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The Only 25 Thanksgiving Recipes You’ll Ever Need

No one, no matter how dedicated to their diet they may be, wants to pass up the indulgent spreads synonymous with Thanksgiving. (Which we here at Eat This, Not That!, lovingly refer to as National Cheat Day.)

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The Only 25 Thanksgiving Recipes You’ll Ever Need

No one, no matter how dedicated to their diet they may be, wants to pass up the indulgent spreads synonymous with Thanksgiving. (Which we here at Eat This, Not That!, lovingly refer to as National Cheat Day.)

And we’re here to tell you that there’s no need to hold back in the name of weight loss. In fact, we’re giving you permission to forget your flat belly goals for the day, take out your stretchy pants and indulge in all of your favorite dishes—seriously! It’s actually not as bad for your waistline as you might think. Because most of the fare served on Thanksgiving is homemade and packed with nutrients, it’s actually better for your body than indulging in fewer calories of processed foods like Snickers and Ding-Dongs. Plus, it’s actually really difficult to gain any actual weight on Thanksgiving. (More on that here). And so long as you’re eating delicious worth-every-calorie dishes, we can proactively promise you won’t regret your Turkey Day feast!

To help you indulge without guilt, we’ve found the most mouthwatering Thanksgiving recipes on the web. Scroll down to discover the best turkeys for every type of celebration, a host of sensational side dishes, fall-themed desserts and pies galore. Mix and match the dishes that look the most “worth it” to you, to create the Thanksgiving feast of your dreams.

TURKEY

1

Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter & Roasted Shallots

Serves: 20
Nutrition: 710 calories, 25.3 g fat, 10. 4 g saturated fat, 512 mg sodium, 6.1 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar, 108 g protein (per 8 oz serving of meat, skin removed)

This mouthwatering turkey is stuffed with savory veggies and covered in a herb butter for the ultimate Thanksgiving Day indulgence. For those who want to have a storybook celebration—and don’t care how many calories it costs—this is the dish you’ve been searching for.

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2

Orange Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 478 calories, 24 g fat, 0.8 g saturated fat, 1,214 mg sodium, 7.5 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 4.8 g sugar, 57.9 g protein

If the thought of cooking an entire bird makes your stress hormones skyrocket, this should be your go-to recipe. Bone-in turkey breasts are easy to handle and make a great whole-bird alternative for smaller groups. This herb-induced juicy recipe is sure to be a holiday hit!

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STUFFINGS, GRAVY & GLAZES

3

Bourbon Apricot Turkey Glaze

Serving Size: 2 Tbsp
Nutrition: 70 calories, 0.1 g fat, 120 mg sodium, 14.6 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 9.7 g sugar, 0.3 g protein

A glaze is a simple way to add flavor to your bird after it comes out of the oven. We love this recipe in particular because it’s made with just six easy-to-find ingredients. However, the best part about is that the leftovers have tons of delicious uses. Throw a bowl of it on the table as a gravy alternative, or set it aside and use it as a Gobbler Sandwich spread.

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4

Sweet & Savory Cornbread Stuffing

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 349 calories, 12.2 g fat, 1.2 g saturated fat, 424 mg sodium, 53.6 g carbs, 4.5 g fiber, 10.7 g sugar, 8.3 g protein

Sweet maple syrup and cornbread add a delicious depth of flavor to this Thanksgiving side. The blogger behind this creation says it’s “slightly reminiscent of a Mexican sweet corn cake.” Talk about a mouthwatering way to mix things up!

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5

Bourbon Orange Cranberry Sauce

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 235 calories, 0.1 g fat, 3 mg sodium, 52 g carbs, 3.4 g fiber, 44.5 g sugar, 0.1 g protein

Skip the canned junk and whip up this to-die-for recipe instead! The citrus flavor from the orange pairs perfectly with the tart cranberries and the bourbon’s caramel notes. If you don’t want to use booze, feel free to skip it. The recipe is still a win no matter how you make it.

Get The Recipe From Recipe Runner.

6

Stuffing Balls

Serves: 12
Nutrition: 161 calories, 9.4 g fat, 5.3 g saturated fat, 439 mg sodium, 16.3 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber, 2.2 g sugar, 3 g protein

Stuffing is delicious. But stuffing balls are on a whole other level. Not only are they cute to look at, they also help keep portions in check, which is always a plus—even on a gluttonous holiday like Thanksgiving. Plus, the less stuffing you shove in your mouth, the more room you’ll have in your belly for dessert.

Get The Recipe From Inquiring Chef.

7

Mushroom Gravy

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 77 calories, 6.3 g fat, 4.2 g saturated fat, 297 mg sodium, 5.2 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 1.2 g protein

Add a hit of flavor to your plate with this savory mushroom gravy. Although it was originally developed to accompany a mashed potato dish, we’re confident it will pair nicely with all of your favorite holiday eats.

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POTATOES & BISCUITS

8

Easiest Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Serves: 12
Nutrition: 266 calories, 10.3 g fat, 6.2 g saturated fat, 484.5 mg sodium, 38.1 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 4.1 g sugar, 6.8 g protein

Sometimes scarfing down a plate of mashed potatoes (and then sinking in the subsequent food coma) is the only way to survive the holiday madness. This savory, thick recipe has a rustic, authentic flavor that boxed potatoes just can’t compete with.

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9

Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Pecan Crumble

Serves: 14
Nutrition: 237 calories, 7 g fat, 2.8 g saturated fat, 102 mg sodium, 42.3 g carbs, 5.9 g fiber, 6.8 g sugar, 2.9 g protein

Anything that tastes this good and helps ward off post-Turkey Day bloat is a winner in our eyes. The cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup in this recipe lends a sweet flavor you’re sure to love, while the sweet potatoes, rich in salt-banishing potassium, help banish the bloated belly that typically kicks in after a sodium-filled meal.

Get The Recipe From VeguKate.

10

Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Serves: 12
Nutrition: 190 calories, 4.3 g fat, 2.3 g saturated fat, 328 mg sodium, 32.5 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 3.8 g sugar, 5.3 g protein

Everyone loves bread—especially the homemade variety. But it can take a while to make. Even this relatively simple recipe takes about two hours to get from the mixer to your mouth. To speed things along on Thanksgiving, make the rolls ahead of time and pop them in the microwave or oven right before the feasting begins.

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11

Dreamy Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 206 calories, 4.1 g fat, 0.8 g saturated fat, 574 mg sodium, 39.6 g carbs, 11.5 g fiber, 8.7 g sugar, 6.5 g protein

This savory, unique mash calls for smoked eggplants, russet potatoes and cauliflower, making it a littler easier on your waistline than a traditionally prepared dish. Though it may skimp on calories, it doesn’t shortchange flavor; this tasty side dish just might outshine the main course.

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12

Parmesan-Herb Roasted Potatoes

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 256 calories, 10.9 g fat, 2.9 g saturated fat, 403 mg sodium, 35.1 g carbs, 3.2 g fiber, 1.3 g sugar, 7.9 g protein

Sick of mashed potatoes? These cheesy roasted spuds are to die for. The addition of fresh rosemary and parsley truly makes them a next level side dish.

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13

Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Serves: 14
Nutrition: 480 calories, 18.5 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 455 mg sodium, 75.8 g carbs, 7.7 g fiber, 23.4 g sugar, 5.1 g protein

This dish is high in sugar, fat and calories—and it’s worth every bite. The combination of creamy sweet potatoes, crunchy candied pecans and toasted marshmallows is pure ecstasy for your taste buds. We dare you not to go back for seconds.

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VEGGIE CASSEROLES & SIDES

14

Corn Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 240 calories, 15.2 g fat, 9.2 g saturated fat, 412 mg sodium, 24.8 g carbs, 2.7 g fiber, 5.5 g sugar, 5.5 g protein

Corn, chives, butter, pepper and cream cheese join together to create this savory dish that’s practically comfort in a bowl. Bonus: It’s filled to the brim with vitamin B6, a nutrient that has been shown to reduce hangover symptoms by as much as 50 percent. So go ahead, indulge in that second glass of red!

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15

Balsamic Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Balsamic Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 180 calories, 11.2 g fat, 3.4 g saturated fat, 620 mg sodium, 13.8 g carbs, 4.3 g fiber, 5.5 g sugar, 7.9 g protein

It’s hard to go wrong with a bowl full of bacon and Brussels sprouts (one of our favorite vitamin C-packed veggies). This is a low-cal dish that tastes anything but, scout’s honor!

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16

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 304 calories, 16.1 g fat, 1.6 g saturated fat, 314 mg sodium, 30.4 g carbs, 5.2 g fiber, 7.7 g sugar, 8.3 g protein

Even if you’re not a vegan, you’ll want to make this delicious dish for you and your guests.

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17

Brown Sugar and Pineapple Roasted Acorn Squash

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 191 calories, 11.8 g fat, 7.3 g saturated fat, 94 mg sodium, 23.2 g carbs, 2.9 g fiber, 6.5 g sugar, 1.5 g protein

This side dish needs to make an appearance on your holiday table!

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18

Tart Cherry Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 219 calories, 14.9 g fat, 1.9 g saturated fat, 196 mg sodium, 20.8 g carbs, 4.2 g fiber, 11.5 g sugar, 4.9 g protein

Just one serving of this side dish packs an impressive 121% percent of the day’s vitamin C!
The nutrient has been proven to elevate mood (which can ward off emotionally-fueled munching) and counteract stress hormones that trigger abdominal fat storage, making it an important nutrient for those trying to lose weight. Oh, and the dish? It tastes amazing!

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19

Squash Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 161 calories, 8.5 g fat, 5.4 g saturated fat, 191 mg sodium, 20.5 g carbs, 3.1 g fiber, 3.3 g sugar, 3.8 g protein

No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without a serving of butternut squash. Whipping up a batch of this crispy, cheese- and panko-topped dish is a no-brainer.

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20

Glazed Carrots Rosemary-Ranch Glazed Carrots

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 198 calories, 11.5 g fat, 7.3 g saturated fat, 479 mg sodium, 22.7 g carbs, 2.8 g fiber, 12.1 g sugar, 1.1 g protein

These carrots are so delicious, even your kids will want a second helping! The fact that they pack nearly 400% of the day’s vitamin A into one serving is sheer coincidence.

For more fall-inspired recipes, check out these 20 Best-Ever Fat Burning Soups!

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21

Brussels Sprouts Latkes

Yields: 12
Nutrition: (Per two latke serving, calculated with 1/4 cup canola oil for frying) 271 calories, 17.7 g fat, 5.8 g saturated fat, 216 mg sodium, 23 g carbs, 3.1 g fiber, 8.2 g sugar, 7.2 g protein

Thanksgivukkah may not come around again for a loooonggg time, but if Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fell in love and had a baby, this dish would be it.

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DESSERT

22

Pumpkin Pie

Serves: 10
Nutrition: 258 calories, 12.7 g fat, 2.7 g saturated fat, 152 mg sodium, 34.6 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 11.2 g sugar, 1.4 g protein

Nothing completes your Turkey Day meal like a heavenly-delicious pumpkin pie. The fact that this dish is vegan and gluten free is just an added bonus. Your taste buds will never be able to tell it’s not the real deal.

Get The Recipe From Minimalist Baker.

23

Raw Pecan Pie Tartlets

Serves: 9
Nutrition: (Per 2 tart serving) 281 calories, 18.3 g fat, 1.2 g saturated fat, 32 mg sodium, 27.4 g carbs, 4.6 g fiber, 21.1 g sugar, 7.6 g protein

Whole foods like walnuts, dates and — as you likely guessed — pecans join to create this better-for-you dessert. Not only is its small, bite-size stature a standout feature in a sea of giant pies, it also makes it easier to mind your portions, which is always a win—even on your cheat day.

Get The Recipe From My Darling Vegan.

24

Dessert Pumpkin Spiced Apple Pie

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 339 calories, 17.7 g fat, 11 g saturated fat, 417 mg sodium, 42.6 g carbs, 1.9 g fiber, 15.4 g sugar, 3.8 g protein

Why choose between a pumpkin-infused dessert and one filled with apples when you can just eat this and have both at the same time? This sweet dish brings together the best of fall's flavors to create a recipe that’s not soon to be forgotten.

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25

Healthy Pear and Apple Crisp with Quinoa

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Serves: 8
**Nutrition: 413 calories, 10.6 g fat, 6.6 g saturated fat, 74 g carbs, 7.5 g fiber, 26 g sugar, 8.6 g protein

Gluten-free oats, quinoa, nutritious coconut oil and sweet maple syrup get a dusting of cinnamon and are swirled with bubbly, roasted apples. Feeling extra decadent? Top it with a scoop of one of these ice creams.

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And after the holiday, don’t drown in guilt or regret. Just move on, whip up a pitcher of detox water and get right back sinto your healthy eating routine! These 30 Skinny Secrets from the World's Sexiest Women can help!