It can be tricky to keep your healthy-eating intentions over the holidays...with Thanksgiving being one of the biggest challenges! This year, skip the post-dinner "Food Baby" with some of my best, lightened up, holiday-worthy dishes. (As a Recipe Developer for Weight Watchers - I've got quite a few tricks up my sleeve!) These dishes are all sneakily-healthy yet super tasty...so you can save your indulging for sausage stuffing, sweet potato casserole...or wine! Hey, whatever works for you ;)
Cider Braised Kale Ribbons with Cranberries & Walnuts: A delicious cross between salad and saute, the sweet-tart cranberries & crunch of toasted walnuts give this gorgeous dish major crowd appeal!
Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin with Crunchy Panko Topping: A mix of cheeses is the secret to this dish's decadent-seeming cheese sauce. Pecorino cheese & panko breadcrumbs work magic together as a crispy topping.
Sneakily-Rich Butternut Squash Bisque: One of my all-time favorite secret weapons when lightening up recipes? Blend Greek Yogurt into the finished result for a rich finish instead of heavy cream. This recipe is delish as is...but feel free to spice it up with fresh ginger or go exotic with a dash of my current spice-blend obsession - Ras el Hanout. Extra points for serving in teacups or fun shot glass portions.
Roasted Pear Salad w Gorgonzola, Pecans, & Maple-Balsamic Dressing: This gorgeous, upscale salad would be welcome at any holiday dinner. To lighten it up even more & slash prep time? Use your favorite light balsamic dressing...it's ok...I won't tell!
Roasted Fennel & Carrots with Pecorino, Orange, & Thyme: Fennel wedges turn meltingly tender and lightly sweet after a stint in the oven at high heat while the orange-pecorino-thyme combo makes this Thanksgiving-table worthy!
Cardamom Spiced Apple-Cherry Tart: Don't worry...you don't need to skip dessert! This so-impressive yet so-simple tart is WAY lighter than traditional apple pie. Phyllo dough is the secret for a low-fat, crisp crust, with no rolling required.