8 Classic Thanksgiving Recipes, Lightened Up!

A classic Thanksgiving dinner is often high in fat and calories.  Stay lean this holiday season without missing out on your favorite dishes with these lightened up Thanksgiving recipes.

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Low-Fat Mashed Potatoes

Creamy mashed potatoes are a great comfort food, but they’re often pretty high in fat and low in nutritional value.  This Low-Fat Mashed Potatoes recipe from Jennifer’s Kitchen is not only low fat, but also high in fiber.  Instead of loading the potatoes with butter, Jennifer uses cashews for that creamy, rich texture.

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Butternut Squash and Kale Quinoa Stuffing

This Butternut Squash and Kale Quinoa Stuffing from Good Life Eats makes a great, nutrient-rich addition to your Thanksgiving spread.  By using quinoa, this dish is high in protein and fiber, and would even make a great main dish for vegetarians!  In addition to traditional stuffing additions like garlic, celery and parsley, this stuffing gets great flavor from the butternut squash, kale, cranberries and walnuts.

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Maple Glazed Spicy Apple Roasted Turkey

This beautiful Maple Glazed Spicy Apple Roasted Turkey from The Healthy Foodie will be a hit!  This is a great recipe to make a moist turkey without adding loads of butter.  The maple syrup, spices and apples also give this turkey lots of flavor.  Sonia says not to throw out the roasted apples as they’re super tasty!

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Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger

Cranberry sauce is a necessity, but this Apple Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger from Spoonful of Flavor is a unique and welcome twist on classic cranberry sauce.  Compared to other cranberry sauces, this recipe is lower in sugar and uses honey instead of refined sugar.  Ashley says you can make this the day before to save time on Thanksgiving Day.

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Smokey Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

If vegetables are often glossed over at your Thanksgiving dinner, try this Smokey Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes from My Whole Food Life.  The spices add great flavor and pairs with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and maple syrup to create a tasty and healthy side dish that’s easy to make.

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5-Spice Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Instead of your usual rolls, try these 5-Spice Pumpkin Dinner Rolls from The Healthy GF Life, which are paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free!  The rolls use chestnut and almond flours instead of white flour, and have great fall flavors.

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Whole Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans

Whole Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans from Simply Scratch make such a colorful side dish to add to your Thanksgiving table. Because the recipe uses whole, frozen Brussel sprouts, this side is easy to make on Thanksgiving day.

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Mini Crockpot Pumpkin Pies

For dessert, try these Mini Crockpot Pumpkin Pies from Dashing Dish.  Because these are made in a crockpot, they don’t require much time (or oven space!).  These mini pies are not only cute, but they’re also portion-controlled, making them a healthy option.

 

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