5 Healthy Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes

Posted by Natalie Martin on Nov 22, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Thanksgiving, a time where gluttony is encouraged, is less than a few days away. For some, maintaining a healthy diet could seem almost impossible around the holidays. To make sure you don’t break that sacred diet, I scoured the Internet and comprised a list of 5 healthy side dishes that can rival the unhealthy version. Bon appétit!


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1. Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed potatoes are a staple to any Thanksgiving feast, however potatoes are starchy and high in carbohydrates. For a healthier spin on this comfort food, swap in cauliflower. This recipe is less than 60 calories, high in fiber and ready in no time. You can even be adventurous and add in different spices and herbs. My favorite herb to add is rosemary! Here's the full recipe. 

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2. Clean Eating Green Bean Casserole

This totally clean recipe is the lighter version of the classic dish. Skip the fried onions and instead, sauté! Even better, this casserole can be prepared ahead of time, so less stress come Thanksgiving Day. Just cover with plastic wrap, foil and freeze! This dish takes a total cook time of 40 minutes! Recipe here. 

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3. Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

Now, I’m not a huge mushroom person, but this recipe has my mouth watering! Less than 10 ingredients are needed for this recipe and can feed 5-6 people! Mushrooms are a good sources of selenium, an antioxidant mineral, as well as copper, niacin, potassium and phosphorous. Also, mushrooms provide protein, vitamin C and iron. Check out the recipe!

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4. Toasted Pine Nut Herb Pumpkin Muffins

This paleo approved treat comes highly recommended. I myself follow the paleo lifestyle, and finding spin off dishes that aren’t totally disgusting can be quite the challenge. This recipe takes a total of 35 minutes and using pine nuts revolutionizes the normal pumpkin muffin. If you could dare part with traditional Thanksgiving biscuits, these muffins should be the next thing on the table! For the full recipe make sure to scroll to the bottom of the recipe page!

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5. Spicy Kale Salad

Salad. The part of every Thanksgiving meal that people always ignores. So instead, let's make the salad so good people can’t ignore it! This salad takes only 15 minutes to prepare and the usage of kale is a great way to pack the salad with important nutrients and minerals. The recipe here.

And there you have it, 5 healthy and non-traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Make sure to include the family with the meal prep and make this Thanksgiving one for the books. Upload pictures of your healthy Thanksgiving dishes - we'd love to see them! Happy Thanksgiving from JKCP!

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