Thanksgiving or Thanks-regretting?

—Jennifer Plymale, Staff Writer—

During the holiday season, people often find themselves filled with regret after they thanksgiving-cover-photoconsume large amounts of food. Thanksgiving, for example, is a day where we sit and eat
an enormous amount of heavy foods. Casseroles, stuffing, and all the delicious desserts definitely add up in calories. However, regret is not mandatory. Try one of the many alternatives to classic Thanksgiving fare, and still enjoy enjoy eating with these alternative side dishes.


Instead of traditional bread stuffing, try quinoa sage stuffing. Quinoa is a nutritious grain that provides fiber and protein. It has about 8g of protein and 5g of fiber. Similar spices are used in this recipes, so chances are the high carb version of the side dish won’t be missed.

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Instead of the traditional yam soaked in sugar, try organic sweet potatoes with spices. Mash the potatoes and add cinnamon, for a sweeter, lighter dish.

Green Bean Casserole

Instead of the dairy heavy traditional casserole, try sauteed green beans with mushrooms. Although cream of mushroom soup is a staple for the traditional casserole, the creaminess of it does not help with easy digestion. Getting rid of the canned mix decreases the tiredness that creeps in after eating.

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Mashed Potatoes

Instead of the traditional carb smothered in gravy, try cauliflower mash. Cauliflower may not be on the top of everyone’s favorite food list, but this vegetable contains 77% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. To make, steam the cauliflower until tender and throw in a food processor with desired seasonings.

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Cranberry Sauce

Instead of sugary cranberry sauce, try beets roasted with honey. Beets provide color on the plate, and with the energy gained from eating these plants, a game of football can be played with family members. For this dish, beets are best covered in honey and wrapped and roasted in the oven for an hour then sliced.

Apple Pie

Who can forget about dessert? Below is a recipe for an alternative for an apple pie;

How to Make an Apple Tart:


For the apple filling

  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 tablespoon honey (extra if desired)

For the crust

  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, solid


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a small casserole dish.
  2. Add the almond flour, oats, honey, and salt into a bowl. Whisk until combined.
  3. Add coconut oil and use fingers, or a fork, to work it in until crumbly. The mixture should hold together when pressed. Put aside.
  4. Wash and thinly slice apples.
  5. Combine sliced apples with honey, tossing to coat completely. Place in the prepared dish.
  6. Top the apples with crumble topping.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is lightly golden brown and the apples have cooked down.
  8. Enjoy with ice cream or, to keep it healthy, greek yogurt!

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Photos Courtesy of Jennifer Plymale