Mix-and-Match Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

by in Healthy Holidays, November 23, 2013


turkey roulade

Thanksgiving isn’t exactly the time to obsess over calories. That said, if you’re watching what you eat, don’t feel like you have to sit on the culinary sidelines of everyone’s favorite food holiday. This lineup includes healthy options for all of the traditional highlights of the feast: turkey, green vegetable, orange vegetable, stuffing, potatoes — even dessert.

The Turkey

Turkey Roulade with Apple-Cider Gravy (above)

Stuff a butterflied skinless turkey breast with a whole-wheat cranberry stuffing for a Thanksgiving main that’s just under 400 calories (gravy included!).

herb-roastedIna’s Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Make a garlicky mustard-herb paste to give turkey-breast meat delicious flavor.



 The Green Vegetable

brussels sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

There are only four ingredients — including salt and pepper — in this beyond-simple roast vegetable side dish.



green bean casseroleGreen Bean Casserole with Shallots

If you’re hankering for this retro favorite, try a healthier rendition made with one-percent milk and just enough flavorful Parmesan cheese to make it irresistible.



The Orange Vegetable

glazed carrotsHoney Glazed Carrots

Use small amounts of butter and honey to give cooked carrots a simple but delectable glaze. (Bonus: The side dish is ready to serve in 15 minutes.)



spiced squash

Spiced Squash with Yogurt Dressing

Pick your favorite winter squash to star in this flavor-forward side dish sprinkled with spices, pomegranate seeds, cilantro and a lime-spiked yogurt dressing.



The Stuffing

herb stuffingHerb and Apple Stuffing

For even more fiber, make this green-apple-filled stuffing with whole-wheat bread.



cranberry stuffing Whole Grain Cranberry Stuffing

Whole-grain baguette is the bread of choice for this stuffing that’s studded with Granny Smiths and dried cranberries.



The Potatoes

scalloped potatoes Low-Fat Scalloped Potatoes

Made with part whole milk and part low-fat milk — in addition to a smattering of Gruyère cheese — this take on scalloped potatoes has fewer calories than the classic but just as much tastiness.



sweet potatoesAlton’s Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Forgo the usual cream overload and make a flavorful mash with just a touch of butter and the smoky goodness of a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.



The Dessert!

pumpkin cheesecake Pumpkin Cheesecake

The secret to this 225-calorie a slice cheesecake is a mix of one-third-less-fat cream cheese and 2-percent Greek yogurt.



apple crispApple Crisp

Sprinkle a mix of sweetened pecans over chopped green apples flavored with sugar and maple syrup — then bake until crisp and delish.

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