Healthy Thanksgiving Twist

It’s the happiest time of the year! We’re a few days away from Thanksgiving, so we wanted to focus on a healthier twist to the typical Thanksgiving meal. So move over turkey, we have some healthy alternatives that will steal the show this year.

GROUND TURKEY SWEET POTATO SKILLET

This recipe still incorporates turkey, but in a new way! This recipe is both healthy and gluten free, while still being full of flavor.

INGREDIENTS

3 small or 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
1 pound ground turkey
1 yellow bell pepper
1 cup onion, diced
½ cup mozzarella, shredded
½ cup water
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute and then add ground turkey. Use a wooden spoon to break apart meat and continue cooking approximately 8 minutes until browned.
  2. Add cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to incorporate.
  3. Add onion and bell pepper, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add diced sweet potato and water. Stir and cover with a lid for approximately 6-8 minutes until the sweet potatoes soften. Add additional water during this process if needed to keep the meat from drying out.
  4. Remove lid and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Top with shredded mozzarella and allow it to melt. Remove skillet from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Adapted from Life Love Liz

 

Cauliflower Stuffing

Stuffing made healthy! Cauliflower takes the place of bread, making this stuffing low-carb.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1 small head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 c. chopped mushrooms
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage (or 1 tsp. ground sage)
  • 1/2 c. vegetable or chicken broth

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion, carrot, and celery and sauté until soft, 7 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add cauliflower and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  3. Add parsley, rosemary, and sage and stir until combined, then pour over vegetable broth and cover with a lid. Cover until totally tender and liquid is absorbed, 15 minutes.
  4. Serve.

Adapted from Delish

BEST-EVER HEALTHY APPLE CRISP

This healthy dessert alternative is full of apples, cinnamon, and crumbly toppings. Add some vegan or normal vanilla ice cream, and you’ll be the favorite guest at the Thanksgiving gathering!

INGREDIENTS

  • For the apples:
  • 5 granny smith apples
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • For the crumble topping:
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel apples and dice into cubes of approximately equal size. In a large bowl, toss with maple syrup, water, and cinnamon. Pour apples into greased 9×9 inch baking dish.
  2. In the same (now empty) bowl, add oats, almond flour, nuts, cinnamon, salt, coconut oil or butter, and maple syrup. Stir crumble topping together and pour into baking dish on top of apples.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until apples are soft, covering pan loosely with aluminum foil halfway through to prevent from over-browning.
  4. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Adapted from Healthy Liv

 

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