Tag: Thanksgiving

A Healthier Spin on Candied Yams

by in Robin's Healthy Take, November 28, 2013

candied yams

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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Mix-and-Match Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, 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.

 

 

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10 Thanksgiving Dishes for Special Diets

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 22, 2013

scalloped potatoes

If you have guests with special dietary needs coming over this holiday (the vegan nephew, the aunt with the nut allergy, the gluten-free neighbors, the sibling on the paleo diet), there’s no need to fret.

Gluten-Free
Quinoa is a high-protein, gluten-free grain that’s easy to cook and reheat, making it even more holiday-friendly.

Recipe: Quinoa Pilaf with Crimini Mushrooms

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20 Lighter Thanksgiving Desserts

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 21, 2013

pumpkin mousse pie
What’s Thanksgiving without a sweet treat (or a few)? Take your pick of these mouthwatering desserts, each of which has fewer than 300 calories per serving.

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Healthy Hanukkah-Thanksgiving Recipes

by in Healthy Holidays, November 18, 2013

potato cake
Next week we’ll be celebrating Thanksgivukkah, or Thanksgiving + Hanukkah. It’s when the first full day of Hanukkah falls on Turkey Day. The last time this happened was in 1888, and it won’t happen again for many moons (79,000 years to be exact). Make your Thanksgivukkah table extra special with an array of healthy, Hanukkah fare combined with traditional Thanksgiving ingredients.

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Food Fight!: Turkey White Meat vs. Dark Meat

by in Healthy Holidays, November 17, 2013

carved turkey

It’s the perpetual Thanksgiving debate: turkey legs or breast meat? We all have our taste preferences, but which one is healthier? Find out in this Thanksgiving food fight!

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Win This Carving Set!

by in Giveaway, November 13, 2013

knife duo

The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are busy enough; worrying about having the right tools for the feast needn’t add to the stress. With Joseph Joseph’s Duo Carve, a two-in-one Japanese stainless steel knife set, you’ll slice the holiday bird with ease. The 8-inch carving knife and 7 1/2-inch carving fork come with a protective cover for storage.

You can buy your own Joseph Joseph Duo Carve or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite Thanksgiving dish. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 15 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Joseph Joseph Duo Carve to one randomly-selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on November 13 and 5 p.m. EST on November 15, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Is it the bird? The sides?

The Veggie Table: Navigating Thanksgiving

by in The Veggie Table, November 8, 2013

spinach gratin

Maybe this is your first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian, or perhaps you’re hosting your first vegan guests at a holiday dinner. Just because the traditional turkey takes center stage, it doesn’t mean there can’t be delicious plant-based options for both main dishes and sides that will satisfy you or all of your guests this year. I asked some top plant-based RDs how they navigate Thanksgiving and the winter holidays while still getting to enjoy festive foods. After all, isn’t that the best part about the season?

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Dressing Up Thanksgiving Leftovers

by in Thanksgiving, November 23, 2012

turkey soup
Turkey Day leftovers are good on their own, but you can also transform them into something magnificent. Check out our easy, mouthwatering ideas for dressing up your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Turkey

Use the turkey carcass, leftover dark meat and even leftover veggie sides to whip up this deliciously warming soup.
Recipe:Next Day Turkey Soup

Leftover turkey breast combines with beans, chili peppers, and jack cheese makes a mean chili.
Recipe:  Leftover Turkey Chili

Make a delish panini using turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Recipe: Turkey, Dressing, and Cranberry Panini

Combine chunks of leftover turkey with celery, apple, grapes and pecans for a main-dish salad or light lunch.
Recipe: Waldorf Salad.

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Which is Healthier: Pumpkin or Pecan Pie?

by in Thanksgiving, November 22, 2012

pumpkin and pecan pie
These super-popular Thanksgiving desserts are going head to head. With both having single pie crusts and packed with good-for-you ingredients, the competition is fierce. Which gets your vote?

Pumpkin Pie

Pros:
According to the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we should all be eating 2 cups of orange veggies each week. Pumpkin pie can help meet these recommendations plus that brilliant orange color provides the antioxidants vitamin A and lutein.

Cons:
Fatty ingredients like traditional pastry crust, butter, cream cheese, half-and-half, or shortening can sabotage the nutritional value. Mountains of sugar from canned pumpkin pie filling and spoonfuls of sugary toppings can also send calories through the roof. Topped with whipped cream or a la mode, a slice can weigh in at close to 500 calories.

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Tips:

  • Use gingersnap cookies for a lighter crust made without partially hydrogenated oils or make your own canola oil pie crust.
  • No need for mounds of sugar—let the sweetness of the pumpkin take over.
  • Steer clear of sugary or heavily-sweetened pumpkin pie filling. The canned pumpkin puree should have one ingredient; add your own spices from there.
  • Serve with one heaping spoon of freshly made whipped cream and fresh fruit like apples, oranges and pears.
  • Try Food Network Kitchens slimmed version.

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