A Thinner Thanksgiving

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8 skinny T-Day recipes to be thankful for

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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