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20 Thanksgiving Dishes You Can Buy Premade

Check out these festive premade options that will slash your cooking time without tacking extra calories onto your feast menu.

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20 Thanksgiving Dishes You Can Buy Premade

Check out these festive premade options that will slash your cooking time without tacking extra calories onto your feast menu.

Whether you’re a kitchen novice or a culinary expert, serving up an entire Thanksgiving feast is a huge undertaking. This year, make the most of the holiday by slashing your cooking time and squeezing in some extra family bonding with the help of these festive, ready-made dishes.

If you’re skeptical of heat-and-eat options on your Thanksgiving table, you’re not alone. Many groceries come with sky-high calorie counts, which will transform your feast into an all-out nutritional nightmare. Our choices keep the sugar and fat content in check, so you can reach for that second helping of your favorite side without worrying about the damage you’re doing to your waistline.

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1

Woodstock Farms Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Woodstock Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Per ¼ cup: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 10 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 0 g protein

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without this red-hued, tart and sweet sauce. While the sugar content errs on the higher side, Woodstock Farms Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce is significantly lower than competitor brands such as OceanSpray and Pacific Foods. This canned pick is also entirely organic and features just 4 ingredients so it’s a choice you can feel confident about pairing with your turkey.

$4.33 per can at Amazon.com
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Bird’s Eye Steamfresh Veggie Made Mashed Cauliflower

Birds Eye Mashed Cauliflower

Per ½ cup: 60 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 490 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 2 g protein

Want to keep carbs in check this Thanksgiving? Swapping out the potatoes for cauliflower in your mashed side is an easy way to knock the calorie count down without sacrificing much in the way of taste and texture. Bird’s Eye’s Mashed Cauliflower requires only a zap in the microwave when it comes to prep work and is loaded with flavor thanks to the addition of roasted garlic.

Available at select stores. Check availability at Birdseye.com
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KNOW Better Stuffing

KNOW Better Stuffing

Per ½ cup: 80 calories, 5.5 g fat (0 g sat fat), 80 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (4 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 4 g protein

Stuffing is everyone’s kryptonite when it comes to Thanksgiving sides, but it doesn’t have to be with the help of this healthy swap. KNOW Better’s stuffing features a variety of healthy ingredients including almonds, flax seeds, and chia seeds, which results in an impressive nutrition panel, such as 4 grams each of protein and fiber.

$10 per package at KNOW Foods
4

Green Giant Sweet Potato Casserole

Green Giant Sweet Potato Casserole

Per ½ cup: 110 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 20 g carbs ( 2 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 1 g protein

Making a sweet potato side without a high sugar count is no easy feat, but Green Giant’s version fits the bill quite nicely. Another option that requires only a few minutes in the microwave, this casserole includes cinnamon and a bit of butter for a homemade taste without the hours of prep work and potato peeling.

If you want to try your hand at preparing sweet potatoes at home, take a peek at this list of 20 Sweet Potato Recipes for Weight Loss.

$3.53 per package at Walmart (in stores only)
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Heinz Home Style Fat Free Roasted Turkey Gravy

Heinz Fat-Free Gravy

Per ¼ cup: 20 calories, 0 g fat, 290 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 1 g protein

Dousing an already high-calorie meal in a fatty sauce is not the smartest move nutritionally, so be selective when it comes to gravy. Heinz’s Fat Free Roasted Turkey Gravy is made with broth for plenty of flavor with minimal calories, so you can dose your turkey and stuffing in it, guilt-free.

$3.53 per jar at Target (select stores only)
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Green Giant Steamers Green Bean Casserole

Green Giant Green Bean Casserole

Per ⅔ cup: 110 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 630 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrates ( 2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 2 g protein

Another veggie-centric side with the potential to rack up a super high calorie count, this green bean casserole from Green Giant is done the right way. One serving of the microwaveable side will help boost your fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C intake for the day without too much extra sugar and fat. And yes, fried onions are included!

$2.69 per package at Walmart (in stores only)
7

Pepperidge Farms Stone Baked Artisan Multi-Grain Dinner Rolls

Pepperidge Farm Stone Baked Artisan Rolls

Per roll: 120 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 290 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 6 g protein

When it comes to dinner rolls, not all ready-made options are created equal. Opting for a whole wheat or multi-grain version is an easy way to boost the nutritional profile of your bread. This version by Pepperidge Farm also includes an impressive 6 grams of protein, which will help keep you full.

$2.99 per package at Walmart
8

Dr. Praeger’s Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Dr. Praeger's Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Per 3 hashbrowns: 180 calories, 7 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrates (1 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 3 g protein

Can’t get enough of sweet potatoes during the Thanksgiving season? These hash browns by Dr. Praeger’s allow the festive spud to take center stage, resulting in a side dish that is chock full of vitamin A and beta carotenoids.

$4.99 per package at Amazon.com
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Tommy’s Brussel Sprouts

Tommy's Seasoned Brussels Sprouts

Per ⅔ cup: 70 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (4 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 4 g protein

This superfood is loaded with fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, so don’t hesitate to go for second helpings. Tommy’s version includes other nutrition powerhouses including mushrooms and extra virgin olive oil as well as garlic and paprika for an extra kick.

Available at select Target stores
10

Green Giant Honey Glazed Carrots

Green Giant Honey Glazed Carrots

Per 1 cup: 90 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (2 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 1 g protein

Sweet potatoes are not the only way to load up on beta carotenoids during the holiday season. Carrots, which are traditionally served in a sugary glaze during Thanksgiving, are also rich in this antioxidant. Green Giant’s microwave-ready version includes a little added sweetness for that traditional holiday taste without going overboard on the stuff.

$1.43 per package at Walmart (in select stores only)
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Jennie-O Oven Ready Boneless Turkey Breast

Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey Breast

Per ¼ lb: 110 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 480 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 22 g protein

Arguably the most important part of any Thanksgiving feast, turkey can be a super-lean way to stock up on protein if you opt for a skinless breast. Jennie-O’s Oven-Ready version boasts an impressive 22 grams of the stuff per serving, all for just 1 gram of fat. Best of all, this ready-to-eat cut eliminates the need for carving the bird.

Available at select Target stores
12

Amy’s Light and Lean Macaroni & Cheese

Amy's Light & Lean Macaroni & Cheese

Per entree: 290 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 560 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 16 g protein

This year-round comfort food often makes an appearance on Thanksgiving tables. While many versions are filled with ample amounts of butter and heavy cream, Amy’s Light and Lean option manages to keep the fat count low. Instead, this microwave ready side relies on low-fat milk and reduced-fat cheddar cheese for a healthier kind of creaminess. Since the package is a single serving, be sure to stock up if you’re planning on feasting with family.

$6.15 per package at Amazon.com
13

Birds Eye Vegetables and Sauce Sweet Corn in a Butter Sauce

Birds eye corn sweet butter sauce

Per ¾ cup: 80 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 3 g protein

Generally, anything served in a butter sauce can be a nutritional red flag, but Birds Eye’s version keeps the fat content low. A generous ¾ cup serving contains just 2 grams of fat and adds some much-needed fiber and Vitamin C to your Thanksgiving feast.

Available in select stores. Find out where on BirdsEye.com
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Seabrook Farm’s Frozen Creamed Spinach

Seabrook Farms Creamed Spinach

Per ½ cup: 120 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 450 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 4 g protein

Popeye’s favorite vegetable usually makes a fancied-up appearance during holiday meals. While some creamed spinach versions are heavy on the fatty sauces and light on the veggies, Seabrook Farm’s version lets the iron-rich leafy green take the spotlight. Additionally, one serving of the stuff contains 80% of your daily value of Vitamin A, so dig in guilt-free. Spinach is also a nutritional powerhouse, which is why it made our list of the 30 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods.

$2.49 per package at Fresh Direct
15

Earthbound Organic Frozen Roasted Red Potato

Earthbound Farm Organic Roasted Potatoes

Per ⅔ cup: 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 3 g protein

If you decide to add some more spuds to your Thanksgiving menu, be sure to opt for a roasted version to minimize the calorie count and maximize the nutritional profile. Earthbound’s roasted red potatoes come with their skin on for an added boost of fiber. They contain no added oil or seasoning, making them a great choice for killing a potato craving without any extra sugar or fat.

$6.65 per package ($53.21 per pack of 8) at Amazon.com
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Hodgson Mill Cornbread Mix

Hodgson Mill Cornbread and Muffin Mix

Per ¼ cup dry: 130 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 340 mg sodium, 27 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 4 g protein

When it comes to cornbread mixes, be sure to look for one with minimal amounts of added sugar and as much fiber as you can find. Hodgson Mill’s version is a solid choice as it boasts 3 grams of fiber per serving and only 5 grams of sugar. When it comes to baking, opt for combining the mix with ¾ cup low-fat milk, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon of butter for a wholesome take on this Southwestern favorite.

$1.62 per package ($12.95 per pack of 8) at Amazon
17

Mott’s Unsweetened Applesauce

Mott's Unsweetened Apple Sauce

Per ½ cup: 50 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (2 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 0 g sugar

Making applesauce at home is a time-intensive process that includes peeling and coring pounds of apples, so we don’t blame you if you want to opt for the jarred version. Mott’s Unsweetened Applesauce is a great way to indulge in a fresh-from-the-orchard taste without racking up plenty of added sugar and calories.

$2.95 per jar ($23.63 per pack of 8) at Amazon.com
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Trader Joe’s Pistachio Cranberry Bites

Trader Joe's Pistachio Cranberry Bites

Per ⅙ container: 110 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 15 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (1 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 3 g protein

This crunchy dessert is a great way to get your cranberry fix long after the main course has wrapped up. The addition of agave syrup makes these bites taste like a treat while pistachios add some protein and healthy fat to balance out the sugar.

$3.99 per package at Trader Joe’s
19

Halo Top Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

halo top pumpkin pie

Per ½ cup: 90 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 5 g protein

The next time you’re hit with a pumpkin pie craving, try this cold and creamy option. One of Halo Top’s newer, seasonal flavors, the company’s pumpkin pie ice cream includes pieces of real pie crust and actual pumpkin. A serving of this snack is a low-calorie, high-protein way to indulge in your favorite festive dessert.

$5.99 per pint at Target (in select stores only)
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Trader Joe’s Apple Cranberry Tarts

Trader Joe's Apple Cranberry Tarts

Per ½ tart: 240 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (1 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 3 g protein

If you absolutely must have a few bites of real, buttery pie, consider opting for this Trader Joe’s creation. The tarts are large enough to split, which is your best bet if you’re looking to keep calories in check. A combination of two autumn favorites, apples and cranberries, make this dessert the perfect fall indulgence.

$3.99 per box at Trader Joe’s

Want to learn more about what to eat (and what to avoid) on Thanksgiving? Check out this list of Every Classic Thanksgiving Dish Ranked.