These delicious recipes are the perfect healthy additions to your holiday dinner.
Hey Fixers (and general healthy eaters)!
It’s come to my attention that many of you are getting anxious about the holidays approaching. My social media feeds are filled with lines like “I don’t know how I’m going to make this work.” or “I’m so nervous about undoing all of my hard work.” I hear you. And as always, I’m here for you. With some good news, in fact 🙂
So let’s talk Thanksgiving. It’s about to get real.
First of all, there is this terrible, raging myth that we gain a ton of weight over the holiday season. Thankfully, it just isn’t true. The average American gains 1/2 to 2 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. That’s it. And that’s the average American. If you’re following the 21 Day Fix, you’re no average American, amiright? Hell no! You are a take-no-prisoners, weight lifting, healthy eating, fat-burning machine and there’s no way that a handful of fatty meals are gonna take you down! Feeling pumped yet? You should, because you’ve completely got this.
That being said, I know that mentally many of us don’t want to feel like we’ve just completely let go, not to mention the fact that if you’ve been following the 21 Day Fix for a while, all of that fatty, calorie-laden food makes you feel bad. Really bad. Sick even. You may have experienced this already, I certainly have and it’s no fun, so here are a few tips if you’re showing up to someone else’s dinner table this Thanksgiving:
- Save most or all of your yellows. Seriously, you know that table is going to be a total carb-fest. Be prepared. While you’re at it, save your blue and your orange if you can.
- Bring a healthy side dish. Not only will your host freaking love you for taking something off his/her plate (btw, you should discuss this with said host ahead of time so that they don’t make something similar or so that you can fill a hole in their meal plan), but you’ll know that it’s something you can fill your plate with sans guilt. Plus, if it’s something completely fab, there will be accolades. Everyone loves accolades.
- Fill your plate only once. I probably didn’t need to say that, but just in case, there it is.
- If there are some healthier offerings available, definitely try to fill your belly with some of that stuff before you start drinking the gravy. Are there some roasted veggies on the table? A salad? A soup? Go for those bad boys first.
- When filling your plate, carefully choose what you put on it. What I mean is, make it worth it. Do you LOVE green bean casserole (of course you do, you’re human, aren’t you?) Well put some of that delicious stuff on your plate. Do you usually get a piece of corn casserole but could take it or leave it? Then just leave it. Enjoy those things that you truly love, while leaving the things that you don’t behind.
- Have some pie. I know, it’s not a health tip, it’s a life tip. You’ve been (literally) working your butt off. You deserve a piece of pie on Thanksgiving. Plus, who wants to live out the rest of their days sans pie? Not this girl! Balance, people!
Below is a compilation of healthy, 21 Day Fix approved recipes that are perfect for Thanksgiving! I’ve given the container equivalents for any recipes that didn’t already have them, so if I didn’t list them, they should be there when you click on the link. I plan on updating this post all month long, so please pin it so you can easily check back! I’ve got quite a few yummy T-day recipes of my own coming up in the next couple of weeks, plus if I see some good ones from other bloggers, I’ll add those here too 🙂 I really want this to be a great reference for you. Be forewarned, this list is a bit on the long side…
This recipe is set for 2 servings, but is easily multiplied for a party. In fact, the hummus recipe itself already makes 5 servings, so you should have more than enough to go around.
Beets and Goat Cheese go together like Pumpkin and Spice.
I love that Brittney from Happy Detours used hummus in these to avoid the mayo! What an awesome idea. I, for one, can’t wait to try them. I’ve attempted making deviled eggs with just greek yogurt and mustard and let’s just say they didn’t make it to the blog. #fail.
What party would be complete without a veggie platter? What veggie platter would be complete without an awesome dip? If you want to try something a little different, you could check out my Southwest Ranch Dressing instead, which is just as delicious when paired with some crisp vegetation.
This is such a delicious variation on deviled eggs!
I love that Andrea has made this dip party-ready with this large size, but also includes a single serving size in her post. Score! I’ve made the single serving before using roasted chicken that I already had cooked and it was crazy easy and delicious.
If your family is anything like mine, there are always chips, pretzels and the like hanging around in bowls for your chewing pleasure. Do yourself a favor and make some much healthier, much more flavorful homemade microwave popcorn instead.
Look at this autumnal plate! This is Sriracha Pumpkin Hummus topped with artichokes, a beet spread and other fun, Fix-approved things 🙂 As I’m sure you know, hummus is a Blue, but don’t forget about counting whatever you use to dip into it!
OMG. This dip is the bomb dot com. This is a single serving but is easily multiplied for a party. I’m told that this is also delicious cold (without the cheese on top), so even if you don’t want another thing crowding your oven on Thanksgiving, this will still be great!
Soups / Salads:
If you like Caesar dressing, I IMPLORE you to try this healthy version. Lemme tell ya, I made this about a gazillion times before I was sure that it was amazing. It’s amazing, folks. I promise.
For me, this is the ultimate fall/winter salad. The dressing is absolute heaven and is the perfect accompaniment to the cinnamon-roasted butternut squash, pears, pecans and goat cheese.
This soup would be the absolute perfect starter for any Thanksgiving feast. It’s warm, rich and low-calorie, the exact kind of thing that is great to fill your belly with before all of the carbs, cheese and gravy appear. It’s also not something that someone will look at with disdain and say something like, “Oh, you brought something healthy.” I like to think by now that everyone already knows that butternut squash soup is amazing. You could probably leave off the spiderweb though… just a thought. A little dollop of the coconut-yogurt mixture ought’a do it, or you could leave it off altogether, it’ll be delicious either way.
This is a great, super-fresh tasting salad that I think would look and taste fantastic on your Thanksgiving table. The tangy, bright dressing is the perfect counterpoint to all of the heavy food to come.
The Main Event:
This is the best, easiest and most delicious turkey breast recipe you could possibly make. I swear. Also included are a tasty Thyme-Black Pepper Gravy and a Sage-Pecorino Cashew Sauce. So. Freakin’. Good.
What’s Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes? I just hope I never find out. Forget those canned-in-syrup yams of the past. These beauties are as easy as can be and no added sugar needed.
My healthier, lower-sugar version of cranberry sauce uses apples instead of loads of added sugar to sweeten things up!
Um, wow. These gorgeous greens are calling my name. Balsamic vinegar and browned butter? I hardly know what to do with myself. Can’t wait to try these 🙂 Each half cup serving would be 1/2 Green and 1/2 TSP.
Remember when I mentioned the accolades? This gorgeous creation is acorn squash and orzo covered in a tasty apple-butternut squash cheese sauce and stuffed inside a roasted pumpkin. Mind. Blown. If you have vegetarians in your life, the Pumptercorn would make the perfect main, but it would also make a beautiful (and delicious) side dish for anyone with a mouth. To make this 21 Day Fix approved, be sure to use whole grain orzo and whole wheat flour instead of white. As a main dish serving 5 this will be 2 Green, 1 Yellow, 2 Tsp, 1 Blue; as a side dish serving 8 this will be 1 Green, 1/2 Yellow, 1 Tsp, 3/4 Blue. This may serve more and count for a bit less, especially on Thanksgiving.
A yummy sweet potato casserole that can be made in advance and doesn’t put you into a sugar coma? Yes, please!
How about a super-food alternative to traditional stuffing? Have yet to embrace quinoa in all it’s glory? You could easily substitute your favorite grain. I think farro would be great here.
Standard mashed potatoes have met their match with this elegant dish. It’s hearty, rich in flavor and absolutely delicious.
This lovely sauce is accented with fresh orange and is significantly lower in sugar than most recipes. Perfect for the 21 Day Fix! The recipe says it serves 4, meaning each serving would be 1/3 Purple and 1 teaspoon of sugar (though you’ll want to sub raw sugar, honey or maple syrup for the white to make this 21DF approved).
This is the tastiest stuffing in town! It uses a great, easy method for making stuffing 21DF approved that you can use with your own stuffing recipe, too!
This healthier version of the Thanksgiving staple is completely homemade. Surprise your family by showing them that no canned fried onions or cream of mushroom soup are needed to make this tasty casserole.
It doesn’t get any easier than this sweet, tasty cornbread.
Roasted butternut squash is a cold-weather staple at our house. The great thing about it is that it tastes similar to a sweet potato which is a carb (yellow) but it’s significantly lower in calories and carbs so it counts as a green! Love! A little tip: if you want to lower your oil count, lightly coat your baking sheet and then your veggies with olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray before seasoning.
These Brussels sprouts are tangy and sweet and my favorite way to eat those li’l cabbages!
These beautiful pieces of cheesy, potato perfection are perfect for any special dinner. Oh, and they can easily be made ahead the day before 😉
This salad looks so fresh and tasty, I would LOVE to have it for Thanksgiving!
The sweet apples balance out the tangy lemon dressing in this bright and pretty side and it’s just… yum.
The truth is, sweet potatoes don’t want or need ten tons of sugar, gobs of marshmallows or anything else masking their naturally sweet selves. It’s ok, sweet potatoes. I love you just the way you are.
If your family is anything like mine, you have more than a couple of picky eaters. I threw this in in case you want to do what my family does and offer up some Mac & Cheese!
A little more broccoli goodness for ya. This version of broccoli salad gives you all of the things you love about the original, crisp broccoli, cheddar cheese and smoky bacon all wrapped up in a tangy sauce. Yum!
This completely approved tart is easy, absolutely lovely and truly delicious. It really doesn’t get more perfect for a holiday if you ask me!
This delicious, healthy cherry crisp is portioned out into individual servings, which is fun for dessert, I think. However, easily multiplied to make a bigger dish of it.
Ok, this pie looks like the real deal and I can’t wait to try it. The filling has quite a bit less sugar than a traditional pumpkin pie, but if you’re anything like me and used to consuming less sugar, that’s a welcome change.
Maybe you don’t want to fool with a crust or don’t want to use two yellows on the pumpkin pie above. Maybe, you just want to mix together a handful of ingredients, throw them in the oven (in a baking dish, of course) and have a pumpkin pie-like treat without it costing you hardly a thing, container-wise. Maybe you should try this recipe. For reals.
These delicious sammies are the perfect way to use up that leftover turkey!
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