Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes & Side Dishes

sidedishesPerhaps delicious healthy Thanksgiving recipes can sound too good to be true.

But if you appreciate your health, our yummy healthy Thanksgiving recipes and healthy Thanksgiving side dishes are just the ticket.

After all, just because Thanksgiving is about celebrating our abundance, doesn’t mean we have to over-indulge in an abundance of unhealthy food. 

It’s time to change our tradition of unhealthy over-eating during holidays.

Let’s get back to the true meaning of Thanksgiving by celebrating health and friendship. You can still have the perfect turkey with wild rice stuffing, sweet potatoes and healthy Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts.

The Perfect Turkey & Wild Rice Stuffing

Our healthy wild rice stuffing recipe is a delicious alternative to heavy bread stuffing. Start with a 12 to 15 lb. turkey, add the wild rice stuffing below and follow the directions for how to cook the perfect turkey.

This way you can use our healthy Thanksgiving recipes to nourish your body while still enjoying traditional Thanksgiving holiday feasting.

Healthy Wild Rice Stuffing for Turkey

Combine the following ingredients and cook until done:

  • 2 cups mixed rice (1/4 wild rice to 3/4 organic basmati brown rice)
  • 4 cups non-fat chicken or turkey broth
  • 3 to 4 Tbs. low sodium tamari

While rice cooks, dice and sauté in a non-stick pan with 1 tsp. olive oil:

  • 2 large onions
  • 4 large celery stalks
  • turkey giblets (optional)

Mix cooked rice with sautéed vegetables and giblets and add:

  • ½ to 1½ tsp. salt
  • 1 to 2 tsp. sage or your favorite poultry seasoning

Remember to stuff your slow-cooking turkey (not yourself) with this wild rice stuffing and follow the perfect turkey recipe. Although no fat is added to the stuffing, small amounts of turkey juice will seep in and add flavor.

Healthy Fat-Free Onion Gravy

Ingredients (for 3 to 4 people – increase accordingly):

  • 2 tsp. toasted dried minced onions
  • 1 cup non-fat chicken or turkey broth
  • 1 Tbs. low sodium tamari
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ cup non-fat dry powdered milk
  • ¼ to ½ tsp. dried chives (optional)

Directions for fat free gravy:

  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch, whole wheat pastry flour and non-fat milk powder. Then blend in ½ cup broth and stir until smooth.
  • Bring the other ½ cup of broth to boil in a saucepan combined with the tamari, toasted minced onions and dried chives.
  • Reduce the heat to low, add the cornstarch mixture and simmer while stirring constantly until the gravy has thickened.
  • If you don’t want thick gravy, stir in an extra ¼ cup of broth and simmer for an extra minute for smooth thin gravy.

The Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

A healthy holiday feast should also include some healthy Thanksgiving side dishes, like broccoli, green beans or peas and baked sweet potatoes, plus healthy Thanksgiving desserts, such as a fresh fruit salad recipe.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Menu:

  • Slow-Cooking Turkey filled with Wild Rice Stuffing
  • Fat-free onion gravy
  • Baked sweet potatoes (You can cook these before putting the slow cook turkey in the oven. And then reheat them on foil alongside the turkey for about an hour before taking the turkey out of the oven.)
  • Steamed broccoli, green beans or peas (with pearl onions)
  • Whole grain rolls (optional)
  • Fruit sweetened cranberry sauce (optional)
  • Fresh fruit salad (For creamy, add plain unsweetened low-fat yogurt.)

Just be sure to leave out all the sugars and high-fat oils, butter and cream that traditionally go into our modern un-healthy Thanksgiving recipes.

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