Whether you're a Thanksgiving traditionalist who serves up turkey and all the fixins' or a culinary rebel who opts for less predictable holiday dishes, we've got some healthy inspiration headed your way. Nine of our coaches shared some of their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Give them a try next week!
Coach Susan's pick: Yam Seed Spread
"I love this modern take on yams. You can add more or less “seeds” to the recipe. Use it as a spread with crackers or veggies and try sprinkling a bit of honey on top for extra yum!"
Coach Sara's pick: "Roux-less" Cauliflower Mac n' Cheese
"Everyone loves the comfort of rich mac n' cheese, but not the guilt that goes with it. This simple, creamy recipe--a much lower-calorie, lower-fat, lower-carb version--gives traditional butter, flour, whole milk cheese sauce a run for it’s money! Plus, cauliflower is high in vitamin C, folic acid and fiber." (This recipe is vegetarian, nut-free, low-sodium, low-carb, low-fat, diabetic and weight-loss friendly. It can also be modified to be gluten-free.)
Coach Rachel's pick: Emerald Collard Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
"Add something green and delicious to your holiday table with this crowd pleaser. Sweet fall persimmons and antioxidant-rich pumpkin seeds, add loads of healthy fats, minerals and fiber.
Coach Shandy's pick: Braised Turkey Breast with Cranberry Relish
"Turkey is an excellent source of lean protein, B-vitamins, selenium and zinc, and braising is a healthy cooking method that keeps your turkey moist. This relish recipe omits the usual added sugars but still packs plenty of flavor."
Coach Anna's pick: Black Bean-Pumpkin Soup
"I love the idea of adding pumpkin to more than just dessert. This soup reminds me of a fall-themed chili. It’s super simple to make and is full of both flavor and lots of healthy fiber!"
Coach Elaine's pick: Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
"Thanksgiving brings plenty of starch and sugar, so I like to balance things out with tasty veggie dishes. This salad is loaded with nutrients (antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins) that reduce inflammation and improve detoxification. The dressing's warming spices add a unique fall twist for your taste buds!"
Coach Eden's picks: Breadless Cauliflower and Mushroom Stuffing
"Stuffing was always my favorite Thanksgiving side dish growing up. After going gluten-free several years ago, I discovered this breadless stuffing made with cauliflower, mushrooms, and hazelnuts. Not only does it pair well with all the usual Thanksgiving staples, it's nutrient-dense and delicious!"
"Do you love pumpkin pie, but want to keep things low-carb for the holiday? This recipe lets you enjoy a little decadence without forgoing your healthy lifestyle. I double up on the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice for extra zing."
Coach Yoli's picks: Genius Kale Salad
"You may have had your share of kale salads, but this is definitely one not to miss. It includes toasted butternut squash, asparagus, almonds and aged cheese in a tangy lemon dressing. A sure hit for the feast!"
"This fall vegetable is one of my favorites, and how it's prepared can make all the difference. For a perfectly golden finish, try this simple technique. And finish them off with nuts and parmesan cheese for extra oohs and ahhs."
Coach Julie's pick: Guacamole Deviled Eggs
"I love deviled eggs! This recipe uses avocado instead of mayo to give this classic dish a delicious kick, and some healthy fat and fiber to boot. Enjoy!"
Coach Becky's pick: Leftover Turkey Soup with Root Vegetables
"Every year, whether I'm cooking or a fortunate guest, the question of what to do with the leftovers always comes up. This recipe creates a hearty soup staring root vegetables and turkey. The directions call for a stove top method, but I’ve also thrown everything into the slow cooker before heading out for Black Friday shopping and returned to a home that smelled like Thanksgiving in a bowl. I enjoy this with a dollop of plain, greek yogurt on top and a sprinkle of all-spice."
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday, from all of us at Yes Health.