This Light Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Saves Plenty of Room for Pie
Creamy Wild Rice-Mushroom Soup
At only 248 calories per serving, this is one fall appetizer you can feel good about ladling up. The creamy texture and wild rice will have you reaching for a second bowl of this healthy soup recipe. Garnish with fresh thyme for a healthy Thanksgiving side dish or appetizer.
Roasted Acorn Squash with Sausage-Cranberry Stuffing
Trade heavy stuffing for more nutritious roasted squash this Thanksgiving. For a squash-meets-stuffing side dish, roast acorn squash and fill with flavorful chicken sausage stuffing. You can enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving side dish without giving up fan-favorite Thanksgiving stuffing. It's a win-win!
Yep, healthy Thanksgiving stuffing exists, and it can be as tasty as richer versions. Of course this stuffing has the usual crispy bread cubes, but we kept this recipe light by including red onion, spinach, and corn. Don't worry, this lower-calorie stuffing still has homemade corn bread cubes to make it craveable.
It's no surprise that the secret to a healthy cranberry sauce is skipping the canned stuff. Fresh and dried cranberries combine for double the flavor in this classic Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. Serve warm and top with watercress, if desired. Chill any leftover sauce for up to two days to slather it on your leftover turkey sandwiches.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Mushrooms and Bacon
Swap traditional mashed potatoes for a low-calorie Thanksgiving recipe made with sweet potato. Once you stir in milk, butter, and bacon, you'll hardly miss the potatoes. Lemon juice gives this side its fresh, citrusy flavor.
Test Kitchen Tip: Make this healthy Thanksgiving side dish up to 24 hours before serving.
Just as flavorful as a cream-based soup (but a little lower in calories), this light Thanksgiving side dish starts with chicken broth, veggies, eggs, and Parmesan cheese and ends with your guests scraping the bottoms of their bowls for every drop of this luscious soup.
Test Kitchen Tip: Can't find fresh spinach? Frozen works just as well in this healthy Thanksgiving soup.
Green Beans with Shallots, Thyme, and Shiitake Mushrooms
Our take on the holiday favorite green bean casserole gets trimmed to 111 calories but keeps all the flavors we love. Slivered almonds add crunch to this colorful, mushroom-topped light holiday menu addition. After all, your healthy Thanksgiving menu wouldn't be complete without green bean casserole.
Homemade Giblet Gravy
Some classics are better left unchanged, and this healthy gravy recipe is one of them. This turkey gravy is so thick and flavorful that no one will believe it's only 75 calories. Like everything else on our light Thanksgiving menu, this recipe is good for you and good-tasting.
Grilled Okra and Tomatoes
Simple ingredients star in this easy-to-make appetizer recipe. Grilled cherry tomatoes and okra are perfect for dunking into our homemade balsamic dip. Because the recipe comes in at under 250 calories per serving, you won't feel guilty about loading your dinner plate even after indulging in this healthy Thanksgiving app.
Test Kitchen Tip: Use a grill pan to char your veggies.
Cheesy Greens and Grains Casserole
This healthy holiday side dish won’t leave you feeling stuffed. Fresh kale, spinach, and sweet potato combine for a Thanksgiving side dish that's low in calories but high in flavor. Reheat leftovers (if you're lucky enough to have them) and top with an egg for breakfast the next day.
Spiced Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
Fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, these rolls won't last long at the dinner table. Canned pumpkin keeps the bread moist; coriander and cinnamon provide simple, savory flavor. You definitely go back for seconds on these yummy dinner rolls, one of our best low-calorie Thanksgiving recipes.
Crostini with Delicata Squash Butter
Add something new to your healthy Thanksgiving menu with this easy delicate squash butter. Spread onto toasted baguette slices for a quick appetizer, or serve with your Thanksgiving turkey. This light Thanksgiving recipe packs in a lot of flavors without packing in calories.
Creamy Brussels Sprouts
You might not think cream and bacon have a place on your healthy Thanksgiving menu, but it does. Update everyday Brussels sprouts with a creamy sauce and crisp bacon. This light Thanksgiving side dish recipe can be made ahead of time, so you spend less time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving and more time with family.
Wild Rice Dressing
One way to make a healthy Thanksgiving stuffing recipe? Swap out the bread. This easy side dish ditches the bread typically used in Thanksgiving dressing for gluten-free rice. Port-soaked cherries and a mix of celery, leek, and carrot enhance its flavor. Top with toasted almonds for crunch.
Ginger-Orange-Glazed Turkey Breasts
Turkey is always the highlight of the meal, so be sure to choose one of our healthy Thanksgiving turkey recipes this year to complement your light Thanksgiving menu. Forget the turkey legs—guests will be fighting over juicy turkey breasts this holiday. Fresh ginger and chile peppers spice up an orange marmalade glaze for a centerpiece with big flavor.
Roast Turkey with Arugula-Pesto Rub
Autumn Stuffed Spiral Ham
Pumpkin Pie Pillows
Wrap up your light Thanksgiving menu with a scrumptious fall treat that's as sweet as pie but way better for your waistline. This healthy Thanksgiving dessert recipe is impossible to resist. So go ahead, reach for another one.
Walnut Apple Crisp
The seasonal flavors of ginger, cinnamon, and crisp apples pack this crunchy crisp with flavor. Pair this healthy dessert recipe with low-fat vanilla yogurt for an extra layer of deliciousness. The warm and cool combo in this healthy Thanksgiving dessert is irresistible!
Warm-up with this simple six-ingredient apple cider recipe that is ready in just 10 minutes of hands-on time. This stunning drink recipe is a great treat to sip on a few hours after Thanksgiving dinner. Serve it with fresh orange slices.