Countdown to Thanksgiving

Countdown to Thanksgiving
Get delicious daily ideas and recipes for a stress-free Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a delicious blend of tradition and family, but pulling together a healthy Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful. EatingWell's editors are here to help. For the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, we'll be answering your most pressing Thanksgiving cooking questions and offering up delicious Thanksgiving recipes, easy cooking advice and essential tips for making your November 28th a meal to remember.

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14 Days of Thanksgiving Recipes:

Winter Greens Salad with Squash Day 1: Best Thanksgiving Salad: Winter Greens Salad with Squash
Blue Cheese & Fig Bite Day 2: Best Thanksgiving Appetizer: Blue Cheese & Fig Bite
Herb-Roasted Turkey with Herbed Pan Gravy Day 3: Best Turkey and Gravy: Herb-Roasted Turkey with Herbed Pan Gravy
Roasted Stuffed Pumpkin with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds Day 4: Best Vegetarian Main Dish: Roasted Stuffed Pumpkin with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Green Bean Casserole Day 6: Best Casserole: Green Bean Casserole
Vermont Cheddar Yukon Golds Day 8: Best Mashed Potatoes: Vermont Cheddar Yukon Golds
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Sage Day 9: Best Brussels Sprouts: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Sage
Cranberry Sauce with Star Anise Day 10: Best Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry Sauce with Star Anise
Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole Day 11: Best Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes: Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole
Deep Dish Apple Pie Day 12: Best Thanksgiving Pie: Deep-Dish Apple Pie
Pumpkin Coconut Tart Day 13: Best Pumpkin Dessert: Pumpkin Coconut Tart
Pomegranate Champagne Punch Day 14: Best Last-Minute Thanksgiving Recipe: Pomegranate Champagne Punch

14 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Follow these 14 simple tips to have a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving:

Day 1: Serve a stunning salad. A salad can be a goldmine of nutritious veggies and can be mostly prepared ahead — assemble just before serving.

Day 8: Use good-quality ingredients, like Yukon Gold potatoes, and you won't need all the butter and cream.

Day 2: Make a quick and easy appetizer. Having a little nibble available away from the kitchen keeps your workspace clear.

Day 9: Add more green to your plate. Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out their natural sweetness.

Day 3: Use herbs, not fat, to keep your turkey moist and delicious.

Day 10: Reduce the amount of processed food on the table. Homemade cranberry sauce is really easy to make and can be easily made ahead.

Day 4: For a memorable meat–free meal, assemble a beautiful vegetable main dish.

Day 11: Lessen the amount of added sugar in your savory dishes. This sweet potato casserole uses the natural sugar in pineapple for sweetness.

Day 5: Switch out bread for wild rice in your stuffing. Wild rice is higher in fiber and is gluten-free.

Day 12: Amp up the fruit, not the sugar, in your dessert. This apple pie uses tons of apples and less sugar than most pies.

Day 6: Make healthier versions of classics. Traditional green bean casserole is loaded with sodium and fat. Our version uses fresh green beans and a homemade creamy sauce.

Day 13: Add some fiber, even to dessert. Use white whole-wheat flour for baked goods to give them a fiber boost.

Day 7: Serve more vegetables. With more vegetable options, it’s easier to load half your plate with nutritious food.

Day 14: Celebrate with a healthier drink that comes together in 5 minutes. Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice adds a beautiful hue and health-kick to this punch.

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