In an attempt to stave off a few extra pounds from piling on, I've compiled a little list of healthy alternatives to the traditional calorie-laden meals such as turkey smothered in oily gravy, marshmallow laden candied yams, artery popping buttered beans, corns and pumpkin pies:
Stuffing: Who doesn't love an herbed, buttery stuffing made with soft chewy bread cubes? Stuffing has always been my favorite Thanksgiving side dish. But the calories! Yikes. I can no longer.
Try a healthier and gluten free alternative - Quinoa Sage Stuffing. I am a fan of quinoa, which is a gluten free grain considered by some to be the world's healthiest food. This nontraditional stuffing is made without the processed junk is the perfect healthy twist on a traditional Thanksgiving stuffing.
Turkey: I love any recipe that replaces the traditional turkey roast with something simpler to prepare. In the past I have prepared turkey roulades which I absolutely loved as they are beautiful when presented at the table and is a flavorful twist on tradition.
This recipe- Jerk Turkey Cutlets with Cranberry-Habanero Salsa adds an unusual Island flair and quite frankly makes me think of my husband and warm Caribbean breezes. This recipes clocks in at a mere 316 calories.
Rice: We always have rice at the dinner table, either a rice mix with kidney beans or what we call 'Durie Djon Djon.' It's essentially rice that has been soaked along with mushrooms. I love this recipe which calls for another root vegetable- the butternut squash. I love to incorporate this squash into my dishes all year round, especially as an addition to my soups. I'm not certain of the calories content of this dish, but you can certainly choose to use low fat cheese if you prefer. Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon, Maple and Sage.
Pumpkin Pie: Autumn is synonymous with pumpkin. This year it seems manufacturers have gone overboard to infuse pumpkin into every food item possible and then some. I have seen Pumpkin Milano Cookies, Pumpkin Oreos, Pumpkin flavored rice cakes, Pumpkin Chips, donuts, crackers, candles, coffee... etc. etc. It truly is Pumpkin Everything! This 60 calorie Crust-less Pumpkin Pie recipe takes away the caloric sting quite a bit.
I hope you give these recipes a chance, and if you do let me know in the comments below.