16 Traditional Thanksgiving Recipe Favorites Made Healthy

by Sarah Pope MGA Affiliate linksDessert Recipes, Poultry Recipes, Side RecipesComments: 29

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If you need some ideas for healthy Thanksgiving recipes to make and share, below are sixteen to consider for incorporation into your Holiday meal!

Thanksgiving is a very special holiday for this blog, as it marks the anniversary of filming and posting videos of how to incorporate Traditional Cooking techniques in your home.

The very first video I posted five years ago was of me making turkey broth with my leftover Thanksgiving turkey bones.

That video was a total lark (not to mention my crazy hairstyle) but people responded so positively that I decided to start doing them regularly. 

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

I thought it might be nice to round up all the healthy Thanksgiving recipes into one place including any videos. I hope you find something in this list that makes your Thanksgiving hosting duties a bit more manageable … and nutritious!

Best of all, even the folks who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) will find these recipes tasty. Healthy does not mean unappetizing; it should and can mean delicious and satisfying.  That is what the essence of Traditional Cooking is all about.

Turkey Prep and Using Leftovers

How to Wet or Dry Brine a Turkey: This recipe for making pastured turkey brine is great for wet brining a turkey. If you want to dry brine a turkey or any other type of meat, the linked article is a complete guide to the process.

How to Make Turkey Stock:  Don’t laugh – this was my VERY FIRST video for this blog 5 years ago.  The info is great but I am a serious dweeb on camera!  I’ve hopefully improved a bit since then.

Turkey Salad Recipe:  This post is a recipe for my homemade turkey salad using healthy mayo (yes, there is such a thing).

Side Dishes

Fermented Potatoes Recipe:  If you have trouble with mashed potatoes, try this recipe.  It makes all that starch a lot more digestible with the bonus of enzymes and probiotics from the fermentation process.

How to Make Traditional Gravy:  My hubby gets into the act and shows you his awesome gravy making skills in this video! Don’t forget to use those incredibly nutritious turkey giblets!

Sprouted Stuffing Recipe:  Very digestible and yummy.  Won’t put you on the couch for a 2 hour nap afterward.

Sweet Potato Casserole: You will love this recipe that uses no sugar and is still sweet and tasty made with coconut cream with no coconut-y taste. Makes a great baby food too.

Pumpkin Bread:  Anything pumpkin is a go for Thanksgiving, so if you have some leftover pumpkin puree from making the pies or cookies, try this pumpkin bread recipe.

Pumpkin Soup: This soup recipes uses up any leftover pumpkin puree you have on hand from making pies, muffins or bread.


Pumpkin Pie (dairy free):  What is Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie?   This recipe shows you how to make the best tasting pumpkin pie without that nasty evaporated milk from the supermarket!

Healthy Sweetened Condensed Milk:  Skip the canned stuff even if organic.  The heavy processing to make sweetened condensed milk is highly denaturing and renders it very allergenic (fast path to the post-holiday cold).  Make this instead.

Key Lime Pie: This is what I always make at Thanksgiving. It’s our family’s favorite holiday pie as key limes come into season.

No Bake Cheesecake Recipe: This recipe is a great one for any raw foodies that are coming to dinner although any cheesecake fan will gobble it up.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie: A pumpkin pie option for Paleos or those who are just cutting back on the carbs.

Pumpkin Cookies:   If pumpkin pie is not your thing, try these festive pumpkin cookies instead!  Or hey, make both.  Your guests will be happy I’m sure.

Bon appetit!

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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