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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, Menus and Cooking Tips

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Jalapeño-Cranberry Relish

Give some zing to your traditional cranberry sauce recipe by adding jalapeño and lime. This healthy, homemade cranberry relish pairs beautifully with turkey, but also works just as well as a spread for sandwiches or even as a taco topping.

» Jalapeño-Cranberry Relish

Green Beans & Pancetta with Whole-Grain Mustard Dressing

In this easy vegetable side recipe, green beans are tossed with crispy bits of pancetta, shallot and whole-grain mustard after cooking. If you can’t find pancetta, bacon is a perfect alternative.

» Green Beans & Pancetta with Whole-Grain Mustard Dressing

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sage Brown Butter

Wow your guests with multicolored carrots dressed in a brown butter and sage sauce. They only take 15 minutes to roast, so pop them in the oven while you carve the turkey and they’ll be ready in time to eat.

» Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sage Brown Butter

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Calvados Gravy

Bay leaves in the dry rub and fresh sage guarantee that this easy turkey recipe has tons of flavor. Leaving the turkey uncovered in the fridge creates the crispiest skin. Look for a heritage, organic or natural turkey, which won’t contain the sodium solution that’s pumped into most conventional turkeys.

» Herb-Roasted Turkey with Calvados Gravy

Honey-Glazed Roasted Delicata Squash

Tangy cider vinegar, sweet honey, crunchy pine nuts and fresh mint come together to make an amazing glaze in this healthy roasted winter squash recipe. If you use delicata, the whole squash—including the gorgeous skin—is edible.

» Honey-Glazed Roasted Delicata Squash

Pumpkin Tart with Pecan-Shortbread Crust

A pleasant tang, courtesy of Greek yogurt in the filling, and a mascarpone cheese whipped cream topping take this healthy pumpkin dessert recipe above and beyond classic pumpkin pie.

» Pumpkin Tart with Pecan-Shortbread Crust

Apple-Sauerkraut Stuffing

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this healthy apple-and-sauerkraut stuffing recipe made with seeded rye bread is a flavorful twist on the classic holiday side. If you’re an extra-moist-stuffing type, bake it covered for the full 50 minutes; if you like some crispy bits on top, follow the recipe as written: bake covered for about 30 minutes, then uncovered for an additional 20 minutes.

» Apple-Sauerkraut Stuffing


Thanksgiving is all about abundance or, often, overabundance. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With healthy updates to classic dishes, the Thanksgiving recipes showcased here use high-impact flavors like fresh herbs, spices and seasonal fruits and vegetables to minimize the need for gobs of butter, cream and salt. Some dishes are healthy updates on classic dishes, while others are twists on traditional fare.

For the host, we’ve got menus and planners and budget-friendly wines, as well as new ways to use up all those turkey leftovers. If you’ve always felt daunted by the turkey carving process, our step-by-step photos illustrate simple instructions for success, plus other tips for a terrific stress-free holiday. If you’re not hosting this year, choose from our selection of healthy sides and scrumptious desserts. You’ll find nearly everything here to enjoy a delicious, healthy Thanksgiving.

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COMMENTS POSTEDsort icon

but the skin is the best part!! It's the part of the vegetable that has the most fibre and nttrienus. Same goes for other fruit and vegetables- sweet potato, kiwi fruit, apple, etc. You should only ever cut it off if the skin has gone bad

Anonymous

09/25/2012 - 10:07am

Hello,
I like the Cranberry, Cherry & Walnut Marmalade so much, these thanksgiving recipes are healthy and delicious. Thanks for share this recipes for thanksgiving celebration. I have made the traditional turkey dinner on last thanksgiving occasion, its very delicious and easy to make.

Anonymous

06/04/2012 - 12:37am

do you have the recipe for coffee braised pot roast?

Anonymous

11/27/2010 - 9:03pm

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