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Delicious Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

By November 15, 2021June 4th, 2024Fall, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan

As we gather together this holiday season with friends and family, eating delicious food is a big part of the fun.  Here is a collection of simple, delicious, healthy Thanksgiving recipes from breakfast to dessert you can serve all weekend long.  The recipes are from my blog and other great food bloggers.  They are all gluten free, plant rich, with an assortment of vegan and paleo recipes.


Let these healthy pumpkin inspired breakfast dishes start your day off with lots of energy and inspire a festive mood.

Paleo Pumpkin Scones with Maple Icing

These Paleo Pumpkin Scones are soft and flaky, topped with a decadent maple glaze. They are full of pumpkin spice and not too sweet. The recipe is paleo and gluten free with dairy free options. A healthy treat, perfect with a hot cup of tea or coffee to start your day.  

Fluffy Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

These soft and fluffy pumpkin pancakes are a healthy, delicious breakfast, full of protein, fiber and warm pumpkin spice. They’re also nut free, gluten-free and dairy-free. 

Amazing Paleo Pumpkin MuffinsAmazing Pumpkin Muffins

These Amazing Paleo Pumpkin Muffins are perfect in the morning, warm and sweet.  They’re so good you may think you’re eating cake but they’re chock full of protein, fat, and fiber.  Paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free.


Your guests need a little food to keep them happy while waiting for the turkey! Serve these incredibly delicious and healthy appetizers. They are light enough to keep everyone satisfied without filling them up too much. 

Spinach and Artichoke Dip from Paleo Running Momma 

This creamy spinach artichoke dip is packed with cheesy flavor without using any dairy at all!  Paleo, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, and Whole30 compliant.

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush is a silky, smoky Middle Eastern roasted eggplant dip with tahini, garlic, lemon, olive oil and spices. It’s super easy to make and delicious. Serve with crudite. 

Cauliflower Bites 

These cauliflower bites are crispy, moist and satisfying. The best part is they’re full of nutritious cauliflower. It’s a healthy, gluten free, low carb appetizer everyone will love. 

Paleo Cauliflower Falafel (Bean-free, Gluten-free, Keto)

These light and crispy Paleo Falafel taste deliciously authentic but are made with cauliflower instead of chickpeas.  It’s and easy to make appetizer baked in the oven. Serve them with Tahini Dressing. Paleo, low carb, vegetarian and Whole 30 compliant.

White Bean Dip from Food and Wine

You only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this creamy white bean dip flavored with rosemary and sage! Serve with pita chips and veggies. It’s a delicious appetizer.

Side Dishes

When it comes to Thanksgiving feasts, for me it’s all about the sides. They are fun to eat and provide variety. It’s an opportunity to have something for everyone. I like to honor everyones dietary choices. Left overs make the perfect lunch the day after with or without turkey.
Delicious healthy food is what I love. Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes to inspire your feast. There is an assortment of vegan and paleo dishes.  All are gluten free.

Roasted Vegetables with Herbs and Balsamic VinegarEasy Roasted Vegetables with Herbs and Balsamic Glaze

I like to make this recipe instead of plain roasted potatoes. Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, potatoes and cranberries make this dish abundantly beautiful.  Fresh herbs give it lots of flavor, then everything is finished off with a balsamic glaze, turning regular roasted vegetables into something sublime. It’s easy to make and everyone will love it.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Oranges and Pomegranates

In this festive side dish Brussels sprouts are roasted in the oven until crispy brown then caramelized with balsamic vinegar. The addition of pomegranate seeds and oranges provides a sweet tart flavor and a variety of textures. Your guests will love this dish, so delicious and so beautiful.

5 minute green beans5 Minute Green Beans with Garlic

It’s good to have a few easy dishes on your Thanksgiving menu. This is a savory and aromatic dish that’s incredibly delicious and so easy to prepare.

Roasted Broccoli and Kale Salad

This is a simple recipe with only 5 ingredients and it holds up well so it can be made early in the day.  The broccoli is tossed with olive oil, roasted with shallots and a little bit of bacon all in the same pan. Chopped kale is mixed in at the end while everything is warm allowing it to soften, just a little, to make it tender and sweet. Serve warm or at room temperature. Paleo, gluten free, keto, Whole 30.

Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Love and Lemons

These incredible mashed sweet potatoes are savory instead of sweet. They are mixed with herbs, butter and sour cream (there is a vegan option).

The Best Dam Vegan Biscuits from Minimalist Baker

If you want to serve a vegan gluten-free biscuit for your special guests, this one is fabulous.  Fluffy, buttery vegan biscuits that require just 30 minutes, 7 ingredients, and 1 bowl!


The main dish for most Thanksgiving feasts is a turkey.  Below is a is a link with everything you need to know to make a moist and delicious turkey. If you’re not eating turkey or have vegan guests, I’ve included a vegan entree everyone will love. 

Easy No Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey from Tastes Better From Scratch

Lauren gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to cook the perfect turkey that gives you all of the flavor and juiciness you want from a perfect Thanksgiving turkey, with none of the stress! It’s a fool-proof and easy to make recipe. I recommend getting a Certified Humanely Raised turkey. I love knowing the turkey I eat had a good life as I give thanks. 

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from Vegan Hugs

This Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash is a fabulous vegan entree bursting with flavor. The savory goodness comes from sautéed onions, celery, mushrooms, and warm spices. Then it’s balanced out with subtly sweet and tarts flavors from apples and cranberries. The quinoa gives it a nice texture and lots of added protein. It’s heavenly!


For me, desserts are one of the most fun and exciting parts of the Thanksgiving meal. I love sweets. Here are some of the  BEST Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes that are also good-for-you.  All of these recipes are delicious, gluten-free, and paleo and many are vegan or have vegan options.

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars with Almond Cookie Crust

In this recipe I turn pumpkin pie into a bar that is much easier to make. It has a sweet, creamy pumpkin spice filling with a yummy almond cookie crust. The recipe is  gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free and tastes just like pumpkin pie. 

The Best Paleo Pecan Pie Squares (Diary-free, Gluten-free)

These paleo pecan pie squares are made with a simple shortbread crust and a dairy-free caramel filling. It’s a creamy, sweet dessert that tastes just as good as traditional pecan pie but much healthier. You’ll love this rich, gooey, sweet paleo dessert for the holidays or any special occasion!  


Cranberry Apple CobblerCranberry Apple Cobbler (Vegan, Gluten-free)

This paleo and vegan cranberry apple cobbler is a juicy fall dessert made with no refined sugar, grains, or dairy.  A luscious apple cranberry filling is topped with a sweet, crisp crust and baked to golden brown perfection!

Chocolate Vegan Pumpkin Tart (Vegan Paleo)

This rich Chocolate Pumpkin Tart is full of decadent chocolate, creamy pumpkin, and warm spices with just the right amount of sweetness. It tastes so good you won’t believe its a gluten free, vegan, paleo dessert. Easy to make, no baking required and your whole family will love it. 

Creamy Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake (Vegan Paleo)

This Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake is a deliciously rich and creamy fall dessert that’s great anytime and elegant enough for the holidays.  It has a sweet almond-date crust with a silky smooth pumpkin cashew filling. You’ll love that it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and vegan, but tastes just as good as a real cheesecake. 

Honey Apple Cake (Gluten-free Paleo)

This healthy apple cake is moist and tender with the sweet flavor of honey. It’s a simple cake you can enjoy for dessert, snack or breakfast treat. The paleo glaze makes it irresistible. The recipe is gluten-free, refined sugar free, and paleo with a dairy free option.

Cookie Crumb Apple Bars 

These Apple Bars have a delicious almond butter cookie crumb crust with a sweet apple filling,  It’s an easy to make healthy dessert everyone will love.  Enjoy the ultimate fall treat that also happens to be vegan, gluten free, paleo, and refined sugar free. I have included a nut free option.

Fudgy Pumpkin Blondies with Chocolate Chips from Paleo Running Mama

These fudgy pumpkin blondies are a dream!  They’re chewy, sweet, packed with chocolate and warm spices. An indulgent dessert perfect for your Thanksgiving weekend.  The children will love them.  These addicting pumpkin blondies are paleo, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

In Conclusion…

Enjoy Every Bite of Your Thanksgiving Meal

Have fun at your Thanksgiving celebration. Your body digests everything better when you’re enjoying it. Feeling joy and appreciation improves your digestion because you are in the rest and digest mode. 
By directing our awareness toward gratitude and satisfaction, your entire mind-body system is automatically oriented toward greater health and balance. EVERY GRATEFUL MOMENT MAKES YOU HEALTHIER.

Read more about the benefits of enjoying every bite of your Thanksgiving meal here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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