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25 Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes You Can't Even Tell Are A Little Healthier

All of the essentials, but a little bit better for you.

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Thanksgiving is finally here, and we've readied our stomachs and put on our stretchy pants.

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But, while we would never expect you to restrain yourself from the beauty that is a Thanksgiving meal, maybe you're looking for slightly healthier options to feast on this holiday.

Just in case, we rounded up recipes that took traditional turkey-day dishes and threw them together with vegetables, lean protein, and other delicious, whole ingredients so that they're a little better for you.

DIG IN!!!

1. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Delicious cheesy goodness, because you love yourself... and your family, too, I guess. Get the recipe here.
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Delicious cheesy goodness, because you love yourself... and your family, too, I guess.

Get the recipe here.

2. Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Put a twist on the classic recipe by subbing in applesauce and coconut oil. Get the recipe here.
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Put a twist on the classic recipe by subbing in applesauce and coconut oil.

Get the recipe here.

3. Cauliflower Mash With Ricotta and Roasted Garlic

You won't even miss the potatoes. Get the recipe here.
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You won't even miss the potatoes.

Get the recipe here.

4. Roasted Broccoli, Chicken, and Cheddar Quinoa Bake

This hearty bake brings all the comfort in just one pot. Get the recipe here.
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This hearty bake brings all the comfort in just one pot.

Get the recipe here.

5. Curry-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Add a little kick to your sprouts with some black pepper and curry powder. Get the recipe here.
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Add a little kick to your sprouts with some black pepper and curry powder.

Get the recipe here.

6. Individual Baked Apple Crisps

Basically a crustless apple pie recipe, made for you by BuzzFeed Food editor Christine Byrne.Recipe: Core 8 medium apples without cutting all the way through to the bottom — leave about a ½-inch of uncut apple at the bottom — then cut away a little bit extra so there’s a well in each apple about ¾-inch thick. Put the apples on a lined baking sheet, then sprinkle each apple with cinnamon and 1 teaspoon brown sugar, and top with 1 teaspoon unsalted butter. Bake until the apple is very soft, 30–35 minutes. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with your favorite maple granola.
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Basically a crustless apple pie recipe, made for you by BuzzFeed Food editor Christine Byrne.

Recipe: Core 8 medium apples without cutting all the way through to the bottom — leave about a ½-inch of uncut apple at the bottom — then cut away a little bit extra so there’s a well in each apple about ¾-inch thick. Put the apples on a lined baking sheet, then sprinkle each apple with cinnamon and 1 teaspoon brown sugar, and top with 1 teaspoon unsalted butter. Bake until the apple is very soft, 30–35 minutes. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with your favorite maple granola.

7. Best Ever Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing

You can make this recipe in 15 minutes with only six ingredients. Get the recipe here.
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You can make this recipe in 15 minutes with only six ingredients.

Get the recipe here.

8. Potato Leek Soup

Garnish this homey soup with some sour cream, leeks, or black pepper. (Note: you will need a blender or processor to puree the potatoes and leeks.)Get the recipe here.
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Garnish this homey soup with some sour cream, leeks, or black pepper. (Note: you will need a blender or processor to puree the potatoes and leeks.)

Get the recipe here.

9. No Bake Pecan Pie Mini Tarts

No bake, no problem. Get the recipe here.
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No bake, no problem.

Get the recipe here.

10. Creamy Scalloped Cauliflower

You'll want to keep this dish all for yourself. Get the recipe here.
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You'll want to keep this dish all for yourself.

Get the recipe here.

11. Salt and Pepper Roasted Green Beans

What is Thanksgiving without the green beans?Get the recipe here.
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What is Thanksgiving without the green beans?

Get the recipe here.

12. Honey Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Definitely pass the muffins please. Get the recipe here.
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Definitely pass the muffins please.

Get the recipe here.

13. Delicata Squash and Cranberry Kale Salad

All salad is good salad, if it's filled with delicious pecans, squash, and cranberries, that is.Get the recipe here.
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All salad is good salad, if it's filled with delicious pecans, squash, and cranberries, that is.

Get the recipe here.

14. Honey Soy Glazed Carrots and Parsnips

Whip up this sweet and savory side dish in under 30 minutes. Get the recipe here.
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Whip up this sweet and savory side dish in under 30 minutes.

Get the recipe here.

15. Roasted Pears With Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce

Dark chocolate. Hazelnut. Sauce. Guys.Get the recipe here.
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Dark chocolate. Hazelnut. Sauce. Guys.

Get the recipe here.

16. Holiday Slaw With Apples and Pomegranates

A delicious take on coleslaw that you'll be able to get behind. Get the recipe here.
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A delicious take on coleslaw that you'll be able to get behind.

Get the recipe here.

17. Cranberry Apple Pecan Pilaf With Sweet Potatoes

This fruity pilaf will make the perfect side for your turkey and gravy. Get the recipe here.
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This fruity pilaf will make the perfect side for your turkey and gravy.

Get the recipe here.

18. Slow-Cooker Roasted Potatoes

Easily cook up a batch of these delicious crispy potatoes that'll be a table favorite. Get the recipe here.
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Easily cook up a batch of these delicious crispy potatoes that'll be a table favorite.

Get the recipe here.

19. Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Squash With Cranberries and Pecans

Toss this tasty veggie medley in the oven and let it roast while you prepare all your other fixings.Get the recipe here.
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Toss this tasty veggie medley in the oven and let it roast while you prepare all your other fixings.

Get the recipe here.

20. Slow Cooker Apple Sauce

Apples + nutmeg + cinnamon + water + slow cooker = as simple as it gets. Get the recipe here.
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Apples + nutmeg + cinnamon + water + slow cooker = as simple as it gets.

Get the recipe here.

21. Balsamic Broccoli Thanksgiving Salad

The recipe calls for coconut sugar, but you can use regular sugar if you've never heard of coconut sugar in your life. (You can swap on a 1:1 basis according to Burnt Apple.)Get the recipe here.
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The recipe calls for coconut sugar, but you can use regular sugar if you've never heard of coconut sugar in your life. (You can swap on a 1:1 basis according to Burnt Apple.)

Get the recipe here.

22. Quinoa and Spinach Delicata Squash

This squash is stuffed with quinoa, spinach, pecans, and cranberries. YUM. Get the recipe here.
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This squash is stuffed with quinoa, spinach, pecans, and cranberries. YUM.

Get the recipe here.

23. Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This sauce is made with medjool dates and no added refined sugar. Get the recipe.
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This sauce is made with medjool dates and no added refined sugar.

Get the recipe.

24. Apple Cider Baked Doughnuts

You will need a doughnut pan for this recipe, but it WILL BE worth it. Get the recipe here.
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You will need a doughnut pan for this recipe, but it WILL BE worth it.

Get the recipe here.

25. The Best Roasted Butternut Squash

Lighter and sweeter than potatoes, but still delicious. Get the recipe here.
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Lighter and sweeter than potatoes, but still delicious.

Get the recipe here.