16 Traditional Thanksgiving Recipe Favorites Made HealthyUpdated: January 11, 2018 Recipes
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).
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.
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.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist