A Thinner Thanksgiving

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8 skinny T-Day recipes to be thankful for


Seize the Salad

Start by filling up on a big, veggie-dense salad. We’re not talking the iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing variety, but rather something composed of actual, whole, nutrient-rich vegetables.


Thanksgiving Green Salad

This salad feels light but is surprisingly filling, with lots of leafy greens, dried and fresh fruit, and nuts.

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Roasted Autumn Harvest Salad

Seasonal root vegetables are the heart of this hearty salad, which is so flavorful that you wouldn’t so much as dream of adding ranch dressing.

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Cue Cauliflower

Swap out the usual mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower. Your dish will taste about the same (if not better!), but with half the calories.


Mock Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan and garlic combine to make this dish a flavor sensation.

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Go Organic

Splurge on an organic turkey; regular store-bought turkeys tend to have a ton of added sodium. After the big day, try leftover turkey on something healthier and more exciting than sandwich bread.


Asian Turkey Cabbage Cups

The Asian flavor of this über-light dish will provide some welcome relief from more traditional T-day tastes.

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Turkey Tostadas

Mix it up with a little Mexican; these lunch-perfect tostadas only take 10 minutes to prepare.

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Chipotle Turkey and Corn Soup

It’s getting cold outside, and this spicy soup is the perfect antidote, not to mention a good way to hide the last of that leftover turkey from tired taste buds.

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Don’t Miss Dessert

Desserts don’t have to be over-the-top rich to be good. In fact, sometimes it’s nice to have a lighter sweet option at the end of such a big meal. Also, remember that you can always substitute oil with a with fruit puree like applesauce when baking.


Cranberry Pineapple Sauce

Cranberry sauce goes au naturel, replacing most of the sugar called for in traditional recipes with pineapple.

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Low-Fat Pumpkin Flan

The smart, calorie-saving move of substituting cream with low-fat milk makes this silky dessert less of a guilty pleasure.

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Posted on November 20, 2012

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