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17 November 2013



replace sour cream with greek yoghurt.

Daphne Butler

When I make my candied yams I use honey, brown sugar, nutmeg, and country crock instead of butter and sugar.

Carissa Humphries

I don't use any salt at all when I cook. And I rarely use salt after cooking. I also drain all the liquid out of canned goods before I cook them and replace the liquid with water. Tea with artificial sweetener or even just a teaspoon or two of sugar is also a healthy alternative to soda. Tea is naturally calorie and carb free!

Jessica Dierckman

Portion size was my eat healthy tip!


The bake or fried turkey at my sister home was awesome.I had
bake, with cranberry sauce and green beans.


One of the easiest way I know to save calories in holiday dishes is to replace the sour cream in any recipe with plain non fat yogurt. I promise you no one will ever no the difference :)

Symeon Brown

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karon ray

This Thanksgiving I used agava natural sweetner instead of white granular sugar when making my sweet potato pies. They were lighter and fluffier. I also use wheat bread for my stuffing.

John Weatherly

My contribution to Thanksgiving this year was vegan cornbread. I substituted regular flour for 100% organic whole wheat flour. Not gluten free but hey, if you're going your regular routine, what better time? And it's much healthier than Mom's...love ya mom.


I made applebutter this year. Instead of dumping in a ton of sugar I used Yellow Delicious apples, which are already on the sweet side, and a 1/4 cup of evaporated cane juice. With the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and a secret mix of spices, I had a yummy and lower calorie treat to go on my whole grain homemade bread.

jeff andersen opie

Using less lard more love.. . Laughters good for you too

Noelle Bothe

This year, instead of the old green bean casserole, I did steamed green beans tossed with lemon olive oil, and topped with toasted almonds.


For the person who wants bacon turkey - I have a close friend who puts a whole turkey breast in the crockpot and wraps it with bacon. He swears by this method!


Here's a tasty recipe for the holidays - and it's colorful!

Recipe by Michael Chicarello / Food Network

1 Butternut squash - 1 squash cut into cubes
1 Brussel sprouts - 1 bag cut into quarters
1 Large red onion - sliced into strips
1/4 Cup vinegar
1 cup and 1-1/2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2-1 Cup Parmesan Cheese - grated
1 Tablesppon fresh chopped sage leaves
1 Cup fresh chopped Italian Parsley leaves

Garlic Croutons (optional)

1) Toss the squash with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil, sage, salt, and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until the squash is tender and lightly caramelized, about 15 to minutes. Let cool.

2) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the quartered Brussels sprouts and cook until tender but retain a touch of crispness, about 1 1/2 minutes, and drain.

3) Into the reserved red onions and vinegar, whisk in remaining 1/2 cup olive oil. Season with pepper.

4) In a large bowl combine the roasted squash, croutons, and Brussels sprouts. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Add the parsley leaves and toss again. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Garnish with grated Parmesan and serve immediately.

Chef note: "Soaking the onion briefly in sherry vinegar--sometimes called blooming the onion--mellows the raw onion taste."


Does anyone have any good gluten free recipes? Or know of a good gluten free cook book?

Jill Miller

I have a recipe for a graham cracker based dessert-low in calories, easy to make, and delicious! Just mix 3-4 containers of vanilla or pumpkin flavored yogurt(I use Kroger's CarbMaster) with two small boxes of vanilla pudding (I use sugar-free). Just reduce the amount of milk per batch by 1/2 cup. Add 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Place a layer of plain graham crackers on the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish. Spread about 1/3 of the mixture over the graham crackers. Repeat until you have at least three layers. I usually top mine with one more container of vanilla yogurt. Sprinkle crushed graham cracker crumbs on top. Put in the fridge overnight, or at least 6 hours prior to serving. Enjoy!


I have refined my moms recipe for Cranberry Relish. I grind or chop in the food processor fresh Cranberries, a couple of whole oranges (peel and all), add to red jello(sugar free) and sweeten to taste with a sugar substitute (my favorite is Splenda). It has the fresh fruit and you don't miss the sugar at all. YUMMY!!

Jeannette Suhr

For the bacon turkey, I'd just wrap pieces around the legs and wings and then drape pieces over the top and hold in place by inserting toothpicks. Let me know how it comes out.

carol swartz

trying to make a bacon turkey any ideas on how to pin or attach the bacon to the turkey ..are toothpicks to large? let out to much of the juices puncture the skin and dry it out? any advise would be apppreciated!


We're trying a homemade applebutter/pumpkin pie this year. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

mike galloway

I use applesauce unsweeten instead of oil

Lynn Parsons

I use some of our homemade molasses to sweeten our sweet potatoes! Yummy!

Mary McHugh

I am planning to serve several green vegetables in addition to the other carb laden traditional foods.


Truthful usually this is one day that I cheat and just enjoy. I have come to realize that diets do not work but lifestyle changes do so occasionally splurging is ok and this is one of my special days that I enjoy the meal without counting calories, worrying about eating white, fat content, Sugar, or any other healthy measurements and just simply enjoy. Though this year I will be traveling aboard so won't be cheating like I normally would on Thanksgiving.


Truthfully, I don't try to make my Thanksgiving healthy. I do that all the rest of the year! Thanksgiving is a day to enjoy the goodness of everything and not worry about it being healthy or not.


Thanksgiving is not about the food, it's about being thankful for what we have and who we have in our lives. Why so much emphasis on what goes on the table, every meal is a meal of thanksgiving. It is not a holiday of gluttony It's a holiday of praise. Treat this meal as you would any other healthy meal with family and friends around the table.


When baking I use less sugar. I also drain the oil from meats and utilize boiling or baking.


Research has found that women who drank one daily glass of milk obtained from rBGH-injected cows had 10% higher levels of IGF-1 than women who did not consume the milk. The role of IGF-1 in breast cancer risk is also corroborated by research on a breast cancer treatment and prevention drug called tamoxifen. Tamoxifen's ability to lower risk of breast cancer is partly related to its ability to lower IGF-1 levels. The research evidence regarding rBGH, IGF-1, and cancer risk seems compelling enough for me to recommend avoidance of dairy products produced with the use of rBGH.


Gluten free all the way!

Kristi McElfresh

I use low sodium broth when ever possible to reduce the salt in my recipes. I also cook vegetables in healthy oils instead of butter to reduce fat's and add healthy fat's to boost the value of what I eat.
I am going to indulge but will have smaller portions so I don't feel "cheated" and won't over eat!

Nicole Bruzik

Thanks for the recipe for rosemary butternut squash. I didn't know it would roast like potatoes. That looks great. P.S. Here in New Orleans, we make cocktail sauce with ketchup, horseradish, hot sauce, lemon, and Worchestershire sauce. Yum.

I also make a green bean casserole with green beans and artichoke hearts and a bread-crumb, garlic powder, and parmesan or romano cheese topping with olive oil. You are using olive oil instead of cream and it's delicious. Even healthier, flash (stir) fry them or steam with onions and olive oil.

Dawn Whaley

Take one spoonful of your high calorie favorites and load up on the veggies and protein. That way, you get what you want, yet you don't over indulge. Make sure to drink a lot of water.
Take a walk after every large meal and invite someone along. It's a wonderful way to connect during the busy holiday season.
Buy a single portion of your favorite dessert (my favorite trick with Thanksgiving pie!).

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