Thanksgiving is a special time of year though it can also be stressful, especially when it comes to what to serve. This is a complete guide to managing the culinary chaos. You’ll find appetizers, soups, salads, sides, options for the main meal, and course, dessert, for a delectable Thanksgiving feast.
Table of Contents
- Healthy and Wholesome Thanksgiving Appetizers
- Healthy and Wholesome Thanksgiving Sides
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping
- More Thanksgiving sides to choose from
- Healthy and Wholesome Thanksgiving Soups
- Healthy and Wholesome Thanksgiving Salads
- Healthy and Wholesome Thanksgiving Main Options
- Healthy(ish) and Wholesome Thanksgiving Desserts
- Thanksgiving Drinks
- Thanksgiving Bread Basket
- Thanksgiving Leftovers?
If you haven’t quite yet figured out what to prepare this holiday season, bookmark this page and use it as your guide to easy, stress-free meal planning.
Whether you’re looking for traditional Thanksgiving options or open to trying something new, these recipes are all easy to follow without any difficult to find ingredients.
Healthy and Wholesome Thanksgiving Appetizers
Thanksgiving appetizers are a great way to kick off the festive event and set the tone for a delicious meal. The key to serving appetizers is to ensure there is a variety that can cater to different tastes and dietary needs.
Every Thanksgiving celebration needs some fun finger food appetizers. These are ideal for guests to munch on while mingling and chatting. You want your guests to be able to eat, walk around, talk, and of course, enjoy themselves before the main meal is served. This list of finger foods offers a good choice of hot and cold appetizers so feel free to offer a variety of both options.
Salmon Stuffed Mushrooms
Pressure Cooker Sriracha Mayo Deviled Eggs
Spicy Pita Chips Party Appetizer
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These Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, and Salted Caramel Pecan Popcorn are just a few other options you can prepare for your guests. The best part about these appetizers is that can they easily be prepared in advance. If you are expecting a big crowd and have a long to-do list, make-ahead options are ideal. And these appetizers cook up in less than 30 minutes so you can quickly cross appetizers off your list and tackle your next task.
This Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Onions and Bacon is the perfect side dish this holiday season. The combination of the caramelized onions and savory bacon tossed together with the Brussels sprouts makes it irresistibly good. You’ll find yourself craving it throughout the year.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping
Indulge in the comforting goodness of maple syrup infused sweet potatoes layered with a pecan cinnamon crumble in this Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping. It’s bound to become your new favorite holiday casserole.
More Thanksgiving Side Recipes:
Quinoa Spinach Stuffed Delicata Squash, Roasted Squash, Honey Roasted Carrots and Fall Harvest Pasta Salad are just a few more options to round out the list. Loaded with flavor, texture and fall veggies you really can’t go wrong adding any of them to your holiday table. Feel free to double the recipes so you have leftovers to enjoy over the weekend.
Quinoa Kale Butternut Squash Salad
Healthy and Wholesome Thanksgiving Main Options
What to choose for your Thanksgiving main should be based on your guests’ dietary preferences, how many people you’re having, and, of course, personal favorites . Here you have three great-tasting options; turkey, chicken, or roast. All of these recipes are easy to prepare and create a wholesome meal bound to be enjoyed by all. Choose one, two or even all three for lots of variety.
This Oven Roasted Turkey Breast is juicy, herbaceous, and the best alternative to a whole turkey for smaller holiday celebrations. Cooked low and slow, the turkey always turns out tender and moist!
This Herb Roasted Chicken is coated in butter and fresh herbs before being baked to succulent, golden brown perfection. It’s a simple dinner with mouthwatering results every time!
Impressive, succulent, and downright mouthwatering, this Classic Prime Rib Roast recipe is a show-stopping meal fit for the holidays! It’s dressed in herb garlic butter to take the flavors over the top before it’s roasted to a perfect medium.
Healthy(ish) and Wholesome Thanksgiving Desserts
No holiday meal is complete without dessert. It is the best way to wind down the meal by encouraging everyone to linger at the table a little longer. Dessert is the perfect time to savor all the sweetness the season has to offer. It is the ultimate way to embrace the wrap-up of festivities of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Easy Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples
Baked Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts
More Dessert Recipes here:
Choose a variety of these treats to make the ultimate dessert table, any combination of these treats would go well together.
These desserts offer the added convenience of being suitable to prepare in advance, allowing you to store them until everyone’s ready to indulge.
What would the holiday table be without a variety of festive drinks? No one will be able to resist this Apple Cider Punch and this Cranberry Wine Spritzer. They both taste great, have a burst of color, and add a more celebratory feel to the meal. You can easily add a splash of rum to the cider so you have an alcoholic drink for the adults and you can use grape juice instead of wine in the spritzer if you want to serve some to the kids.
Apple Cider Punch
Cranberry Wine Spritzer
There’s nothing worse than leftovers sitting in the fridge uneaten for days. Here are a few simple and wholesome options to repurpose them.
Turkey White Bean Kale Soup
If you are looking for another option for your cooked turkey this Ground Turkey Shepherd’s Pie is another hearty and nourishing meal. You can easily swap the ground turkey for cooked shredded turkey. Or swap the chicken for turkey in this Keto Chicken Cobb Salad for lunch or a light dinner.