When faced with a Thanksgiving table laden a cornucopia of comfort foods, some of us throw our diets out the window, eating and drinking whatever we want – and as much as we want. We vow to get back to healthier habits and weight loss goals once the holiday is over and all that pumpkin pie is gone, but that can be a struggle with leftovers in the fridge and more holidays on the horizon. Adding a few delicious but healthy Thanksgiving recipes to our holiday menu will help!
Keeping things a little lighter on Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to enjoy the meal any less, especially with these tempting Thanksgiving recipes from 21 Day Fix-creator Autumn Calabrese and her brother, chef Bobby Calabrese. They have put together an incredible menu for their FIXATE cooking show with healthy makeovers of all the Thanksgiving classics, from Green Bean Casserole to Cranberry Sauce, to Sweet Potato Casserole – they even created a skinny holiday cocktail! The best part is, with FIXATE you can watch how everything is made, with step-by-step instructions and tip to ensure the most delicious results.
Watch these healthy Thanksgiving recipes made on FIXATE!
Rather than fussing with an entire bird that takes hours to roast, this Whole-Grain Stuffed Turkey makes an impressive – and pretty – holiday main dish that cooks up in less than half the time. It’s made with lean turkey breast meat and filled with a whole-grain stuffing that features nutty wild rice, butternut squash, and fresh sage. It may seem fancy in the photo, but when you watch Bobby demonstrate how easy is it to prepare this perfect turkey breast roulade (a fancy name for stuffed and rolled) you’ll be ready to make your own.
More healthy turkey recipes: Brined Turkey Breast, Citrus Herb Roast Turkey, Turkey Waldorf Salad
This healthier Roasted Garlic Gravy maintains that deep flavor you know and love, without the use of turkey fat, butter, or refined white flower. Slow-roasted garlic acts as an ingenious thickening agent that imparts rich umami, while aromatic shallot and fresh sage season the dish to perfection. Seriously, it tastes so good, you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful. Go ahead – this gravy has so few calories that a 3 Tbs. serving counts as a 1 tsp. Portion Fix container.
More healthy gravy recipes: Simple Gravy, Mushroom and Garlic Gravy
This fresh Cranberry Sauce recipe is a tangy replacement for rubbery canned cranberry sauce, and it’s almost as easy to make. If you’ve never tasted homemade cranberry sauce, make this the year. It’s so much better. To create a deep, flavorful sauce you’ll want to put on everything, Autumn and Bobby infuse whole cranberries with cloves, ginger, citrus, and honey for a perfectly spiced, slightly sweet finish.
More healthy cranberry recipes: Cranberry Crumble Bars, Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Sandwich
Change up your stuffing this year, with this gourmet (but really easy to make) Whole-Grain Stuffing with almonds and fresh herbs. Since the recipe is bread-less, you can be sure your stuffing won’t ever get mushy. Bobby creates a casserole with a distinctly fall flavor using caramelized butternut squash, orange zest, and fresh sage giving the stuffing extra layers of complexity.
More healthy stuffing recipes: Apple and Chestnut Stuffing, Bulgar Fruit Stuffing, Zucchini Stuffing With Mushrooms and Garlic
Forget about hiding delicious sweet potatoes under a mound of marshmallow goop. If you’re looking to wow your Thanksgiving crowd, keep it simple with this Sweet Potato Casserole. Autumn and Bobby have streamlined this recipe to include only a handful of fresh ingredients topped with a decadent glaze. This will certainly be the easiest – and possibly the most delicious – sweet potato casserole you’ll ever make.
More healthy potato recipes: Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes with Kale, Glazed Yams with Cinnamon
Served whole or pureed, this recipe for Caramelized Pearl Onions is an ideal way to boost your Thanksgiving cred. Not only are they incredibly easy to prepare, they are shockingly full of umami flavor that tastes great with a moist and juicy Thanksgiving turkey. Add a dollop of pureed pearl onions to savory soups and side dishes (try them in mashed potatoes!).
More vegan side dish recipes: Roasted Veggies, Miso-Glazed Acorn Squash, Vegan Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli Gratin, Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Maple Glaze
Green Bean Casserole
This healthy side dish features a FIX-approved version of cream of mushroom soup, delicately caramelized onions, and tender-crisp green beans. While not a technically challenging dish to make, Chef Bobby Calabrese gives us a few tips to ensure our Green Bean Casserole maintains its bright color and stays perfectly al dente.
More healthy casserole recipes: Cauliflower Pumpkin Casserole, Three Cheese Macaroni Casserole
For this knock-out Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts recipe, Bobby keeps the ingredients simple and uses an nifty blanching technique to create a vibrant side dish that even Brussels sprout skeptics will enjoy. Watch the video to find out how he does it.
More healthy vegetable side dishes: Brussels Sprouts with Roasted Grapes, Creamed Kale, Green Beans with Lemon and Thyme, Caramelized Carrots with Curry Spice
Inspired by New Orleans’ favorite mid-morning pick-me-up this Caramel Apple Cocktail tastes just like Brandy Milk Punch, without all the heavy cream and syrup. Instead, this lower-calorie libation features a delicious French apple brandy, creamy almond milk, and a decadent vegan caramel sauce (that you’ll want to put on everything).
Healthy appetizers and starters: Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini, Classic Cornbread, Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger, Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts
Whoopie pies aren’t just for kids. Autumn Calabrese loves them! She asked her brother Bobby to create a healthier Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pie recipe and boy did he deliver. This Thanksgiving-themed dessert contains wholesome ingredients and all-natural pumpkin puree for a rich pumpkin pie-spiced filling that takes these whoopie pies over the top.
More healthy dessert recipes: Mini Pumpkin Pie Cups, Sweet Potato Pie, Apple Crisp