A Dozen Trim Thanksgiving Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Are you ready for some new, healthy recipes to liven up your Thanksgiving Day table? I've created five new recipes that celebrate the season of giving thanks. No doubt about it, pumpkin takes center stage this year, along with squash of all kinds.

Whole Wheat Couscous with Spinach and Squash

228 calories, 2 g fat

Each one cup portion has a serving each of whole grains and vegetables.

Pumpkin Dip

32 calories, 2 g fat

Serve this instead of your typical chips and dip.

Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

88 calories, 4 g fat

Sipping on soup at the start of a meal reminds you to slow down and savor each bite.

 'Seedy' Pumpkin Pie

168 calories, 7 g fat

The crust has a secret ingredient. Any guesses?

Petite Pecan Tart

103 calories, 5 g fat

A Southern favorite gets a boost of nutrition and fiber.

Pair those with these old favorites:

Vegetable and Fruit Stuffing

78 calories, 1 g fat

Sweet and savory, this stuffing won't leave you feeling stuffed.

Sweet Potato Tarts

150 calories, 2 g fat

Can you tell that I'm a fan of tiny tarts? These replace sweet potato casserole on my table.

Roasted Squash Soup

129 calories, 3 g fat

We always start Thanksgiving with a soup. Squash and pumpkin tastes creamy and rich with no cream!

Roasted Root Vegetables

82 calories, 2 g fat

These just sing of the harvest to me. The balsamic drizzle dresses them up.

Mini Apple Tarts

124 calories, 4 g fat

There's nothing better than apple pie, except maybe these trimmed-down tarts.

Herb Roasted Turkey

154 calories, 3 g fat

Don't waste time basting your bird. This one stays plump and juicy!

Apple Cider Gravy

20 calories, 0 g fat

Non-fat gravy? Yes, it can be done.

Last year, we shared our 500-Calorie Thanksgiving Dinner. This year, you can add in a few new recipes and still keep Thanksgiving at 500 calories.

Chef Meg's Feast Calories Fat
Herb Roasted Turkey, 3 oz light meat 140 3 g
Apple Cider Gravy, 2 T 20 0 g
Whole Wheat Couscous with Squash and Spinach, 1c 228 2 g
Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, 1 c 88 4 g
Cranberry Relish, 2 T 42 0 g
Total: 518 9 g

Tip: Instead of trying to squeeze your dessert calories into your meal, wait a couple of hours for dinner to settle and count them as a snack.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving Day dish? Which of my dishes will grace your table this year?

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I will definitely be trying the pumpkin dip. Thanks for incorporating some protein into this! As a Personal Trainer, I find a BIG challenge in getting WW's point counters to pay attention to getting their protein in. Protein makes you feel FULL, people! ;-) Report
I added these recipes in my "2make-winter" public cookbooks - and here are my thoughts, as a long time veg Thanksgiving hater ('power to the poultry' -though I do appreciate the attitude of gratitude and celebration of the harvest that is the root of this holiday):

the PUMPKIN DIP sounds *really* interesting, and if it's good, it could be amazing (and 'free' protein! yay!); the ROASTED ROOT VEGGIES...these are my "classic" veg Thanksgiving go-to entree for over a decade, though I put in more herbs- parsley, sage, rosemary and sometimes thyme, if there's time-of course potatoes, carrots, sweet yammy potatoes, parsnips, turnips were a bit of a revelation, but ...I love to mix it up and try new veggies, like rutabagas which turned out to be SO GOOD!...who knew? and I've tried kohlrabi in it=okay, and daikon or regular radishes, and horseradishes give it a *spark*; I have yet to try salsify or scorzonera or skirret...adventures await! :) and I definitely throw in some alliums, sometimes cooking those in a separate pan if I don't have room-garlic, onions, walla wallas, and shallots, occasionally leeks, and in another separate pan eggplants until they almost melt, that I might with a bit of cheese or marinara, depending, and I often included squash, until a vegan friend started bringing *her* Thanksgiving specialty...Sweet Pie Pumpkin stuffed with beans, corn, and wild rice: mmm...

Back to the other recipes-even though I, unlike Meg, HATE making mini-tarts (though they are fun to eat, and easy portion control...just lots of fuss and too much crust, anything that is a lo-cal version of pecan desert is worth a try. Along with the seedy pumpkin pie (I love! pepitas, having lived in the SW for a decade I came to appreciate them) and sometimes I would make stuffed (maybe dipped, like chile rellenos, sometimes not) squash blossom saute flowers, or stuffed zuchini boats; the soup recipes in the blog were a bit 'standard' for me, but I'm a BIG souphead, so there aren't many veg soups I haven't tried. I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, she says, finally ending her "comment"...I will have to re-blog this later, lol! Report
That's so cool I want to try some of these!! so exciting Report
I will try the roasted root vegetables and the pumpkin seed pie! Yum! Report
This is awesome!! Report
Sorry, Chef Meg, but none of your dishes will be on my Thanksgiving table. We have a fairly set menu. We already have our experimental dish of the year picked. Maybe next year. Report
I found a couple of things I want to try this year. Thanks!! Report
Awesome!! Thanks for all this info. Report
These ideas look fabulous ! Can't wait to try them out ! Report
SO many great things! Look forward to trying some of them soon! Report
the pumpkin dip sounds good - can't wait to try it Report
Absolutely Amazing! Report
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