A Thinner Thanksgiving
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.
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.
Swap out the usual mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower. Your dish will taste about the same (if not better!), but with half the calories.
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.
Mix it up with a little Mexican; these lunch-perfect tostadas only take 10 minutes to prepare.
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.
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.
Posted on November 20, 2012