Jul 7, 2007

Lightened Up Thanksgiving Recipes

How to Roast a Brined Turkey


Chicken Sausage and Herb Stuffing
Chicken Sausage Brown Rice Stuffing with Celery and Mushrooms
Mom's Stuffing, Lightened Up
Mushroom Fennel Quinoa Stuffing


Butternut Squash Soup with Sage
Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Potato Leek Soup
Roasted Acorn Squash and Leek Soup with Pepitas
Roasted Pumpkin Sage Soup
Roasted Red Kuri Coconut Curry Soup
Skinny Yet Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup


Arugula Salad with Pomegranates, Blue Cheese and Pistachios
Autumn Salad with Pomegranate, Gorgonzola and Pecans
Baby Greens with Goat Cheese, Beets and Candied Pecans
Baby Spinach Salad with Honey Roasted Butternut Squash, Pumpkin Seeds, Gorgonzola
Massaged Raw Kale Salad
Mixed Baby Greens with Pomegranate Seeds, Gorgonzola and Pecans
String Bean Salad


Butternut Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin with Cranberries and Pecans
Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy
Stuffed Turkey Breast with Butternut Squash and Figs

Side Dishes

Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna Rolls
Butternut Squash Risotto

Cranberry-Pineapple Sauce
Cranberry Pear Sauce
Creamed Spinach - Lightened Up
Creamy Cauliflower Puree
Easy Rosemary Garlic Biscuits
Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs
Farro and Sausage Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash
Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Asiago Bread Crumbs
Garlic Sweet Potato Mash
Green Bean Casserole (Lightened Up)
Grilled Fennel with Parmesan and Lemon
Light and Easy Cauliflower Gratin
Make-Over Corn Casserole
Makeover Spinach Gratin
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash
Mashed Sweet Potatoes Brulee
Mushroom Risotto
Oven Roasted Cauliflower
Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze
Potato Parsnip Puree 
Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar
Roasted Broccoli with Smashed Garlic
Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles
Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Ginger
Roasted Seasoned Winter Squash Medley
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Scalloped Potatoes Gratin
Skinny Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Chives
Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Slow Cooker Garlic Sweet Potato Mash
Sweet Potato Casserole


Cinnamon Apple Crisp
Easy 3-Ingredient Low-Fat Graham Cracker Crust
Easy Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Biscuits
Mini Sweet Potato Meringue Pies
Pear Cranberry Crumble 
Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Hazelnut Flaugnarde (Clafoutis)
Pumpkin Pie Dip
Pumpkin Roll, Lightened Up
Pumpkin Sherbet
Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cheesecake
Skinny Apple Cobbler
Skinny Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Squares
Skinny Pumpkin Pie
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Pie


Baked Turkey Croquettes
Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
Leftover Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties
Skinny Turkey Cuban Sandwich
Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps
Turkey Pot Pie Soup


  1. Have I told you lately how much I LOVE your site and that is has helped me to stay on track and lose weight! My husband who "hates" diet food LOVES your recipes and helps me cook them because they are so easy! We are making the Chicken tacos crock pot one tonight! Thank you for all you do...it is a HUGE blessing and the food is amazing!

  2. I absolutely love your recipes! I am planning my Thanksgiving menu, and I want to try the cranberry-pear sauce, but the link will not open. Is there any way to open the recipe?

    Thank you!

  3. I too am planning my Thanksgiving dinner - roasted turkey - yr spinach gratin, scalloped potatoes gratin, pumpkin spice no bake cheesecake and will be adding more as I browse -thanks Gina so much as I have loved every recipe that I have tried so far

  4. A friend from work hooked me onto your site. I love it! It has helped me stay on track and reach my goal!:)I love having the points attached. It has become a way of life in my house. My kids will always ask "how many points mom" I have been able to cook healthier for my family without skimping on taste. I look forward to trying new meals and sharing with co workers who are also watching their weight as well. Thanks for making this an exciting adventure. Looking forward to trying some of the dishes for Thanksgiving.

  5. LOVE all of these Thanksgiving recipes. I am having such a hard time finding skinny pecan pie recipes. Any chance you are planning a recipe for that?

  6. So happy to help you all through the Holidays!

    Cranberry pear sauce is working now, thank you!

    Ruby I don't think there will be time for it this year!

  7. I just made this for tomorrow & it came out sooo delicious. I don't think I will ever make another kind of cranberry sauce. This was my first time cooking with agave. I added some spices too
    1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
    1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  8. Oops! The comment above was meant for the Cranberry Pear Sauce.

  9. Gina, my husband and I have been following you now for a couple of years and you have helped us with our meal planning! Thank you. Would you point me in the direction of a Turkey Soup recipe? We are Canadian and have leftovers, which we made into soup and have frozen, however, we need to point it. It's homemade turkey stock with the fat all skimmed off and turkey with vegetables and some sweet potato. Any idea how I can point?

  10. I love your site and follow you on Pinterest as well. I truly appreciate that you have continued to list the Old Points as well as the new PointsPlus system points. I have been a fan of Weight Watchers for years, but I much prefer the old point system. I lost 30 pounds on the old Weight Watcher point system, so I know that one works for me. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and for helping me to find new and exciting ways to stay on track!

  11. I love your make-over corn casserole and make it every Thanksgiving and Christmas - I didn't see it on here today, but I have it printed off and saved. Can't wait to try the cranberry/Pineapple sauce!

  12. THE best recipe site EVER! I love everything that comes from your website. Superdelicious!!! Thank you.

  13. Please tell me which recipe this picture is for. I think it is a squash cassarole but when I click on the pic it just brings up all sorts of recipes by catagory. Really like your site and thank you for all the work you do to share these delicious recipes with us.

    1. I think u mean this one? http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/11/skinny-scalloped-potato-gratin.html

  14. i love your site and love all your recipes! and I LOVE that they all have WW points!!!!!

  15. Thank you for making my life easier! I know I can always find a way to put a healthy dinner on the table by visiting your site!

  16. Ran into this website through an email from my supermarket and I must say I was very impressed. I am forever dieting cannot afford any programs and low and behold, you are my answer! I will be trying lots of your recipes, while enjoying eating once again. Thank you so very much.

  17. Just a quick typo I noticed Stuffed Turkey Breast with Butternut Squash and Eggs , instead of Stuffed Turkey Breast with Butternut Squash and Figs. I noticed it because that recipe sounds amazing!!!


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