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Have a Healthy Holiday: Thanksgiving Edition

By Molly Siegler, November 6, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Molly Siegler

One of the biggest and most hotly anticipated meals of the year comes, thankfully (ha!), as the fall harvest season wraps up. Count on winter squash, fresh cranberries, Brussels sprouts, root veggies and a few tropical fruits for a truly special Thanksgiving feast. Skipping added oils, sweeteners and sodium also means you can focus on the flavors of the foods you love.

Perk up your plate with these flavorful, healthy holiday options.

Thanksgiving “Risotto” Raw Cranberry Sauce

Curried Turkey and Rice Casserole Creamiest Winter Squash with Raisins and Sage

Tahini-Garlic Mashed Potatoes Roasted Garlic and Parsnip Vegan Gravy

Pumpkin Pecan Cookies Braised Pineapple with Star Anise and Ginger


What’s on your menu for Thanksgiving this year? Do you have any tips or suggestions for lightening up the traditional feast? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

From carving with confidence to pouring with pride, our online Holiday Cheat Sheet means more of your best for less stress. Order holiday meals online too; we'll do the work, you'll take the credit.




Tom Bruno says ...
Anyone know of a non-dairy dessert topping? My wife just found that she is very allergic to dairy. Thank you - Tom
11/06/2013 4:46:03 PM CST
katt m says ...
We are making a quina kale salad. We are also making califlower and potatoe mash with garlic and olive oil. Yum.
11/06/2013 11:26:57 PM CST
Katt m says ...
Non dairy dessert topper. Coconut whipped cream. Chilled whipped coconut milk w teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup powdered sugar or you can try agave nectar, whipped.
11/06/2013 11:32:18 PM CST
Majesty says ...
Tom...if your wife likes coconut, you can take a can of regular coconut milk, put it in the fridge overnight (at least 8 hours), remove lid, carefully scoop out the thick stuff and whip it with a little sweetener. It makes a delicious topping. Hope this helps.
11/07/2013 12:19:00 PM CST
sb says ...
Butternut squash, quinoa, kale, pecans, mashed carrot/parsnip mix - no added anything!
11/07/2013 1:32:03 PM CST
MMolnia says ...
A replacement for a dairy topping is coconut milk, whipped as whip cream. There should be a recipe on line. Good luck. I have not tried it yet myself, but am looking forward to making some myself. I'm allergic to dairy as well.
11/07/2013 1:49:05 PM CST
Liz says ...
Lots of options in aerosol cans, even Cool Whip...
11/07/2013 3:15:23 PM CST
Tom C. says ...
Turkey safety issue. If I pick up a Whole Foods fresh turkey on Monday evening, pack it in a cooler with ice and haul it to the beach Tuesday, getting it in the fridge Tuesday evening, brine it Wednesday, and cook it Thursday, does this pose any food safety issues?
11/07/2013 6:43:03 PM CST
Corbin says ...
Coconut sugar is a great sugar alternative. Great for baking, mixing with coffee, tea, lemonade, and putting on top of oatmeal.
11/07/2013 10:28:25 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@TOM C. - It really depends on how long the drive to the beach would take. There are certain time frames to keep in mind. I would suggest reaching out to the meat team at your local store and they'll be happy to help you out!
11/08/2013 3:42:36 PM CST
laurie k says ...
Is Monday too early to pick up a meal order for Thanksgiving? Will it still taste fresh?
11/14/2013 10:45:53 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LAURIE - Typically the sides will last 3-4 days but check with your local store for details and they will hae recommendations for you.
11/14/2013 3:11:55 PM CST
sherman lee says ...
Would you have prepared roast turkey in your store for sale? How much a pound? When will be ready on thanks giving day?
11/25/2013 2:55:55 PM CST
Elly Savage says ...
Looking for a recipe for Citrus Mashed Yams. Bought at your Sugar house location. In the prepared food section. So good. Can't find recipe for this. If you locate this recipe would you please e-mail back. Thank you.
11/26/2013 10:59:58 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ELLY - I was unable to find a recipe in our database so I would suggest reaching out to the Sugar House location to see if they have a recipe to share with you!
11/26/2013 3:34:28 PM CST
Stephanie Thomas says ...
Will you have turkey, stuffing and gravey tomorrow Wed, either in the hot tray or behind the counter?
11/26/2013 8:31:33 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@STEPHANIE - Check with your local store directly to see what they still have in stock. They will be happy to help!
11/27/2013 12:01:03 PM CST
stana2z says ...
Closest thing would be Cool Whip. For cereal, coffee, etc... Check out Almond/Soy Milk or even Mocha Mix (non-dairy coffee creamer). It's a bit rich, so I cut mine with 25% water.
11/27/2013 1:16:05 PM CST
Julie says ...
Looking for a Whole Foods carryout vegetable lasagna meal for Christmas Eve; I could not find it on your web page. Spinach & cheese. No vegan.
12/20/2013 8:08:52 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JULIE - Since our products differ between locations, we do not list items online. Call your local store directly to see if they have this option and they'll be happy to help!
12/23/2013 5:34:15 PM CST
Elaine Hill says ...
Hello, I live in Chula Vista, but I am currently in Cleveland, Ohio enjoying the best vegan feast ever from the neighborhood Whole Foods here! It consisted of Vegan stuffed Gardein, organic cranberry relish, green beans with roasted shallots, olive oil mashed potatoes, farro stuffing and organic mushroom gravy. All of this feeds up to 4 people or two adults and two children. It costs $39.99. Can you replicate this meal or do you sell it normally in your prepared foods department? I would drive to your store if you can make this meal available to me and my family. Thank you very much in advance for taking the time to read my email request. Sincerely, Elaine Hill
12/26/2013 6:44:02 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ELAINE - This is typically an option on our holiday menu but items can differ between locations. Each store might be able replicate this individually. I would suggest reaching out to your local store directly to see what they have to offer not during holiday season.
12/27/2013 12:45:01 PM CST