cheese salad. Roasted Brussel Sprouts and as a kicker your Cranberry Salsa with Jalapeno's next along with my traditional but certainly labeled.

  2. Katerina, come on over! So glad you like the recipes.

  3. You know, Kalyn, I've always wanted to visit Utah… what was your address again? And will you be serving all of the above next week?! 😉

    Everything sounds wonderful! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day!! xo

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I don't make or eat desserts all that often either, but there is just something about that pumpkin cheesecake that keeps me interested!

  5. Kalyn, I absolutely loved this whole post, but my two favorites are the stuffing in the muffin tin format, and the low sugar pumpkin cheesecake.

    I rarely make desserts, and my husband doesn't care for cheesecake, BUT something tells me I should not care about either of these "issues' and try that recipe.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones!

  6. Becky I am making those stuffing muffins again this year. I was noticing all the good food on the Utah blogs; we should have our own Thanksgiving after party sometime and try each other's food!

  7. I love the stuffing muffin cup ideas and all of your side dishes sounds amazing. Between you, Dara and I's blogs today we have a very delicious spread for a Thanksgiving table!

  8. Thanks Pam!

    Barbara, hope you enjoy the stuffing "muffins." Not many people here (at least where I live) have a big Christmas feast, more likely a nice brunch of just a lunch buffet in the afternoon so it's not so bad.

  9. We don't do Thanksgiving here. Thankfully. I cannot imagine cooking and eating a Thanksgiving and a Christmas Feast so close together. I love the green bean recipe.And I'm going to try the stuffing in muffin pans. Great idea Kalyn.

  10. Drool, drool!! All looks yummy!

  11. Shirley, I love the idea of having a bloggers' Thanksgiving get together! What a job organizing it, but it would sure be fun.

  12. Amazing round-up as usual, Kalyn! So many of those appeal to me! As much as I already have on my menu, I wish I could have more. Just have a bite of each thing, you know? One year we need to have a bloggers' Thanksgiving gathering. We could do it several days before or after Thanksiving or maybe mid-way between Thankgiving and Christmas. 😉 That might seem like too much, but we had our Thanksgiving luncheon at work this past week and I don't think anyone will mind having the real Thanksgiving meal–with many of the same dishes–on Thursday.


  13. Hi Dave. Glad you like the round-up. I usually don't have time to go back and find photos to submit to eRecipecards, but since I just saved this photo for this the post, just submitted it!

  14. I am in love with…

    Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Cups with Sour Cream, Chipotle, and Lime

    They look beautiful, perfect size for a big dinner and just sound delicious! Hint: Would love to see that one added to your recipe file on eRecipecards!

    What a wonderful roundup!


  15. Katie, I do agree completely that the side dishes are the best part. Happy Thanksgiving even if you're not officially celebrating.

  16. They all look wonderful – makes me want to do Thanksgiving. Maybe I will, not the turkey, can't get those until Christmas, just the sides. They're the best part anyway. LOL

  17. Thanks Pam. I hate winter but I love winter squash!

    Lydia, you must make the cranberry salsa!

    Jeanette, would love to have you come; any time. (As if your family would let you leave at Thanksgiving, ha!)

  18. I would love to be invited to your house for Thanksgiving! Everything looks fabulous, such a nice spread.

  19. Great selection of recipes — I'm reconsidering my menu now and might have to make a swap or two with something from this list.

  20. They all look good, especially the squash.