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A Superfood Thanksgiving: 31 healthy recipes to be super thankful for


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-1Thanksgiving is no time for counting calories. (You’re celebrating the bounty, done.) But why not add as many good-for-you foods as possible to your menu—and your list of things to be grateful for—this year?

Traditional holiday staples, like sweet potatoes and pumpkin, are already full of vitamins and antioxidants.

But we’re taking classic recipes up a notch, adding superfoods like pomegranate, quinoa, goji berries, ginger, and turmeric to the mix, with recipes so delicious you won’t even miss the fried onions on your green bean casserole.

Here are 31 recipes, from hors d’oeuvres to desserts, that will give your Thanksgiving favorites a healthy boost—or introduce you to new dishes that will spice up your nutritious, delicious holiday menu. —Willa Tellekson-Flash

(Photo: Half Baked Harvest)

 

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kaleandwhitebean_loveandlemonsSuperfood Hors D’oeuvres and Appetizers

1. Brussels Sprout Sliders

2. Kale & White Bean Crostini

3. Cranberry Avocado Salsa

4. Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus

5. Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash Rings with Mushrooms, Cranberries, and Pecans

6. Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Fritters

7. Apple Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

8. Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Fried Pumpkin Seeds

(Photo: Kale & White Bean Crostini, Camille Styles)

 

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Ginger Cardamom Sweet PotatoesSuperfood Sides

9. Autumn Kale Salad with Roasted Cauliflower and Apple

10. Shaved Carrot & Fennel Salad with Ginger Dressing

11. Beet Salad with ginger and avocado

12. Ginger Cardamom Sweet Potatoes

13. Herbed Wild Rice & Quinoa Stuffing

14. Gingered Pomegranate Lime Cranberry Sauce

15. Cumin Roasted Cauliflower with Black Lentils

16. Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika and Turmeric

17. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sesame Seeds and Goji Berries

18. Spelt Sweet Potato Biscuits

19. 5-Seed Bread Rolls

(Photo: Ginger Cardamom Sweet Potatoes, Love & Garnish)

 

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Walnut Crusted Pear Ginger TartSuperfood Desserts

20. Marble Sweet Potato Pie

21. Carob Pumpkin Tart

22. Acai Berry Tart

23. Rhubarb, Apple, & Ginger Crumble

24. Walnut Crusted Pear-Ginger Tart

25. Pomegranate and Chocolate Shortbread Tart

26. Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Dark Chocolate Bark

(Photo: Walnut Crusted Pear-Ginger Tart, Produce on Parade)

 

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Black Peppercorn + Cranberry ShrubSuperfood Drinks

27. Cranberry Ginger Fizz

28. Apple, Gogi Berry, and Honey Date Drink

29. Lemon Ginger Apple Cider

30. Apple Cider Pomegranate Mocktail

31. Black Peppercorn + Cranberry Shrub

(Photo: Black Peppercorn + Cranberry Shrub, With Food + Love)

We’ve also got essential tips for hosting either a vegetarian or a Paleo Thanksgiving, plus veggie side dishes from New York City chefs right here…