5 healthy Thanksgiving recipes & tips

Turkey cutlets are healthy and easily substituted for boneless, skinless chicken breast in most recipes, although cooking times will generally be shorter. // AP Photo/Larry Crowe

Start with stuffing

Nothing is more homey, more delicious and heavier than cornbread stuffing. Well, the good people at the Mayo Clinic have you covered with a Low-calorie Stuffing recipe with the flavor to satisfy your hungry family.

A good basic bread stuffing is a welcome sight at any Thanksgiving feast. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)


1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
10 slices whole-wheat bread, toasted and cut into cubes
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup cranberries, fresh or dried
1 cup chopped apple
1 cup whole chestnuts (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

2. In a skillet, heat the chicken broth over medium heat. Add the celery and onion and saute for 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat.

3. In a large bowl, combine the bread cubes, parsley, tarragon, paprika, nutmeg, cranberries, chestnuts, chopped apples, onion and celery mixture. Stir to evenly incorporated.

4. Pour mixture into the baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes. Serve immediately.

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