Healthy and Simple Thanksgiving Dishes for Friendsgiving

Healthy Friendsgiving RecipesDuring this time of the year I just want to take a big long break, the holidays really put me in the mood to curl up with a book and sip on some delicious fat burning coffee or even a hot chocolate! Am I the only one? This time of year is my favorite and Thanksgiving really marks the spot!

If you read my post you know I am a die hard party girl, I love to pop the champagne bottle and get into giggle fests with my friends and family but I also like to slip into my LBD before an event without having to adjust myself or feel uncomfortable. I have a few tips here on how I stay sane and maintain and I also thought I would share with you a few of my all time favorite thanksgiving or in my instance friendsgiving side dishes to bring!

Healthy and Simple Thanksgiving Dishes

I love a salty appetizer before heading into Turkey dinner and I saw this dish on another instagram many moons ago and had to try it for myself. I am unsure of where I saw this recipe and I know they used olive oil so I switched that to coconut oil as it can tolerate the higher heat and let me tell you this cauliflower popcorn is NO joke! It is SO addicting! Honestly, I could probably eat this the entire night.

Thanksgiving Recipes

Cauliflower “Popcorn”

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pink salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Trim cauliflower tree and place in bowl, mix salt and oil until well coated. Place in oven for 1 hour flipping every ten minutes. Add Nutritional Yeast at the end for cheesy B12 rich popcorn.

I remember the first time I ever had dijon mustard, I was unsure of the taste and scared that this yellow sauce would taste as it looked but WOAH was I wrong. Dijon has quickly become my go to when it comes to sauces due to its macronutrient nature and its delicious taste. The fact that Trader Joe’s makes already shredded brussels sprouts makes this recipe a breeze!

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
Dijon Shredded Sprouts

  • 1 bag shredded brussels sprouts (trader joes)
  • 3 tsp. fresh minced garlic
  • 2-3 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 shallots
  • coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp no sugar added dried raisins or cranberries
  • pink sea salt, ground pepper
  • 1 organic pear

Line pan with coconut oil. Chop shallots and saute, add in 1 tsp fresh minced garlic. After an aroma forms add in the entire bag of shredded brussels sprouts. Add the other 2 tsp. of garlic, pink sea salt and ground pepper. Let steam and move around a bit to mix everything together. Once softened add in dijon mustard and stir around. Wash and chop pear into cubes. Add in pear and stir. Once cooled place in dish, taste, add sea salt or pepper as you wish. Add dried raisins or cranberries at the top for decoration.

For my green goddesses this one is for you! I love this salad not only is it SO easy to throw together, I was literally chatting with a girlfriend not even looking as I was tossing it around, it is SO tasty and the perfect meal or side dish. You can omit the brown rice for a beautiful side dish or bring it on for a complete meal.

Vegan Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

White Bean Salad

  • ½ cup white beans
  • ½ cup brown rice cooked
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4-5 asparagus spears
  • ½ cup mushrooms
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Himalayan sea salt to taste

Rinse and drain the beans, scoop out 1/2 cup brown rice. Chop cucumber, spinach and pre cooked mushrooms and asparagus spears. Mix in lemon, sea salt and olive oil. Add sea salt and lemon to taste!

SO I wanna know..

  • Are you making some dishes for Thanksgiving?
  • Are you ready to take some time to relax or are you working hard?

  • Jenna at Boston Chic Party

    These all look so yummy!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

  • Aly Geps

    YUM! Desperately in need of some healthy options this holiday season, THANK YOU!

    • the white bean salad is SO easy! I actually make it often for meal prep hehe Thank you for coming by Aly!

  • hell YES Cauliflower popcorn. I LOVE that idea. Going to make it ASAP. I just discovered nutritional yeast – game changer!!!

    xoxo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    • YES it is the best girlie so ADDICTING like majorly addicting! You have to make some and get back to me!! xo C

  • haha the cauliflower popcorn makes for a great snack with girlfriends <3

  • thank you for checking out my space Carissa!

  • Those shredded sprouts sound really good! I’m making a sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie for our Thanksgiving. Not exactly healthy… haha

    Jamie
    http://www.treatsandtrendsblog.com

  • These look amazing!! Eater better is definitely something I need to do more of, but it helps that these look delicious!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

    • thanks Liz! Feel free to go through this blog i have a TON of recipes that are EASY and delicious! xoC

  • These sounds soooooo good and easy af! I am def giving the cauliflower popcorn a go. I’m like you, anything salty YES PLEASE so this sounds perfect. I also LOVE dijon mustard – really, it’s out of control. I put it on EVERYTHING and love to dip my fries in it!! Your recipes are always so healthy and simple, I love them. Happy thanksgiving babe!!! x Shannon

    • YES Cauliflower popcorn is the BOMB-diggity like literally!! haha I have to try that I make these potato fries for my high carb days so I will love that xo C Happy Thanksgiving love <3

  • Evin Elizabeth

    I can’t wait to try these Brussel sprouts! Unfortunately, I’m the only one in the family who likes them haha! First thing next week, though, I’m definitely making them for myself!!

    xoxo,
    Evin Elizabeth
    http://www.magnoliasandsunlight.com

    • NO WAY! I LOVE BS! That is so crazy that no one else likes them! Well at least these recipes can be used all year long <3

  • Christie Moeller

    Ooh that white bean salad looks delish! Thanks for the tips!

  • That cauliflower recipe looks delish! Wish I could say I was relaxing but I’ve been tagged to be the one making our feast 🙂