Having regular and reliable meals is a great way of providing good nutrition for health and wellness.   Planning for enjoyable food makes meals or snacks pleasurable and trying a new recipe can help add variety to repetitive meals. 

Check out the Health4U recipe collections featuring MSU chefs and Health4U staff members to help spice up your routine!


Please feel free to use these recipes and to share with family and friends. If you share them on-line or publish them in any way, please follow these guidelines:

  1. If you’re adapting someone else’s recipe, begin with a short note of the goal and what you looked for, perhaps something you changed and why. Then give credit to the person who you got it from: "Recipe adapted from ___________" and give a link to the original source.
  2. If you used someone else’s recipe for inspiration, but changed it substantially and the product is somewhat similar to the published recipe, give credit to the original by saying, " This recipe by (me) was inspired by ____________. The original recipe can be found here." and give a link to the original recipe.
  3.  If you change the ingredients substantially or completely came up with the product on your own; and you write directions in your own words for how you prepared it, the recipe is your own and you should claim it.
Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

TJ Hall's Plant Based Thanksgiving Entree

“Our holiday menu is fairly standard, but since we’re plant-based we always opt for a meatless ‘roast’ instead of turkey or ham. Field Roast and Gardein are two brands that I’ve had over the years, and both are quite tasty. "

Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

Lisa Laughman’s Sweet Potatoes

“Ok, mine’s weird but just thinking about it makes me miss my mom.”

Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

TJ Hall’s Vegan Mashed Potatoes

"We tend to have the standards (potatoes, veggies, rolls, etc.), just made with plant-based ingredients. With lots of veggie and starch options, I think Thanksgiving is pretty easy to veganize.”

Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

Nancy Allen’s Sweet Potato Casserole

“This Sweet Potato Casserole recipe was shared with me by my sister-in-law Sue Allen. It has been a cherished recipe in her family. My family, especially John, Brandi & Jenna, loved it so much it became one of our "must have" holiday recipes.”

Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

Nancy Allen’s Cranberry Orange Relish

“This first recipe is my Mom’s Orange-Cranberry Relish recipe. It was passed down to her by her mother, who received it from her mother, my mom’s Grandmother. I think of all of them when I prepare this simple, traditional, cherished holiday recipe.”

Abby Richey’s Kale Quinoa Salad

"This was a recipe we often used while I worked at the Sparrow Hospital Demonstration Kitchen. It was always a crowd pleaser at the hospital demos and now one my family enjoys as well.”

Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

Kathleen Jager’s Apple Bread

"No shock to anyone here, I suppose, that I really do not like Thanksgiving dinner … except for the bread and the pop tarts and coffee that I may have for breakfast, but sadly Kellogg’s has not shared their recipe with me YET!

Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

Beth Morris’s Key Lime Pie

"I use the recipe card that my aunt had handwritten for me. My mom and aunts refer to everything as ‘the family secret recipe’ so I thought my aunt had made up her own. Turns out, NOPE. She uses Nellie & Joe’s recipe found on the lime juice bottle!"

Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

Abby Richey’s Family Chocolate Cream Pie

"I think back to memories of making my grandmother's chocolate pie with her and can’t help but admire how much effort she put into this dessert to make it for our family. Her love language was often through food – she loved us very much!”

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