Make-It-Light Thanksgiving

Feast on classic Thanksgiving fare with a fraction of the fat and calories in traditional dishes but with every bit of the flavor.

  • Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

    Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

    This simple casserole uses the same favorite ingredients as its full-fat counterpart but cuts back ever-so-slightly on the amounts used and the portion size resulting in a lower-calorie, equally tasty dish.
  • Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms
    Photo: Charles Masters

    Green Bean Casserole

    This deliciously updated version of the classic green bean casserole features fresh green beans and wine-infused mushrooms. We just had to keep the fried onion topping, which is arguably the best part.
  • Sourdough Stuffing with Pears and Sausage

    Sourdough Stuffing with Pears and Sausage

    You might be tempted to leave off the turkey in place of this hearty sourdough bread stuffing that’s packed with carrot, celery, onion, mushrooms, and turkey sausage. Chopped fresh pears adds just a note of subtle sweetness to the savory dish.
  • Buttermilk-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Buttermilk-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

    Buttermilk and Parmesan cheese contribute great flavor but very little fat to these creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Green Beans with Bacon

    Green Beans with Bacon

    Save a little time and prepare this dish up to two days ahead. You can substitute chopped onion for the shallots.
  • Make-Ahead Gravy

    Make-Ahead Gravy

    Skip the turkey drippings and the last minute rush a preparing the gravy with this make-ahead version. Prepare turkey stock then flavor it with sage and thicken with flour and butter. You'll never miss the fatty drippings!

  • Basic Cranberry Sauce

    Basic Cranberry Sauce

    Thanksgiving just isn't complete without sweet and tangy cranberry sauce. Make this one a few days ahead to serve at your holiday table or to give as a homemade gift to neighbors and friends.
  • Roasted Beet and Shallot Salad over Wilted Beet Greens and Arugula
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Roasted Beet and Shallot Salad over Wilted Beet Greens and Arugula

    Make use of the entire beet by trimming the leafy green tops and using them in this salad, along with arugula and toasted walnuts.
  • Southern Corn Bread Dressing
    HOWARD L. PUCKETT

    Southern Corn Bread Dressing

    It's just not Thanksgiving without the dressing. This Southern-style recipe calls for both corn bread and biscuits but dishes up less fat and fewer calories than the traditional versions.
  • Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

    Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries

    The nutty, almost smoky flavor of wild rice pairs beautifully with game birds and other poultry and has only 2.4 grams of fat per serving.
  • Brined Maple Turkey with Cream Gravy
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Brined Maple Turkey with Cream Gravy

    No need to coat the turkey with fatty oil and butter to make it juicy. Try this brining technique and be amazed by the succulent results.
  • Apple-Poblano Whole Roast Turkey
    Oxmoor House

    Apple-Poblano Whole Roast Turkey

    Go in a Southwestern direction with your turkey this year by brining it in a mixture of apple cider, brown sugar and jalapeño pepper and adding onion, cilantro, apples and poblano chiles to the turkey cavity before roasting.
  • Apples Baked in Phyllo with Pear-and-Pecan Filling
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Apples Baked in Phyllo with Pear-and-Pecan Filling

    For a fun spin on the traditional apple pie, stuff Granny Smith apples with a spiced pear and pecan mixture and bake in phyllo dough.
  • Classic Pumpkin Pie
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Classic Pumpkin Pie

    Refrigerated pie dough makes this classic pumpkin pie recipe simple to prepare. This lightened version features egg whites in place of some of the whole eggs and low-fat evaporated milk, but still has the brown sugar and spices you expect from a pumpkin pie.
  • Oatmeal Pecan Pie
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Oatmeal Pecan Pie

    Rolled oats in the filling add heartiness and increase the fiber in this classic Thanksgiving dessert.
  • Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream

    This is the pie you remember from many Thanksgivings, made better for you. Instead of using a can of regular evaporated milk, we swapped in a fat-free version.
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