Thanksgiving gets a bad rep: gorging on turkey and stuffing feels amazing, until the next day when you realize just how much fat and carbs you’ve eaten. Luckily, you can make this year’s Thanksgiving a guilt-free holiday with these feel-good, health-conscious recipes from five badass food bloggers. Now that’s something to be grateful for!
Kaitlin from The Garden Grazer has mastered easy and accessible plant-based recipes. This delicious side only takes 15 minutes! We know green beans aren’t everyone’s favorite vegetable, but Kaitlin puts a surprising and elegant spin on them with a tamari glaze.
This sweet salad from Oh She Glows could be the main dish at a vegan Thanksgiving feast or a delicious side. What makes this dish great isn’t just the hearty squash, kale, and pomegranates: if you put in a little prep time the day before, you can make this dish quickly. It’s also vegan, nut-free, refined sugar-free, and soy-free.
Here’s another great, relatively low-calorie side dish. On her journey to better health, Naturally Ella has discovered some super yummy and supersensible recipes. This vegetarian casserole only takes 30 minutes to prepare and is super simple–you only need a squash and some cheeses!
This recipe definitely takes the cake for best presentation; squash rings are BEAUTIFUL. “The best way to tackle the vegetarian-at-Thanksgiving issue is to serve a vegetarian main dish that works as a side dish for everyone else. These squash rings are the perfect example of that,” says Kiersten from Oh My Veggies. “And since the squash is sliced into smaller rings instead of halves, you’ll still have plenty of room on your plate (and in your belly!) for mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pie.”
Finally, time for dessert! There are lots of options for keto and paleo-friendly sweets, but this is one of our favorites. Mac from Healthy Little Peach makes health-conscious cooking easy, and this yummy pumpkin ice cream is no exception. And the best part is that you don’t even need an ice cream maker!