It’s so easy to overindulge during the holidays especially with special meals and parties just about every week. There always seems to be decadent dishes and desserts around. So I try to fill up on healthy food first like munching on this turkey veggie tray!
Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe
I don’t try eliminating the indulgent foods. Instead, I make sure I fill up on the healthier options before I indulge in the not-so-healthy foods. This turkey veggie tray is a great healthy Thanksgiving recipe option.
One way to encourage everyone (including my kids) to do the same is to make the healthier food options festive and fun. If it looks like party food, then they are more likely to eat it. One of the easiest ways to do that is to make a fun themed fruit or veggie tray.
I’ve created quite a few over the years from a Christmas tree fruit tray and Christmas tree vegetable tray to a turkey apple or turkey pear appetizer. It’s easy to create something cute and healthy with just a little bit of effort.
Turkey Veggie Tray
Today I am sharing a very easy and customizable turkey veggie tray. A turkey veggie tray is a fun way to get your kiddos to gobble, gobble up their vegetables!
This is what I used for my turkey veggie tray but feel free to use the vegetables that make sense for your family or what is available locally. I chose the veggies that my sons like to eat.
Turkey Veggie Tray Ingredients
- Romaine Lettuce
- Bell Peppers – cut into sticks
- Baby Carrots
- Cucumbers – sliced
- Black olives
How to make a Turkey Veggie Tray
Start with a single layer of romaine lettuce leaves rounded into the shape of the turkey. Then layer the rest of your veggies, alternating colors to create your colorful turkey.
I used the bottom of a bell pepper to create the turkey head and added a carrot beak and olive eyes. The finishing touch was orange bell pepper feet. You can see how easy it is to make on my Instagram video below.
Turkey Veggie Tray
Thanksgiving Vegetable Tray Dip
Go ahead and serve your turkey veggie tray with your favorite dip recipe. You can make the dip healthier by using a light or fat-free sour cream. That’s my favorite trick to keeping the veggie tray completely guilt-free.
I like to mix ranch seasoning or french onion dip season with fat-free sour cream.