Healthy Thanksgiving recipes 2013

It's Thanksgiving time. And once again there will be no calorie lecture or list of forbidden foods from me just a few wonderful, healthy recipes from health-conscious chefs.

Fall Harvest ChowderHealthy recipe from Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, and host of healthy living talk show What Would Julieanna Do? on Veria Living TV Network.Makes 8 servings1 small yellow onion, diced1 large carrot, peeled and diced3 celery stalks, diced6 cups vegetable broth or water2 small zucchini, diced1 (16-ounce) package frozen corn2 small garnet yams, peeled and diced4 bay leaves2 teaspoons dried thyme4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves Over medium-high heat, saut onion, carrot and celery in 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth until slightly browned, approximately 5-10 minutes.Add remaining vegetables, broth or water, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30-40 minutes.Remove bay leaves from soup and blend with immersion blender until mostly pureed. Add spinach leaves and turn off heat. Serve hot. Nutrition information (per serving): with vegetable broth: 103 calories; 3 g protein; 1 g fat; 0 g cholesterol; 24 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 450 mg sodium. With water instead of vegetable broth: 94 calories; 22 g carbohydrate; 3 g sugar; 38 mg sodium.White Bean Dip with Caramelized Onion & GarlicHealthy Recipe by Chef Tina Bourbeau for the innovative online supermarket FreshDirect ( 12 servings 4 tablespoons olive oil1 medium onion, medium-diced10 large garlic cloves, medium-diced1 (15.5-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained1/2 teaspoon kosher saltZest and juice of 1 lemon (about 1/2 teaspoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice) Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a saut pan over medium-low heat.Add onion and garlic. Stirring occasionally, cook until onion and garlic are softened and lightly golden (about 5 minutes). Set aside.In a food processor fitted with an S-shaped blade, puree the beans until smooth. Scrape down sides of the bowl as you go.Add salt, remaining olive oil, zest and juice of lemon, and onion/garlic mixture. Puree until ingredients are completely blended and mixture moves easily around the bowl.Scrape into serving dish and serve immediately; or cover and chill at least 1 hour or overnight. Let come to room temperature before serving. Nutrition information: (per serving): 50 calories; 3.5 g fat; 4 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 1 g protein; 90 mg sodium.Pear and Sage StuffingHealthy Recipe by Weight Watchers, from January 2014 edition of Weight Watchers' What to Cook Now: 300 Recipes for Every Kitchen (St. Martin's Griffin; 2014).Makes 12 servings12 slices (1/2 pound) reduced-calorie whole-grain sandwich bread, diced1 tablespoon olive oil1 tablespoon unsalted butter5 celery stalks, thinly sliced3 firm-ripe pears, cored and diced1 large onion, diced2 tablespoons minced fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried1/2 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon black pepper2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsleyPreheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place bread on large baking sheet and bake until dried, about 20 minutes. Transfer to large bowl.Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Spray 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.Heat oil and butter in large skillet over medium-high heat until butter is melted. Add celery, pears, onion, sage, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, until pears are softened, 7-8 minutes. Add celery mixture to bowl with bread; toss to combine. Add broth and parsley and toss again.Spoon stuffing into prepared baking dish. Bake until browned and crisp on top, about 30 minutes.Nutrition information (per serving): 92 calories; 3 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fat); 234 mg sodium; 16 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 3 g protein; 37 mg calcium.Herb-Roasted Turkey and VegetablesHealthy Recipe from 365 Comfort Foods by the editors at Better Homes and Gardens (Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).Makes 8 servings2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley4 cloves garlic, minced1 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper1 (2 3/4- to 3 1/2-pound) turkey breast portion with bone, skinnedNonstick cooking spray3 cups tiny red-skinned potatoes (about 1 pound), quartered2 cups baby carrots with tops (about 8 ounces), trimmed and halved lengthwise2 cups white and/or red pearl onions (about 8 ounces), peeled and halved1 tablespoon olive oilPreheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine parsley, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Set aside 1 tablespoon of the herb mixture.Place turkey breast portion, bone side down, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle the remaining herb mixture evenly over turkey; rub in with your fingers. Roast, uncovered, for 20 minutes.Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine potatoes, carrots and pearl onions. Add the reserved1 tablespoon herb mixture and the oil; toss to coat. Arrange vegetables around turkey in roasting pan.Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Roast, uncovered, for 11/4 to 11/2 hours more or until juices run clear, turkey is no longer pink (170 degrees F), and vegetables are tender, stirring vegetables once.Transfer turkey to a cutting board. Cover loosely with foil; let stand for 10 minutes before carving. Serve turkey with vegetables.Nutrition information ( per serving): 231 calories; 3 g fat (1 g saturated); 69 mg cholesterol; 219 mg sodium; 21 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 30 g protein.Green Beans with Caramelized MushroomsHealthy recipe from The Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook by the editors at Diabetic Living (Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).Makes 6 servings (1/2 cup each)8 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed1 8-ounce package sliced fresh mushrooms2 teaspoons olive oil1/4 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon black pepper1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted1/4 cup snipped fresh basilIn a large skillet cook beans, covered, in a small amount of boiling water for 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse beans under cold water to stop cooking; drain again. Pat dry with paper towels.Carefully wipe the skillet dry. In the same skillet, cook mushrooms in hot oil over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add beans and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until beans are heated through, tossing frequently. Transferbean mixture to a serving platter. To serve, sprinkle with walnuts and basil.Nutrition information (per serving): 66 calories; 5 g fat (1 g saturated); 0 mg cholesterol; 101 mg sodium; 5 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 1 g sugars; 3 g protein.Roasted Poblano CornbreadHealthy recipe by Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy, authors of Miraval's Sweet & Savory Cooking (Hay House, 2014).Makes 16 servings1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 cup cornmeal3/4 teaspoon kosher salt1 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk1/4 cup melted butter1/2 cup granulated sugar1 medium roasted poblano chili (cored, skinned, seeds removed and minced)1 cup roasted corn, cut off the cob1/2 medium red bell pepper, mincedHeat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan with parchment cut to fit and then spray with nonstick cooking spray.In a medium bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour and baking soda and then whisk in the cornmeal and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and sugar.Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just until smooth. Fold in the chili, corn and bell pepper. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until it is lightly brown around the edges and springs back in the center when touched.Nutrition information (per serving): 130 calories; 4 g fat; 21 g carbohydrate; 1 g dietary fiber; 3 g protein.Vanilla Cheesecake with Cinnamon Apple Compote and Apple ChipsHealthy recipe by Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy, authors of Miraval's Sweet & Savory Cooking (Hay House, 2014).Makes 16 servingsVanilla cheesecake1 1/2 cup neufchtel cheese3 cups pureed cottage cheese2 tablespoons sugar8 sheets gelatin (8 teaspoons powdered gelatin)1 1/2 cups nonfat milk1 tablespoon vanilla extractCinnamon Apple Compote1 teaspoon butter2 cups medium-diced Granny Smith apples1/4 cup sugar1/2 teaspoon cinnamonApple Chips1 Granny Smith apple, sliced very thin, peel on1 tablespoon powdered sugarMake the cheesecake: In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the neufchtel cheese and pureed cottage cheese together and then add the sugar and mix until nicely blended.Sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2-cup cold water in a small bowl to soften and "bloom" it. Set aside for 2 minutes.In a saucepan, heat the milk and add the softened gelatin. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly until dissolved. Pour the warm milk into the creamed cheese mixture and mix until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and mix to blend.Transfer the cheesecake batter to a container, cover and refrigerate for 4 hours, until it has firmed up.Make the compote: In a saut pan, heat the butter over medium heat until melted and then add the apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook for 2 minutes or until the apples have softened slightly and started to caramelize. Cool to room temperature.Make the apple chips: Heat the oven to 200 degrees F. Place the thinly sliced apples on a nonstick baking mat (such as a Silpat) and sprinkle the powdered sugar over the top. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the apple slices are crisp. You can test the crispness by removing one of the apple slices from the oven and cooling for 2 minutes.Assemble the dessert: Pipe the set cheesecake batter into pretty glasses and top each with a spoonful of apple compote and a crisp apple chip.Nutrition information (per serving): 280 calories; 4.5 g fat; 54 g carbohydrate; 1 g dietary fiber; 9 g protein.

CHARLES PLATKIN, Ph.D., M.P.H., THE DIET DETECTIVE is one of the country's leading nutrition and public health advocates, whose syndicated health, nutrition and fitness column, the Diet Detective appears in more than 100 daily newspapers nationally. Dr. Platkin is also the founder of, which offers nutrition, food, and fitness information. Platkin is a health expert and blogger featured on, and Additionally, Platkin is a Distinguished Lecturer at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in New York City.

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