Putting a Healthier Spin on Your Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes 2017

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes – Dorsey Schools

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes 2017

Recipes courtesy of Chef Heather Torrente.

Baked Apples Thanksgiving Recipe

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size 1 apple Recipe yields 5
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories 256
  • Total Fat 12 g
  • Total Carbs 41 g
  • Protein 3g


  • 5 Honeycrisp Apples
  • 2/3 cup Instant Oats
  • 1/8 cup dried Blueberries or naturally dried fruit of your choice
  • 1/2 cup Raw Walnut Halves
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/8 cup Honey
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • Lemon Wedge
  • I like to serve the baked apples with a cup of Low Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt for more protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Core your apples by using a corer or grapefruit knife. Then, take a grapefruit knife or paring knife and make a larger hole by carving out the sides. Do not go all the way through the apple.
  3. Rub the lemon wedge along the insides of the apples to keep them from browning.
  4. Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix together using a spatula. Ensure there is no dry oatmeal. If the oatmeal is still dry, add 1 tsp coconut oil.
  5. Spoon the contents of the bowl into the hollowed-out apples. Pack it in tight and then stack some on top of the apple.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top has browned.

Baked Bread Stuffing 

  • Nutrition Facts
  • Serving Size 1 serving Recipe yields 5
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories 142
  • Total Fat 1 g
  • Total Carbs 25 g
  • Protein 8 g


  • 8 slices toasted Ezekiel Bread (If you want to increase the sweetness try Ezekiel raisin bread)
  • 2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2/3 Shallot (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp minced Garlic
  • 2 Celery Stalks (chopped)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • Fresh Rosemary Twig
  • 1 tsp Sage (I prefer fresh)
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • To taste Sea Salt
  • To taste Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Lightly toast pieces of Ezekiel bread and then cut into small cubes. Place in a large bowl or baking dish.
  3. Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat and lightly spray with olive oil.
  4. Add garlic and shallots to the skillet and cook until brown.
  5. Cut celery and bell pepper into small pieces and add to the skillet.
  6. Reduce the heat of the skillet to low medium and pour 1 cup of chicken broth to the mixture and stir.
  7. Add seasonings and your rosemary twig to the skillet. Cover and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the rosemary twig and then pour the broth and veggies over the bread cubes. Stir with a large spoon or spatula. Add remaining cup of chicken broth and continue to stir until the bread absorbs the broth. If your stuffing is a little dry after adding the chicken broth, add a few tablespoons of chicken broth until it is moist.
  9. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. Remove and then stir with a spoon again. If you see the stuffing is a little dry, add a few more tablespoons of chicken broth and place back in the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes”


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Reviewed and edited 12/6/17