Skip the Thanksgiving Food Baby w my 6 Sneaky-Light Sides!

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!

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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.