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Here's something to be thankful for -- holiday-tastic Turkey Day recipes from us... Weeeeeee! 
Kickin' Cranberry Sauce

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

Dab or pile this stuff on top of your turkey. Or just eat it plain! (There's so much good fruit in here, we wouldn’t blame you.) P.S. For quick day-of assembly, start this off the day before...





Ingredients:
One 12-oz. bag whole cranberries
2/3 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
One 1/4-oz. envelope dry unflavored gelatin
1 cup peeled and finely chopped apple
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
One 11-oz. can mandarin orange segments packed in juice
1/4 cup thinly sliced roasted almonds, lightly crushed

Directions:
In a medium nonstick pot, combine cranberries, Splenda, sugar, and 1 3/4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil.

Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, occasionally uncovering to stir.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, thoroughly mix gelatin with 1/4 cup cold water.

Remove pot from heat and thoroughly mix in gelatin mixture. Stir in apple and cinnamon.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl and refrigerate until chilled and set, at least 5 hours.

Drain orange segments, roughly chop, and drain again. Stir chopped orange segments into the chilled cranberry mixture.

Stir in crushed almonds and enjoy!

MAKES 12 SERVINGS

HG Alternative: Replace the Splenda with an equal amount of additional granulated white sugar; each serving will have 101 calories, 23g carbs, and 19.5g sugars (PointsPlus® value 3*). Or replace the sugar with the same amount of extra Splenda; then each serving will have 48 calories, 9g carbs, and 4g sugars (PointsPlus® value 1*).

 
Save-the-Day Stuffing

PER SERVING (1 cup): 89 calories, 1.5g fat, 275mg sodium, 17g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

We loooove this swap, especially since we can't resist the usual carb-laden, high-cal version. Most of the credit goes to using low-calorie bread. (We heart Sara Lee's Delightful bread BIGTIME.) "Save the day" indeed!

HG Tip! Zazzle up your stuffing by adding any of the following to it before baking: an ounce of raisins, 1 medium-sized pear (chopped), 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds, an ounce of sweetened dried cranberries, or 1 medium-sized Granny Smith apple (chopped). Each one adds less than 20 calories to each serving!

Ingredients:
6 slices light bread (40 - 45 calories each with around 2g fiber per slice)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup fat-free chicken or vegetable broth, room temperature
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, to taste

Directions:
For best results, leave bread uncovered at room temperature for a night or two, until slightly stale. Otherwise, begin by lightly toasting bread.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Spray a medium baking dish with nonstick spray, and place bread cubes evenly along the bottom of the dish.

In a medium pot, combine broth, celery, and onion. Cook for 8 minutes over medium heat.

Remove pot from heat, and add mushrooms and garlic. Season mixture to taste with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme. Let cool for several minutes.

Add egg substitute and butter to veggie/broth mixture and stir. Pour mixture into the baking pan, evenly covering bread cubes. Mix gently with a fork. Bread cubes should be moist, but not saturated (if necessary, add 1 - 2 tbsp. water, and then mix again).

Cover with foil, and cook dish in the oven for 20 minutes.

Remove foil, and fluff and rearrange stuffing. Return dish to oven (uncovered), and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

MAKES 5 SERVINGS
Best of HG... Thanksgiving!

Here are some more of our favorite recipes for this month's big feast...

I Can't Believe It's Not Sweet Potato Pie - And WE can't believe you haven't tried this yet! Click for the recipe!

Rockin' Lean Bean Casserole - All the creamy-crunchiness with a fraction of the fattiness! Click for the recipe!

Cheesy-Good Cornbread Muffins and Miracle Mashies - Click for a couple of our favorites!

Merry Marinated Veggies - Who needs "candied" this and "hot buttered" that? These veggies have WAY more flavor without... the other stuff. Click for the recipe!

Too-Good-To-Deny Pumpkin Pie - Click for the ultimate dessert recipe of the season! This pie is a must-have for any Thanksgiving table.

Vanilla Crème Pumpkin Cheesecake – Looking for a new spin on a pumpkin dessert? This baby is anything but boring! Click for the recipe!

 

Fun T-Day Find!

Cast Iron Cornbread Pan - Make Cheesy-Good Cornbread Muffins in the shape of corn on the cob and serve up some corn-corns!

 


  Need some help on the hors d'oeuvres? The handy-dandy first HG cookbook is ready for action, with recipes like our Snack-tastic Holiday Mix and Portabello Skinny "Skins"For those recipes and more, order online or get it from a store! (Yeah, we rhyme.)
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