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24 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

By November 22, 2017 April 11th, 2019 No Comments


  • These recipes may not be the “cleanest” type of muscle-building fuel but a big Thanksgiving meal can translate into a great workout over the next few days.
  • It’s okay to cheat over the holidays, but don’t overdo it.
  • Try filling up your plate with veggies to start off. The fiber will help fill you up and keep you away from all of the unhealthy sides.

With the holidays just around the corner, most fitness enthusiasts are thinking about one thing: the best Thanksgiving recipes. After all, what’s the point of being in shape and killing it in the gym all year long if we can’t indulge once in awhile, especially for special occasions? Even though the food associated with the holidays, and Thanksgiving especially, is usually not the cleanest, you can translate it into a great workout over the next few days.

  1. Slow-Cooked Sweet Potato With Bacon

    This sweet-and-salty side could not be easier to prep on Thanksgiving morning. Best part? It’s made in the slow cooker, so you’re saving valuable stovetop space. Follow this link for the full recipe! Prep + Cook time: 6 hours Calories per serving: 300

  2. Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

    This one is Thanksgiving hallmark. Not only does it taste amazing, but it is only 226 calories! Not bad for a turkey day side! For more on this recipe, follow the link provided above. Prep + Cook time: 1 hour Calories per serving: 226

  3. Fresh Green Bean Casserole

    Forget about the recipes with canned ingredients that may still haunt your holiday memories. This comforting recipe is made with only fresh ingredients for the ultimate palatable pleasure. Check out this website for the full recipe. Prep + Cook time: 1 hour Calories per serving: 188

  4. Maple-Baked Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, and copper. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium and dietary fiber. Give this recipe a try for a very nutritious Thanksgiving side. Prep + Cook time: 1 hour Calories per serving: 150

  5. Orange and Sage Roasted Turkey and Gravy

    This one is a new twist on an old-fashioned Thanksgiving Turkey dinner. The combination of the citrusy orange flavor with the roasted turkey will send your taste buds on a journey. Check this recipe on the website linked above! Prep + Cook time: 6 hours Calories per serving: 250

  6. Buttery Cinnamon-Sugar Acorn Squash

    This one is so simple all of the ingredients are in the name. It takes just 10 minutes to prep these 4 ingredients. This is the perfect last minute side that everyone will love! For more on this, check out the website linked above. Prep + Cook time: 55 minutes Calories per serving: 200

  7. Malt-Beer-Brined Turkey With Malt Glaze

    Ever wondered what it would be like to combine your two favorite things, beer and Thanksgiving? This showstopping turkey is made with beer and malt, creating a sweet, sticky glaze that encourages some serious finger licking. For the full recipe, follow the link above. Prep + Cook time: 4 hours Calories per serving: 580

  8. Shredded Brussels Sprouts With Maple Hickory Nuts

    This smokey Thanksgiving side is the perfect addition to your party. It’s a little on the lighter side to make up for all the crap you will be eating along with it. For more on this healthier side, follow the link provided above! Prep + Cook time: 2 hours Calories per serving: 171

  9. Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

    This is a rustic version of mashed potatoes. To make it, you simply boil a few pounds of baby red potatoes, smash them with a dinner fork, and then mix them with butter and Parmesan. So easy and everyone will love it! Prep + Cook time: 30 minutes Calories per serving: 300

  10. Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Chestnut Salad

    This easy and fresh salad has all the makings of an autumnal classic. After giving it a try you will be searching for a way to fit it on the Thanksgiving table.For the full recipe, check the website linked above! Prep + Cook time: 30 minutes Calories per serving: 240

  11. Sweet Potato Crescents

    A Thanksgiving feast would not be complete without these light-as-air crescent rolls. They’re a nice accompaniment to any menu. Baking them will put you in the holiday spirit. For the full recipe, follow this link! Prep + Cook time: 45 minutes Calories per serving: 123

  12. Pumpkin-Cheesecake Pie with Gingersnap Crust

    You simply just have to have a pumpkin pie at the Thanksgiving table, so try this one with a twist. Volunteer to make the dessert this year at your Friendsgiving and really impress your pals with this dynamite creation. Prep + Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes Calories per serving: 323

  13. Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

    Give this unique combination a try! These ingredients make this dish the perfect turkey side to pass around! And with only 127 calories your waistline will be very happy. For more on this delicious fall recipe, check out the website linked above! Prep + Cook time: 15 minutes Calories per serving: 127

  14. Make-Ahead Apple Cobbler

    This freezer-friendly cobbler saves time and trouble on Thanksgiving. You can prepare the apples and biscuit topping mix up to one month in advance and store them separately. Think of them as a make-ahead kit: This apple cobbler is ready to go when you are. Prep + Cook time: 30 minutes Calories per serving: 240

  15. Cheesy Mashed Potato Pots

    Filled with cream and cheese, these scrumptious mini casseroles are the ultimate mashed potato recipe. Dinner guests will love having their own personal dish. Follow this link to learn more about this delicious Thanksgiving recipe! Prep + Cook time: 35 minutes Calories per serving: 135

  16. Parmesan-Crusted Creamed Corn

    This is the perfect Thanksgiving side that is so easy and quick to make! Simply throw everything together and cook for 30 minutes and you’ll have yourself the best turkey day side! For the full recipe, follow the attached link above. Prep + Cook time: 45 minutes Calories per serving: 258

  17. Wild Mushroom Stuffing

    Wild mushrooms make an amazing, rich base for a stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. This stuffing includes diced turkey liver, which gives it an intense, deep flavor. If you’re not a liver lover or if you’re serving vegetarians, you can omit it from the recipe. Prep + Cook time: 1 hour 45 minutes Calories per serving: 270

  18. Cornbread Dressing

    Chopped onions, green bell peppers, and ground sausage pack in loads of flavor, while a hint of dried crushed red pepper gives this dressing a hint of heat. To learn more about this perfect Thanksgiving recipe, follow the link attached above! Prep + Cook time: 2 hour Calories per serving: 350

  19. Buffalo Cheddar Beer Bread Stuffing

    You may be wondering, why add buffalo sauce to your Thanksgiving stuffing recipe? Well… Why not? From spice to sweet, from smokey to bready, this recipe has it all! For the full recipe, follow the link provided above. Prep + Cook time: 2 hour 30 minutes Calories per serving: 326

  20. Caramel Pecan French Silk Pie

    Caramel and pecans form a gooey base for this chocolate dream pie. Make this decadent pie at least a day ahead so it has plenty of time to chill before guests arrive. Leaf-shape pastry bits create a festive finishing touch. Follow the link above for more on the delicious turkey day dessert! Prep + Cook time: 6 hours Calories per serving: 90

  21. Honey Almond Green Beans

    These are a great way to sneak in some veggies at the feast. A touch of sweetness is all it takes to make these green beans a little less ordinary. For the full recipe follow the link above. Prep + Cook time: 35 minutes Calories per serving: 50

  22. Apple Farm Green Rice Casserole

    The original recipe for this Thanksgiving side dish dates back more than 50 years and comes from the long-gone Kansas City-area restaurant Stephenson’s Apple Farm. This updated version uses plant-based substitutions for the dairy and egg, without compromising the dish’s vibrant flavors. Prep + Cook time: 1 hour Calories per serving: 166

  23. Spice Rubbed Roasted Turkey

    This is so perfect for all you last minute shoppers, because it allows you to use whatever spices you have on hand. With it being so simple, this is the perfect turkey recipe for all the procrastinators out there. Check out the website linked above for the full recipe. Prep + Cook time: 4 hour Calories per serving: 240

  24. Cranberry-Apricot Sauce

    Retro this Thanksgiving Day classic for the best side at your holiday feast. Not only does this one taste amazing, but it’s actually fairly healthy! Check out the website linked above and give this classic a try! Prep + Cook time: 25 minutes Calories per serving: 86