Are you ready for the big day yet?
While in my part of the world, most of us have already started planning for Christmas, I know that a great bunch of you, my friends from across the border, currently have your hands full trying to get everything done in time for Thanksgiving.
Well, that time might be getting short, but despair not: there are still a few days left to get things all tied up and finalized.
And just in case you aren’t done figuring out your entire Thanksgiving menu just yet, I figured I’d search the web and gather a few more healthy Thanksgiving recipe ideas for you…
Hope this one comes in handy!
I can’t remember ever going to a party where veggies and dip didn’t get served. They sure are a great way to keep your guests busy, happy and satisfied while they are waiting for the main course to arrive.
Can you think of a cuter way of delivering said veggies and dip on Thanksgiving? I most certainly can’t — this is simply brilliant!
- Thanksgiving Veggie Tray by Eating Richly – Get the recipe here
This simple appetizer looks so fresh and tasty! It certainly is a nice change from the classic Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates.
I’m thinking of adding this one to my personal menu this year… if I can get my hands on the fresh figs, that is!
- Figs with Walnuts and Gorgonzola on Woman’s Day – Get the recipe here
Apparently, this chunky dip is a specialty in the Gilan province of Northern Iran. I personally have never tried it, but I get the feeling that that’s about to change…
- Green Olive, Walnut and Pomegranate Dip on Woman’s Day – Get the recipe here
Stuffed mushrooms, in my opinion, are simply the best appetizer, no matter what you stuff them with. Rosemary infused wild rice? Now that sounds like a winner to me!
Please send that platter my way…
- Rosemary Infused Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms by The Plant Philosophy – Get the recipe here
How’s about a bowl of soup before movin’ on to the main course? Apple, butternut squash, walnuts and ginger really sound like a winning combination to me.
- Apple and Butternut Squash Soup by The Iron You – Get the recipe here
Let’s face it, no Thanksgiving would be complete without turkey. And if you’re going to put a moist, juicy and flavorful bird on the table this Thanksgiving, brining it is a crucial step that you won’t want to skip!
Then, of course, you have to get the roasting part right, too…
- 3 Steps to a Moist and Delicious Turkey by Delightful E Made – Get the recipe here
If a wet brine is too complicated for you, because you don’t have access to the required equipment you know, then you might want to consider a dry brine instead…
I know I’m definitely trying it this Christmas!
- How to Dry Bribe a Thanksgiving Turkey by Wholefully – Get the recipe here
Stuffing so stunningly gorgeous and so delicious looking… I say you should definitely serve it “on the side”.
I wouldn’t want to hide that beauty inside a bird.
- Quinoa Stuffing by Gimme Some Oven – Get the recipe here
This one’s a beautiful twist on the traditional bread stuffing.
- Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout and Bread Stuffing by Food52 – Get the recipe here
Here’s the stuffing that was on my personal menu a couple of years back… If you’re a fan of chestnuts and dried fruits, you’ll be all over that one!
How gorgeous does this look? Never mind the turkey, I want to have some of that NOW!
- Clean Eating Mushroom Rosemary Quinoa Stuffing by ifoodreal – Get the recipe here
So many Thanksgiving must-haves, all rolled into a single dish. I say this is a definite must-make!
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries by Julia’s Album – Get the recipe here
I’m not sure whether this should be an appetizer, a side, or something that you’d want to have immediately following the main course…
All I know is, a salad this beautiful AND delicious looking, you definitely want to have on your menu!
- Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad by Le Creme de la Crumb – Get the recipe here
A salad SO pretty, you may even want to use it as a centerpiece! It looks like jewels in a bowl!
- Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale and Cranberry Couscous by Gimme Some Oven – Get the recipe here
Gorgeous, colorful, filled with so many textures… if you’re planning on serving this salad on Thanksgiving, will you please invite me over?
- Roasted Root Vegetables Salad by A Spicy Perspective – Get the recipe here
Delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated, does it? Not even on Thanksgiving, it doesn’t.
- Crispy Roasted Green Beans by Primavera Kitchen – Get the recipe here
Oh my! Roasted Garlic + Mashed Potatoes in the slow cooker? I’m sold! Is there still room to put these on the menu? Sure there is! We’ll just have to skip dessert, that’s all.
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Little Spice Jar – Get the recipe here
If you don’t do white potatoes, here’s an amazing alternative! And how colorful, too!
- Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower Mash by The Fit Fork – Get the recipe here
For a fan of butternut squash such as myself, this is an absolute must.
- Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash by Life Made Sweeter – Get the recipe here
Ha! I love it when I browse the Net for recipes and stumble on some of my own. Here’s another one of my creations from a few years back. It’s still just as delicious today, though, I’m sure of it!
You can find this recipe and many more on allfreecasserolerecipes.com — if you’re looking for a casserole recipe, they’re definitely the place to go!
A new and improved version of the above sweet potato “gratin”, this true stunner will definitely steal the show. Try not to put it too close to the turkey, though, otherwise the bird might get a bit jealous!
As you may know, I’m not the biggest fan of pumkin pie, but I think I’d find room for a bite or two of that one…
How delicious does it look?
- Paleo Pumpkin Pie by Ancestral Nutrition – Get the recipe here
These sound incredibly refreshing, especially after a big heavy meal like that…
- Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey by Skinny Taste – Get the recipe here
In case you can’t decide between pumpkin and pear. These sound like a great compromise!
- Pumpkin Pear Crisps on Bon Appetit – Get the recipe here
If like me, you’re a true fan of ending dinner with cake on special occasions (regardless of whether you’re actually hungry for it or not) then I bet you’ll love to put this one on the table.
The good thing is it’s so healthy, you can pretty much afford to have it for breakfast the next morning… but no one needs to know that!