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If there's one holiday that is all about the food, it's definitely Thanksgiving. The holiday conjures up images of everyone gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table engaging in a massive feast. This is exactly why it can be a problem holiday though for healthy eaters, as the Thanksgiving menu is all about inundating you with as many food options as possible.
However, you don't have to forego all of those great food traditions just because of your healthy eating habits. This eCookbook, How to Have a Better Thanksgiving Dinner: 13 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, features the very best healthy Thanksgiving ideas from across the blogosphere that will help you stay on track this holiday season. With this eCookbook, we have assembled some of the best easy Thanksgiving recipes around, including healthy Thanksgiving side dishes, healthy Thanksgiving appetizer recipes, and healthy Thanksgiving dessert recipes.
Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes: Not Your Grandma's Beet Biscuits and More
Sure, the highlight of this holiday is definitely the Thanksgiving dinner. However, you need to have a good lean-in to get your meal started on the right foot. That is where these healthy Thanksgiving appetizer recipes come in. A proper Thanksgiving menu will always need appetizers, and the ones included in this healthy cooking ecookbook are some of the best out there.
The classic healthy way to start a meal off is of course the green salad. Instead of a generic green salad, this eCookbook has a recipe for a Super Winner Salad (pg. 5) that will blow you away. The recipe calls for seasonal Brussels sprouts instead of lettuce. The Brussels sprouts will add a distinct bite and some texture to the beginning of your healthy Thanksgiving dinner. Topping off the Brussels sprouts is lively homemade cranberry chutney, definitely a unique way to look at Thanksgiving cranberry sauce.
The classic salad pairing is a good piece of fresh baked bread, and this eCookbook shows you how with a recipe for Whole Wheat Rosemary Soda Bread (pg. 7). Soda bread is typically associated with St. Patrick’s Day, but this version uses whole wheat flour and plenty of rosemary to make it an ideal seasonal late autumn choice.
If the bread is not your thing, then you will love getting things going with the Not Your Grandma’s Beet Biscuits (pg. 9) recipe. Unlike typical biscuit recipes, these contain a cup of beets. Be careful serving these up as part of your healthy Thanksgiving dinner, as they are bound to go quickly.
The finger food option amongst these healthy Thanksgiving appetizer recipes is the Pumpkin Envelope Pies (pg. 10) recipe. Tender flaky dough is stuffed with pumpkin and baked to perfection, a delicious combination fit for any Thanksgiving menu.
Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Chili Spiced Orange Roasted Sweet Potatoes and More
Any healthy Thanksgiving dinner will naturally be dominated by the turkey, the grand entrée of the meal. However, it would not be much of a well-rounded meal without some healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipes. Add some liveliness to the Thanksgiving menu with these side dishes. Learn to go beyond candied sweet potatoes and green bean casserole with healthy Thanksgiving ideas for side dishes that anyone can love.
Mashed potatoes are of those classic comfort foods that everyone just adores. If you are looking for a side dish with more substance though, then try out this eCookbook’s two versions of mashed potatoes. One, Mashed Potatoes and Greens (pg. 11) adds leeks and cabbage to mashed potatoes, upping the nutrient and taste value of the classic side dish. The other, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Green (pg. 18), features kale and sweet potatoes to up the ante on healthy Thanksgiving side dishes.
For more sweet potato flavor, whip up some Chili Spiced Orange Roasted Sweet Potatoes (pg. 15) to please all of your Thanksgiving dinner guests. The chili adds spice, while the orange adds that familiar sweet touch to your sweet potatoes.
The best healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipes incorporate fall produce and one of the best vegetables for fall are squashes. This healthy cooking eCookbook has two great squash side recipes. The Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe (pg. 16) may be one of the best healthy vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes as it incorporates two separate meat free sources of protein with quinoa and beans. If you prefer your squash side dish recipes more on the sweeter side, opt for the Fluffy Butternut Squash Puree with Sticky Maple Pecans (pg. 13). In that recipe, the natural sweetness of the butternut squash is highlighted by the maple syrup in the pecans on top.
Still, no matter your preference, all of these healthy Thanksgiving side dishes deserve a spot on your Thanksgiving menu. Not only are they all healthy, but each dish is overflowing with irresistible autumn flavor.
Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes: Vegan French Silk Pie and More
Would your Thanksgiving menu be complete if it did not include dessert? Of course not! After all, what is more quintessentially Thanksgiving than pumpkin pie or apple pie? When you are trying to incorporate healthy eating habits into your holiday dinner menu, it can be hard to justify even having dessert options. We understand this pang, which is why this eCookbook features four fantastic healthy Thanksgiving dessert recipes to choose from.
If you are not a baker, then you will for sure the Warm Fall Spiced Baked Banana recipe (pg. 19). The dish has only six ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen. It comes together in just 15 minutes and costs almost nothing, making it a great dessert option for when you need to devote time and money elsewhere.
For a more traditional baked dessert, this eCookbook has two options for you. The Big Apple Cake recipe (pg. 21) gets its sweet flavor from apples and walnuts, but is healthier for compared to most other Thanksgiving dessert recipes because it contains no milk or eggs. Alternatively, bake up a batch of delicious Carrot Cake Bites (pg. 23).This of that dish as cute, individually portioned carrot cakes for all to devour on site. That way, you can get the right amount of sweet cake taste without inhaling an entire slice.
However, if you are more of a traditionalist when it comes to your Thanksgiving dessert recipes, you will want to go with the Vegan French Silk Pie (pg. 25). This pie is still just as chocolate-y and silky smooth as any good French silk pie should be, just without any milk or eggs. As an added bonus, this pie requires no baking at all, freeing up your oven for that precious roast turkey.
The best part about any of these healthy Thanksgiving dessert recipes is that they will please even the unhealthy eaters amongst them. Any recipe that is low on guilt and high on flavor is a winning choice for any Thanksgiving menu.
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