How to Plan a Healthy Thanksgiving Menu (Recipes + Printable)

Holidays are a time to honor traditions, break out our best recipes, and celebrate in high style. Still, it can’t be denied that the usual Thanksgiving menu is rough on those with dietary restrictions, and generally leaves most of us feeling as overstuffed as the turkey!

Years ago I decided to take our Thanksgiving dinner in a healthier direction. I can now say with confidence that it really is possible to host a delicious and healthy Thanksgiving meal.

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None of us miss the traditional versions of classic Thanksgiving recipes and prefer the taste and quality of these easy but homemade dishes. You can host your best Thanksgiving ever with a little pre-planning with some of these delicious recipes. Or if you’re bringing a dish over to the family Thanksgiving for a potluck-style event, there are plenty of options to choose from!

Our Favorite (Healthy) Thanksgiving Recipes + Menu Plan

Here are our favorite Thanksgiving Day recipes, from our family to yours! I adapted them back when I was completely grain-free and (mostly) paleo, so they’re definitely healthy. While our family does include some dairy and a few grains in our weekly menu, you’ll find plenty of allergen-friendly options here.

If you’d like to try this menu, I’ve included my complete shopping list below.

Mom disclaimer: No, I do not make all of these recipes from scratch every year! This is just a list of our favorites we’ve compiled over time. Some years we’re more motivated than others (read: when it’s not a baby year or the year of a worldwide pandemic).

Usually, I prioritize making the main portion of the meal from scratch and keep dessert simple. Even some fresh fruit or grain-free chocolate chip cookies from Thrive Market keep my crew happy. And as my kids have gotten older they’ve taken charge of many of our meals and family dishes which helps things go even smoother!

Enough from me, let’s dive into all the yummy recipes!

Appetizers

I like to have these around while I’m cooking/baking… along with a good glass of wine of course! They also help when you have little ones with big tummies who have a hard time waiting for the main meal to make its appearance. Another easy option to add is a plate full of chopped raw veggies with some dipping sauce, like high-protein ranch dressing or homemade French onion dip made with shallots.

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