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101 Healthy Holiday Recipes

November 18, 2011

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Thanksgiving is upon us, which means it’s time to start planning the menu for your next holiday gathering! Instead of overwhelming your body with high-calorie, unhealthy foods this year, why not try some healthy versions of all your holiday recipe favorites? We’ve put together this list of 101 of our favorite healthy holiday recipes, many of them straight from the kitchens of our students and graduates – thank you for your recommendations and suggestions! You, your family, and your friends are sure to love these delicious concoctions.


A healthy breakfast is a great way to start your day, especially during the busy holidays! These recipes will give you the energy your body needs to start the day but still leave room for plenty of turkey later.

1. Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

2. Pumpkin Pancakes

3. Cinnamon Raisin Pull Apart Bread (V)

4. Pecan Pie Muffins (V)

5. Cinnamon Raisin “Toast” (R)(V)

6. Savory Oatmeal

7. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (DF)

8. Healthy Banana Bread

9. Weekend Frittata

10. Buckwheat Crispies (R)



 Every great holiday party has at least a few finger foods to munch on before dinner. Your guests will love these healthy holiday appetizers!

stuffed mushrooms11. Pumpkin Butter (V)

12. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

13. Stuffed Mushrooms (V)

14. Middle Eastern Stuffed Peppers

15. Kale Chips

16. Artichoke and Spinach Relish with Walnuts

17. Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

slow roasted tomatoes18. Grilled Endive with Sage Vinaigrette

19. Homemade Ricotta and Besan Crackers

20. Pumpkin Socca

21. Lemony Artichoke Dip (V)

22. Jicama Sticks with Spicy Cinnamon Dressing (GF) (V)


Soups and Salads

These healthy soup and salad recipes are a great way to start your holiday meal. Some of them are even hearty enough to be a meal on their own when you need a night off from holiday dinner festivities!


24. Harvest Chestnut Pumpkin Soup

25. Corn Chowder

26. Mushroom Soup

27. Carrot Ginger Soup

28. Almond Chicken Soup with Sweet Potatoes, Collards and Ginger

29. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

30. Delicata Squash and Corn Soup (V)

31. Italian White Bean and Spinach Soup

roasted root vegetable soup32. Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

33. Beet Salad with Peanuts and Coconut (R)(V)

34. Massaged Kale Salad

35. Pomegranate and Persimmon Green Salad

36. Tricolor Salad with Creamy Raspberry Dressing

37. Warm Winter Vegetable Salad

38. Roasted Butternut Quinoa Bliss

39. Apple, Walnut and Endive Salad

40. Warm Thanksgiving Kale and Squash Salad

41. Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad

42. Autumn Salad with Tiny Roasted Root Vegetables

43. Mesclun Salad with Plum and Pepitas


Side dishes play the important role of supporting actor to the main course when it comes to holiday meals. An excellent side dish can make a good meal great! These healthy sides are sure to be a hit on your Thanksgiving table.

vegan stuffing44. Cornbread Stuffing

45. Crispy Potato Latkes

46. Broccoli Latkes

47. Cauliflower Couscous

48. Sweet Potato Corn Bread

49. Vibrant, Tasty Green Beans

50. Gluten Free Stuffing (GF)

51. Garlic Mashed Potatoes (V)

52. Apple Sage “Sausage” Chestnut Stuffing (V)

acorn squash53. Allergy Free Sweet Noodle Kugel

54. Sage Brussel Sprouts

55. Autumn Potato Salad

56. Berry Jellio

57. Maple Glazed Roasted Acorn Squash

58. Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary and Olive Oil

59. Zesty Orange Quinoa Stuffing

60. Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Sauteed Kale

61. Cranberry Relish

62. Roasted Butternut Squash with Pepita Cilantro Pesto

Dinner – Carnivore

The main course is without a doubt the star of the show at holiday meals. We found some delicious and healthy main holiday dishes that any meat-eater will love!

turkey63. Roasted Free Range Turkey

64. Nettle Infused Braised Chicken (GF)

65. Balsamic Roasted Turkey with Apple Stuffing (GF)

66. Apple Rosemary Cornish Game Hens

67. Grass Fed Beef Stew with Winter Vegetables

68. Honey-Macadamia Halibut

69. Grass Fed Brisket Pot Roast

70. Quick and Healthy Turkey Chili

71. Roasted Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower

72. Curried Turkey Skillet with Pomegranate Seeds

73. Pork Chops with Apple Cider Sauce

74. Salmon with Mushrooms and Red Pepper Sauce (GF)

Dinner – Vegetarian

Let’s not forget our vegetarian friends! These healthy main dishes pack just as much flavor as their meaty counterparts, but are 100% vegetarian (and many of them are vegan, too!) 

pumpkin alfredo75. Homemade Tofu “Turkey” (V)

76. Kid’s Favorite Mac and Cheese

77. Spicy Spaghetti Squash

78. Comforting Chickpea Vegetable Sautee

79. Baked Sweet Potato Falafel

80. Pumpkin Alfredo (V)

81. Apple, Leek and Butternut Squash Gratin

veggie pot pie82. Quinoa Stuffed Pumpkin

83. Baked Polenta with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola

84. Vegetable Pot Pie (V)(GF)

85. Garden Vegetable Lasagna with Ricotta Nut Cheese and Marinated Tofu

86. Christmas Lima-Bean Stew



For the grand finale, serve your guest something healthy and light that won’t put them over the top after a delicious meal. These healthy holiday desserts are so good, you’ll want to make them all year round!

pumpkin tarts87. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Muffins

88. Baked Sufganiyot

89. Cranberry Mousse (R)(V)

90. Gingerbread House (GF)

91. Pumpkin Tarts (R)

92. Tofu Pumpkin Pie (V)

93. Spicy Pumpkin Pie (R)

94. Apple Crisp

raw apple pie95. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

96. Ginger Pear Crisp

97. Cranberry and Strawberry Cake (GF)(DF)

98. Apple Pie (R)

99. Thanksgiving “Ice Cream” (V)(R)(GF)(DF)

100. Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Cookies

101. Decadent Chocolate Pudding (GF)(DF) 

(V) - Vegan (R) - Raw (GF) - Gluten Free (DF) - Dairy Free