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Trim Your Table: Thanksgiving Sides Mega Recipe Round-Up

Posted Nov 18 2011 9:03am

Trim Your Table: Thanksgiving Sides Mega Recipe Round-Up

Let the countdown begin: Thanksgiving is less than one week away! While it seems like most people have their protein of choice set (be it turkey, a vegetarian option or even a turducken !), sides are generally more flexible territory. Thanksgiving is a special day and it’s more than OK to indulge on occasion, but you can also still make some nutritious choices with all of the same flavors if you and your guests prefer!

I scoured some of my favorite recipe sites to bring you a wealth of options for healthy spins on traditional side dishes and desserts. Here are 10 stand-outs, some of which may land on my table this year! Think of this as a compilation of my “Pinned” recipes for future holiday meals. (By the way, are you on Pinterest? If so, you can find me here !)

Bread Items

  • Maple Cornmeal Biscuits : Your guests will never guess that these simple whole-wheat bites from Happy Herbivore get their moisture from a banana. I love the idea of using just a touch of maple syrup for sweetness! (106 calories, 1 g fat)
  • Save the Day Stuffing : This veggie-packed swap is not for sausage-filled stuffing purists, but Hungry Girl’s recipe is a simple way to cut major calories from your plate. (89 calories, 1.5 g fat)
  • Quinoa Cornbread : Whole Foods sneaks extra protein into this sweet side. I can’t wait to try this as an accompaniment to some veggie chili too! (120 calories, 2 g fat)

Veggies and Potatoes

  • Heart-Healthy Cheesy Potatoes : Heart-Healthy Living offers a cornflake-topped hashbrown casserole that’s very similar to one my mom whips up for many holiday meals! If you are interested in trying a version closer to hers, try fat-free plain yogurt in lieu of the sour cream. (129 calories, 3 g fat)
  • Vegan Green Bean Casserole : Don’t worry green bean casserole purists! Fat-Free Vegan cuts back on, but doesn’t eliminate, those French fried onions. In fact, she pairs them up with whole-wheat breadcrumbs for added crunch. (102 calories, 4 g fat)
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes : Who would ever think of adding cream cheese to potatoes for a smooth, rich texture? The genius Roni over at Green Lite Bites, that’s who! (190 calories, 0 g fat)


  • Triple-Berry Granola Crisp : Quicker than a pie, but just as fruity and tasty, this crisp by eatbetteramerica is more assembly than baking. Perfect if you’re more of a cook than a pastry chef, and ideal if you’re short on time too! (130 calories, 2 g fat)
  • Mini Apple Tarts : SparkPeople shares another fuss-free option that with all the flavors of a slice of apple pie that would be a perfect two-bite end to a big meal. Everyone has room for dessert, right? (124 calories, 4 g fat)
  • Skinny Pumpkin Pie : I’ve had an aversion to pumpkin for as long as I remember, but Skinny Taste’s slices are so pleasing to the eye, they might actually tempt me into trying a bite. Click on over to check out her simple slimmer pie crust trick. (172 calories, 6 g fat)
  • The Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Pie : Chocolate-Covered Katie has an awesome option for those of us who aren’t huge fans of pumpkin or pecan—and I’ve been meaning to find a dessert to sneak tofu into. I’d wager that you can’t even tell it’s included! (143 calories, 6 g fat)

Photo courtesy of Flickr user knm3290

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What dish are you most looking forward to on your Thanksgiving table?

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