No-Regrets Thanksgiving Feast

No-Regrets Thanksgiving Feast

This morning, Caroline Deniakos from Weight Watchers shares easy, healthy Thanksgiving dishes!

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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