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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

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11.22.13
 

Turkey's a given, but you'll definitely need other goodies on your Thanksgiving table. We've pulled together our best recipes for a very HG holiday...

 
 
  Upside-Down Pumpkin Pie

1/8th of recipe (1 slice): 144 calories, 0.5g fat, 110mg sodium, 30g carbs, 2g fiber, 26g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

You probably won't be starting your meal with dessert, but we're starting our recipe roundup with it! Pumpkin pie is a MUST on Turkey Day, and it's all about making the tastiest filling possible. We skipped the crust, focused on that filling, and sprinkled it with cinnamon graham crumbs. Click and enjoy! Can't live without the crust? Whip up our Too-Good-to-Deny Pumpkin Pie instead.

 
  Rockin' Lean Bean Casserole

1/8th of casserole: 100 calories, 2.5g fat, 436mg sodium, 16g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Let's be real -- people's love of green bean casserole is less about the actual green beans and more about the creamy sauce and crunchy onions. Our version delivers those yummy elements for way less fat and far fewer calories than the traditional stuff, thanks to 98% fat-free condensed soup and onion-flavored soy crisps! This four-ingredient side dish NEEDS to be on your table.

 
 
 
  I Can't Believe It's Not Sweet Potato Casserole

1/8th of casserole: 142 calories, <0.5g fat, 263mg sodium, 33g carbs, 3g fiber, 12.5g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Sweet potatoes are undeniably delicious and full of nutrients. But for a decadent item like this, starting with a starchy base doesn't exactly set you up for success. Butternut squash to the rescue! Mash it with a few key ingredients, and top with toasty marshmallows. Speaking of which, check out our Toasty Marshmallow Sweet Potato Skins too!

 
  Corn MegaMuffins

1/9th of recipe (1 large muffin): 158 calories, 0.5g fat, 358mg sodium, 32g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 9g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Cornbread at Thanksgiving? No question! Traditional kinds are often bogged down with eggs and oil. (Lame!) Our lightened-up corn muffins are moist and flavorful with very little fat. The portion-control part is an added bonus! Feel free to spread a warm muffin with a smear of light butter... YUM.

 
 
 
  Crazy Glazy Roast Pork Tenderloin

1/4th of recipe (about 3.25 oz. cooked pork with 2 tbsp. glaze): 217 calories, 4g fat, 560mg sodium, 18g carbs, <0.5g fiber, 14g sugars, 24g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Sure, turkey takes center stage, but a festive pork dish is always welcome! Some cuts of pork are fatty, but tenderloin is nice and lean. Add a flavor-packed marinade and a sweet cranberry-apricot glaze, and you've got an AMAZING holiday entrée!

 
  Apple & Onion Stuffing

1/8th of recipe (about 1 cup): 108 calories, 1g fat, 206mg sodium, 24g carbs, 4.25g fiber, 12g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Can't have Thanksgiving without stuffing! Standard stuffing is made with loads of butter, eggs, and (of course) carb-heavy bread. This savory creation is made with light ingredients, lots of veggies, and juicy Fuji apples. It rocks! For another fun spin, check out our Cran-tastic Apple Cornbread Stuffing. Not a fan of fruity stuffing? Whip up our classic Save-the-Day Stuffing!

 
 
 
  HG's Miracle Mashies

1/5th of recipe (about 2/3 cup): 82 calories, 1g fat, 168mg sodium, 16g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Think there's no such thing as low-calorie mashed potatoes? Guess again! We mash cauliflower with our potatoes for a super-sized serving. A few decadent-yet-light ingredients seal the deal. For more lightened-up mashies, check out our recipes with roasted garlic, caramelized onions, and bacon 'n cheese. And for an all-cauliflower option, click right here.

 
  Perfect Pumpkin Bread

1/8th of recipe (1 thick slice): 143 calories, 0.5g fat, 281mg sodium, 31g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 9g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Everyone knows that holiday eating begins well before the big meal. Before you start to cook, you need some breakfast! Make a loaf of this bread, and have a slice with your morning coffee. It's also great if you're entertaining houseguests, and it can even double as dessert!

 
 
 
  Kickin' Cranberry Sauce

1/12th of recipe (1/3 cup): 63 calories, 1g fat, 20mg sodium, 13g carbs, 2g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Last but not least, we have a fabulous accompaniment to some turkey breast. Canned cranberry sauce packs an obscene amount of sugary calories, as do most homemade cranberry relishes. Ours delivers flavor without too many calories. Plus, the apples and mandarin oranges make it a LOT of fun. Party time!

 

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National Cashew Day is today, November 22nd. (Although some argue it's tomorrow.) Cashews are full of nutrients, but the calories and fat grams add up fast. Cue the Veggie-Loaded Cashew Chicken!

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