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Healthy Thanksgiving School Menu Ideas and Swaps

Schools across the country are revving up for their annual Thanksgiving celebration lunches.  If you’re looking for ideas for your school that are different from the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, check these out.  Many also fit in with with the new school nutrition guidelines.

Not a school? Doesn’t matter! Try any of these out for your Turkey Day celebration. Enjoy!

Cheesy Baked Zucchini

Great way to mix up the menu

Confetti Quinoa

Can also substitute brown rice or whole wheat couscous

Corn and Green Bean Casserole

Healthy way to get the veggies in

Cranberry Pear Sauce

Also includes recipes for Cranberry Cheesecake, Cranberry Harvest Salad and Cranberry Mocktail

Fruit Cups

Great year round to meet fruit requirement

Harvest Delight

Large variety of vegetables such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash and carrots

Macaroni and Cheese

Kid favorite

Mashed Cauliflower and Parsnips with Roasted Garlic

Great swap for mashed potatoes!

Multi-Grain Sweet Potato Muffins

Great alternative to the typical roll

Pumpkin Cake

Great pumpkin pie swap–cuts fat in half compared to most commercial pumpkin pie recipes

Squash Casserole

Casserole can be healthy

Teeny Turkeys

Fun way to mix up appetizers

Turkey with a Twist

Unique take on a traditional dish

Wheat Dinner Rolls

Fits perfectly with whole grain requirement

Whole Grain Cornbread

Cuts calories and sodium in half from traditional cornbread