Don't sacrifice eating some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes and making traditional recipes because of your health goals. Instead, consider these alternative recipes to dishes you and your family could enjoy at a fraction of the calories!

The Appetizer: Crunchy Chickpeas
Low and slow is the key to drawing out all of the moisture without burning the chickpeas or seasoning. As they cook, the spices mingle and mellow for a rounded flavor. You're Thanksgiving guest will love these light nibbles.

Entree: Cider Brined Turkey 
In this delicious brined turkey recipe, the turkey marinates in a cider brine before roasting to ensure moist, flavorful meat. Plan on about 1 pound of turkey per person when buying your bird.

The Side: Pear, Prosciutto, & Hazelnut Stuffing
Crisping the prosciutto and toasting the nuts adds a powerful punch of flavor to the stuffing without going overboard on fat. Diamond Brand now makes packaged chopped hazelnuts, available in most major supermarkets.

The Dessert: Maple- Ginger Apple Pie 
In this healthy apple pie recipe, a touch of maple syrup spiked with lemon zest, cinnamon and ground ginger coats the apples while they bake. Serve this amazing homemade pie with lightly sweetened whipped cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The Topping: Cranberry Relish
Take a detour from traditional cranberrysauce and try this recipe that combines fresh cranberries with sweet dates, sage and orange. You can make this no-cook cranberry relish in less than a minute in the food processor. It’s a divine accompaniment to roast turkey and perfect on a turkey sandwich as well.

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-xoLP

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