5 Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes

Happy Thursday Veg Worlders! And what a beautiful Thursday it is…

With the crisp autumn air and crunchy leaves that color the sidewalk, November is one of my favorite times of year. I always seem to picture this month as a symbolic hurtle, with the end of another school term and the cheery holiday season on the other side. All the tests and papers and deadlines will soon be over, replaced by hot chocolate by the fireplace and Christmas carols on repeat…

But before I get caught up in this magical image, I can’t forget about the warm-up to the December holidays- Thanksgiving! As we gather with family and friends to give thanks over a shared meal, Thanksgiving allows us to unwind, and oftentimes, indulge. And while eating our mother’s famous sweet potato brown sugar casserole (this is a real thing) once a year is far from the worst thing we could do, we can always stand to lighten up some dishes.

Enter: It’s a Veg World After All. As I’ve mentioned time and time again, autumn is simply the best season to experiment with recipes. With just a little sprucing up, root vegetables and leafy greens can shine as the mainstay of a dish. Try out these 5 Veg World favorites to add something new to your Thanksgiving spread. Some are savory, some are sweet, but ALL of them are without meat 😉

5 Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes
Feast on health this holiday with these delicious seasonal tastes!

1- Fall Kale Salad with Maple Syrup Dressing
Think maple syrup is only for breakfast? Think again! Maple is the perfect complement to bitter greens like kale and earthy root vegetables.
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2- Cranberry and Parsnip Quinoa Medley 
Nix the canned cranberry sauce for some fresh cranberries instead. Add quinoa, parsnips, and chickpeas and voila! Dinner has been served.


3- Butternut Squash and Pear Soup
Start your meal with a bowl of this filling soup. It’s packed with fiber and some of fall’s best produce.

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4- Roasted Turnips and Pears with Honey, Butter, and Rosemary
Turnips?! I know, I didn’t like them either…until this recipe. The combination of flavors makes for a bold side dish that will fit right in with a varied Thanksgiving plate.

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5- Brussels Sprouts Leaves with Shallots and Crispy Parsnips
At one point, this was my favorite recipe to make. It’ll give you the same crunch as your green bean casserole, but with a lot less calories… the best of both worlds!

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Here’s to a healthy Thanksgiving and holiday season!