Thanksgiving is finally just around the corner! It’s impossible not to look forward to spending time with loved ones + gathering around to watch the parades. That is, after all, what makes this season so special! But, at the same time, many of us are also a little worried about navigating the lines of decadent desserts + not-so-healthy casseroles. If you want to avoid blood sugar mutiny at the dinner table this year, see some of our favorite low glycemic impact recipes for a healthy Thanksgiving!
For people who want to reduce their sugar and carbohydrate intake, the biggest culprits are classically-made dishes such as candied sweet potato casserole, pecan pie, and traditional turkey stuffing. Even the simple aroma of these childhood favorites can start that slippery downhill slope. Not to worry, you don’t have to give up your favorites for good! Be the host with the most by substituting these healthier dishes for a healthy Thanksgiving everyone will love!
Honey-Glazed Squash Roast
This recipe brings apple cider vinegar, natural honey, the crunchy texture of pine nuts, and the delicate taste of fresh mint to create the glaze in this squash-based recipe! For those who might be heading into the Thanksgiving dining room worried about options for a vegetarian or plant-based diet, this dish is perfect for you to try!
Serves: Makes 12 servings
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- 5 pounds delicata or acorn squash
- 4 shallots, quartered lengthwise
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt plus a pinch, divided
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
- ¼ cup fresh mint, finely chopped
- Position racks to sit on the upper + lower thirds of your oven, then preheat to 400°F.
- Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
- Cut crosswise into 1-inch slices.
- Toss squash slices and shallots with oil, ½ teaspoon salt + pepper in a large bowl.
- Divide between 2 large rimmed baking sheets.
- Roast for 30 to 40 minutes turning each piece over and rotating the pans top to bottom halfway through until the squash is tender.
- Transfer the squash and shallots to a serving platter.
- Combine honey, vinegar, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to a lively simmer and cook for5 to 8 minutes or until reduced to about ½ cup.
- Immediately drizzle the syrup over the squash.
- Serve topped with pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and mint.
Savory Sage Stuffing
Your typical Thanksgiving stuffing packs a one-two punch of refined carbs and unhealthy fats on top of more sodium than you need for a week! Upgrade your recipe with this healthy Thanksgiving Sage Stuffing that offers 11 grams of protein without the refined carbs.
Serves: 15 (3/4-cup) servings
Prep Time: Varies
- 2 Tbs. salted butter
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 lbs ground pork
- 1/2 c. almond flour
- 1 Tbs. ground sage
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- In a large skillet or saucepan, melt the butter, then fry the onion until soft, about 10 minutes.
- Add all the remaining ingredients, and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and mix to combine.
- Weigh the turkey after stuffing to calculate the complete roasting time.
- Roast as directed on the package.
Citrus Cranberry Sauce
Maintaining through the holidays doesn’t have to mean you can’t enjoy your holiday favorites! Try this low-glycemic impact recipe for a healthy Thanksgiving cranberry sauce with a little twist.
Serves: Makes 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 20-30 minutes
- 1 c. non-GMO erythritol
- ½ c. fresh organic orange juice
- 1 tsp. organic orange zest
- 12 oz. fresh organic cranberries
- 0.25 tsp. Stevia Extract (to taste)
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the erythritol in the orange juice.
- Stir in the cranberries, and cook until they start to pop (about 10 minutes).
- Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze
The big Turkey Day meal is the main focus, but what are you going to do with all of that turkey afterward? This recipe is a great way to refresh + reuse your turkey for phenomenal leftovers! See more below.
Serves: Serves 16
Prep Time: 30 minutes
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
- 2 Tbsp walnuts, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- Combine all of meatball ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Mix gently but thoroughly.
- Form into 16 meatballs and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
- Combine cranberries, water, and sweetener in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for about 8 minutes or until the cranberries start to burst.
- Pour through fine strainer to remove skin and seeds.
- Return to the saucepan, whisk in xanthan gum.
- Add the meatballs and toss gently to coat in the sauce.
- Serve warm or chilled.
Pumpkin Pie Custard
If dessert is one big slippery slope for you, this healthier option offers all of the flavors and texture of a pumpkin pie without all the calories and crust from a traditional recipe. It takes only seven ingredients to create this simple and delicious dessert. Your family will be lining up for this one even if they didn’t think they were a pumpkin lover!
Serves: Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 50 minutes
- 15 ounces pumpkin
- 1/2 cup cashew milk
- 4 eggs beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon liquid stevia
- Optional toppings: Whipped Cream + a sprinkle of nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray 6 7 oz. ramekins or custard cups with olive oil cooking spray.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer mix together pumpkin, cream eggs, spices, and stevia.
- Pour evenly into 7 oz. ramekins.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a knife in center comes out clean
- Invert onto a plate or serve from the dish.
- Best served cold.
- Optional: Top with whipped cream+ top with more nutmeg
Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle Cookies
Snickerdoodle cookies are good, but what if you could take them up a notch without worrying about breaking the blood sugar bank? Adding in some homemade sugar-free salted caramel to the center of each makes them 100 times better than the original recipe, and they’re even gluten-free! Just be careful how hard press your thumb when creating the indent! Too much pressure and your whole batch will flatten when baking. This classic cookie has stood the test of time and is loved by everyone!
Serves: Makes 28 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
- 4 tbsp butter
- 6 ounces Sukrin Fiber Gold Syrup
- 3 ounces cashew milk
- 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup sweetener
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp liquid stevia
- 4 ounces Microwave Salted Caramel Sauce
- Place everything except sea salt and vanilla extract in a 16 ounce or larger mason jar.
- Microwave 1 minute. Stir.
- Microwave 1 minute. Stir well.
- Microwave 1 more minute, don’t stir, let it sit for 2 minutes.
- Check the color and consistency. If it still looks too loose and thin, microwave 1 more minute.
- Stir in the seas salt and vanilla extract.
- Allow it to cool completely.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk the first six ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer add the remaining ingredients except for the optional Sukrin gold and salted caramel sauce. Blend well.
- Pour wet ingredients into the dry mixture, then blend again until combined.
- Measure the out batter into 29 balls
- Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Very carefully use your thumb or a round 1/4 tsp measuring spoon to make a small indent in the center of each ball.
- Bake cookies for 10 minutes.
- Let cool completely then fill with caramel.
- Keep in fridge to set caramel or before ready to serve!