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This heathy thanksgiving menu includes lighter versions of all the classic Thanksgiving foods, so that you can enjoy the holiday without overindulging.

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Each year a create a new and different Thanksgiving menu. This year I decided to focus on creating a healthy Thanksgiving menu that focused on incorporating fresh vegetables while making some easy swaps to lighten the amount of carbs and calories in traditional Thanksgiving recipes. The end result is a collection of recipes that are big on taste but a little lighter on a calories and fat!

Healthy Thanksgiving Menu | This heathy thanksgiving menu includes lighter versions of all the classic Thanksgiving foods, so that you can enjoy the holiday without over indulging.

My Healthy Thanksgiving Menu:

Mushroom Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast | This Mushroom Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast is a fun alternative to serving a whole turkey at #Thanksgiving or #Christmas.

Mushroom Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast

Cooking a turkey breast is so much easier than roasting a whole turkey. This recipe adds a creamy mushroom spinach stuffing to the center of the turkey breast for added flavor and another dose of veggies.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes | Adding cauliflower to mashed potatoes is an easy way to reduce the carbs and calories. This easy Cauliflower Mashed Potato recipe is a slightly healthier side dish to add to your #Thanksgiving menu.

Cauliflower Mashed Potato Recipe

This recipe uses a ratio of 1 part cauliflower to 2 parts mashed potatoes to create mashed potatoes that are lower in carbs and calories. Reduced fat cream cheese and sour cream make these mashed potatoes high on taste and free of guilt.

This Sugar Snap Pea Casserole is a modern take on the classic green bean casserole that my mother has been serving at #Thanksgiving for decades. I prefer the sugar snap peas because they retain their crispiness and have a fresher taste.

Sugar Snap Pea Casserole

Sugar snap peas replace green beans in this casserole recipe. The sugar snap peas retain more of their crispness and I think this casserole is even better than the traditional green bean casserole.

Creamy Parmesan Lime Corn and Shishito Peppers | This Creamy Parmesan Lime Corn and Shishito Peppers recipe brings together fresh corn in a creamy and citrusy Parmesan lime sauce and blistered shishito peppers. #thanksgiving

Creamy Parmesan Lime Corn with Shishito Peppers

Inspired by my favorite side dish at a Chicago steakhouse, steamed corn is served in a creamy parmesan lime sauce and topped with blistered shishito peppers and paprika. The secret is that the sauce is made with fat free half and half, so it is creamy but lower in fat!

How to make Cranberry Sauce | This homemade cranberry sauce tastes much better than the stuff in a can!

How to Make Cranberry Sauce from Scratch

It is time to say goodbye to the can. This easy from-scratch cranberry sauce is delicious with Thanksgiving dinner and even better on sandwiches the next day.

Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I ditched the marshmallows and instead roasted these sweet potatoes in maple syrup and a touch of brown sugar to bring out their natural sweetness.

Best Cornbread Muffin Recipe | This recipe for the best Corn Bread Muffins makes for a great Thanksgiving side dish or a delicious breakfast.

Corn Bread Muffins

These corn bread muffins are the perfect size to serve along with Thanksgiving dinner. Kernels of fresh corn give these muffins a fresh taste and crisp texture.

Butternut Squash and Kale Stuffing | This recipe for Butternut Squash and Kale Stuffing is a simple twist on a classic Thanksgiving stuffing recipe that incorporates some extra vegetables. This is an easy recipe that blends fall flavors with fresh vegetables.

Butternut Squash and Kale Stuffing

I took a basic stuffing recipe and loaded it with fresh vegetables. This butternut squash and kale stuffing has lots of mushrooms, onion, celery, squash, and kale seasoned with fresh sage.

Sugar Snap Pea and Corn Salad | This Sugar Snap Pea and Corn Salad with caramelized shallots and a citrus yogurt dressing is an untraditional addition to Thanksgiving dinner that my family loves.

Sugar Snap Pea and Corn Salad

Crispy lightly cooked sugar snap peas come together with fresh kernels of corn and sautéed shallots in a light yogurt dressing. This is a fresh and different addition to a Thanksgiving menu, and I love the bright bold flavors.

Roasted Carrots with a Ginger Yogurt Sauce and Pepitas | This simple recipe for Roasted Carrots with a Ginger Yogurt Sauce and Pepitas turns carrots into a show stopping side dish. Serve this for #Thanksgiving or along with a weeknight meal. Your family will love the sweet and spicy flavors of this vegetable recipe.

Roasted Carrots with a Ginger Yogurt Sauce and Pepitas

Simple roasted carrots get a flavor boost thanks to a slightly spicy and creamy ginger yogurt sauce and crunchy pepitas.

Apple Moscow Mule Mocktail | This mocktail is a drink to serve at Thanksgiving or any fall get together. You can serve it as a mocktail, or you can easily turn it into a cocktail by adding some vodka.

Apple Moscow Mule Mocktail

This fall version of a moscow mule takes just minutes to prepare and it can be served as a cocktail or mocktail.

Reduced Fat Pumpkin Cheesecake | This cheesecake is has a layers of pumpkin filling and a fresh creamy yogurt cheesecake. It's a lighter healthier dessert to serve your family this #Thanksgiving.

Reduced Fat Pumpkin Cheesecake

A layer of pumpkin is topped with a creamy yogurt cheesecake. This is a dessert that doesn’t take like it is reduced fat.

Past Thanksgiving Menus:

Global Thanksgiving Menu

Last year I created a Thanksgiving menu inspired by travel. It includes Moroccan Spice Turkey with Gravy, Irish Mashed PotatoesMississippi Comeback Sauce Corn, and more recipes from around the world.

Fresh Fruit Table Setting for Thanksgiving | Learn how to combine greens with fresh fruit to create a festive Thanksgiving tablescape!

My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

And here is a complete collection of Thanksgiving recipes. This list has everything from appetizers to recipes for using up your leftovers.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes | This heathy #Thanksgiving menu includes lighter versions of all the classic Thanksgiving foods, so that you can enjoy the holiday without over indulging.

Miz Helen

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

We sure enjoyed featuring your awesome post and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you had a great thanksgiving and hope to see you again soon! Miz Helen


Monday 19th of November 2018

Can i join you? ;) Thanks for sharing at To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Link Party! I pinned this! Hope to have you join us again next week.

Judi Graber

Friday 16th of November 2018

Thanks for so many healthy choices to serve on Thanksgiving. I doubt if my family would approve on that special holiday. I am however bringing a cauliflower twice baked dish so that is a little healthier than using potatoes. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday.


Thursday 15th of November 2018

love your table almost as much as I love your tips and recipes. So many answers in one place thanks for sharing come see us at

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

What a deliciously beautiful table! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have a great week and hope to see you at next week's party!

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