5 Last-Minute Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes


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It’s that time of year! Crisp air, cozy sweaters, and…oh crap Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Thankfully (pun?) there are plenty of super easy, last-minute, healthy Thanksgiving dishes you can put together. They don’t even require a real recipe and you’re still sure to impress! Plus, they’re the perfect way to sneak some lean, green, and clean foods onto the table. Want dessert? Check out my easy, healthy Pumpkin Chia Pudding recipe

‘Real’ Cranberry Sauce

Skip the canned stuff this year! Simply mix some fresh or frozen cranberries in a bowl with a few spoonfuls of maple syrup or honey. Squeeze in some juice from a fresh orange. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes, or until thick. Bam!

Nutty Green Beans

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Why add the all the loaded extras of a casserole when green beans can taste delicious on their own?! Spread frozen green beans as flat as can be (no overlapping) on a foiled baking sheet. Drizzle on olive or coconut oil. Sprinkle sesame seeds, slice almonds, or whatever else you have. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly crispy. Grilled eggplant is also a great addition (pictured above).

Mashed Butternut Squash

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Obviously not my hands

This also works with sweet potatoes if you prefer. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Using a fork, mash to desired consistency. Mix with plain greek yogurt. Mix in chopped pecans. Optional: add cinnamon or ginger.

Cranberry Walnut Quinoa

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Bring quinoa to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add cranberries and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Drain and mix in chopped walnuts. Voila! If you’re not low-FODMAP, baked apples would also be a tasty addition.

Thanksgiving Salad

Just have fun with this one! Incorporate whatever you have left over from your other dishes. Carrots, apples, turkey slices, nuts, cranberries, yams, pumpkin, green beans, etc. Go crazy!


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