8 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes That Support Health Goals & Taste Delicious


November 13, 2020 | Food Lion
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Tasty Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes That Support Health Goals: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Keto and More

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Spoon Bread

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Bread is a Thanksgiving dinner staple in many families. But, if you’re looking for a gluten-free option to continue the tradition, give this Spoon Bread recipe a try! Here’s what you’ll need to make it: 

  • Yellow cornmeal
  • Salt
  • Boiling water
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Baking powder
  • Honey
  • Butter

And here’s a holiday meal prep tip - make this bread the night before the holiday to free up space in the oven while making your other Thanksgiving dinner recipes. Then, simply pop it in the oven for a few minutes to warm it up before serving for optimal butter melting.

5-Minute Potato Casserole

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The name of this recipe says it all! In only five minutes, you’ll have this gluten-free casserole prepped and ready to go in the oven. Made with potatoes, two kinds of cheese, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, butter and a little black pepper, this Thanksgiving dinner recipe is creamy, cheesy and the perfect gluten-free side dish to pair with roasted turkey or baked ham.

You can even prep this casserole the night before. Then, bake at 350℉ for roughly an hour and a half, or until it starts bubbling and turning slightly brown on top. And after a little cooling time, it’ll be ready to serve.

Get all of the details to make this dish on our recipe portal!

Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Zucchini & Sweet Potato Casserole

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Here’s another tasty casserole recipe, but this one is vegan! Our Zucchini & Sweet Potato Casserole is simple with less than ten ingredients and takes under an hour to make, including prep and cooking time. With a crunchy walnut topping and fresh herbs throughout, this sweet potato side dish is reminiscent of the Thanksgiving dinner recipe flavors you love but vegan-friendly.

To make it, you’ll start by slicing your vegetables - either with a mandolin or a sharp knife. Then, blend up your walnut topping and start layering your dish so it’s prepped for the oven. It’ll bake at 400℉ for roughly 25 minutes and finally, it’s ready for garnishing and serving. 

Want the full list of ingredients & easy-to-follow directions? Check out the recipe here

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Tarts

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These personal pumpkin pies are not only delicious, but they’re also festive and will undoubtedly make your Thanksgiving holiday meal feel even merrier. Plus, if eating vegan is important to you, these Pumpkin Pie Tarts are the perfect dessert recipe! And besides being miniature and decorated to look like little pumpkins, here are a few other tweaks we’ve made to a more traditional pumpkin pie recipe: 

  • Use coconut oil instead of butter
  • Almond milk versus regular dairy milk
  • And finally, mix in maple syrup instead of honey

Ready to get baking? Snag the recipe on our recipe portal

Keto Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Keto Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

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Vegetable side dishes are a Thanksgiving dinner must-have and this recipe (as well as the one below) are both Keto. That basically means they support a diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. So, if following a Keto diet is a part of your health goals (or if you simply want to serve a slightly lighter side dish), this Brussels sprouts recipe is a very tasty one to make! After all, as the saying goes, “everything is better with bacon,” right? 

Another great thing about this Thanksgiving dinner recipe is that it’s cooked on the stove instead of baking in the oven. And as you know, oven space is precious on this holiday. 

Now, see what six ingredients you’ll need to make our Keto Brussels Sprouts & Bacon dish! 

Keto Broccoli & Cheddar Casserole

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If you prefer a cheesy vegetable casserole to go with your Thanksgiving meal, stick to that tradition with our Keto Broccoli & Cheddar Casserole recipe. It’s warm, comforting and made with fresh broccoli, two kinds of cheese, plus some other essential ingredients that, when baked, will put smiles on your family’s faces as soon as they take a bite. Who knows? Maybe this will become a new family favorite for your holiday meal and an annual tradition everyone looks forward to eating. 

Not a big fan of broccoli? Feel free to substitute it with cauliflower instead in order to make a Keto Cauliflower & Cheese Casserole. 

Better-For-You Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

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It’s true - sweet potatoes, cranberries & pecans are three foods that remind us of the holidays. And in this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad recipe, we’ve incorporated all three (as well as some other delicious ingredients) to make up this better-for-you side dish that’ll be the perfect light accompaniment to your hearty and filling Thanksgiving meal.

To make it, here are the items you may need to pick up during your next trip to your local Food Lion

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pecans
  • Goat cheese crumbles
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard

You’ll also need a few common pantry ingredients, including olive oil, salt and pepper. Additionally, if you or your other family members don’t like goat cheese, don’t worry! You can use grated Parmesan cheese or Feta cheese crumbles instead. Both will still be delicious cheesy additions to this Thanksgiving dinner recipe. 

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

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And last, but certainly not least on our list of better-for-you Thanksgiving recipes features the star protein on many tables during the holidays - turkey! However, this specific turkey recipe uses a turkey breast, which not only makes it perfect for smaller gatherings, but it is also a part of the bird with lower fat content. And that is precisely why it landed on our better-for-you list. Plus, it’s roasted in the oven instead of fried. 

For the herb coating, you’ll use a tasty combination of garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, sage and thyme, as well as a little butter. Together, you’ll have a perfectly seasoned turkey breast that’ll make your family want seconds (and look forward to leftovers too)! 

Find the entire list of ingredients and cooking details here

As you get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with the people you love most, we hope our list of eight Thanksgiving dinner recipes can help you support your health goals while still enjoying the delicious flavors you look forward to every year. And whether you choose to make our cheesy broccoli casserole, roasted turkey breast or pumpkin pie tarts (maybe even all three), keep in mind that when shopping for your ingredients at your neighborhood Food Lion, you can rest assured that you’re getting what you need at low prices. And that’s especially true if you look for our brands, including Nature’s Promise, Taste of Inspirations and so on. 

We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving and enjoy some merry moments with your family! 

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