Skip the stretchy pants and enjoy your holiday feast without the gut-busting foods. If you’re looking to keep things light, try these vegetable-packed and low-calorie riffs on all of your classic sides. From cauliflower mash to stuffing and lightened-up green bean casserole, these recipes are a great way to chow down while still being mindful of what you’re eating.
Every Thanksgiving feast needs a creamy potato dish, but if you don’t want the heavy starches weighing you down, this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower is the perfect alternative! The Cookie Rookie is able to achieve the same taste and texture of potatoes by boiling the cauliflower then blending it, along with the cream cheese, butter, garlic, and rosemary until it’s smooth and creamy.
Carby stuffing gets a healthy remake with this vegetable-rich version from A Simple Palate. Take healthy grain bread and the seasonal herbs of a classic stuffing and combine them with a medley of sautéed vegetables.
The marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole is one of our favorite sides (maybe because it’s more like dessert!), but this lighten-up alternative from How Sweet Eats is just as delicious! It has about half the sugar and butter of your typical sweet potato casserole, but is super creamy thanks to coconut milk. Plus, the addictive crunchy oatmeal,coconut and pecan crumble really takes this to the next level.
Making your own mushroom sauce and crispy onion topping sounds intimidating, but A Sweet Pea Chef helps break it down in this healthy spin on green bean casserole. Instead of canned soup as your base and boxed fried onions, this made-from-scratch version gives you so much more flavor but with half the sodium.
If you’ve saved room for dessert, this secretly healthy pumpkin pie from Ambitious Kitchen will be a great finale for your feast! Smooth and ultra-creamy, this recipe is naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and coconut sugar instead of the traditional condensed milk which has lots of added refined sugars.