All the Recipes You Need for a Very Ambitious Thanksgiving + a Printable Menu!

It’s HERE! After weeks of recipe testing (aka perfecting) and a fun test drive with an incredible tablescape shoot, I’m so excited to share all of my healthy Thanksgiving recipes with you. I included a delicious mix of appetizers, salads, mains, sides, and desserts for you to pick and choose from for the big day, PLUS a printable menu for you to write in your recipes!

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Whether you’re hunkering down with roommates for Thanksgiving, hosting dinner via Zoom or gathering with close family, everyone is going to love these unique, healthy twists on traditional Thanksgiving recipes! I included a few indicators to help you choose based on any dietary needs:

GF = Gluten Free

V = Vegan

VT = Vegetarian

** = Monique’s favorites

Take a scroll, pick out your favorites, and be sure to leave a comment to tell me what you think! I’d love to see your Thanksgiving creations, so share any photos in our Facebook group and be sure to tag #AmbitiousThanksgiving on Instagram. Remember to grab your printable menu at the bottom!

Thankful for all of you each and every day. Enjoy, xoxo!


slow cooker bbq cranberry turkey meatballs on a platter with toothpicks

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy BBQ Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

Bacon Wrapped Dark Chocolate + Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates (GF) **

Ultimate Charcuterie Board **

The Best Garlic Bread You’ll Ever Eat

Sweet & Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Plantains (GF)

Whipped Feta & Avocado Goat Cheese Crostini (VT)

Tortilla Chip-Crusted Baked Jalapeño Poppers (VT, GF)

Vegan Charcuterie Board inspiration

Roasted Grape & Brie Crostini with Honey + Sea Salt


warm brussels sprouts salad with bacon on a platter with serving utensils

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad (GF)

Autumn Butternut Squash Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad (GF)

Winter Roasted Butternut Squash Black Lentil Salad (V, GF) **

Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear & Pomegranate Spinach Salad (VT, GF) **

Chickpea Apple Broccoli Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing (VT, GF) **

Shredded Brussels & Kale Salad with Apple, Gorgonzola & Candied Pecans (GF)

Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Toasted Almonds + Goat Cheese (GF)


maple roasted turkey on a platter with fruit

Herb Butter Maple Roasted Turkey (GF)

Butternut Squash, Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole (GF)

Spinach Bacon Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

How to Make an Easy Roasted Chicken (GF)

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Goat Cheese Crema (VT, GF) **

Vegetarian Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna (VT)

Lightened Up Chicken Pot Pie

Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Meatloaf (GF) **

Mom’s Ultimate Vegetarian Lentil Loaf (V, GF)

Vegan White Bean & Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (V, GF)

Saucy Baked Pumpkin Pasta (GF) **

Gaby’s Herb Roasted Turkey (it’s my official favorite turkey recipe) (GF) **

Whole Wheat Honey-Jalapeño Cornbread Chicken Tamale Pie

Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna with Garlic Tahini Tofu Cream (V)

Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese (VT, GF)


sourdough mushroom stuffing in a baking dish with a wooden spoon

Parmesan Bacon Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing

Dad’s Creamy & Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes (VT, GF)

Twice Baked Butternut Squash (GF)

Perfect Homemade Turkey Gravy (GF)

Gluten Free Cornbread Muffins (VT, GF)

The Best Cornbread Stuffing Ever (VT, GF) **

Lightened Up Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Oat Streusel (VT, GF) **

Cheddar Broccoli Cauliflower Gratin (VT)

The Best Creamy Garlic Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes (VT, GF) **

Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots with Pistachios & Goat Cheese (VT, GF) **

Garlic Fingerling Potatoes (V, GF)

The Best Homemade Healthy Green Bean Casserole (VT, GF) **

Lightened Up Brown Butter Mashed Sweet potato (with a slow cooker option!) (VT, GF)**

Balsamic Herb Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables (V, GF)

Spicy Maple Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon (GF)

Garlic Chil-Maple Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate + Gorgonzola (VT, GF) **

Honey Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins (VT) **

Chipotle Gouda Scalloped Sweet Potatoes (V)

15-Minute Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce (V, GF) **

Brown Butter Cranberry Pumpkin Cornbread Skillet (VT)

Healthy Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Casserole with Almond Oat Crumble (VT, GF)

Butternut Squash Quinoa Patties with Cranberry Sauce (V)

Sesame Garlic Roasted Asparagus (V)


slice of tart cherry pie topped with ice cream

The Best Tart Cherry Pie You’ll Ever Eat

Vegan & Paleo Pecan Pie Bars (V, GF)

Flourless Monster Cookies (GF)

Tony’s Very Favorite Dutch Apple Pie**

Brown Butter Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Mini Paleo Pumpkin Pies with Gingerbread Cookie Crust (GF)

Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies (GF) **

Best Ever Healthy Pumpkin Pie**

Best Healthy Apple Crisp Ever (V) **

Deep Dish French Silk Pie **

Healthier Flourless Monster Cookies (GF)

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars with Almond Flour Sugar Cookie Crust (GF)

Healthy Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple Frosting (GF) **

Grain Free Tahini Brownies (the best brownies I’ve ever eaten!) (GF) **

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles Cookies (GF) **

The Best Paleo Chocolate Cake with Paleo Chocolate Frosting (GF) **

Lightened Up Sweet Potato Pie with Sweet and Salty Pecan Crust (GF)

Old Fashioned Iced Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies**

Paleo Orange-Kissed Loaf with Dark Chocolate Glaze (GF)

Healthy Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust (GF)

The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies You’ll Ever Eat **

Printable Thanksgiving menu from Ambitious Kitchen

I hope you love these delicious Thanksgiving recipes! If you make anything from AK, be sure to tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram. I love seeing your creations and featuring followers!