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Working this Thanksgiving? Healthy turkey day substitutes for your work celebration

Spending the Thanksgiving holiday at work? Try some of these healthy alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving fare. These recipes are all great at room temperature, or easily reheated in your breakroom microwave.

Instead of sweet potatoes with marshmallows, try …

Sweet Potatoes with Applesauce

Sweet Potatoes with Applesauce: You can make these in a slow cooker — can’t get much easier than that. Cooking these two slowly makes them so sweet you don’t need all of that marshmallow nonsense.

Or …

Simply bake sweet potatoes ahead of time. Reheat, add a pat of butter and a touch of brown sugar, and bring the flavor from “bam” to “ka-pow!”

Instead of old-fashioned green bean casserole, try …

Alton Brown’s Updated Best Ever Green Bean Casserole: This recipe includes fresh mushrooms, half-and-half, and just a couple of tablespoons of butter. A far cry from your canned cream of mushroom soup.

Or …

Roasted Carrots With Rosemary: Savory and sweet, roasted carrots caramelize to perfection in the oven, while the rosemary provides the perfect amount of spice.

Instead of traditional bread stuffing, try …

Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing: With no refined carbohydrates and LOTS of protein, this stuffing recipe is a refreshing change from the bread heavy stuffing of yore.

Or …

Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole

Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole: For a vegetarian alternative, this eggplant and mushroom casserole looks like health and comfort food rolled into one. Even stuffing fanatics won’t look back after giving this recipe a spin.

Instead of pumpkin pie, try …

Pumpkin Pie Pudding: Keep the pumpkin, cut the fat. This pumpkin pie pudding looks creamy and flavorful. Who needs a buttery pie crust when you can have the same deliciousness in a cup and topped with a dollop of whipped cream?

Or …

Pear Cranberry Crisp: WholeLiving.com knows a thing or two about putting healthy and yummy in the same sentence. This pear cranberry crisp puts the focus on fruit with just a touch of the naughty stuff.

Just because you’re working through the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. Since it’s already a less than traditional celebration, why not shake things up and try a new twist on some old-fashioned turkey day recipes?

Thank you to all of you nurses out there who are taking care of patients this Thanksgiving. They’re lucky to have you!

By | 2020-04-15T16:31:40-04:00 November 19th, 2012|Categories: Archived|0 Comments

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