If you are looking for healthy, guilt-free and easy Thanksgiving recipes, you've come to the right place! Everything is easy to make, hearty and well tested! We have recreated 5 of the most delicious Thanksgiving meals and dishes with fewer sins to avoid feeling shame in the aftermath.
Healthy Mashed Potatoes
Delicious and flavourful – must-have Thanksgiving side dish! Mashed potatoes made with cream and milk can have anything from 250 calories a serving and upwards. These Healthy Mashed Potatoes are light in calories and high in protein since they’re made with Greek-style yogurt. These creamy potatoes are around 180 calories per serving, so they are a much lighter option.
PREP TIME 10 mins
COOK TIME 19 mins
TOTAL TIME 29 mins
- 16oz (450g) Yukon gold potatoes peeled & cut into 2″ chunks
- 16oz (450g) Cauliflower cut into florets
- 4 garlic cloves peeled and halved
- 1/2 cup (140g) Greek-style yogurt
- 1/2 cup (120g) low sodium vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh herbs like thyme, chives or parsley for serving
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Place the diced potatoes, cauliflower florets and garlic inside the pot. Cook covered until the potatoes are tender, about 16-20 minutes.
Drain and return the potatoes, cauliflower and garlic to the pan. Add the Greek-style yogurt, vegetable broth and olive oil. Using a fork, masher or electric beaters, mash the potatoes until smooth or your desired consistency—season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve warm and top with some fresh parsley, if desired.
Hot or Not Cranberry Orange Sauce
Forget the canned cranberry sauce and try a fresh & easy cranberry-orange sauce made with optional jalepeños to blitz some fat for Thanksgiving!
PREP TIME 2 mins
COOK TIME 2 mins
TOTAL TIME 22 mins
- 12 oz (340g) fresh cranberries
- ½ cup (170g) honey or agave syrup
- Zest and juice of one orange
- ½ cup (235g) water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1-2 jalapeños (optional, capsaicin in jalapeños can help burn fat!)
Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stir and bring to a boil. When you see the berries start to burst, reduce the heat to a simmer.
Simmer for about 15-20 minutes until most berries are popped and soft.
When the sauce begins to thicken, transfer to a storage container and allow to cool. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
Air fryer Brussel Sprouts are the easiest and the most scrumptious! Ready to serve in 15 minutes, they are perfectly crispy and lower in calories as we replace using butter for a tablespoon of olive oil.
PREP TIME 5 mins
COOK TIME 10 mins
TOTAL TIME 15 mins
- 16oz (450g) Brussel sprouts
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 lemon for serving
- Cooking spray
Heat an air fryer to 380ºF (190ºC) and spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Clean and prep the Brussel sprouts by trimming their stems and cutting larger ones in half, so they are relatively equal in size.
Place the prepared Brussel sprouts in a large bowl and stir to combine with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Divide them into 2 batches.
Transfer 1 batch of the Brussels sprouts to the air fryer and shake the basket to make sure they're in a single layer. Then cook until golden brown and crisp, shaking the basket halfway through, for 10-12 minutes total. Do the same for the second batch.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top and serve immediately.
Slimmers Pumpkin Bars
This Slimmer’s pumpkin bars recipe with only 98 calories per serving is a perfect one to make for Thanksgiving, especially when you're entertaining a crowd. They're juicy, fluffy with a light pumpkin festive flavor.
PREP TIME 10 mins
COOK TIME 30 mins
TOTAL TIME 40 mins
- 2 cups (320g) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs room temperature
- 2/3 cup (130g) coconut sugar
- 2/3 cup (130g) brown sugar
- 1 can 15oz (425g) pumpkin puree
- 1 cup applesauce
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and applesauce in another large bowl.
Gradually pour the dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour the batter into an ungreased 9×13 in (33 x 23 cm) baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until set.
Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack.
Clever Cauliflower Stuffing
If Cauliflower can be Stuffing, you can be anything! Amazing, low carb, paleo cauliflower stuffing keeps the calories at bay with only about 90 calories per serving!
PREP TIME 15 mins
COOK TIME 25 mins
TOTAL TIME 40 mins
- 4 tbsp. Coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped or thinly sliced
- 1 small head cauliflower, chopped
- 225 g button mushrooms, chopped
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 5 g freshly chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary
- 1 tbsp. freshly chopped sage (or 1 tsp. ground sage)
- 120 ml vegetable or chicken stock
- A handful of chopped pecans
In a large pan over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Add onion, carrot, and celery and sauté for about 7 to 8 minutes until soft.
Add cauliflower & mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook 8 to 10 minutes more until tender.
Add parsley, rosemary, sage and pecans, stir until combined. Pour over the stock and cook for 10 more minutes until tender and liquid is absorbed.