If you looking for some killer clean eating recipes for Thanksgiving, we have got you covered! Clean eating can be challenging any time of year, but during the holiday season, it’s tenfold. You want to keep it clean but you are worried if you make “healthy” recipes, the family might be disappointed, right? This was my fear two years ago on Thanksgiving when I first started my clean eating journey.
Since then, I have found some amazing recipes for “clean eating” alternatives to all the essential Thanksgiving sides! I know, you might be a little scared. I was at first, too, and I had my mom make all the classic recipes just in case my side dishes were under par. Luckily, everyone loved these recipes and we were able to do away with the originals!
Here are my favorite clean eating Thanksgiving recipes:
I was initially very skeptical of this recipe from Hummusapien. The classic Campbell’s recipe is my all-time favorite Thanksgiving side, so you can imagine my doubt as to how good this clean version could be. Turns out, it’s AMAZING! You would never know it was vegan! Even the onions are great–I was wary the first time I made it and bought some French’s fried onions just in case, but I did not end up needing them!
I have two picks for sweet potatoes! The first is a recipe from Jessica in the Kitchen for a sweet potato casserole. I didn’t use the brown sugar in the casserole itself since I think the potatoes are sweet enough, and who needs the extra sugar? But don’t skimp on the syrup in the topping!
The second sweet potato pick is for “roasted maple cinnamon sweet potatoes” from Together As Family. I added some paprika, pecans, and cranberries to this recipe to jazz it up a bit for the holiday. It’s super tasty and easy to whip up!
Next is a recipe from Eat The Gains. I love this cranberry sauce recipe because it has only natural sugars from fruits–none of that refined stuff! It’s only three ingredients, too–cranberries, pineapple, and apple. So yummy!
By “mock-tatoes,” I mean cauliflower mash, which is a great-tasting, clean version of a dish that’s usually loaded with butter and cream! I never really follow a recipe when I make cauliflower mash, but this one is really close to what I do. I will sometimes add a little almond milk or even a little greek yogurt to give it that creamy texture. Garlic and lots of seasoning are key on these! You can even mix half-cauliflower, half-potato if you want a more traditional texture.
I like this recipe for Pumpkin Crumble Bars from The Beauty and the Foodie. I use maple syrup on the crumb topping instead of coconut sugar or a refined, sugar substitute.
If you like the classic pumpkin pie, another great option is to buy a gluten-free pie crust (or make your own using almond or another nut flour) and to use maple syrup instead of sugar in the filling mixture. Then just top it off with coconut whipped cream–you won’t miss the dairy!
I am still working on finding an alternative recipe for stuffing, so if anyone has one that they like, please share in the comments below! We would love to test it out with our family!