Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

November 24, 2015   5 Comments

I happen to love Thanksgiving because I love food (and having the day off).

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

As the big bird day approaches, remember you can buy the entire meal at Whole Foods and heat it up or go out to dinner. You don’t have to cook it unless you love it and have the energy.

My husband does most of the work so I ask him every year if he wants to go out. He is shocked by the suggestion. He loves cooking up a storm (I just wish we could hire someone else to clean up the storm).

The Calorie Control Council says that the average American will consume 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone so it might be a good idea to try some lighter options.

There is a delicious “Almost Cream of Mushroom Soup” and in my book that would be a wonderful starter – only 167 calories for 2 cups and you might eat less of the heavy stuff if you have some healthy soup. I also include a healthier mashed potatoes recipe.

Here are some great side dishes, tips, and desserts:

  1. Make Your Own Fresh Cranberry Sauce
  2. fennelorangeb Last Minute T-Day Side or Healthy Snack
  3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  4. A Delicious Meatless Stuffing
  5. A Delicious Portion-Controlled Potato Recipe
  6. Reynolds Turkey Bag Review A Better Way To Cook Turkey? The Bag
  7. A New Lighter Thanksgiving Pie To Try
  8. nakedapplepieb Try This Healthy Pie.....Naked
  9. Butternut Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls
  10. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash
  11. Vegan Creamed Spinach

Please share your favorite Thanksgiving tip or recipe.

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Thank you for all of these Lisa! I am on the hunt for ways to lighten my recipes this holiday season. As usual, my biggest problem will probably be the cookies, that everyone expects me to make tons of, since I've been doing it for years. I'll be watching this thread for new ideas!

I made your cranberry sauce for a potluck at work, and it was delicious!!!! I added cinnamon and the zest of 1 orange. I plan to make it for Thanksgiving too. I also sent a coworker here for the recipe who was raving over how good it was.

This will be our 3rd year with no bird! Gasp! Yup, we now do a New England style TG with Lobsters instead but still many nods to traditional side dishes like roasted herbed butternut, garden green beans [non casserole-stlye], Gram's succotash, spinach salad with goat cheese, beets and walnuts, Snackgirl's's cranberry sauce, and popovers. We start with shrimp cocktail and non-traditional french onion soup au gratin, which is very filling so then we all mill around and prepare our main course together to make room! In the end we dine over 5-6 hours. This year, another gasp! no potatoes or gravy! I figured roasted butternut squash is close enough to a sweet potato. Our dessert is just one homemade apple pie and strawberry-chia parfaits. And to agree with everyone's dietary preferences we add butter to our food at the table only, that satisfies my macro daughter and ''no-added fat'' son. They use ghee with lemon for lobster dipping; the rest of us use decadent butter. I gotta tell ya, not only do we prefer lobsters to turkey but there is no prettier centerpiece than a big tray of hot steaming big reds!

The key when planning a successful Thanksgiving meal that you make in one kitchen is to figure out what you can cook on the stove, in the microwave, or in countertop appliances (crockpots) when the oven is full of turkey. Unless you're lucky enough to have a double oven!

Thanks Lisa for all these good reminders!I try to keep the My Plate model in mind, it really helps me. Sometimes writing traditional dishes onto a paper plate ahead of time helps too. Thanks for do I what you do, I'm a fan!

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