No-Regrets Thanksgiving Feast

Published 11/28 2013 07:47AM

Updated 11/28 2013 12:01PM

This morning, Caroline Deniakos from Weight Watchers shares Thanksgiving dishes that are easy to make, and light on calories.

Orange-Cranberry Sauce.

This recipe takes out the sugar and uses agave in its place, saving you lots of calories.


        1 (12-oz) bag of cranberries

        2/3 cup agave

        ½ cup water

        2 teaspoons orange zest

        ½ cup juice from oranges

        1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


        Bring all ingredients in pan to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until berries pop, 5-6 minutes


Per serving (5 tablespoons): 80 cal, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg chol, 1 mg sod, 21 g total carb, 18 g sugar, 2 g fib, 0 g prot, 4 mg cal.  POINTSPLUS VALUE: 2


Cornbread Stuffing with Sage:


        2 ½ teaspoons canola oil

        1 lb. onions, diced

        4 (1-oz) turkey breakfast sausage links, casing removed and crumbled

        1 ½ cup frozen corn kernels

        4 celery stalks, diced

        2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced

        3 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, chopped

        5 cups dry herb-seasoned cornbread stuffing mix

        2 cups low-sodium chicken broth



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 minutes. Add sausage and brown, breaking it apart with wooden spoon, 4 minutes. Add corn and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until celery is crisp-tender, 4 minutes. Stir in apples and sage. Cover and cook until apple is crisp-tender, 4 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking time.


Transfer apple mixture to large bowl. Add stuffing mix and broth; toss gently until evenly moistened. 


Spread stuffing on baking sheet and cover with foil. (If making ahead, cool completely. Chill up to 3 days.  Return to room temperature.) Bake 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is golden and crisp, 15 minutes. Transfer stuffing to serving bowl.


Per serving (2/3 cup): 228 calories, 4 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 7 mg chol, 528 mg sodium, 46 g total carb, 9 g sugar, 4 g fiber, 7 g protein, 50 mg, calcium.  POINTSPLUS VALUE: 6

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