Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, and it's also something of a marathon of gluttony, an endurance test that starts with euphoria and ends with self-loathing (and pie!). But hey, you can balance it out with some healthy stuff. These recipes from Pinterest have all the flavor of your traditional Thanksgiving dishes, but with healthy substitutions that make for half the guilt.
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Cauliflower rice stuffing
Stuffing that doesn't make you feel stuffed? Yes please! If you haven't noticed, cauliflower rice is all the rage lately. It's faster too cook and much, much more nutritious, too. Add in some garlic, onions, pecans, celery, and mushrooms and your guests will be begging for a second helping. Recipe here.
Fall harvest salad with apple cider vinaigrette
Salad is the best digestive, and Thanksgiving is a meal that you miiiiight need a little help digesting. Plus, apple cider is just about as seasonally appropriate as you can get. Mix in roasted butternut squash, wild rice, pepitas, apples, and kale for a salad worth talking about. Recipe here.
Maple cinnamon-roasted butternut squash
Add some color to the table with this maple cinnamon-roasted butternut squash recipe. When cooked right, the butternut squash will turn out tender, and that caramelized maple syrup really ties the meal together. Plus, if you have any Canadian friends, this will make them feel right at home. Recipe here.
Green bean casserole
If you're hosting a crowd this Thanksgiving, chances are you have at least one person that is gluten intolerant. And a Midwesterner. Either way, this recipe is perfect for low-carb diets/people who pronounce the letter "a" funny. The cashews are the real secret -- blending them with almond milk makes for a rich, creamy, heavenly dish. Recipe here.
Roasted sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts often get a bad rap, but when cooked right they can be incredibly delicious. Add some garlic, olive oil, cumin, salt, and red wine vinegar and you will begin to wonder why you haven't been eating them your whole life. Recipe here.
Garlic green beans
The traditional Thanksgiving table is packed with a lot of brown stuff, a lot of fat, and a lot of future regret. This green bean dish is super-quick, flavorful, and guaranteed to brighten up the table with something that's not loaded with lipids. Recipe here.
Start a new Thanksgiving tradition with these crunchy, thinly sliced broccoli florets baked with Asiago cheese. They're so thin and crispy they're basically chips. We won't judge if you negate their healthy attributes by dipping them in ranch. Recipe here.
You can never have enough casseroles on the table. Don't leave out this guilt-free casserole that tastes similar to corn pudding. It will taste like an indulgence, but it's really not. So go ahead and grab more pie! Recipe here.
Roasted butternut squash quinoa salad
This quinoa salad is basically fall in a bowl. With pumpkin seeds, butternut squash, pomegranate, and dried cranberries it pairs perfectly with turkey and the other dishes. Pro tip: Buy a package of pre-seeded pomegranates because no one has the damn time to deal with the mess of seeding pomegranates. Recipe here.
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