6 Hearty & Healthy Holiday Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! The lovely Alix has done me (and you!) the huge favor of rounding up 6 deliciously nutrition holiday recipes. I'll let her take it from here. Enjoy!



It seems like it was just a month ago I was home with my siblings cleaning up all of the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner while the adults munched on my aunt’s homemade poppyseed rolls. When I go home for the holidays, my mom always has me take over the kitchen for what I assume is a nice break for her and my dad. Below are a few of the dishes very similar to some of the ones I typically prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. Hopefully these make your food prep a little bit easier, as well as a little (or a lot) more healthy and delicious! 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Squash from Blogging Over Thyme

Brussel sprouts can be tricky. If you cook them right, however, they are absolutely delectable and super rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. I like my brussel sprouts a little crispy, and in this recipe the tender squash compliments them well. Photo credit: www.bloggingoverthyme.com.

Lentil, Kale, and Potato Salad from She Likes Food

This one goes out to all of you that feel like you can’t eat with your family on Thanksgiving because you don’t eat meat, gluten, or eggs. I'm trying out a vegan lifestyle for a month, and that means no turkey for me on Thanksgiving. I have been brainstorming a few things that I can help my parents make to prove to them that vegan food can still be equally, if not more delicious than non-vegan food. This recipe is definitely on my list! Photo credit: www.shelikesfood.com.


Green Bean Casserole with Parmesan Crumb Topping from iFOODreal

My grandma always prepares the green bean casserole. Every. Single. Year. Here’s a recipe from iFOODreal that takes a different approach to the green bean casserole that subs Corn Flakes for crispy onions on top. Photo credit: www.iFOODreal.com.

Sweet Potato Casserole With Maple Pecan Topping from Jessica in the Kitchen

You can’t just have one casserole. Everybody knows that. I want to make a casserole with a nice, starchy vegetable that keeps me from reaching for too many of those butter rolls my aunt always brings. Below is a recipe that is similar to a sweet potato dish I make, and I might even make the switch over because it happens to be vegan! Photo credit: www.jessicainthekitchen.com.

Vegan Garlic Mashed Potatoes from It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken

Here we go, another vegan alternative for me that I’m hoping my mother will not even notice the difference. I plan on using almond milk because I don’t like the taste of coconut milk. I can taste 1 drip of it in just about anything. However, coconut milk has many nutritional benefits, so if you like it, definitely go for it! Photo credit: www.itdoesnttastelikechicken.com.

Paleo Pumpkin Cake from Jay's Baking Me Crazy

This is the second recipe I searched for, just to make sure I was on the right track with my vegan modifications. I could not possibly risk messing up a pumpkin cake. What’s Thanksgiving without pumpkin? Hopefully, I’ll have leftovers of this one that I can freeze for Christmas. Photo credit: www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com

What will you be making for Thanksgiving this year?