7 Ways to Lighten up Thanksgiving Side Dishes ...


We all eat thousands of calories on turkey day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t lighten up your Thanksgiving side dishes and keep from overdoing it. After all, you want to save all your calories for when the pie comes out, right? Really, there is no reason why you can’t serve healthy, but still delicious Thanksgiving side dishes that everyone will love without eating a week’s worth of fat and calories at one meal. There are some easy ways to lighten things up without sacrificing all the flavor you count on.

1. Cut Back on Butter

Cut Back on Butter

There are a lot of Thanksgiving side dishes that are loaded with butter. Candy yams, mashed potatoes and the butter you slather on rolls, just to name a few. You can easily slash the butter by at least half without changing the texture and flavor or your favorite dishes. In fact, cutting the butter content allows the main ingredients to shine through instead of being drowned out by the butter. Try it – you’ll see what I mean!

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