Quick and Easy Thanksgiving recipes from Meijer Dietician Janine Faber

Preparing a complete Thanksgiving meal doesn't have to take all day. Round out your holiday feast with some of simple and delicious recipes that can be made in under an hour.

While the turkey is roasting you can make all of these three side dishes and dessert in under an hour.  The bonus is that these recipes only use a few ingredients!

Honey Glazed Carrots
Flavors combine to make this vegetable side dish a sure winner both on nutrition and taste.  Antioxidants from the carrots protect against disease along with 4 grams of fiber.

Steam one bag of baby carrots.  Take two tablespoons of Meijer honey and add butter or nutmeg.  Fancy...fast food

Stuffing with Fresh Apples and Raisins

Apples and raisins provide texture and sweetness while providing a nutrition bonus of fiber and vitamin C.

Prepare 1 box of Chicken Flavored Stuffing with 1¨ö c apple cider, ¨÷ c chopped apple, and 3 T Meijer raisins.

Garlic-Herb Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes are a comfort food packed with vitamins C and B6, potassium, and fiber.  Super quick and tasty side dish.

Mix together 2 packages of frozen mashed potatoes (prepare as directed on package) with 1 (8 oz) container Meijer Light soft onion and chive cream cheese and 1 c Meijer fat free sour cream.

Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin is a wonderful source of vitamin A.  Enjoy the flavors of fall with this delicious and easy idea.

Prep Time:15 min

Total Time: 1 hr 15 min

Makes: 12 servings, 1/2 cup each


3 cups cold fat-free milk

2 pkg.  (1.5 oz. each) Jell-O Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin

1 tsp.  pumpkin pie spice

1 cup thawed Cool Whip Lite or Cool Whip Sugar Free Whipped Topping

Beat milk and pudding mix in medium bowl with whisk 2 min. Blend in pumpkin and spice. Stir in Cool Whip. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Nutrition Information: Calories  60, Total fat  1 g, Saturated fat  1 g, Cholesterol  0 mg, Sodium  240 mg, Carbohydrate  12 g,  Dietary fiber  1 g, Sugars  5 g, Protein  3 g, Vitamin A  110 %DV, Vitamin C  2 %DV, Calcium  8 %DV, Iron  4 %DV.

Diet Exchange: 1 Starch

Source: Kraft

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