Carb-Conscious (South Beach Diet Friendly) Thanksgiving Menu Options from Kalyn and Her Friends
is Kalyn’s favorite this Thanksgiving!
If you’re looking for healthier Thanksgiving options, all month I’ve been sharing recipes that are a bit more South Beach Friendly than traditional Thanksgiving dishes, but just as tasty. I’ve decided to compile a list of those menu options, not only the recipes I’m trying, but the ones I’m seeing on blogs of my friends.Recommendations here are based on my personal philosophy that it’s ok to indulge in one or two of your very favorite *must have* holiday foods for a once-a-year occasion like Thanksgiving, if you make more diet-friendly choices for some other parts of the menu. For that reason you’ll find some things here that aren’t 100% South Beach Diet approved, after all, Thanksgiving only comes once a year! But in general the foods I include here will come closer to the way of eating that South Beach recommends, focusing on more complex carbs and avoiding an excess of saturated fats. None will be lacking in flavor though, so even if you’re not on a diet, you’ll find plenty of delicious options here.
My version of Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar is a great option for Thanksgiving to replace the more traditional Sweet Potatoes or Yams loaded with sugar and butter.
If potatoes aren’t one of your *must have* foods, Alanna’s Roasted Cauliflower could be a great alternative.
I gave five salad suggestions that were a bit out of the ordinary so you can serve a Thanksgiving salad that will wow your guests.
Double Berry Jello Salad is a great new Thanksgiving tradition to start, and it’s lower in sugar than most salads of this type.
South Beach Diet Whole Wheat Stuffing with Sage, Italian Sausage, and Pears is a great alternative to traditional white bread or cornbread stuffing.
I featured some more options for Thanksgiving veggies, including the veggie dish my family requests every year. This photo is Twice Baked Cauliflower, one thing I’ll be making this year.
Of course you must have some kind of pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving, so be sure to try my Reduced Sugar Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe. This is a *diet* dessert that anyone would enjoy eating.
If you’re being a little more strict, or avoiding sugar for other reasons, this Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake is really excellent. This could be a regular dessert option for South Beach dieters because it’s low in carbs and saturated fat both.
If you’re planning ahead (or reading this after Thanksgiving is over) here are some after-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup Recipes.
Thanksgiving ideas from my friends:
At Je Mange la Ville Michelle’s Cranberry-Orange Relish sounds fantastic, and it has very little sugar, or you could use Splenda if you wanted.
The Baked Oysters from Julie at A Mingling of Tastes sound like the perfect appetizer, and perfectly South Beach Friendly. Her Sweet Potato Galette with Spinach and Fontina and Chestnut, Cranberry and Pear Stuffing also look good. (Be moderate on the stuffing because chestnuts, cranberries, and pears are all pretty high in carbs.)
Another appetizer that sounds great is the Gorgonzola-Walnut Dip I saw on Tummy Treasure.
At Zinfully Delicious Bruno makes an incredible looking South Beach friendly appetizer of Spicy Shrimp on Daikon Chips with Roasted Garlic and Chile Aoili.
My blogging buddy Christine posted a different version of Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake that looks fantastic over at Christine Cooks.
(Final edit – it’s now the day before Thanksgiving and I’m busy cooking, not only for the big turkey day but also for a dinner party I’m having tonight and testing Thanksgiving leftover recipes for after Thanksgiving posts. But if you’re still looking for Thanksgiving ideas on the web, check out How to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner like Elise, Kalyn, and Alanna: From turkey to the South Beach Diet and beyond. Elise, Alanna, and I are all Blogher contributing editors for Food and Drink, along with Sam who isn’t cooking this year. Blogher co-founder Lisa Stone had fun collecting all our various Thanksgiving Day posts into a big Thanksgiving roundup.)