Thanksgiving is fast approaching! The day we give thanks for family and friends, health, and food! Even though my super delicious grilled turkey tends to be the star of my holiday meal, these healthy Thanksgiving sides leave my guest happy, full, and feeling good!
Many Americans consume an additional 2,500 calories on Thanksgiving based on food alone. That doesn’t even include a glass of wine! That’s why I’ve collected some delicious recipes that swap out the fat, not the flavor, of some of our favorite thanksgiving side dishes.
And no, these don’t diet foods or fat-free dishes, just lighter, more nutritious versions of your favorites!
Cheers from my family to yours. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving with these delicious recipes surrounded by those you love!
What really makes mashed potatoes tasty is the butter and cream that you whip them with! This mashed cauliflower recipe is light, creamy, and delicious without adding all the extra calories. A fresh, gourmet, low-carb approach that will surprise even your biggest skeptic.
Swap Stuffing for Portion-Controlled Stuffins
Let’s face it, some people make very traditional recipes while others add some interesting ingredients like giblets and stale bread. The bottom line, it can be a mystery as to what you are eating as well as we often tend to eat too much of it. These little baby are made with a yummy traditional stuffing recipe but in adorable portion-sized rolls.
The typical sweet potato casserole with marshmallow topping that gets passed around every year is usually made with canned sweet potatoes in a heavy syrup, filled with additives and tons of tasteless calories. Both our mashed sweet potato recipe with goat cheese and chives and our roasted sweet potato recipes will blow your socks off and are actually good for you. Sweet potatoes are naturally scrumptious, rich in beta-carotene, and loaded with vitamins! So try something new and see those faces light up when they taste this dish.
I know we all ate a similar green bean casserole recipe as kids that our moms found on the back of a soup can, but those mushy beans covered in creamed soup aren’t that appetizing and they’re filled with tons of salt, MSG, and topped with deep fried onions. This healthy swap for Brussels Sprouts is a fresh dairy-free option that everyone at the Thanksgiving Day table can enjoy. These roasted Brussels sprouts are light, clean, and have a nice nutty flavor.
Tin can molded Cranberry Jelly for REAL Cranberry Sauce
Who knew making real cranberry sauce was such a snap. My son loves molded cranberry jelly, so I wasn’t sure how well he would take to me making a fresh sauce. He went crazy over it! This recipe uses less sugar and the touch of nutmeg makes a huge difference! Cranberries are packed full of antioxidants, so it’s great choice to go with any holiday meal.
Pecan Pie for Pumpkin Mousse
Pumpkin pie is my all-time favorite dessert! I LOVE pumpkin, and this recipe is will satisfy your sweet tooth. If you love pumpkin pie and cheesecake, and this dessert will cover your cravings for both without the calories. So you can have your pie and eat it, too!
Bonus: Swap Fried Turkey for Grilled Turkey.
Tender, delicious turkey with no cleanup? Yes – I’m in! I always grill my turkey on our gas grill. This turkey will turn out fork-tender and amazingly juicy and moist. No need for messy, greasy pans, and the best part is you have your oven space for the other side dishes! Get the recipe here!