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!
Turkey Vegetable Platter
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 vegetable 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.
Turkey Veggie Tray
Today I am sharing a very easy and customizable turkey vegetable 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 Thanksgiving 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 Vegetable Tray Ingredients
- Romaine Lettuce
- Orange and Red Bell Peppers – cut into sticks
- Baby Carrots
- Cucumbers – sliced
- Black olives
More Veggies to include on your tray: green peppers, yellow bell peppers, and snap peas.
Make a Turkey Face for your Turkey Vegetable Tray
I cut 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.
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, pepper slices, alternating colors to create your colorful turkey.
Turkey Veggie Tray
Thanksgiving Vegetable Tray Dip
Go ahead and serve your turkey vegetable tray with your favorite veggie dip. 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 suggest a ranch dressing or ranch dip but french onion dip would also work great.
More Fun Veggie and Fruit Ideas
It’s easy to create something cute and healthy with just a little bit of effort. Here are a few more ideas.
- Fruit Christmas Tree
- Christmas Tree Veggie Tray
- Apple Turkey Craft
- Pear Fruit Turkey Craft
- Football Fruit Tray
This post was originally published November 30, 2017.