“Healthier” Thanksgiving Recipes from Moni’s Meals!


It is almoooost here…Thanksgiving and so fast this year too.  I do not know about you, but Fall is my favorite season.  There is something about the leaves changing, the weather change, and hands down what just so happens to be in season this time of year!  Winter Squash, Pumpkin, Persimmons, and fresh and crisp Apples are all some of my favorites- just to name a few.

Apple Recipes

Persimmons Recipes

Winter Squash Recipes

I wanted to share with you my favorite “Moni Meals” Thanksgiving Recipes. I can promise you that you will find something you will love and almost all my recipes are on the healthier side yet soooooo delicious.  I would never do that to you…my recipes must taste amazing to make the blog. :)

Pumpkin-Apple Soup with Cran-Apple Relish

Sweet Potato Casserole

This time of year is the best for what is in season (in my opinion) and there is something magical to Fall.  It will however be over and out before we know it!

You will be shocked at how easy it can be to cut out some unnecessary ingredients to a traditional recipe and replace it with more “fresh” and “alive” ingredients to  make all the difference.  You friends and family most likely will not know either. ;)

“MONI MEALS” THANKSGIVING RECIPES -(Traditional) just to name a few:

Moni Pumpkin Pancakes

Moni Pumpkin Pacakes (to start the day!)

Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish (Adapted from Rachael Ray)

Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

A “Healthier” Pumpkin Pie

Chestnut Stuffing

“Lighter” Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Pecan Topped Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread



Winter Squash Puree

Baked Apples with Walnut-Maple Sauce

HEALTHY Moni Pumpkin Muffins

“South Western” Stuffed Kabocha


Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew with Couscous

Autumn Apple Salad with Pomegranate

Butternut Squash Fries

“MOIST” Pumpkin-Apple Streusal Muffins

MOIST Pumpkin-Apple Streusel Muffins


Most importantly, take a moment out of your life and really GIVE THANKS for all that you have!  Be grateful now- but also…ALWAYS.

Enjoy the magic of Fall and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!




Love Monica Nelson

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that I am not a Registered Dietitian. While my advice relies on my own personal experience and research, what has been successful for myself and others may be not best for you. You should always consult your doctor when making changes to your diet. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at


  1. Oh thank you for all these! Those bread and bisquit recipes look sooo good!

  2. Currently making some BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRIES right now as my family is celebrating Thanksgiving TONIGHT! YAY!! The turkey is roasting right now, the cranberries are on the stove and the Brussels Sprouts are ready for sauteeing! :)

  3. mmm so many great recipes! I can’t wait to check them all out!

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