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You’re making a grocery list and checking it twice. Will your Thanksgiving dinner be naughty or nice for your health this year? This fall, we want your family to enjoy every bite, so we’re sharing a round-up of healthy Thanksgiving dishes to consider adding to your menu.
Sometimes the smallest tweaks to a favorite recipe can reduce extra calories, unwanted sugar, and hidden fats. Make one or two of these side dishes, and you won’t feel bad about reaching for a second slice of pumpkin pie!
Let’s start with the staple Thanksgiving veggie that shows up in most homes: green bean casserole. It’s the one green vegetable everyone gobbles up because they’re smothered in savory mushroom soup and crispy fried onions, which we know aren’t great for the waistline. We’ve revamped this holiday dish by making a mushroom sauce with broth, a2 MilkⓇ, and flour. We also swapped out canned fried onions for homemade toasted almonds. Delicious and colorful!
Skip the canned stuff. This year wow your crowd with this incredibly simple, one-pot, no-table sugar added Thanksgiving must-have. Cookie and Kate sweetens tart, whole berries with honey or maple syrup. Then, the mixture gets seasoned with cinnamon and orange zest. The finished cranberry sauce is tangy and sweet, perfect for pairing with turkey and mashed potatoes.
Speaking of potatoes, they don’t have to be smothered in brown sugar and marshmallows. Instead, think of combining fresh flavors of the season with the naturally sweet tubers. Fox and Briar shares a Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole that features layers of sliced produce seasoned with a fragrant mix of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and a splash of maple syrup. Trust us: You’ll never miss the marshmallows.
Pass the potatoes! You’ll hear that often when guests dig into these lighter mashed sweet potatoes courtesy of Shaw’s Simple Swaps. We’ve increased the yum factor by swapping regular potatoes with healthier sweet potatoes and adding in whole milk, garlic, and thyme to create this creamy side dish. There are fewer hidden mix-ins like calorie-heavy cream, shredded cheese, or cream cheese weighing down this recipe!
Whether you love it drizzled with gravy or on the fork with your turkey, stuffing is a carb-heavy indulgence we just can’t skip. The key is enjoying a reasonable half-cup portion and savoring every bite. Consider using a recipe that incorporates whole grain bread, chopped vegetables, and whole grains like rice or quinoa to add more fiber and nutrients to this Thanksgiving side dish. We love Martha Stewart’s Healthy Harvest Stuffing featuring fresh herbs, walnuts, dried cranberries, mushrooms, and celery.
Did someone mention gravy? You can’t host Thanksgiving dinner without piping hot, creamy gravy. This year try something new and offer a silky milk gravy that pairs with any poultry, including turkey, duck, or chicken. It’s also tasty on potatoes, biscuits, and stuffing! Try Paula Dean’s simple recipe using just a2 Milk® whole milk, flour, vegetable shortening, salt, and pepper.
As you shop for your Thanksgiving meal ingredients, be sure to pick up a2 Milk® to make creamy mashed potatoes, healthier green beans, and delicious gravy for you and your guests. Everyone will love that it may be easier on digestion and help some avoid discomfort!