Create a satisfying Thanksgiving feast with all of the foods you love and none of the guilt. Here, we’ve gathered our favorite healthy dishes for every course of the holiday meal — low in fat, high in nutrients and fall flavor, and sure to please the people you share them with.
|White Bean and Arugula Crostini
These rustic Italian-inspired toasts are simple to prepare, with creamy (and nutritious) cannellini beans, baby arugula and a drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.
|Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Roasting caramelizes the natural sugars and intensifies the flavors of squash, apples and leeks, giving this soup a rich character that is highlighted by aromatic spices. No butter necessary!
|Spinach, Pear and Pomegranate Salad
Pomegranate seeds and walnuts add extra antioxidant power to this seriously nutritious—and delicious—salad. Crumbled blue cheese lends tanginess; you don’t need much for a big impact.
Here, a bold spice blend and creative technique add flavor to turkey, without a bit of extra fat or oil. A meat tenderizer is used to score the skin of the turkey so the seasonings penetrate throughout and the fat naturally renders.
|Herbed Quinoa and Red Rice Stuffing with Kale and Pine Nuts
Nutrient-rice kale and quinoa form the base of this stuffing, while dried cranberries and pine nuts add flavor and texture. Bonus: it’s gluten-free.
|Braised Potatoes & Escarole
Escarole and potatoes emerge meltingly tender from the slow cooker in this recipe before being drizzled with a bright, zesty vinaigrette. The machine does all the work, creating delicious flavor and texture without much fat.
|Roasted Broccolini with Lemon
You’ll be surprised at the wonderful, complex flavor created by only six ingredients in this recipe. Roasted lemon and garlic perk up fresh broccolini for a light, lively dish.
These two cool-weather fruits top the nutritional charts, and the oat-and-nut topping delivers even more antioxidant power. Make an extra batch of the crisp topping and freeze it in a zippered plastic bag; that way, you can bake a great fruit dessert at a moment’s notice.