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Are you a carb and calorie counter, hoping to keep off the pounds this holiday season? Try these leaner versions of holiday favorites and you won't need to make another New Year's resolution to lose weight.

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Appetizers
Leave the heavy cream out of this soup to keep it light and healthy.
  • Butternut Squash Bisque


  • Fresh Bread
    Whole-wheat flour and buttermilk make these biscuits a healthy choice for your holiday table. Skip the butter, and encourage guests to use cranberry sauce as a spread instead.
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Lean Main Dish

    The Bird
    All the flavor you dream of in a holiday bird, without basting it with butter.
  • Herb Roasted Turkey


  • Gravy
    Low-fat gravy that's easy to make -- just use instant dissolving flour instead of the standard roux.
  • Quick & Easy Pan Gravy


  • Cranberry Sauce
    A sweet treat for the turkey, packed with nutrious phytochemicals from the cranberries.
  • Fresh Cranberry-Clementine Relish
  • Slim Side Dishes

    Stuffing
    Choose a wild rice dressing instead of the traditional bread stuffing to knock out some carbs. This one is blended with vegetables and dried cherries for a fresh holiday flavor.
  • Orzo & Wild Rice


  • Mashed Potatoes
    The garlic gives it flavor, and the buttermilk cuts down on grams of fat. These may be healthier, but they're still worthy of a holiday dinner.
  • Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes


  • Sweet Potatoes
    The traditional Southern recipe, reworked to reduce fat and calories. It still tastes sweet, but with no marshmallows in sight.
  • Sweet Potato Casserole


  • Vegetables
    Stay away from the creamy, full-fat green bean casserole and choose this healthier green bean dish. Guests will rave about the complex flavors.
  • Green Beans with Prosciutto & Pine Nuts
  • Healthier Desserts

    Keep serving sizes under control with individual pumpkin custards that taste as good as pumpkin pie. Give guests the extra option of baked pears with a simple topping (instead of lots of buttery pie crust).
  • Individual Maple Pumpkin Custards
  • Baked Pears with Crumb Topping
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