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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

These healthy Thanksgiving recipes are delicious and better for you!

It’s time to celebrate with a roundup of healthy Thanksgiving recipes here on The Artisan Life!

This collection of healthy and made-ahead Thanksgiving sides and healthier Thanksgiving dessert recipes will help you feel better about your holiday feast. There are plenty of Paleo Thanksgiving recipes as well as lower sugar, healthier dessert options. I hope you enjoy!

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

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Healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipes

These mashed Paleo purple sweet potatoes are a fun way to add color to the table! They feature lime and coconut for a fresh flavor combination.

paleo purple sweet potatoes

Paleo Sweet potato apple cranberry casserole with pecans. I couldn’t really decide whether this one should be classified as a side dish or a dessert! I know most people consider it a side dish, so I put it here. It’s so amazing with cranberries that pop in your mouth! I’m probably making it this year for our family Thanksgiving. (Yes, those are sweet potatoes – the white-fleshed kind. I like them way more than the yellow ones!)

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Mostly make-ahead roast potatoes are a great way to simplify your cooking plans! I love using a colorful medley of white, red, and purple potatoes for this delicious dish.

make ahead smashed roasted potatoes

You can also save time and stress with these meal prep oven roasted veggies!

I consider these roasted acorn squash with Paleo sausage stuffing a main dish on other occasions, but they could make a nice side for Thanksgiving. Use your favorite vegetarian sausage or leave it out for a vegetarian-friendly dish, or just make the stuffing without actually stuffing it into a squash for a Paleo-friendly stuffing/dressing option!

Roasted Acorn Squash with Paleo Stuffing

This Paleo sausage oven roasted vegetable bake makes up in just one baking sheet. Again, you can swap for vegetarian sausage or leave it out.

One Pan Paleo Sausage and Veggie Bake

This vegetarian pumpkin lentil curry is a great choice if you’re looking for something nontraditional for your Thanksgiving meal.

Have you ever tried pumpkin with pasta? This Greek yogurt pumpkin penne pasta is delicious and creamy! Again, you can leave out the sausage or make a vegetarian-friendly swap.

Pumpkin Sausage Penne Pasta with Greek Yogurt

Healthy Thanksgiving dessert recipes

Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

If you’re looking for a unique, Paleo dessert option, these Paleo baked oranges with coconut whipped cream are just the thing for you!

Baked Oranges with Paleo Struesel and Spiced Coconut Whipped Cream

This Greek yogurt pumpkin pie dip is a long time favorite here on The Artisan Life! It’s low sugar and has a hack for making canned pumpkin taste deliciously fresh.

Making your own whipped cream is easy. Homemade whipped cream doesn’t deflate after plating so it’s very make ahead friendly. You can also make it as low sugar as you’d like!

Easy Homemade Whipped Cream (that won't deflate after plating!)

This easy pumpkin pie cake with Greek yogurt is a healthier take on an easy classic. It still uses a cake mix, though, so it isn’t as low sugar as many of the options here.

Pumpkin Pie Cake

For a similar, but healthier, take on pumpkin pie bars, check out this recipe! It doesn’t use a commercial cake mix – you make your own oatmeal topping.

Chocolate chip Greek yogurt sweet potato bread is another delicious, healthier dessert option!

Greek Yogurt Sweet Potato Bread Recipe

If cookies are more your style, take look at these egg-free pumpkin oatmeal cookies! They’re also very easy to make gluten free.

pumpkin oatmeal cookies

Paleo pecan maple meringue “cookies” are a low sugar dessert option that’s very make ahead friendly.

If you’re looking for something a bit more “desserty” for your guests, these chocolate chip pecan cookies are sweeter, but still have less sugar than many American desserts.

There are many more healthy dessert recipes here on The Artisan Life. Just stop by the desserts page from the drop down recipes menu for many more!

Thanksgiving craft ideas

Okay, so I know this is supposed to be a recipe roundup, but I couldn’t help including these adorable pumpkin place card holders! They’re so cute and easy to make:

polymer clay pumpkin photo holders for fall

Upcycled can pumpkins are also a fun Thanksgiving decor option if you’re an eco-friendly, low waste household.

recycled tin can pumpkins

I really hope that you enjoy these healthy Thanksgiving recipes! How do you plan to healthy-up your family’s feast?

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Val November 14, 2018, 14:16

    Yummy! Now I want to bake something! I love those pumpkin cans. Really cute idea!

    • Natasha November 15, 2018, 16:29

      Thank you! I had a lot of fun making those pumpkins. I love upcycled projects!

  • Duni November 13, 2018, 09:09

    Yum! My mouth is watering 🙂 That sweet potato apple casserole looks delicious! Our “Thanksgiving” was this past Sunday.

    • Natasha November 13, 2018, 10:27

      The sweet potato cranberry casserole is such a favorite for us! His parents are bringing mashed potatoes and my mom always makes cranberry sauce, but we’re going to make it, anyway.

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