15 Thanksgiving Recipes That Don't Have Loads of Carbs

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15 Thanksgiving Recipes That Don't Have Loads of Carbs

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November 2 2018


Traditional Thanksgiving foods—mashed potatoes, stuffings, pies, rolls—can send your blood sugar soaring. If you're looking for a way to still enjoy delicious foods without all the extra carbs, you've come to the right place. Below are a few of our best-loved holiday recipes that just happen to be lower in carbs.

  1. Cherry-Hazelnut Goat Cheese Balls

    It's hard to believe you can pack this much flavor into a mini cheese ball, but you can. They're soft enough to spread on veggies oor whole grain crackers, making for a delicious portion-controlled appetizer. 

  2. Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    This alternative version of artichoke and spinach dip uses cashew cheese instead of cream cheese, which makes it vegan-friendly, in addition to being a lower carb appetizer. 

  3. Blue Cheese & Walnut Green Beans

    We love this recipe because it has all the things we look for in a side dish—fresh veggies, different textures, and bold flavors.

  4. Cauliflower Cream Green Bean Casserole

    A fresh twist on a cream soup-based casserole, this low-carb version uses cauliflower puree in the sauce to get the same "creamy" effect. 

  5. Green Bean Casserole

    If you just can't part with traditional cream of mushroom green bean casserole, this simplified version is for you. to further cut down on carbs, you could use slivered almonds instead of crispy onions. 

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  6. Air Fried Brussel Sprouts

    If you love the crispness of fried foods but are trying to cut down on carbs, an Air Fryer will be your new best friend. 

  7. Cauliflower Potato Soup

    Cauliflower is a great substitute for potatoes, especially if you're cutting down on starchy vegetables. Try replacing half the potatoes with cauliflower in your favorite tater recipes. 

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  8. Sheet Pan Carrot, Ginger, and Fennel Soup

    Sheet pan soups—we can't get enough. Just roast the veggies and blend. 

  9. Roasted Turkey Breast

    Most turkey will be very low in carbs, unless a glaze or stuffing is added. But if you're just interested in the breast meat, this is a simple recipe that still yields 12 servings of juicy turkey meat. 

  10. Crunchy Apple and Fennel Slaw

    Pile it on anything and everything, this refreshing slaw adds a light crunch to an otherwise heavy holiday meal. 

  11. Pumpkin Pistachio Bars

    A lighter take on pumpkin pie, you still get all the flavor and spices in this recipe, only in bar form. 

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  12. Mini Vanilla Yogurt Cheesecakes

    Made with a lower sugar vanilla Greek yogurt, these cheesecake bites have all the rich, creamy flavor without the added carbs. 

  13. Healthy-Monster Cookies

    Maybe you want to put out a cookie tray after dinner, or send guests home with a little treat? This healthier take on a monster cookie is made with good-for-you things, but still tastes like a monster cookie should.

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  14. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

    Because sometimes you just need chocolate. That's why we're big fans of these little bites.

  15. Pumpkin Spice Eggnog

    With or without brandy, adding a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice to a small portion of eggnog makes it extra satisfying. If you're opting for the caramel sauce, look for a sugar-free version to help keep carbs down.

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