50+ Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Instead of brown and mushy, the best Thanksgiving recipes are vibrant and healthy! Here are the best recipes featuring seasonal produce and tons of flavor.

Fresh and healthy Thanksgiving recipes

The biggest cooking holiday of the year often features piles of brown mush. But guess what? There are loads of fresh, vibrant Thanksgiving recipes that taste fantastic and leave you feeling energized instead of a turkey coma. Even better: these recipes fit right with tradition, from a modern spin on green bean casserole to our tasty mashed sweet potatoes to a cozy pot pie.

Here are all the best Thanksgiving recipes for your table! See below for our four major collections of recipes. Or, scroll below the collections to see our top picks for Thanksgiving main dishes (that aren’t turkey), sides, desserts (that aren’t pumpkin pie), and drinks. Let the cooking begin!

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For some, Thanksgiving will always be about turkey. But these days, eaters are getting more adventurous at the Thanksgiving table. Since there are often meat eaters and veggie lovers at our table, we always turn to vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes. And guess what? It’s the vegetarian recipes that turn out to be the best loved dishes around the table! Here are all the most delicious and filling vegetarian Thanksgiving main dish recipes.

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For a holiday that’s all about food, there can be a whole lots of lifeless mashed potatoes and brown mushy stuffing. But guess what? Thanksgiving side dishes can be vibrant, good-for-you, and drop dead delicious. All of these healthy side dishes utilize the very best of seasonal produce, from brilliant sweet potatoes and butternut squash, to crispy Brussels sprouts to tender roasted cauliflower florets. Here are all our tricks on how to make side dishes that will be enjoyed by everyone around the table. We guarantee that they’ll ask for seconds!

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Who said Thanksgiving needs to be about turkey? Turns out, the best, tastiest holiday recipes can be plant based and vegan. Alex and I eat a mostly whole food plant based diet. At first, holidays like Thanksgiving were hard to manage: especially with family. What do I even make for you? was the chorus. Little by little, there’s been lots more education and creativity showing that plant-based recipes can be showy and celebratory, too. With that in mind, here’s our very best vegan Thanksgiving recipes!

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The best time to use a pressure cooker? Thanksgiving! The Instant Pot is a genius extension of your kitchen for holiday cooking. While your oven and stovetop are occupied cooking other things, the Instant Pot can be making up a monstrous batch of mashed potatoes. Yes, the Instant Pot is perfect for holiday cooking. (Did we mention it’s portable?) Each and everyone of them is so, so delicious, they’re sure to become family favorites in no time.

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Top 10 Thanksgiving main dishes (that aren’t turkey!)

  1. Baked Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sauce
  2. Best Vegan Pot Pie
  3. Best Vegetarian Meatloaf
  4. Stuffed Acorn Squash
  5. Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto
  6. Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing
  7. Cozy Vegetarian Pot Pie
  8. Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese & Lentils
  9. Pumpkin Stuffed Shells
  10. Stuffed Delicata Squash

Top 20 healthy Thanksgiving side dishes

  1. Best Green Bean Casserole (Instant Pot version)
  2. Best Roasted Vegetables
  3. Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Instant Pot version)
  4. Whole Grain Classic Homemade Stuffing
  5. Delicata Squash Salad
  6. Best Brussels Sprouts Recipe (Instant Pot version)
  7. Mashed Red Potatoes with Garlic (Instant Pot version)
  8. Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate
  9. Roasted Apples & Cauliflower with Dill
  10. Lemony Steamed Green Beans (Instant Pot version)
  11. Roasted Delicata Squash
  12. Easy Deviled Eggs
  13. Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  14. Easy Vegan Gravy
  15. Massaged Kale Pomegranate Salad
  16. Roasted Butternut Squash
  17. Beet Salad with Balsamic Dressing
  18. Easy Butternut Squash Soup (Instant Pot version)
  19. Roasted Thanksgiving Vegetables
  20. Spinach Apple Salad with Maple-Glazed Walnuts

Top 10 Thanksgiving desserts (that aren’t pumpkin pie!)

  1. Best Apple Pie
  2. Easy Apple Crumble
  3. Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
  4. Pumpkin Mousse
  5. Rustic Apple Galette
  6. Pumpkin Parfaits
  7. Poached Pears with Pecan Granola
  8. Instant Pot Apple Crisp
  9. Vegan Pumpkin Bread drizzled with 1/2 recipe chocolate ganache from this cake
  10. Mini Apple Pies

Top Thanksgiving drinks

  1. Mulled Cider
  2. Fall Sangria
  3. Mulled Wine
  4. Holiday Punch Iced Tea
  5. Pomegranate Spritzer
  6. Spiked Apple Cider
  7. Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail
  8. Blood Orange Rosemary Sparkling Water
  9. Apple Cider Slushie
  10. All-Natural Hot Cocoa Recipe
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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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