Of all the months of the year, November is the quintessential time for comfort food. Thanksgiving feasts, game day spreads, and cozy dinners kickoff the beginning of the holiday season this month. With so many traditional and new choices that make up the smorgasbord of traditional November dishes, we wanted you to have all of these deliciously clean eating recipes to choose from.
Healthy & Clean Eating Recipes
Snacks and Appetizers
Spicy, savory… these meatballs are game day food! Also a fun appetizer to put out for gatherings.
Real pumpkin puree makes this dip super fresh tasting. Dip baked pita chips or baked blue tortilla chips for a fun treat.
5. Stuffed Dates with Goat Cheese
Easy to make but they really wow. The tangy, creamy goat cheese stuffed in the sweet chewy dates makes these a mouthful of flavor that guests will love.
We love this lasagna layered with velvety butternut squash, ricotta, parm, and spinach. This dish shouts comfort food. Make a big batch and have through out the week.
7. Slow Cooker Lean Spaghetti Meat Sauce
As the name implies, this sauce is nice and meaty, the perfect bolognese sauce. Just set this meat sauce up to cook, and prepare spaghetti to serve it over. The perfect weeknight meal.
Sometimes you don’t want to make the whole turkey for Thanksgiving, especially if you are not having 20 people at your house to eat it. Make juicy, tender turkey breasts in the slow cooker with this recipe.
9. Fall Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes
Crisp on the outside and delicious on the inside, this dish makes quinoa into a main course. Perfect when you want a meatless entree too, so they could be a nice alternative to turkey if hosting vegetarians.
Crisp apples, crunchy walnuts, and hearty farro taste amazing together in this cold weather salad.
This salad brings together the earthy fall flavors of walnuts, pears, and dark leafy spinach.
Sweet Potato Casseroles are often butter and sugar laden dishes, but our mash has managed to cut out the refined sugar and butter without sacrificing flavor.
15. Slow Cooker Cranberry Chutney
This chutney can be spread on biscuits or spooned over turkey for all that cran-zingy flavor.
Less face it folks, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the Green Bean Casserole. This one may not come from a can but it sure is amazing.
17. Sauteed Fennel, Asparagus, and Goji Berries
The mild anise flavor of fennel is made a touch sweeter by sauteing it. This fresh dish adds something new to the table, besides that same old vegetable dish.
18. Curried Apple Couscous with Toasted Walnuts
Curry and couscous go together- they’re from the same region, but throw in the apples and walnuts and this dish is so much more fun then the same old rice or potato dish.
This classic Thanksgiving dish is more of a sauce then a jelly and it’s lovely, chockfull of real cranberries slow cooked into a zingy sauce.
Desserts and Drinks
A real ribbon of pumpkin puree runs through this moist perfectly spiced crockpot cake.
You would never know that this rich cheesecake has been lightened up, so you’re not sabotaging your healthy eating plan while indulging in it.
28. Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
With rich dark chocolate and caramel sauce, bread pudding never tasted so decadent. Try this cleaned up version for a chocolate dessert you’ll love.
Make this festive drink with hard cider or sparkling. It’s a little sweet, but nottoo sweet, and tart.
30. Healthy Hot Maple Apple Cider
This cider is different because fresh apples are simmered to make the drink, rather than using a purchased cider. A touch of maple syrup and cinnamon make this drink truly flavorful.