We've rounded up the best South Beach Diet-friendly recipes for this popular holiday.
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With the Thanksgiving holiday nearly here, you're most likely starting to think about your Thanksgiving Day menu. Taking some time beforehand to decide which foods you want to prepare is your best bet for sticking to a South Beach Diet-friendly meal plan. Whether you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner or preparing a dish to bring as a guest, the following healthy recipes are all sure to be hits. The side dishes can be easily doubled or tripled for a crowd.
This flavorful roast turkey entrée is the ultimate centerpiece of your Thanksgiving table. Our roast turkey is flavored with a mixture of fresh parsley and thyme under the skin and roasted with an apple, orange, and onion in the cavity. We paired the turkey with "jus"-style gravy, made with dry white wine and chicken broth thickened without flour or cornstarch.
This savory, healthy Phase 1 stuffing is meant to be cooked outside the turkey not in. We used low-fat turkey sausage in place of traditional pork sausage and combined it with cauliflower florets, leeks, and zucchini to replace bread crumbs. Fresh parsley, sage, and thyme are the herbs of choice, but use whatever herbs you like.
Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without an old-fashioned green bean casserole. We gave this holiday favorite a South Beach Diet makeover by using low-fat milk instead of typical heavy cream and making our own onion ring topping using light buttermilk, whole wheat bread crumbs, and ground walnuts to coat the baked (not fried!) rings.
This smooth cauliflower mash is a delicious and healthy alternative to mashed white potatoes (which are not recommended until Phase 3 of the South Beach Diet) and will truly surprise your guests. You can add a selection of fresh herbs and shredded reduced-fat cheese after puréeing the cauliflower, if desired. And toss in some chopped turkey bacon too, if you like. We guarantee your guests will be lining up for seconds!
Who says you need marshmallows to enjoy sweet potatoes? Instead of the traditional casserole, we bake wedges of sweet potato drizzled with unsweetened apple cider. If you prefer, you can mash the cooked sweet potatoes just before serving. Packed with fiber, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, this superfood is a must-have for your super South Beach Diet Thanksgiving feast.
There's no better way to end a Thanksgiving dinner than with a small slice of homemade pumpkin pie. Our South Beach Diet version uses whole-wheat flour instead of white flour to make the crust and pumpkin purée mixed with eggs, fat-free evaporated milk, and plenty of spices for the filling. The traditional flavors of this delectable pie make it so irresistible that you'll need to remind yourself to enjoy just one piece.
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