Topic: healthy thanksgiving recipe

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe: Squash, Apple And Blue Cheese Salad With Lemon-Garlic Dressing

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe: Squash, Apple And Blue Cheese Salad With Lemon-Garlic Dressing

We’ve written here before about how holiday hosts should do guests a favor by offering at least few healthy food options. For Thanksgiving dinner, this could include a salad—but what guests will want to eat some salad when there are potatoes and turkey and cranberry sauce available? All of them, when it’s a salad that looks and tastes this good! Butternut squash slices make this salad unique and give it Thanksgiving flare, while diced Honeycrisp apples provide crunch and sweetness, and blue cheese crumbles a delicious richness. Round things out with chopped walnuts and green onions, then top it off with a creamy, garlicky lemon and olive oil dressing. Your guests might even go for seconds. More »

Fakesgiving: A Thanksgiving’s Worth Of Vegan Recipes To Fool Your Loved Ones

Fakesgiving: A Thanksgiving's Worth Of Vegan Recipes To Fool Your Loved Ones

Vegans don’t need to sacrifice taste—or comfort food favorites—to have a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Here’s a meals worth of ‘Fakesgiving‘ recipes, from your main course to your (mushroom) gravy, (sweet potato spelt) rolls and (quinoa) stuffing. Leaving out all the butter, eggs and dairy from some of these staple Thanksgiving dishes can sure cut back on fat and calories, too—so even omnivores might want to give these vegan recipes a look. More »

Autumn Eats: Roasted Chestnuts

Autumn Eats: Roasted Chestnuts

Don’t worry—while chestnuts roasting on an open fire might be romantic, your oven will do the job just fine. I first oven-roasted chestnuts two November’s ago, to bring as a side dish for a Thanksgiving potluck. They were so delicious—rich, nutty, savory—I wondered why I’d never considered the nuts before. Though chestnuts are hard-shelled when raw, they take on a soft, potato-like texture when roasted that makes them ideal mashing, using in stuffing, or turning into breads, soups and deserts. But the plain roasted nuts make a good snack or side all by themselves, too. More »

Meatless Monday: 15 Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Meatless Monday: 15 Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is around the bend, and it’s time to make your menu and shape up your grocery list. So we rounded up 15 vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes (a lot of them are also gluten-free), so that you could start planning ahead. From sweet potato tartine to seitan roulade, these recipes range from the unexpected to the traditional, to make sure you please all of your guests. More »

Autumn Eats: Easy Pumpkin Wontons

Autumn Eats: Easy Pumpkin Wontons

Are they a desert? An appetizer? I was trying to decide how to classify these savory and sweet pumpkin wontons—filled with a mix of pureed pumpkin, almonds, molasses and fresh rosemary—for you, but you know what? Serve them as whatever you like—a snack, a side, a party hors d’ouevre. I brought a version of these holiday-friendly, vegetarian wontons to my family’s Thanksgiving gathering last year, and though at first folks were skeptical—wontons at Thanksgiving?—after everyone tasted them I got complaints for not bringing more. Best of all for party prep, they require very little hands-on time. You can make the filling in advance (in a food processor), then simply fill and fold the wonton shells and cook for 15 minutes when you’re ready. More »

Baking While Vegan: Ginger Molasses Cookies

Baking While Vegan: Ginger Molasses Cookies

Looking for a holiday cookie recipe without all the eggs, butter, milk or excessive sugar? Look no further. These vegan ginger molasses cookies have been a holiday favorite of mine for a few years now. They’re not terribly sweet, but with such a strong spice flavor—ginger and cloves and cinnamon, oh my!—no one should mind. And gingerbread fans in particular will enjoy these cookies. More »

Autumn Eats: Roasted Apples And Fall Vegetables With Pecans

Autumn Eats: Roasted Apples And Fall Vegetables With Pecans

I am so so into warm apples right now, so I was inspired by this apple-roasted vegetables recipe recently in Washington Post. A big mess of roasted veggies and apples makes a perfect Thanksgiving side, or an easy anytime dinner. The Post recipe uses mushrooms, bell peppers and red onion, but because I am an avid pepper hater, I decided to try my own veggie medley: Carrots, cauliflower, sweet potato, and leeks. The apples and some apple cider vinegar add a much-needed sweetness to the mix, while pecans provide protein and a little pizazz. If you’re looking to dress things up even more, I think throwing in some bread crumbs or adding a little blue cheese on the top would work well, too. More »

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe: Give Your Casserole A Low-Calorie Makeover

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe: Give Your Casserole A Low-Calorie Makeover

No matter what you call them (hotdish, bake, etc.), casseroles are, for many, the pinnacle of home-cooked food. They’re a Thanksgiving staple, a Midwest tradition, and one of the most beloved (and easiest and least expensive) dishes to bring along to  potlucks and family dinners, particularly if you’re strapped for money and time. Unfortunately, they also tend to be kind of terrible for you. More »