The Thanksgiving menu can be a bit of a challenge when you try to cook healthy and prepare dishes that bear unique flavors at the same time. This is why I put together a collection of 20 healthy Thanksgiving recipes that your dinner guests will love. From stuffing pomegranate salad and scalloped sweet potatoes to mashed potatoes and even healthy pumpkin pie, many of these dishes can be prepared at least a day in advance and reheated.
It is fall and nothing says fall like winter squash! This whole grain rice & chicken stuffed buttercup squash is a great way to step into fall. Clean, hearty and full of nutrition!
Whole Grain Rice & Chicken Stuffed Buttercup Squash
Gardens have flourished all season long and the winter squashes are starting to make their appearance! We have an amazing, easy stuffed buttercup squash recipe for you that is hearty, clean and packed full of protein. The recipe is easy and takes minimal preparation, making it great for last minute weeknight meals or even Sunday dinner!
This stuffed squash is a little sweet & savory, crunchy and creamy. Shelled sunflower seeds, cranberries, and whole grain rice are just a few of the yummy ingredients you will find.
Here is how to make it :
1 buttercup squash
6 oz cooked, chopped white meat chicken
1 cup whole grain rice, cooked
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Salt & pepper
Cut the bottom off the buttercup squash, discard.
Remove seeds, membranes and discard. Cut in half.
Mix filling ingredients together in a bowl.
Place squash halves on cookie sheet, drizzle with Olive oil. Spoon filling into squash halves.
Bake on 350 for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
When I am looking for a healthy dessert or simple clean breakfast, I love making this mandarin orange and blueberry yogurt parfait. My five year old is IN LOVE with this recipe, and you will be too. It’s simple to make and just downright delicious. Check out just how easy it is to make this yummy, clean and healthy dessert.
Eating clean does not mean you have to give up Chinese food, or meatballs! With this recipe for sweet chili chicken meatballs you can still enjoy both!
Sweet Chili Chicken Meatballs
My biggest fear when I started eating healthier, specifically clean, was that I would have to give up some of my favorite comfort foods- Chinese. I absolutely adore noodles, sauce and all things Chinese food. The problem with Chinese food, besides fat is the salt. In a clean eating recipe salt is used very minimally if at all, when used it is typically sea salt.
This recipe for sweet chili chicken meatballs uses low fat, lean ground chicken and we make our own sauce to avoid that added salt and of course, no MSG.
Serve these meatballs over whole wheat linguine (instead of lo mein noodles which are not considered clean) or whole grain rice, even quinoa. The meatballs also freeze really well. If you are on the 21 day fix or just plan your lunch/meals by servings for the week, it is very easy to do with this recipe.
Here is how to make them, enjoy!
1 lb ground chicken
1/3 cup cabbage, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
1 small carrot, grated
2-3 green onion sprigs
1/2 cup low sodium, whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup low sodium teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (or powder)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Peapods and Carrots to garnish
Preheat the oven to 425
Lightly grease a sheet pan with Olive oil.
Add chicken, egg, bread crumbs to a bowl and mix well.
Stir in the cabbage, peppers, onions and carrot.
It is best to just get right in with your hands and mix.
Roll into 2″ balls, place on sheet pan.
Bake for 15-20 mins or until cooked through.
Add all sauce ingredients to a skillet. Mix well.
If using peapods and carrots, add them now.
Place meatballs into the skillet and bring to a boil, reduce to simmer.
Cook until sauce starts to thicken and caramelize.
Serve over cauliflower rice, whole grain noodles or just more veggies!
This recipe is a twist on traditional chicken parmesan that uses ground chicken to make a chicken parmesan patty! Eat them as a burger or on top of pasta with our easy homemade marinara.
Chicken Parmesan Patty
and homemade marinara
If you are a fan of chicken parmesan then you probably have seen a gazillion recipes for it that are the same. Basically you coat chicken cutlets in bread crumbs, fry or bake it and smother the cutlet with sauce and mozzarella cheese. Then, serve with pasta or eat as is. I wanted to switch it up a but.
In this recipe, we use ground chicken to create a patty that you can enjoy as a burger or with pasta. At first glance, this dish doesn’t appear to be “clean eating approved”. I assure you, it is! We use whole wheat, fresh vegetables, sea salt, and low fat high protein meat.
This is one clean eating recipe that eats hearty and no one will ever suspect that it is a healthy version of the traditional dish.
Here is how to make it, Enjoy!
1lb ground chicken
1/2 + 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspon Italian blend seasoning (or equal parts thyme, oregano, basil)
12 slices fresh mozzarella
For the sauce
1 can tomato paste
3 tomatoes, rough chopped
1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped dates (a natural sweetener)
1 1/2 cups water
handful fresh herbs- basil, oregano, thyme, parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Preheat oven to 400
Combine ground chicken, egg, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, seasonings and half of the chopped onion in a bowl. Shape into 6-8 patties.
Coat in more bread crumbs. Place on sheet pan. Drizzle with Olive oil.
Bake for 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165.
Starting the sauce:
Add water, tomato paste, dates and sun dried tomato to a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir until fully combined.
Bring to a boil. When the sauce starts to boil, reduce to simmer.
Add tomatoes, fresh herbs and seasonings. Simmer while chicken finishes.
Serve over whole wheat pasta OR as a burger!
Raspberry Lemonade Ice Pops are easy to make, refreshing and of course, clean! Sweetened all naturally and packed full of vitamin C.
Raspberry Lemonade Ice Pops
Easy & Refreshing
There is nothing like fresh fruit especially when made into a delicious frozen treat, like these raspberry lemonade ice pops. See, homemade pops are not just for summer. When you eat clean, you eat fresh and healthy all year round. Sometimes you crave something sweet and fruity other than a smoothie. Frozen ice pops are easy to make at home any time. Of course, yes you have to wait for them to freeze over night, but what we usually do is just make them weekly.
Use the blender to make a huge batch of smoothie like mixture and pour into molds. It literally takes minutes from the time you pull ingredients till the molds go in the freezer. The best part? You can make them ANY flavor combinations you want. If you can blend it, you can freeze it and enjoy as an ice pop.
These raspberry lemonade ice pops pack a major vitamin C punch. So, do not write them off just cause we are coming into fall. Make these and eat them right through the winter to help boost your immune system and kick a cold before it starts.
The process is so simple you won’t believe it (full recipe below):
Gather your ingredients, in this case raspberries, lemons, honey and ice.
Add raspberries, juice from the lemons, honey and ice to the blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into molds.
Freeze for at last 4 hours. Best over night.
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup crushed ice (optional, may not be needed)
Squeeze juice from lemons over a strainer into a blender cup.
Add raspberries and honey. Blend.
If consistency is too thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time.
If too thin, add a small amount of ice.
Blend until right consistency is reached (able to be poured)
Variation is due to size of raspberries and lemons.
Pour into ice pop molds. Freeze for at least 3 hours. Best if over night.
Looking for another delicious fruity treat recipe, but prefer something more decadent?
Be sure to check out our Upside-Down Blueberry Puffs – an amazing muffin like cake topped with blueberries, perfect for breakfast, snack or any time !
One of my favorite healthy eats is grilled chicken, and this delicious grilled chicken with avocado salsa is a favorite of ours. It’s not only healthy, but it is literally bursting with amazing flavors. If you want to step your grilling game up a notch, jot this recipe down and get ready for some amazing flavor explosions.
What’s better than a quick and clean eating salad for lunch? Well how about an amazingly delicious garlic lemon pepper shrimp salad! Made with snap peas, asparagus, garlic, mixed greens and more, it’s a super antioxidant protein packed green salad. Not only that, but it’s so good that you are going to want to make this dish on a regular basis. Check out how easy it is to eat “clean”.
Starting your day off with a healthy breakfast is the BEST way to kick off your day. These Blueberry pancakes are clean eating, and have NO BUTTER or SUGAR! It’s like pancakes meets zucchini bread. Now THAT is my kind of recipe. These are so good your family won’t know just how healthy they really are! Now check out JUST HOW EASY it is to make these clean eating blueberry zucchini pancakes.
One of the biggest things I had to get accustomed to when I started eating healthier was ridding my self of the unnecessary and unhealthy carbs. It was hard for me because I loved rice and noodles, they were my WORLD! But as I started learning more and more about how to eat healthier, I realized I could make some really delicious meals with some healthy pasta alternatives.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. In fact, I have found more often than not I am enjoying my new dishes more than the old ones! Why? I am using more spices and venturing out into unchartered territory with my palate. If you are like I was with rices and noodles, you are going to be in for a treat. I did all of the searching for you and put together this great list just for you. Below is a list of over 30+ Low Carb and Healthy Pasta Alternatives.
This paleo and gluten free low carb dinner is such a favorite at out house, we have it several times a month. If you love a good spaghetti squash dish, you are in for a treat with this spaghetti squash & tomato basil meat sauce. It’s full of flavor and will have you asking for more.
I have been so excited to share this list of awesome recipes with you. These Whole 30 slow cooker recipes are just what I need to keep me balanced and going with a healthy meal. Now you don’t have to worry about rushing to make a healthy dinner when you can have your favorite slow cooker doing the work for you all day long.
Have you ever in your life tried crispy baked green bean fries? I hope you, because if you haven’t tried them before, you will surely need to try them now. This simple and healthy recipe is so delicious and so amazing, you won’t want to stop eating this yummy dish. Check out just how easy it is to make these crispy baked green bean fries.
Getting rid of the jiggle in the arms can be tough, but I have a few simple exercises that will help get those babies tones and in shape. There are a ton of different exercises you can do, but for today we are going to focus on the ones that I like to use to tone things up a bit. Get sleeveless dress ready with these solid toned arm exercises.
Zucchini Noodles are so delicious and so healthy, and they also make a great gluten free and wheat free recipe. I am such a huge fan of “zoodles”, I really can’t get enough of them. When you start adding in a few additional ingredients like pesto and give them a little zing, you won’t be able to get enough of them! I love this healthy zucchini noodles with pesto recipe, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I have to tell you, this chicken fajita stuffed bell pepper recipe is quite amazing. In fact, it’s quickly become one of my favorite bell pepper recipes. Loaded up with cilantro flavored quinoa, chicken fajita meat, low fat shredded cheese, and topped with cilantro and avocado. You can eat it alone or with salad. Either way, this chicken fajita stuffed bell pepper is AMAZING.