Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love hearing about the different traditions that everyone has, as well as all the different dishes that make it to the table. Coming from a Croatian family, we always have a few more traditional Croatian dishes that make it to the table. The day always starts with a fun family walk with our two dogs, and then I find myself in the kitchen, helping my mom with our Thanksgiving recipes.  Then, after we have an earlier dinner, we pick a movie to go see! It is one of my favorite traditions.

While I love tradition, sometimes it is fun to shake things up a bit. I try to bring a new recipe or dish to the Thanksgiving table each year. Some things get switched out each year,  but some recipes have earned a permanent spot at the table!  I went around the office and I asked our dietitians, what their favorite dishes are to make for Thanksgiving, and let me tell you, I am going to have a hard time picking which new recipe I am going to try this year. So, wether you like to keep it traditional, or want a twist on a classic, you have to try these recipes out!

8 Dietitian Approved Thanksgiving Recipes

1. Roasted Turkey Breast 


Photo credit Kaitlin Eckstein

I know that most people will go for the whole bird on Thanksgiving, but turkey breast might be the way to go if you aren’t cooking for a large crowd. Hear me out! You still get turkey, you don’t have to deal with too many leftovers (because who wants to eat turkey for a straight week?) and it is SO easy. You can see how I made this turkey breast step by step by clicking here.

2. Low Carb Stuffing


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Thanksgiving is traditionally a card-heavy holiday. So finding recipes that can be lower in carbohydrate without sacrificing flavor can help balance out your plate! Try this homemade low carb stuffing with pine nuts and turkey sausage for your Thanksgiving table this year, it is a staple at Rebecca’s house.

3. Roasted Green Beans with Crunchy Almond Topping

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Photo by Kaitlin Eckstein

This is a twist on the traditional (and delicious) green bean casserole. Instead of baking the beans in the traditional mushroom soup mixture, you roast the beans and top them with a delicious crunchy almond topping. Kaitlin’s family raves about this dish at Thanksgiving, and so will yours! Find the recipe here.

4. Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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Veggies are important, especially at the Thanksgiving table! Dana makes this delicious Roasted Brussel Sprout with Pistachios and Pomegranate, where you peel the sprouts so they leaves are separated and then roast them! So crispy and so delicious!

5. Twice Baked Sweet Potato 

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Photo by Klara Knezevic

What I love most about this Twice Baked Sweet Potato recipe is that each little potato is portioned out! They are basically individual sweet potato casseroles. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A and fiber, and a delicious starch option for your Thanksgiving table.

6. Cranberry Gimlet

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Photo credit Kaitlin Eckstein

What is the holidays without some alcohol? Kaitlin makes these delicious cranberry gimlets when it is time for the festivities to really begin. It is easy, delicious and only requires a few ingredients.

7. Cranberry Orange Cheesecake Cups


As you can tell, I am all about the individual portions. This is a twist on my favorite Cranberry Orange Cheesecake. I make it every year! These are great because they are small, and easy to make! The cranberry sauce is a breeze too! No canned stuff over here.

8. Mini Upside Down Caramel Apple Cakes


What are your favorite Thanksgiving Recipes?

If you have leftover apples to use up, this is the recipe to try! Super delicious, portioned out, and best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. What more can you ask for?

What are your favorite dishes to make for Thanksgiving? Let us know if the comments below! If you would like helping navigating the holidays from one of our nutrition professionals, please click here or call 301-474-2499. 

Blog reviewed and updated December 2019

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