The Best Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Healthy recipes for the star of the Thanksgiving meal – Turkey, Ham, Pork, vegetarian and more.

So many great choices for the main event! Best Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes - Low Calorie, Low Fat Entrees

Thanksgiving, the meal you spend hours cooking and eat in minutes.  Most people eat an average of 4500 calories for their Thanksgiving meal.  That is a couple of days worth of calories.  Wow!  You can still thoroughly enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, but eat fewer calories with these delicious main dishes.  I’ve got options for a whole turkey or a turkey breast, for a small group.  Don’t like turkey?  That’s OK.  My grandfather doesn’t either so we always cook pork, too.  I’ve got a big pork roast or a little pork tenderloin.  There is even ham and vegetarian options, too.  There is something for everyone with the Best Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner recipes I can find.  Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks while I cover side dishes and dessert, too.  Let’s not eat 4500 calories on one meal.

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Food Done Light – Sangria Glazed Turkey


Home Cooking Adventure – Roasted Turkey Breast


The Cozy Apron – Orange-Honey Glazed Roasted Turkey Breast 

slow cooker turkey

Handle the Heat – Slow Cooker Turkey Breast 

Smaller Gatherings

cornish hens

 Julia’s Album – Roasted Cornish Hens and Vegetables


MJ and the Hungryman – Roasted Butternut Squash with Turkey Stuffing


Food Done Light – Turkey Roulade with Mushroom Stuffing and Blueberry Gravy 


Omnivores Cookbook – Cantonese Roasted Chicken



Gluten Free Fix – Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes, Apples & Onions


 Lauren Kelly Nutrition – Garlic Balsamic Crusted Pork Tenderloin


slow cooker ham Thriving on Paleo – Slow Cooker Ham


Food Done Light – Horseradish Crusted Ham

Fig-Glazed-Ham-29wm-1024x683 Food, Fashion and Fun – Fig Glazed Ham



 Green Kitchen Stories – Holiday Stuffed Pumpkin


Food Done Light – Pasta with Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce and Mushrooms 


The Dutch Baker’s Daughter – Stuffed Acorn Squash 


 The Skinny Fork – Guiltless Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce


  1. Signed up! Can't wait to see all your glorious recipes in my inbox :)
  2. Charlotte Moore says
    I have never cook a turkey or turkey breast that looked golden brown. They taste alright just not picture perfect. HA!!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Do you dry off the skin, Charlotte? Also you need to detach the skin from the meat by running your finger underneath the two. Try those tips and see if that works.
      • Charlotte Moore says
        The last time I did dry off the skin. I noticed where you mentioned separating the skin. I don't cook a whole turkey very often but will try to remember this.
        • Christie Daruwalla says
          Hi Charlotte, That makes a huge difference. A little air can get between the meat and the skin and make it crispy. Let me know how it works for you.
  3. What a great roundup of Thanksgiving recipes to chose from. I will surely be referring to this great list as the holiday approaches.
  4. What a delicious list! We usually cook turkey and pork during Thanksgiving, but these pork dishes look so delicious and we’d definitely want to try out! Thanks for including my recipe with so many talented bloggers :)
  5. This post actually makes me a little sad because I adore Thanksgiving but I am not going to be with any family this year - and that's NEVER happened before :(
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      That makes me sad too Gigi. It happened a few times when I was in college. Hope you can enjoy the day anyway.

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