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Thanksgiving Menu 2012: Healthy and Delicious {Meatless} Recipes

Well, it’s time — we bring you our Thanksgiving spread for 2012.  Each year in November, we challenge ourselves to develop a Thanksgiving menu using whole, natural and seasonal food, staying on the “light” side to counteract the typical rich and heavy meal observed here in America to celebrate our blessings.

Since we generally don’t host a meal on this holiday, we take this as our chance to be creative and devise a meal together. We usually try to come up with a meatless entree option, since we eat mainly meatless, and it’s fun to come up with an interesting vegetarian or vegan option. However, we fully endorse taking the chance to splurge on a holiday, and love the idea of finding a local well-raised bird for the occasion.

We realize the term “healthy” is subjective — and, we’re taking suggestions on a better term (ideas, anyone?).  I’ve used it here since it’s a standard term to describe what this meal is not — overly rich, fatty, processed, etc. However, with each person in the world, there is a different definition of what is “healthy”, so this meal may or may not fall under your own criteria. Whatever the case, our top priorities were seasonal, wholesome, light, and most of all – delicious.

If you live in Indiana or Midwest America, you’re likely to find many of these ingredients at your local markets.

And, check out more ideas from our blog and around the web below.

Looking for a gluten-free meal? Try last year’s menu, Thanksgiving 2011.

What are you planning for Thanksgiving?  We’d love to hear your ideas too!


Grape and Walnut Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
A refreshing lemony salad with sweet grapes

A great meatless entree – delicious sweet squash filled with savory bread stuffing

Whole Grain Classic Stuffing
Classic savory stuffing with leeks and whole grain bread
Sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, garlic and rosemary – the perfect side dish
Rustic tart filled with honey-sweetened and spiced apples and pomegranate seeds – one of our favorite recipes this year



From Our Blog
From Around the Web
Here are some seriously delicious-looking ideas from some fabulous food bloggers around the web:

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  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    November 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Wonderful round-up! So many great ideas. I love lighter dishes during the holidays. It helps offset some of the indulging I do when it comes to my mom’s baking. Dangerous I tell you! :)

  • Reply
    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)
    November 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

    So many delicious recipes!! I’ve got to try those spiced pumpkin seed truffles!

  • Reply
    November 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Yay for veg thanksgiving–these are some great ideas! I think I may need to make up a batch of that stuffing…

  • Reply
    November 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    thanks for the link love! Your apple pomegranate galette looks so pretty – I’ll have to try that one out for the holidays!

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