Ever wonder how many calories get racked up at the Thanksgiving table? On average, Americans consume 4,500 calories the day of the feast, and that’s not including breakfast, appetizers or a midnight turkey sandwich. But a little nutritional knowledge is power.
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Packing Your Salad
Be sure to pack your salad safely to avoid potential illness. If you’re heading on a long drive, keep it in a cooler surrounded with ice. If you also have raw meat, chicken, or hot dogs, those should be packed in a separate cooler to avoid cross-contamination. The cooler should be stored in the air-conditioned car, not in the hot trunk or roof rack.
To avoid a soggy leafy green salad, pack the salad and dressing separately in the cooler and mix them together right before serving.
Grain & Legume-Based Salads
- Black-Eyed Pea Salad With Canadian Bacon
- Quinoa Salad With Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives
- Bulgur Salad With Green Onion Vinaigrette
- Corn and Pasta Salad With Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Wheat Berry Salad
- Farro and Corn Salad (pictured above)
- Whole Wheat Pasta Salad With Walnuts and Feta Cheese
- Mango-Cucumber Rice Salad
- Provencal Potato Gratin
- Light Scalloped Potatoes With Roasted Chiles
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Honey and Cinnamon
- Oven Roasted Red Potatoes With Rosemary and Garlic
- Fennel Potatoes
Side dishes are supposed to be an accompaniment, but many favorites can jam in more calories than you want for an entire meal. Lighten up your plate with these healthy (but still delicious) substitutions.