5 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes to Try!
As we begin the countdown to Thanksgiving, we’re sure you’ve been busy making plans and especially plans for the best part of all – Thanksgiving dinner. While you’re in the midst of it all, try to spend some time with your client or loved one preparing your own Thanksgiving dishes to share and enjoy for the rest of the holiday. While Thanksgiving is a time to indulge (did someone say pie?) there are plenty of healthy ways to indulge. Here are some favorite recipes of ours to try out!
Juicy Roasted Turkey
All you need are a few hours, some great vegetables, and lots of butter. Other tools you’ll need are a turkey baster, deep baking pan, thermometer, cheesecloth (to help get the turkey nice and crisp while juicy on the inside). Check out this Martha Stewart classic, Basic Roast Turkey 101, to see exactly how you and your client can make the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Cups
Simple, delicious, and nutritious are just a few words to describe these bite-size delights. All you’ll need is a blender, muffin pan, and of course, the help of your client, to make this delicious on-the-go Thanksgiving treat. Start with water, maple syrup, and almond flour for the crust to form small cups in the muffin pan. Then blend the pumpkin spice, sweet potato, maple syrup, pour in each cup, and bake! Here is the how-to video below
Brussel sprouts are fan-favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving, not to mention a very healthy vegetable you can make year-round. Try making this simple salad (served cold) with Brussel sprouts, slice them up, then add cranberries, chopped fresh pears (delicious), chopped pecans, and mix it up again before you add an easy, do-it-yourself vinaigrette. Just mix olive oil mixed with dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, and pure maple syrup.
If you or your client haven’t heard of succotash, you’re in for a real treat! Rich in fiber and protein, succotash was a recipe first introduced by the Native Americans and most likely enjoyed at the first Thanksgiving with the pilgrims. It contains corn, lima beans, salt, and pepper. Fun fact, this recipe didn’t officially in cookbooks until 200 years later! Try this out with your client – and be sure to store away leftovers for a wholesome snack.
Homemade Apple Cider
There’s nothing better than a nice hot cup of apple cider to warm you up on cold fall day- and especially during Thanksgiving! Here’s how you can make your own. Begin by gathering apples of various types and sizes. Once you chop them up, add them to a slow cooker, followed by slices of tangerines or clementines for a touch of citrus. Add water to the brim, add cinnamon sticks and cloves, and cover the slow cooker for four hours. Crush the remainder or blend and sift through into cups to enjoy!