Healthier Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here and so are the good eats!  As you plan your Thanksgiving table, be sure to check out these delicious and nutritious recipes that use popular Thanksgiving foods in untraditional, yet healthier dishes that are sure to please.  

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a healthy food, but once we cook them in a sugary syrup and top with marshmallows, the side dish becomes more of a dessert.  If looking for a healthier sweet potato recipe this holiday season, try Sweet Potato Toasts!

Sweet Potato Toasts

Recipe adapted from:  Cooking Light
Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes cut into 1/2" slices 
  • Drizzle of Our Family canola or olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon Our Family cinnamon
  • 4 oz goat or brie cheese
  • 1/4 cup Our Family pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Our Family reduced sugar dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon Our Family honey or Full Circle maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  On a baking sheet, lightly drizzle and spread the oil over each side of the sweet potato slices. Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon.  
  2. Bake for about 12 minutes; turn and then bake for another 10-12 minutes, until turning golden brown.  Let cool for 5-10 minutes. 
  3. On each slice of sweet potato, add about a teaspoon of goat or baked brie cheese, sprinkle with pecans and cranberries, and drizzle with a tiny bit of honey/maple syrup and serve!

Note:  For a savory option, experiment with other flavors such as rosemary and garlic instead of cinnamon, cranberries, and honey/maple syrup.  Use any herb or spice, goat cheese, and top with any flavor you enjoy!

Green Beans 

Green beans are one of the most popular veggies in America, so of course they will part of the Thanksgiving menu.  Instead of a creamy casserole, opt for fresh green beans to make Crispy Green Beans.

Crispy Green Beans 

Recipe adapted from:  Cooking Light
Ingredients

  • 1 pounds fresh green beans
  • 1 tablespoon Our Family canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Our Family salt
  • 1/2 cup Our Family Crispy French Fried Onions, crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Trim the ends of the green beans.  
  2. On a baking sheet, lightly drizzle the green beans with the oil and sprinkle of salt. Gently stir until evenly coated.  Spread out the green beans across the baking sheet. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until the green beans start to look wrinkled.  
  3. Top with crispy French fried onions and serve.

Dressing or Stuffing

The dressing or stuffing seems to one of those foods where either you love it or don't.  Instead of a traditional refined bread stuffing, a whole grain pilaf with the same general flavors is an excellent option that is sure to please, and healthier too!

Brown Rice Stuffing

Recipe adapted from:  Cooking Light
Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Our Family olive or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon carrots, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Our Family reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup Our Family instant brown rice from box, unprepared
  • 1/3 cup Our Family reduced sugar dried cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Our Family parsley flakes
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a skillet and add onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until tender and fragrant. 
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil.  Add rice and return to a boil.  Once boiling again, reduce heat and stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Add cranberries, black pepper, parsley, and salt to taste before the rice has absorbed all of the broth.  Serve immediately.

We are thankful for you and want to continue to be your partner in feeding your family well! Get the best start on your Thanksgiving menu by shopping at Forest Hills.  From prepared foods to quick mixes, and any ingredient your recipe calls for, we have it all to help you make it a great Thanksgiving!  


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Stephanie Edson Wellness Specialist SpartanNash Company

Stephanie Edson - Regional Wellness Specialist

Stephanie is an award-winning registered dietitian who believes in empowering every individual to make nutritious food choices to support a healthy lifestyle. She believes in the power of food as medicine and loves sharing about nutrition with others.