Thanksgiving Recipes Made Healthy and Delicious

by Mary on November 17th, 2016

Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving can be a perfect pairing of stressful and fulfilling. Between getting the meal to come together at the right time and managing the varying tastes of family members (not to mention keeping the peace over dinner), you’ve got your hands full. We can’t make those issues magically disappear, but serving some new, healthier recipes can help spark good moods all around, and maybe keep a few of those holiday pounds at bay.

Main Dish

Herb-Roasted Turkey – Cut back on the butter basting and create a moist herbed Thanksgiving turkey that tastes as wonderful as it looks.

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie – This yummy veggie casserole topped with garlic mashed potatoes will satisfy the vegetarians at the table.

Green beans for Thanksgiving 

Sides

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup – Creamy yet cream-free, you can have this started table-ready in less than an hour.

Herbed Bread Stuffing with Mushrooms and Sausage – Complement the turkey with a savory stuffing.

Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots – This recipe replaces the usual salty soup and canned onions with low-fat milk and flavorful shallots.

side dishes 

Desserts and Baked Goods

We might have to stretch our definition of healthy for these desserts and baked goods, but they are certainly delicious.

Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins – These muffins are sweet and savory with a touch of spice. The pumpkin provides vitamins C and E and other nutrients. Reduce the fat in the muffins by using nonfat sour cream and reduced fat cheese.

5-Minute Cherry Walnut Fudge – Only five minutes to prepare and 132 calories per piece. This fudge has just the right amount of sweetness with a satisfying amount of chewy. It makes for a perfect finish to your masterpiece meal.

dessert

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