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3 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, many of us look forward to indulging in delicious meals and spending quality time with loved ones. While the traditional Thanksgiving feast often includes rich and calorie-laden dishes, it’s entirely possible to create a spread that is both indulgent and healthy. In this blog post, we’ll explore three mouthwatering recipes that not only celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving but also prioritize your health and well-being.

1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash Salad:


  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 4 cups mixed greens


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Toss the Brussels sprouts and butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Spread the vegetables on a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • In a large bowl, combine the roasted vegetables, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans.
  • Serve the mixture over a bed of mixed greens and drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette.

This vibrant and nutrient-packed salad is a delightful combination of flavors and textures, providing a healthy dose of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

2. Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast:


  • 2.5 lbs turkey breast, bone-in and skin-on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon, sliced


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Rub the turkey breast with the herb mixture, ensuring it is well-coated.
  • Place the turkey breast in a roasting pan, and arrange lemon slices on top.
  • Roast for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Allow the turkey to rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

This herb-roasted turkey breast is a lean and flavorful alternative to a whole turkey, offering a protein-packed centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

3. Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash:


  • 4 acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Place the acorn squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until tender.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Once the squash halves are ready, fill each with the quinoa mixture.
  • Return the stuffed squash to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

This quinoa-stuffed acorn squash is a wholesome and satisfying dish, brimming with plant-based protein, fiber, and essential nutrients.

This Thanksgiving, embrace the opportunity to nourish your body with wholesome and delicious dishes that celebrate the season without compromising on health. The three recipes we’ve showcased offer a balance of flavors, textures, and nutrients, ensuring that your Thanksgiving feast is both satisfying and good for you. So, gather your loved ones, express gratitude, and savor the joy of a healthy and bountiful Thanksgiving celebration. Happy thanksgiving from all of us at AFC Urgent Care Portland to you!