My Thanksgiving Day Menu

So are guys gearing up for Thanksgiving, yet? It’s on my mind, but between work, kids and marathon training, I’ve honestly been too busy to give it much thought. I always celebrate two Thanksgivings; one with my in-laws and husband’s side of the family and then one with my side of the family. Luckily, both are in the same town! This year we will celebrate with my in-laws the day before Thanksgiving and with my parents, on Sunday. My father-in-law is planning a fishing trip and is heading out on Thursday and my dad is a pilot and will be flying on Thanksgiving. It’s not about the day, it’s about being together, so no biggie…. plus I like how they are spread out. I don’t do a ton of cooking for either of the meals, but I always like to bring a few things to both celebrations. Check out some delicious ideas that have caught my eye over the past few weeks…. a few I’m definitely planning to make for the big day, but others I may just have to recreate on a rainy day.

A Roundup of Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes

As far as I’m concerned, it’s all about the dessert! You can bet, I’ll definitely be making my grandma’s famous Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares for Thanksgiving with my parents. Landen has seriously been talking about these for months!

Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares

I can’t pass up an excuse to make dessert, so you better believe, I’ll be making dessert for my other Thanksgiving meal too! There are so many delicious looking choices, but I can’t get Amanda’s Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars out of my head, so those are what I’ll be making.

Pumpkin Oat Bar

And being the huge snickerdoodle fan that I am, I may just have to bake some of Davida’s Pumpkin Snickerdoodles too!

pumpkin snickerdoodles

My family typically keeps things really light at breakfast time. You know, we’ve gotta save room for the real meal of the day! However, I would love to bake up these really sinful looking Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls. I will most likely stick with my Baked Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal, though. 😉

sweet potato cinnamon rolls

Green Bean Casserole is a must on Thanksgiving and is one of my sister’s favorites. I don’t know if she’d approve, but I just might have to healthify it with Lindsay’s Healthy Green Bean Casserole.

healthy green bean casserole

Personally, I think Broccoli Rice Casserole with cheese is the star of the show and my mom’s is the BEST! But, I did come across Sonia’s Mushroom Spinach and Brown Rice Casserole and it would be a wonderful healthy substitute. Love the use of cottage cheese and Greek yogurt!

Mushroom Spinach Brown Rice Casserole

And if you’re not much of a mushroom person, but you are a quinoa lover, like myself…. try Jen’s Easy Quinoa Cheddar Bake with Broccoli and Chicken. I may actually give this a try without the chicken because who needs chicken when you have turkey?

Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Casserole

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without potatoes and you guys know how much I love my sweet potatoes….. hence the cinnamon rolls above. Last year I made my Coconut Sweet Potato Casserole and it’s absolutely delicious, but I really want to try something new. Doesn’t this Sweet Potato Cauliflower Gratin sound wonderful?

Sweet Potato Cauliflower Gratin

And if you would rather have an alternative to potatoes, this Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Casserole from Carolyn looks so awesome.

Butternut Squash Cauliflower Casserole

My mom always fixes a lovely cream cheese corn side dish. It’s not exactly healthy, but it still might be worth sharing soon. Until then feast your eyes on this Corn and Bacon Casserole that could easily be healthified.

Corn and Bacon Casserole

How do you guys feel about Cranberry Sauce? Personally, I have to have it…. love the sweet with savory. My family loves the cranberry sauce out of the can. I just can’t do it and I make my own; which if you ask me, is waaaaay better. I may try this Healthy Sugarless Cranberry Sauce this year. Cranberry sauce makes your Thanksgiving plate look so pretty!

Healthy Sugarless Cranberry Sauce

Speaking of Cranberry Sauce….. yum to this Holiday Cranberry Salad!

Holiday Cranberry Salad with Pecans

My family usually takes the easy way out when it comes to the rolls and bread. But, I can only imagine how scrumptious these Honey Oatmeal Rolls would taste with the rest of my Thanksgiving meal.

Honey Oatmeal Rolls

I pretty much eat a salad every day of my life, but surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a salad on Thanksgiving. I may have to break that streak with Jessica’s Autumn Arugula Salad with Caramelized Squash and Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette.

Autumn Arugula Salad with Caramelized Squash Spiced Pecans and Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette

I will NEVER not eat my mom’s stuffing {dressing???} at Thanksgiving. It’s that good. However, if I wasn’t lucky enough to have such an amazing cook baking up my Thanksgiving meal, I might just want to give this Grain-Free “Cornbread” and Sausage Stuffing a try.

"Cornbread" and Sausage Stuffing

Something to think about…..

What is your favorite Thanksgiving Day food?

Have you ever make anything for Thanksgiving? If so, what did you make?

Are you planning your meal yet? Tell me, what’s on the menu?

Have a wonderful weekend! Wish me luck on my 22 miles, Sunday! 



  1. says

    Can I come over for your Thanksgiving? It all sounds incredible!
    Kind of jealous you get to have your Thanksgiving celebration soon, when over in Canada ours has come to an end.


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