50 Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted on: November 21st, 2012 by Jeff Ritter No Comments


Thanksgiving through the New Year can be a difficult time for your health. The carbo-loaded meals and sugar-filled desserts present nearly everywhere you look can weaken your immune system and spike insulin levels. As a result, we’re more susceptible to getting sick and gaining weight.

How do you enjoy food during the Holidays and stay healthy? The good new is that you don’t have to give up your favorites. Instead, reserve one or two meals per week as “cheat meals.” Choose these meals wisely, plan ahead and stick to them. For all non-cheat meals, here’s a list of 50 healthy, low-sugar, gluten-free recipes. Now you can enjoy delicious food, while keeping away colds and preventing a Holiday belly bulge.

Appetizers, Soups & Salads

  1. Arugula, Fennel, and Apricot Salad
  2. Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Almonds
  3. Beet-and-Blood-Orange Salad with Mint
  4. Carrots with Tahini Dressing
  5. Chicken-Liver Mousse with Pickled Red Onion
  6. Curried Pumpkin Soup
  7. Escarole and Fennel Salad with Pears and Gruyère
  8. Fall Harvest Salad
  9. Fennel and Celery Salad with Pumpkin Seeds
  10. Gingered Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Pecan Cream
  11. Italian Style Sausage Skewers
  12. Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
  13. Quick Liver Pâté
  14. Roasted Baby Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese
  15. Roasted Potato Leek Soup
Main Course
  1. Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy
  2. Heritage Turkey
  3. Perfect Roast Turkey
  4. Roast Turkey With Paprika and Thyme
  5. Roast Turkey with Truffle Butter
  1. Bacon Braised Green Beans
  2. Bacon Brussels Sprouts
  3. Bacon-Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
  4. Braised Bacon Apple Cabbage
  5. Braised Fennel
  6. Breadless Cauliflower and Mushroom Stuffing
  7. Broiled Asparagus with Lemon
  8. Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Balsamic Vinegar and Mint
  9. Caramelized-Onion Mashed Potatoes
  10. Cheesy Chard Mashed Potatoes
  11. Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  12. Creamed Onions with Thyme and Sage
  13. Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  14. Curried Sweet Potato Mash
  15. Garlic Hasselback Potatoes with Herbed Sour Cream
  16. Green Beans With Bacon Vinaigrette
  17. Green Beans With Brown Butter
  18. Green Bean Salad With Walnuts, Fennel, and Goat Cheese
  19. Kale with Garlic and Peppers
  20. Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese
  21. Orange Scented Green Beans
  22. Roasted Cauliflower
  23. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  24. Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts
  25. Roasted Spaghetti Squash
  26. Roasted/Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  27. Sautéed Escarole With Leeks
  28. Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
  29. Shiitake-Squash Mashed Potatoes
  30. Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter

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