47 (mostly) Healthy Holiday Recipe Roundup

First of all…I just got back from a short and sweet trip to Florida. There was plenty of sunshine, a little yoga and lots of chillin out. Happy Sigh.

Yes, I had a nice time, thank you. Here’s a few pics.

Anyhoo, I had this idea that I’d make a bunch of recipes before turkey day, photograph them, then post them all here. Then I decided that instead of losing my own mind and attempting a first round(s) of holiday cooking (cause frankly that would be insane), I said to myself, “self, share the plethora of amazing ideas others have created.”

And so I mustered up some awesome recipes coming from some of my fav people and places so ideas just ooze out of you in time for the holiday mania. How nice am I?

And by the way, this was really loads of fun because people were just so darn friendly when I asked if they would like to be included and every single one of them said YES. I heart you all.

I think people who love good food are generally nice people…yes, that’s right .


All photos are from each blogger or original source and I have linked to all of the recipes so that they receive the credit they deserve.

Just so you know: some of these recipes are traditional, some are not, but who’s making the rules?


Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, flexatarian, ilovesangria-tarian (dunno how that got in there), or just don’t love the traditional bird or stuff your face with stuffing stuff…there’s likely more then one link here to please that palate of yours. Here goes!


Triple Pepper Kale Veggie Dip: EA Stewart-Spicy RD

Sweet Potato Hummus from: ME

Pesto Potatoes
from: Junia K at Mis Pensamientos


Winter Greens Spanakopita Triangles from: Cooking Light

I married a Greek, remember? Love these!

Roasted Sweet Potato Cube Skewers-rx4foodies


Hummus filled cucumber cups-from Family Fun

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip from: Skinny Taste.com


Coconut Pumpkin Soup from: Trish at Dish by Trish

Roasted Acorn Squash with Beet and Apple Soup from: Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Parsnip and Sweet Potato Bisque from: Trish at Dish by Trish


Maple Glazed Roasted Pumpkin & Arugula Salad from: ME!

Apple-Pomegranate Salad in Apple Cups from: Marina at Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Pomegranate Christmas Salad
from: Alysa at-Inspired RD

SIDES (yes or no, they’re the best part?)

Mashed “Potatoes” with Butternut Squash Swirl from: Katie at Dashing Dish

Pumpkin Gingerbread Stuffing from: Winnie at Healthy Green Kitchen

Roasted Cauliflower with Olives and Herbs from: Sylvie at Gourmande in the Kitchen

Gingerly Spiked Cranberries from: ME

Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Apples from: Regan at Professional Palate

Lightened up Sweet Potato Casserole from: Jessica at-How Sweet It Is

Roasted Brussel sprouts and Grapes from Ann at-Cooking Healthy For Me

Creamy Low Fat Mashed Potatoes
from: Dara at Cookin’ Canuck

Coconut Smashed Sweet Potatoes from: ME


Photo: Andrew Scrivani NYT

Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Apple Puree-NYT Well (omg omg omg omg!)

Sauteed Carrots with Sage-Cooking Light

Seitan Tambales with Chestnut Stuffing from: Vegetarian Times

Sweet Potato and Apple Gratin-Myrecipes.com

Fruit and Toasted Almond Stuffing-Vegetariantimes

Black Quinoa and Kale Salad-Green kitchen stories

Wild Mushroom Stuffing-Eating Well

Wild Rice, Fruit and Pecan Stuffing-Bon Appetit

Mashed Creamy Cauliflower-Eating Well

Savory Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding-Cooking Light/NYT


Autumn Vegetable Stew from: Chrissy & Lauren at Little Yellow Kitchen

Toasty Pumpkin Chicpea Fritters from: Kathy-The Lunchbox Bunch


Parmesan and Root Vegetable Lasagna from: My Recipes

Winter Greens Spanakopita from: My Recipes (I’ve made this recipe, it’s awesomeness).

Butternut Squash and Leek Lasagna-Eating Well

Harvest Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms-New York Times/Well

Mushroom and Leek Galette-Eating Well

DESSERTS (holy mackerel!)

Individual Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecakes from: LaurenHealthy Food for Living

The Deconstructed Healthy Apple Pie-ME

Spiced Sweet Potato Ice Cream: Lauren-Healthy Food for Living

Four Ingredient Vegan Pumpkin Pie from: Kathy at The Lunchbox

Spice Kissed Pumpkin Pie from: Photo fromME! I made this one last year from 101 cookbooks.


Maple & Squash Pumpkin Pie Popsicles (yes, really)-The Kitchn

Squash Pie-Dr. Weil

DRINKS (yes, sometimes one needs a cocktail and the option to meditate at the Turkey Table isn’t quite appropriate with the nutty family around-jokes people, jokes).

Spicy Apple Gingertini from: EA Stewart at The Spicy RD blog

Spiced Apple Cider Sangria from: Tina at My Life as a Mrs. 

Holiday Sangria from: Aggie at Aggie’s Kitchen

Spiked Apple Cider in Apple Cups from: Kate at Diethood

So, I leave you with this sarcastic yet to the point suggestion:

Don’t skip breakfast on Turkey Day, we all know it just leaves you starving and perhaps having this hulk like ability to eat 4,000 calories within one meal. But I also think you should eat what you want, it’s not one day that will ruin you for a lifetime. You know who you are if you’re stuffing yourself like that turkey…yes?

If you want some more guidance (which I’m happy to provide) I did a pretty good job of summing up how to get through the Holidays with Sanity (dodging the muffin top) last year. Part I and Part II.

SO, do you have a favorite holiday recipe that’s possibly healthier then most, or just so freaking delicious that it’s worth every last bite, or sip?

Feel free to share here! I’d love to see what you’ve got up your sleeves.

Cheers and Happy Healthy Eating, perhaps not over stuffing!



p.s. I might keep adding to this post, and if you have a recipe you think should be included here, contact me and let me know!

27 thoughts on “47 (mostly) Healthy Holiday Recipe Roundup

  1. MMMMMMMMM…My mouth is watering now! I guess I shouldn’t have looked at this when I am so hungry, right? I love the photos, especially the one of the apple cider in the apple cups! What a clever idea that is! But so time-consuming to carve out all of the individual apples and then to fill them and make sure that none of the liquid spills out or soaks through and makes a mess as you are transferring the cider cups around. But hey, on the upside, you can eat your cup when you are done with the cider! Wow, what a great idea! Edible food and beverage containers! Kind of like those hollowed-out bread bowls that are filled with soup that you can order at Panera or at some other restaurants. Cool! 😀

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  4. Wow, this is one amazing roundup. So many wonderful recipes. I have bookmarked this for reminders for next year. Thanks so much for posting and for including me, Jen. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. xx

  5. Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving. Thanks for the amzing roundup of healthy but also delicious recipes! Thanks also for all your tips as well, as I am already dreading the Christmas period. I hope that this year I will not indulge.

    • Thank You Ivy! I might have a pre-christmas round-up as well. Oh, don’t dread the Christmas time….you’ll get through it! I think the best thing to do during the holidays is to plan on maintaining anything you’ve started (weight loss etc.) rather then start something new or set new goals. That way you just breeze through without the guilt or depression of having overindulged. 😉 I know you’ve been working hard and keep it up! p.s. I’ll need a baklava recipe soon. 😉 I know you’re the gal to go to. Happy post Holiday!

  6. Love this roundup! I’m glad to be connected with so many creative and health conscious gals 🙂 off I go to read your post on how to get through the holidays with sanity. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  8. what an AWESOME round up. i’ve been looking to find healthy, delicious recipes for thanksgiving this year. i am so going to browse thru this! thanks for including me in the roundup :). have a wonderful weekend Jen!

  9. Wow, what a terrific healthy recipe roundup for the holidays! Just goes to show you don’t have to miss out on anything when you’re eating healthy – would love to be invited to a Thanksgiving meal featuring all these goodies. I have a bunch of healthy gluten-free/dairy-free recipes for Thanksgiving for anyone trying to accommodate special dietary needs this holiday season. http://su.pr/1yHL96

    • Hi Jeanette!
      It wasn’t so hard to find recipes that belong here, so I’m going to add you to the roundup and 47 will become 48…then I bet it becomes 50 at some point. Ha! Thank you for sharing and commenting. Happy to meet another healthy blogger.

  10. Fabulous roundup Jen, and thanks so much for sharing my Kale Veggie Dip and Spicy Apple Gingertini 🙂 My mother-in-law is hosting Thanksgiving this year, but I may need to have another Thanksgiving dinner to try out these fabulous recipes! Happy Thanksgiving!!! xoxoxo

    • Yes well I completely understand the need to have a second turkey day. Perhaps you can bring something to your MIL. I know my mom always appreciates what I bring. Maybe it will include the apple gingertini kit this year. Ha!

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