Few Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Family

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and will officially mark the beginning of the holiday season. This is the time to indulge with our near and dear ones as we celebrate the tradition of naming things we are thankful for every year with a toast.

While the turkey roast may be the favorite of everyone in your friends and family circle, you can always try and spice things up. Not literally though! In this post, we will provide you with a few healthy Thanksgiving recipes that you can enjoy with family and friends:
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1. Kale and Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans:
Sounds a little too much, doesn’t it? Well, we can assure you that preparing this is definitely not that hard as it probably may look like.

Kale and Apple salad


Kale happens to be quite a healthy alternative for salads and combining it with deeply fried pecans makes all the difference in this particular recipe. Let’s give you a breakdown of the ingredients:

  • 2 cups pecan
  • Half a cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • Half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • A quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces of Pancetta diced finely
  • A quarter cup of wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • Freshly Ground black pepper
  • 2 granny smith apples cut like matchsticks
  • 1 large radicchio finely shredded
  • 8 ounces of kale
  • 3 tablespoons of snipped chives
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped tarragon
  • 2 ounces shaved pecorino

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Now take a bowl and cover the pecans with water. Transfer this to a sieve and drain out the water. Take another bowl and whisk the confectioners along with cayenne and 1 and a half teaspoons of salt.

Add the pecan to the bowl and toss again, Transfer this to a sieve and shake off the excess coating. Now, arrange the pecan on a paper lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until the sugar in it has caramelized completely.

Next, heat the oil with pancetta and cook the same over moderate heat. Make sure to stir this frequently until the pancetta turns brown. Now strain the pan into a bowl and put in the remaining ingredients including vinegar, carper brine, maple syrup and season this with salt and black pepper.

Add the apples, radicchio, kale, chives, tarragon, and pecorino and toss. For final dressing, you can use pecan garnish along with pancetta.

2. Hasselback Butternut Squash with Browned Butter:
This year, replace the sweet potatoes with this squash dish. The best part is that it requires fewer ingredients and can be prepared in advance. Below is a list of the ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 large sage leaves chopped thinly along with small sage leaves
  • 1 clove garlic grated finely
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Heat your oven to 425 degrees and melt 2 tablespoons butter in small skillet over medium heat. Swirl the pan until it turns golden brown. Add the chopped sage and once the butter is browned evenly, then transfer it to a bowl to cool.

Once this has cooled down, mash the remaining 2 tablespoons butter into browned butter and make a paste. Add along garlic and salt and pepper as per taste. Next, peel the butternut squash into half and remove the seeds. Place a wooden spoon on every side of the squash and cut slits evenly around the squash.

You can use the spoon handles to avoid cutting all the way through the squash. Season the squash again with half a teaspoon of salt and pepper mixture and brush it with better. Now, roast this with butter mixture every 10 minutes until tender for 60 to 70 odd minutes.

3. Holiday Roasted Vegetables:
A healthy alternative for salads, this recipe of holiday roasted vegetables takes less than half an hour to make and can easily serve 4 people.


You will need some basic ingredients for this dish:

  • 3/4th lb Brussel sprouts trimmed into halves
  • 2 large carrots peeled into half pieces
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves chopped
  • Half a cup toasted pecans and dried cranberries

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Scatter the veggies on a large sheet pan. Use enough olive oil so as to coat every piece. Once done, toss the balsamic vinegar. Season it as per taste with salt and pepper. Make sure to scatter the herbs around the pan and bake the same for 20-25 minutes until the vegetables turn tender. Toss the roasted vegetables with some cranberries and pecans before serving.

So there we have a few healthy Thanksgiving alternatives that you can enjoy along with your family.

Happy healthy cooking!

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