I want to try and make your life a lot easier. To do that I have made a list of 9 of the best Clean Eating Thanksgiving recipes.
That time of year is close at hand, the time of year when we get to prepare and eat our favorite “I only eat this once a year” food. Well at least for me, there are some foods that I just wouldn’t feel right about eating except for Thanksgiving or maybe Christmas. I guess I’m a little weird but a whole huge turkey, pumpkin pie and cranberries fall into that category.
I have 9 Clean Eating Thanksgiving recipes that would work well for you to prepare for your whole entire dinner. I have recipes for turkey, potatoes (my mom grew up on a potato farm in Idaho, you have to use Idaho potatoes). I also have recipes for cranberries and some great side dishes. But here is the kicker, I have great recipes for rolls, turkey stuffing and desserts that are, in my opinion, the hardest Clean Eating recipes to find.
My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner are the side dishes. I just love vegetables and I especially love sweet potatoes and there are so many different ways to make sweet potatoes. I also love all of the different recipes I have for carrots and squash. Check out all the great roasted vegetables recipes.
Of course, the desserts are the best part in my opinion. While pumpkin pie has never been my favorite, I can really go for other kinds of pie, such as apple and cherry.
I hope that we can all have a great Thanksgiving this year with all of our loved ones around us and with great food. I hope we can all be thankful for all the great food there is in the world for us to eat. Please try to make Thanksgiving this year a fun time and try not to stress out about making dinner.
Whether you make the whole Thanksgiving dinner for 50 people or just a small intimate dinner for two people, I hope these 9 Clean Eating Thanksgiving dinner recipes help take the stress out of preparing for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Other recipes you may also enjoy:
The Best Clean Eating Thanksgiving Recipes
1. Herb Roasted Turkey – Yellow Bliss Road
If you aren’t sure, like me, to cook a turkey and actually make it taste really really good. You better read this blog. She explains in details exactly what to do to get that turkey cooked right so it isn’t dry. It’s actually really quite easy. Enter the word tin foil.
2. Mushroom Rosemary Quinoa Stuffing with Cranberries – I Food Real
I don’t like turkey stuffing when it is cooked inside the turkey. I think it’s too mushy and soggy. My mom has never liked stuffing because she just doesn’t like anything this is similar to soggy bread. Well this stuffing is made on the side with good wholesome healthy ingredients that can’t be found in a box. No soggy bread here either, I might have to make this for Mom this year.
3. 100% Whole Wheat Rolls – An Oregon Cottage
This is a basic recipe for whole wheat dinner rolls. They have served my family well for years and they can yours too. The buttermilk or milk whichever you choose really makes these rolls take good. You have got to try it. You won’t be sorry.
4. Bread Sticks – The Gracious Pantry
5. Cranberry Sauce – Texan Erin
Orange Juice – Honey – Orange Zest – Fresh Cranberries
I don’t really like cranberry sauce because the only kind I’ve ever had is the jellied kind in the can. Which by the way I haven’t eaten in several years and never will again. This homemade cranberry sauce looks really good to me and it looks really easy to make. I think I’m going to try making it this year for my Mom and see if she like it better than that nasty canned stuff.
6. Lemon Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes – Clean Eating Recipes
Red Potatoes – Olive Oil – Parmesan Cheese – Parsley
These roasted potatoes with garlic and parmesan cheese are so yummy and they are extremely easy to make too. They make an excellent side dish to go with practically any meal. I really like this made with red potatoes because they crisp up nicely on the outside but are nice and soft on the inside. They are especially good with pork chops, grilled chicken or steak. They are so easy to make you could make them for guests.
7. Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes – Bijoux and Bits
Butter – Olive Oil – Rosemary – Sweet Potatoes – Shallot
These roasted sweet potatoes look a harder to make than they are. All you are the right tools and a lot of things in this world are a lot easier to do. That’s been my Mom’s motto for years. She’s right you know. These potatoes are so easy and oh, so delicious. I find myself thinking about how I bet this recipe would be good with regular potatoes too.
8. Roasted Coriander Carrots with Caramelized Onions – Maria Ushakova
I love roasted vegetables, in fact it’s my favorite way to cook and eat vegetables. But to be honest, I’ve never tried roasting carrots. I guess that is going to have to end soon because I want to try this recipe. Roasting veggies is to easy and quick and so delicious with Kosher Real Salt on them. By the way that salt makes roasted veggies in my opinion.
9. Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash – Life Made Sweeter
I’ve never tried roasting butternut squash either. I guess I know what I’m going to be doing as soon as that butternut squash in my garden is ready to pick and eat. It could be the perfect side side for Thanksgiving or Christmas or anytime actually since I eat butternut squash all winter.
10. Pumpkin Pie and Pie Crust Recipe – The Gracious Pantry
Here is a great clean eating pumpkin pie recipe with the clean eating pie crust recipe included. It’s made with honey instead of sugar. The pie crust is made with whole wheat flour. You can use any kind of milk you want. Pumpkin pie is a must at Thanksgiving although I never eat it, it is just something I’ve never had a palate for. I know a lot of other people love pumpkin pie.
11. Apple Pie – Amy’s Healthy Baking
This is an apple pie recipe that is made with a white whole wheat flour and maple syrup instead of sugar. If you’ve never used white whole wheat flour, it’s something you should look into. My mom used to use it all the time to make homemade bread. It is natural and clean like whole wheat but it’s white flour and the texture is much closer to regular all purpose flour. My mom used to buy the white whole wheat and grind it herself. The apple filling for this pie is made in a crock pot instead of buying it in a can. Give it a try and let me know how much work it is to make it and if it’s worth the bother.
12. Pecan Pie – The Gracious Pantry
Whole Wheat Pastry Flour – Oil – Milk – Honey – Egg Whites – Raw Pecans
This pecan is delicious because it’s homemade and full of good healthy ingredients. Although this pie is clean eating it isn’t necessarily conducive to loosing weight or not gaining weight for the matter. Ha ha! 🙂 But hey if you love pecan pie and you only eat in once or twice a year, I nothing wrong with that, so let’s go for it.