Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

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With the holidays on the horizon, eating is often at the top of our agendas. Let's find ways to cut the calories and keep the flavor this year. Here are a few recipes from the Office of Minority Health. Feel free to share yours with us in our comment section or on Facebook. Happy Thanksgiving!

Vegetable Stuffing

1 tablespoon margarine
1 package herbed stuffing mix
2 cup zucchini, broccoli or cabbage cut into bite-sized pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, finely shredded
1 cup no added salt chicken broth

Measure margarine into a 3-quart microwave-safe casserole dish.
Microwave on high power for 20 seconds.
Open herbed stuffing mix. Reserve 1 cup stuffing.
Combine remaining stuffing mix and all other ingredients with the melted margarine.
Pat evenly into the casserole dish.
Sprinkle reserved bread cubes on top.
Bake in oven at 350 degrees, for 45 minutes; or microwave on high power for 20 minutes, turning twice during cooking.
Makes 8 cups.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

8 slices whole wheat bread
1 cup egg substitute
2 ¼ cups skim milk
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup raisins

Makes 12 ½-cup servings

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Crumble bread by hand, or make crumbs in a blender or food processor.
Combine egg substitute, milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, spices and vanilla. Add raisins and combine with bread crumbs in a lightly oiled 2-quart casserole dish.
Set 2-quart casserole dish in a larger baking dish filled partially with hot water. Bake one hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Serve with Yogurt Dessert Sauce.

Yogurt Dessert Sauce

2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup sugar

Makes about 2 cups, enough topping for 8 servings.
Combine all ingredients and stir well.
Find this and other great diabetes sensitive recipes at the Indian Health Services' Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention nutrition web page.
For a comprehensive recipe and meal planner guide in English and Spanish including a diabetes food pyramid, visit the National Diabetes Education Program's web site.


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