5 Thanksgiving Dinner Alternatives For Your Family

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. 

Of course, with the current COVID conditions, things will look a little different this year.  The house may not be as full as it traditionally is.  

No matter what size your gathering is, who doesn’t love a good feast? After all, isn’t Thanksgiving responsible for the term “food coma?”

But there’s danger there when it comes to one helping too many or some high-sugar, high-calorie dishes we savor once a year!

Before prepping your grocery list for the special occasion, we wanted to share some alternatives to help make your favorite dishes a bit healthier. Find your favorite recipe below.

 1. A Lighter Version of Roasted Turkey

Turkey doesn’t seem like it would be unhealthy, but it can be when you add lots of butter and grease into the equation. This year, take a lighter approach to the roasted turkey by utilizing this recipe from Ina Garten. Instead of butter, she uses olive oil and herbs to give her turkey the flavor.

2. Roasted Green Beans vs. Green Bean Casserole

Who doesn’t love green bean casserole?  But the cream of mushroom soup and the fried onions can make it a bit heavy. Instead, try this Roasted Green Beans, Mushrooms, and Onions with Parmesan Breadcrumb recipe from Delish as a healthier alternative. 

3. Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes vs. Mashed Potatoes

Even though potatoes are vegetables, they have a lot of starch. Instead of mashed potatoes, try cauliflower as the base for fewer calories and more nutrition.

Try this delicious recipe from Delish for your next mashed potato alternative.

4. Vegetarian Wild Mushroom Gravy vs. Turkey Gravy

One of the biggest items that make gravy fattening is the turkey drippings many people use from their turkey for flavor.  To make the gravy lighter this year, consider making a vegetarian option. For a good vegetarian option, take advantage of this recipe from Oh My Veggies.

5. Skinny Pumpkin Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie

You didn’t think we would skip dessert, did you? This skinny pumpkin pie recipe from Pop Culture is only 175 calories and 11 grams of sugar per slice! 

By making slightly healthier revisions to your favorite recipes, it will help you feel better about your eating without having to give up all your favorite dishes completely. 

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