Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Every November, the nation gets the opportunity to celebrate a unique American tradition: Thanksgiving. The celebration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday began in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared the day as a holiday. While it’s important to participate in this long-lived American tradition, you might want to cook healthy rather than indulge in all kinds of food.

It’s easy to lose track of your diet or that of your family over the holidays when food is everywhere. The fudge, ice-cream, cakes, and other delicacies can quickly make the holidays the worst time for healthy eating. Many diets and eating plans go out the window during the holidays, undoing the hard work that got the dieter that far. To preserve your health and that of your family, here are some healthy Thanksgiving recipes to try.

Rosemary Turkey Breast

Turkey is the quintessential food for Thanksgiving. Fortunately, this healthy Rosemary Turkey Breast dish is as healthy as they come. To make it, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Five pound(s) low-fat turkey breast
  • Six garlic cloves
  • One teaspoon each of paprika and salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Two tablespoons of chopped rosemary

Mix the garlic, paprika, salt, and rosemary in a food processor and make sure the garlic is well shredded. Now peel away the skin from the turkey breast. Pour the mixture of garlic and paprika over the turkey. Cover once again with the skin. Use some toothpicks to fasten the skin to the meat. Bake the turkey for two hours in an oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. When the turkey has cooled off, slice it and serve.

Smoked Salmon Salad in Cucumber Cups

Salmon is not only a tasty dish for Thanksgiving, but it has protein and very little fat. You can enhance the healthy benefits of your Thanksgiving dinner with this dish that combines salmon and cucumbers.

You will need:

  • 12 ounces of smoked salmon
  • Four cucumbers
  • Two teaspoons of mayonnaise
  • Quarter teaspoon of ground pepper
  • Quarter cup of sliced onions
  • Two spoons of Greek yogurt
  • One tablespoon of dill, chopped
  • Two tablespoons of capers, dried

Chop the salmon. In a bowl, combine the salmon, onions, yogurt, mayonnaise, and capers. Slice the cucumber into slices of 1 inch thick. Then scoop out the seeds to make each slice into a shallow cup. Scoop the mixture of salmon and other ingredients into each cup. Finally, sprinkle any remaining pepper onto the cups.

Green Bean Salad

Serving a salad for Thanksgiving is a good way to eat less calories overall and have healthy vegetables. When you prepare this green bean salad, you can not only eat healthy, but present your family with a tasty treat while at it.

These are the ingredients you need for this dish:

  • Half a cup of walnuts, chopped
  • Quarter cup of cheese
  • Quarter teaspoon of ground pepper
  • One cup of sliced tomatoes
  • One teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • One pound(s) green beans
  • One tablespoon of chopped onion
  • Two tablespoons of vinegar
  • Three tablespoons of olive oil
  • Quarter teaspoon of salt

Boil some water in a bowl and add a moderate amount of salt. Drop in the green beans and let them boil for about three minutes. Drain the beans and let them cool, then cut them in half to make the pieces smaller. Prepare a vinaigrette in a bowl using the mustard, onions, vinegar, pepper, and salt. Mix with olive oil to complete the vinaigrette. Mix the tomatoes, beans, and walnuts in a large bowl. Add crumbled cheese on top before serving.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower

Having a slow cooker can make preparing meals for Thanksgiving much more manageable. This mashed potatoes and cauliflower recipe is not only easy to prepare, but healthy to boot. To make this meal, you will need the following:

  • Cup of beef broth
  • Quarter cup of milk
  • One head of cauliflower
  • Quarter cup of butter
  • One teaspoon of ground pepper
  • Quarter cup sour cream
  • One teaspoon of garlic

Place the beef broth and the potatoes into a slow cooker and let cook on low for three and half hours. Chop the cauliflower and add it in, then cook for three more hours. Pour in the sour cream, milk, garlic, pepper, butter, and desired amount of salt into the potato mix. Blend with an immersion blender, then let the mix cook for another 10 minutes.

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