Food Done Light’s Healthy Thanksgiving Menu

The perfect Thanksgiving menu and it's healthy Healthy Thanksgiving Menu www.fooddonelight.comSome one left me a comment on Facebook last year basically chastising me for planning some healthy food for Thanksgiving.  Her point was it’s one day eat what you want and don’t worry about it.  For some reason that comment has stuck with me because she totally missed the point of my recipes.  My response back to her was “If healthy food tastes just as good as other Thanksgiving food, why would you not opt for a healthy option”.  My goal here at Food Done Light is not just to eat healthy food but make it so delicious that no one knows how healthy it is.

I kept the same philosophy with this years Thanksgiving recipes.  I lightened up some of our traditional family recipes, like Swedish Apple Cranberry Pie and Cranberry Waldorf Salad.  They appear on our Thanksgiving table every year.  I went on a Spanish twist celebrating my favorite drink, Sangria, with Sangria Glazed Turkey and Smoky Ciabetta with Fennel, Grapes and Apples.  One of my favorite parts of Sangria is fruit so I added fruit to my stuffing.  Yes, I call it stuffing even though I don’t like it in the bird.

Healthy Thanksgiving Menu
Thanksgiving would not be complete without mashed potatoes.  No way, no how.  I added cheese, glorious, cheese to make Garlic Herb Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Mashed potatoes don’t need to be fancy to be delicious.  I just want smooth, no lumps, mashed potatoes.  We stopped making the obligatory green bean casserole years ago.  This year I added my Mom’s favorite vegetable but with a crunchy twist, Green Beans with Lemony, Chorizo Breadcrumbs are to “die” for.  I just adore breadcrumbs with vegetables.  As for chorizo, well, it makes everything better.

We can’t forget about the pumpkin.  That would be a disaster not to have any pumpkin recipes.  I think I would be booted out of the food blogging community if I didn’t have a few pumpkin recipes.  This year was about Pumpkin Sticky Buns.  Just typing those words makes me incredibly happy.  The buns are drool worthy.  Another fabulous option for breakfast would be my “I can’t decide if I should make french toast or baked oatmeal” Pumpkin Oatmeal French Toast Muffins.  I combined two of my favorite breakfast dishes into one.  It’s nice to be able to be indecisive.  There absolutely has to be pumpkin in the dessert.  I am pretty sure it is a rule!  So Pumpkin Rosemary Souffle it is.  You know that feeling when you stare at dessert and know you are so full that another bite won’t fit into your stomach.  Well, souffle will.  It is light and airy.  Think of it as eating pumpkin air that tastes like pumpkin pie.


Last but not least the vegetables.  I actually really love the Thanksgiving vegetables because they either come with a cream sauce or oh yes, breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs.  Savory Squash Crumble Casserole is topped with a deliciously, buttery, crunchy cracker crumb topping.  Sage Hasselback Sweet Potatoes are a side that can be prepped in minutes and looks so fancy.  It’s nice to have a little fanciness especially when it takes you all of 5 minutes to prepare.

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?  Any dishes you need lightened?  I’ll take the challenge for next year.



  1. Wow What a wonderful menu and I think I'm going to have to try a few of these this year. I always fix deviled eggs every year. My Dad counts on them. I was wondering if you have any new ways to fix these besides my usual additions to the yolks of mayo, dijonnaise, yellow mustard and pickle relish. They are very good but I would like to do them 'lighter'. Thanks so much and Happy Thanksgiving to You and Your Family!!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Pat, I was just talking about deviled eggs yesterday. I would exchange some of the mayo for Greek yogurt. I am a purist when it comes to deviled eggs. I like them just the way you make them although I love to sprinkle a cajun spice mix on top instead of paprika. I'm going to put this on my list to make! Happy Thanksgiving.
  2. I would've responded the same way to that comment! I really prefer to look at healthier eating as a lifestyle and not a diet. If you're not "dieting", there's no reason to look for days you can cheat on. Plus with me, if I indulgent one day, I'm going to indulge for multiple days and it takes a while to get back on track. Especially on Thanksgiving when you end up with a week's worth of leftovers.
  3. Charlotte Moore says
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your family. BLESSINGS!!!
  4. I agree with you, if a dish can be made lighter and still taste good, why not lighten it.
  5. Bonnie OHara says
    Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone and their family. A Special Happy Thanksgiving To All OUR Military Hero's. Hope You All Come Home Soon Gods Blessings You All.
  6. Who Ever Made That Comment Is Nuts. All Things Being Equal, I Always Go Healthy. Like You Said, Why Wouldn't You? You Can't Please Everyone! Keep Up The Great Work! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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