These strong sentiments mean a double down on what has to be served — and how you can do it so as not to disturb the family peace. These tasty and delicious recipes are makeovers of traditional favorites, altered just enough to lighten things up and keep the blessings flowing.
Keep the peace. Lose the extra fat and calories. These health-minded recipes for traditional Thanksgiving dishes — dressing, collards, Brussels sprouts and sweet potato pie — will please everyone at the dinner table.
Whole-Grain Herb Cornbread Dressing
Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this iconic savory baked bread mixture is delicious. It uses whole-grain buttermilk cornbread and additional stock and vegetables instead of butter to make it tender and moist.
Vegan Smoky Collard Greens with Chipotles
Collard greens don’t need to be cooked with bacon or fatback to be deeply flavorful. This vegan rendition takes advantage of the smoke and heat of chipotle peppers swimming in a spicy adobo sauce.
Roast Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Bacon
The key to healthfully adding bacon to any dish is to use enough to add flavor, but not so much that it becomes drenched in saturated fat. In this recipe, three thick slices means less than half a slice of bacon per person; that’s still plenty of big bacon flavor. Sweet apples partner well with the smoky, salty bacon; use red-skinned cooking apples such as Gala, Honeycrisp or Rome for the best color and texture.
Brown Butter Sweet Potato Pie
Zapping the sweet potatoes in the microwave instead of roasting them is not only a time-saver, it also frees up some much-needed oven space. The resulting sweet potato flavor is not as sweet as when they are oven-roasted, but the bonus is that the rich, warm spices and lemon flavors shine bright. Using tangy yogurt in the pie crust reduces the fat and helps produce a sturdy crust. Fat-free sweetened condensed milk is the stealthy ingredient that enables a firm sweet potato pie custard without a lot of butter and sugar.
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