Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday for wellness lovers! It’s a whole day dedicated to eating delicious food, spending quality time with friends and family, and reflecting on all the incredible things we have to be grateful for. That’s a lot of nourishment in one day!

But when you’re busy, time-crunched, and exhausted, Thanksgiving can become one more stressful “to do” and all that soul-filling goodness can go out the window.

Back in the day when I was a full time television art director, that was my Thanksgiving experience.

I wouldn’t know if I had to work on Turkey Day until the last minute and I definitely never got Wednesday off to relax and prepare healthy versions of my favorite Thanksgiving menu items.

Stuck at work until the 11th hour, I’d either show up to Thanksgiving empty-handed, guilty, and stressed that I was about to blow my diet and descend into digestive destress, or I’d rush to make a complicated, healthy dish and arrive flustered and cranky.

That’s why I’ve created this roundup. Below you’ll find a list of fast, easy, mouth-watering recipes from a variety of talented recipe bloggers for every part of your Turkey Day feast. Each of these recipes takes just 20 minutes of active work or less so you can not only save valuable time and stress, but give yourself the freedom to enjoy this day of all-important physical and mental nourishment!

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No time to scroll through pictures? Click here to check out the “at a glance” Real Food Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

two mugs of hot cider surrounded by cinnamon sticks and apples
Image Courtesy of Michelle from Northsouthblonde.com

SUPER EASY SLOW COOKER APPLE CIDER (GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN, PALEO)

 

black mug with hot toddy and cinnamon
Image courtesy of Gina from Runningtothekitchen.com

COCONUT CHAI HOT TODDY

 

mug of mulled wine with lemon on a wood surface
Image Courtesy of Jenny from NourishedKitchen.com

MULLED WINE

 

white plate of bacon wrapped dates
Image courtesy of Natalie from TastesLovely.com

BACON WRAPPED DATES

 

bowl of paleo pumpkin hummus surrounded by crackers
Image courtesy of Jean from WhatGreatGrandmaAte.com

PALEO PUMPKIN HUMMUS

 

gluten-free charcuterie board with meat crackers cheese and fruit
Image courtesy of Steph from StephGaudreau.com

ULTIMATE GLUTEN-FREE CHARCUTERIE BOARD

 

bowl of bubbly artichoke dip surrounded by crackers green onion and turnips
Image Courtesy of Michelle and Makenna from BackPorchPaleo.com

BUBBLY ARTICHOKE DIP

 

plate of deviled eggs
Image courtesy of London from EvolvingTable.com

PALEO CLASSIC DEVILED EGGS

 

turkey in a roasting pan

BUTTERFLIED BIG BIRD (SPATCHCOCKED TURKEY)

EASY PALEO HERB GRAVY RECIPE

HOLIDAY SPICED ORANGE GLAZED HAM

 

platter of citrus kissed holiday green beans
Image courtesy of Michelle and Makenna from BackPorchPaleo.com

CITRUS KISSED HOLIDAY GREEN BEANS

 

white serving bowl of harvest vegetable hash
Image courtesy of Michelle from UnboundWellness.com

HARVEST VEGETABLE HASH

 

white bowl of cranberry sauce
Image courtesy of Lisa from CookEatPaleo.com

3-INGREDIENT PALEO CRANBERRY SAUCE

 

stack of grain free cornbread with honey being drizzled on top
Image courtesy of Michelle from UnboundWellness.com

GRAIN FREE PALEO CORNBREAD (AIP)

PALEO SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

 

slice of paleo pumpkin pie on a white plate
Image courtesy of Sarah from ThePaleoMom.com

THE BEST PALEO PUMPKIN PIE

pan of apple crisp with text the best paleo apple crisp
Image courtesy of Stacy from RealEverything.com

APPLE CRISP

 

FAST REAL FOOD THANKSGIVING RECIPES AT A GLANCE

DRINKS

SUPER EASY SLOW COOKER APPLE CIDER (GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN, PALEO)

COCONUT CHAI HOT TODDY

MULLED WINE

APPETIZERS

BACON WRAPPED DATES

PALEO PUMPKIN HUMMUS

ULTIMATE GLUTEN-FREE CHARCUTERIE BOARD

BLUBBY ARTICHOKE DIP

PALEO CLASSIC DEVILED EGGS

MAIN COURSE

BUTTERFLIED BIG BIRD (SPATCHCOCKED TURKEY)

EASY PALEO HERB GRAVY RECIPE

HOLIDAY SPICED ORANGE GLAZED HAM

SIDES

CITRUS KISSED HOLIDAY GREEN BEANS

HARVEST VEGETABLE HASH

3-INGREDIENT PALEO CRANBERRY SAUCE

GRAIN FREE PALEO CORNBREAD (AIP)

PALEO SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

DESSERTS

THE BEST PALEO PUMPKIN PIE

APPLE CRISP

 

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Ellen Jaworski is a holistic health coach passionate about helping busy, overstressed professionals lose stubborn weight the healthy way via a nutrient dense diet and relaxing self care practices that work with their busy schedule so they can heal their bodies, quiet their minds, and feel their best at the office and in their free time. Ellen also loves to hike, road trip to national parks, cook delicious meals, and is currently doing 200 hours of training to become a member of Explorer Search and Rescue!

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4 thoughts on “Real Food Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Prep in Just 20 Minutes or Less

  • November 15, 2018 at 10:46 am
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    Bless you! Been looking for some ideas! I think I need the coconut chai hot toddy TODAY. Not waiting for Thanksgiving for that one.

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    • November 15, 2018 at 11:13 am
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      Hi Gretchen! Thanks for comment! I’m so glad you found this roundup useful! Doesn’t that hot toddy look delicious?? That’s the great thing about these recipes – they’re perfect all holiday season long! I’ll definitely be making some of them for Christmas dinner, too! 🤤

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  • November 22, 2018 at 7:34 am
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    My family was all trying to figure out what blubby meant, in the blubby artichoke dip. I felt like a real dummy when I clicked on the link and the title was BUBBLY artichoke dip. Might wanna correct that. 😉

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    • November 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm
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      Oh my goodness, thank you for catching that! 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 Even when I spell check an article 5 times it’s amazing what can sneak through unnoticed! And honestly, I had to re-read your comment a few times before I even understood the error you were pointing out! 😂 You’re definitely NOT a dummy! Thanks for having my back!

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