Light Thanksgiving Menu

You'd never guess that these filling Thanksgiving recipes are low in fat and calories. With main dishes less than 400 calories, these healthy recipes won't weigh you down so you can indulge in that extra slice of dessert without the holiday remorse.

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    Blue Cheese-Garlic Potatoes

    Upgrade your mashed potatoes this holiday season. Yukon gold potatoes blend with blue cheese and garlic in this five-ingredient side dish that is ready to serve in just 30 minutes. 

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    Marmalade-Glazed Roast Turkey

    Marmalade and orange peel lend a citrusy twist on traditional roast turkey. Omit the stuffing and pair with roasted root vegetables and homemade giblet gravy for a hearty but healthy Thanksgiving dinner.

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    Double-Cranberry Sauce

    Fresh and dried cranberries combine for double the flavor in this classic Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. Serve warm and top with watercress, if desired.

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    Maple, Apple, and Date Fruit Crisp

    The seasonal flavors of dates, maple syrup, and crisp apples pack this crunchy crisp with flavor and create a healthy dessert recipe. Pair with low-fat vanilla yogurt for an extra layer of deliciousness.

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    Green Bean Casserole

    A holiday favorite, this green bean casserole recipe has all the creamy texture we love for only 120 calories. Golden bread crumbs add crunch to this colorful, pimiento-topped menu item.

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    Overnight Refrigerator Rolls

    These 114-calorie rolls can be prepared a day early, saving you both time and calories. Substitute a cup of all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour to make this bread even healthier.

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    Ginger-Orange-Glazed Turkey Breasts

    Forget the turkey legs -- guests will be fighting over juicy turkey breasts this Thanksgiving. Fresh ginger and chile peppers spice up an orange marmalade glaze for a holiday bird with big flavor.

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    The Secret to Perfectly Sliced Turkey

    Always wondered the trick to serving succulent slices of Thanksgiving turkey? Find out how to carve a turkey, separate light meat from dark meat, and get the most out of your holiday bird.

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    Slow-Baked Tomatoes with Garlic and Mint

    Simple ingredients star in this easy-to-make appetizer recipe. Slow-baked cherry tomatoes, garlic, and mint are perfect for slathering onto toasted bread with your favorite cheese. And at less than 200 calories, you won't feel guilty with a slice of holiday pie for dessert.

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    Carrot-Mushroom Stuffing

    Despite its name, this dish won’t leave you feeling stuffed. Shredded carrots and fresh shiitake mushrooms combine for a side that is low in fat but high in flavor. Choose to serve today or make ahead and chill for up to 24 hours. 

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    Hot Spiced Cider

    Warm up with this simple five-ingredient apple cider recipe that is ready in just 10 minutes. Take the recipe from simple to showstopping by creating apple mugs. Simply cut off the tops from large apples and scoop out the centers, leaving a 1/2-inch shell. To prevent browning, brush insides with lemon juice.

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    Rosemary Satin Dinner Rolls

    Fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, these rolls won't last long at the dinner table. Cottage cheese keeps the bread moist, while onion and rosemary provide simple, savory flavor.

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    Ham with Five-Spice Cherry Sauce

    For a holiday ham that is spicy yet sweet, add a dash of five-spice powder. Peach preserves, dried cherries, and pineapple juice enhance the aromatic blend of spices as they settle in the slow cooker.

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    Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

    What’s better than a baked potato? A twice-baked sweet potato that's also healthy. This version mixes cranberry relish, butter, and salt, as well as dried cranberries for texture. A sprinkle of walnut pieces tops the potatoes for a healthy side-dish recipe.

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    Prepare a Better Sweet Potato

    These nutrient-packed potatoes can be transformed into practically any dish, and they're delicious baked, mashed, and boiled. Watch how to cook sweet potatoes with our easy instructions. 

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    Baked Pumpkin Pudding

    For a healthier take on pumpkin pie, trade a traditional crust for rolled oats and toasted pumpkin seeds. Warm and silky, this baked pudding provides all the comfort of Thanksgiving dessert at half the calories.

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    Brussels Sprouts with Frizzled Prosciutto

    Update everyday Brussels sprouts with pan-fried prosciutto and buttery shallots. This side-dish recipe can be made ahead of time to make more time for family and less time in the kitchen.

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    Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

    At only 82 calories, this is one fall dish you can feel good about serving. The smooth texture of pureed butternut squash, leeks, and carrots will have you reaching for a second bowl. Garnish with creme fraiche, toasted pumpkin seeds, and tarragon.

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    Wild Rice Dressing

    This side dish ditches the bread typically used in Thanksgiving dressing for high-fiber wild and white rice. Port-soaked cherries and a celery, leek, and carrot mixture enhance its flavor. Top with toasted almonds for crunch.

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    Wine-Poached Beets

    It's rare to find a Thanksgiving recipe with zero grams of fat, but this autumn-color beet dish is an exception. Brown sugar caramelizes with dry red wine for a light holiday side dish.

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    Spicy Cranberry Sauce

    Add some heat to your cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving with jalapeno jelly. Spread onto toasted baguette slices for a quick appetizer or serve with your Thanksgiving turkey for a nonfat relish.

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    Pumpkin Icebox Pie with Pistachio-Gingersnap Crust

    Icebox pies are an easy alternative to traditional pies. Just pop the smooth pumpkin cream cheese mixture into the refrigerator to create an airy filling, and combine with a crunchy gingersnap and pistachio crust. Top with a spoonful of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nuts.

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    Mashed Potatoes

    Keep it classic with these 150-calorie mashed potatoes. Warm melted butter and creamy milk keep them light and fluffy.

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    Corn Bread Stuffing with Sausage

    Get a taste of the South with this simple stuffing. Corn bread muffins, fresh spinach, and flavorful pork sausage combine for a substantial side-dish recipe that's loaded with nutrition.

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    Homemade Giblet Gravy

    Some classics are better left unchanged. This turkey gravy is so thick and flavorful, you'll hardly believe it's only 75 calories. 

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    This Thanksgiving meal will stun your guests when they gather around the table. Here's how to make a wow-worthy traditional Thanksgiving menu with all of the classics: turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and more.
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