Thanksgiving Favorites They'll Really Give Thanks For

The Physicians Committee

Food for Life

Thanksgiving Favorites They’ll Really Give Thanks For

Thanksgiving conjures up images of weather as crisp and refreshing as a red delicious apple and farmers markets bursting with a colorful cornucopia of squash, pumpkins, corn, and many other fruits of the autumn harvest. Let’s not forget family gatherings, football games, parades, and feasting on traditional culinary delights.

The centerpiece of this celebration is the special holiday meal. Although traditions vary, the common menu includes turkey roasted with strips of bacon, buttery mashed potatoes and vegetables, cranberry sauce and sausage or nut stuffing and an array of definitely non-low-fat desserts, leaving belt-buckles loosened by a few notches and one’s feet blocked from view.

Yet, the annual harvest celebration need not culminate with your stomach screaming for room at meal’s end. You can prepare a healthy, hearty meal that will warm your heart and soul. And, for the person designated to prepare such a tantalizing spread, Thanksgiving can bypass stressful planning and still produce a spectacular result.

Americans today have become more culinary diverse and open to more “nontraditional” fare, including turkey-free Thanksgivings. Companies marketing vegetarian versions of a traditional turkey dinner can barely keep up with demand for Tofurky and other such delicious foods.

Even without these specialty products, a low-fat, cholesterol-free vegetarian meal adds extra reasons to give thanks. Whether you seek something different, easy to make, or healthful this Thanksgiving day, the following recipes can help. They incorporate various traditional Native American foods and Thanksgiving fare while staying low-fat and cholesterol-free. Your arteries and everyone around the table will thank you.


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Thanksgiving Menu

Mixed Greens Salad

Autumn Stew

Winter Squash and Red Lentil Stew

Wild Rice Dressing

Delicata Squash

Zesty Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Custard Pie