Mix-and-Match Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving isn't exactly the time to obsess over calories. That said, if you're watching what you eat, don't feel like you have to sit on the culinary sidelines of everyone's favorite food holiday. This lineup includes healthy options for all of the traditional highlights of the feast: turkey, green vegetable, orange vegetable, stuffing, potatoes -- even dessert.

The Turkey

Stuff a butterflied skinless turkey breast with a whole-wheat cranberry stuffing for a Thanksgiving main that's just under 400 calories (gravy included!).

herb-roasted

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast; Ina Garten

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Tara Donne

Make a garlicky mustard-herb paste to give turkey-breast meat delicious flavor.

  The Green Vegetable
brussels sprouts

Barefoot Contessa's Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Tara Donne, Food Network

There are only four ingredients -- including salt and pepper -- in this beyond-simple roast vegetable side dish.

green bean casserole

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Kana Okada, 2011, Kana Okada

If you're hankering for this retro favorite, try a healthier rendition made with one-percent milk and just enough flavorful Parmesan cheese to make it irresistible.

The Orange Vegetable
glazed carrots

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Tara Donne, 2009

Use small amounts of butter and honey to give cooked carrots a simple but delectable glaze. (Bonus: The side dish is ready to serve in 15 minutes.)

spiced squash

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Con Poulos

Pick your favorite winter squash to star in this flavor-forward side dish sprinkled with spices, pomegranate seeds, cilantro and a lime-spiked yogurt dressing.

The Stuffing
herb stuffing

Herb and Apple Stuffing; Ina Garten

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Tara Donne

For even more fiber, make this green-apple-filled stuffing with whole-wheat bread.

cranberry stuffing

Whole-grain baguette is the bread of choice for this stuffing that's studded with Granny Smiths and dried cranberries.

The Potatoes
scalloped potatoes

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Made with part whole milk and part low-fat milk -- in addition to a smattering of Gruyère cheese -- this take on scalloped potatoes has fewer calories than the classic but just as much tastiness.

sweet potatoes

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Forgo the usual cream overload and make a flavorful mash with just a touch of butter and the smoky goodness of a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.

The Dessert!
pumpkin cheesecake

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The secret to this 225-calorie a slice cheesecake is a mix of one-third-less-fat cream cheese and 2-percent Greek yogurt.

apple crisp

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Tara Donne, 2009

Sprinkle a mix of sweetened pecans over chopped green apples flavored with sugar and maple syrup -- then bake until crisp and delish.

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