Tag: Thanksgiving

Welcoming Vegetarians to Your Thanksgiving Table

by in Thanksgiving, The Veggie Table, November 13, 2011
thanksgiving
Your vegetarian friends won't mind if there's turkey on the table, as long as there's plenty of veg-friendly fare for them to eat.

A 2008 study called Vegetarianism in America, published by Vegetarian Times, showed that 7.3 million people, and growing, follow a vegetarian diet. That means that there’s a good chance a vegetarian may be coming to your Thanksgiving dinner this month. If you’re not a vegetarian, you may be wondering how to accommodate an herbivore while keeping your favorite foods on the table. With a few simple recipe tweaks, you’ll be able to please both the meat and non-meat eaters alike without having to overhaul your entire menu.

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Lighter Sweet Potato Casserole

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 11, 2011
sweet potato casserole
Marshmallow-free sweet potato casserole.

Sweet potato casserole is one of the quintessential Thanksgiving foods. It makes an appearance alongside the turkey on everyone’s holiday table. In my family, we have it again on Christmas, too. The version everyone expects is the one that’s covered in marshmallows. This year, I’m taking a stand against this marshmallow-topped calorie bomb. Not only does the traditional sweet potato dish deliver tons of extra sugar, fat and calories, it doesn’t even taste good. Not in my opinion, anyway. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet; they don’t need the help of marshmallows. They’re perfectly delicious on their own — baked, mashed, or turned into fries — or in a casserole, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and topped with pecans.

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Thanksgiving Desserts: Something for Everyone

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2011

carrot cupcakes
Cooking for a crowd this holiday? Stumped by how to accommodate family members with special dietary needs? We’ve got sweet ideas for everyone at your table.

Kid-Friendly
Little fingers will love scooping up these tiny cupcakes. They’re portion controlled for the adults, too.

Recipe: Mini Carrot Cupcakes

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5 Ways to Cut 100 Calories: Thanksgiving Dinner

by in Cut 100 Calories, Thanksgiving, November 24, 2010
Orange-Scented Green Beans
Rachael Ray's Orange-Scented Green Beans

There’s no shortage of extra calories at the Thanksgiving table.  While we’d never tell you not to indulge, these effortless options can shave more than 500 calories off your holiday meal.

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Travel Tips For Turkey Day

by in Food Safety, Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 23, 2010
Lunchbox
Tools of the Trade: Use heat and ice packs to maintain temps as you travel.

A friend or family member asks you to chip in a dish for Thanksgiving dinner — now what? This can get tricky, especially if you’ve got a long car or train ride ahead of you.  Here are some things to consider before you decide what to tote along.

Thanksgiving potlucks: What to bring and how to bring it »

5 Ingredients: Sweet Potato Casserole

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, Seven Days of Sides, November 22, 2010
Dana's Sweet Potato Casserole

Only 3 more days ’till Thanksgiving! Today’s side dish: the classic Sweet Potato Casserole, made over. Depending on how you make it, sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving classic that can be healthy or …. anything but! Our 5-ingredient version has all the flavor, but a fraction of the fat. Plus, get easy add-on ideas to make it your own.

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Healthy Debate: Should You Go Organic This Thanksgiving?

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2010
Herb-Roasted Turkey
Should You Go Organic or Conventional With Your Bird?

For my family, the Thanksgiving meal is all about digging into to a seasonal bounty of  our favorite foods. While I may be able to find many turkey day must-haves organically produced, they come at a much higher price. Do I need to go for broke this holiday?

Our take: Are organic turkeys and produce worth the high price tag?

In My Kitchen: Thanksgiving Day Highlights

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 28, 2009

desserts
A holiday meal for 12 people, two newborn babies and two dogs in a very small house — it may sound impossible but I’m happy to report that my family’s Thanksgiving meal was a huge success!

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Weekly Bits: Thanksgiving Prep

by in Reader Tips & Comments, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving is just a few days away! This week’s list of reader comments has two Turkey Day favorites — mashed potatoes and gravy — covered. Plus, an idea for the vegetarians and vegans. How are you keeping the holiday healthy?

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In My Kitchen: The Thanksgiving Turkey

by in Thanksgiving, November 20, 2009

I used to panic about my how to prepare my turkey. After a few years of trying fancy stuffings, toppings and glazes, I finally figured out that simple is best. Here’s how I prepare our Thanksgiving centerpiece year after year — plus, my simple baste recipe.

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