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5 Ways to Lighten Up Your Thanksgiving Meal

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If you are looking for alternative ways to lighten up the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, there are some simple tweaks you can make that won't sacrifice the taste of this special holiday meal. It's all about replacing heavy ingredients like butter, sugar and condensed milk with touches of honey, almond milk and more. 

Ready to lighten up your Thanksgiving meal? Serve these recipes to your family:

1. Skinny Turkey Gravy
Complete your Thanksgiving turkey by making a delicious gravy to pour on top. This recipe skips the sugars and high sodium content typically used in many gravies, without compromising on taste. Use the cooking liquid leftover from roasting the turkey to flavor this gravy. 


  • Cooking liquid from roast turkey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 large onion, halved 
  • 6 stalks celery, cut into pieces
  • 6 large carrots, cut into pieces 
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 dried bay leaf 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme

Blend together all ingredients in the Oster Pro® 1200 Blender on the high setting until smooth. Store in refrigerator for later use, or fully heat in a saucepan over medium heat before serving. 

gravyTurkey gravy doesn't need to be heavy - use fresh herbs to flavor it. 

2. Sweet Potato Mash
This lighter take on traditional mashed potatoes uses antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes and yogurt for better-for-you creamy potato side dish. 


  • 4 large sweet potatoes, steamed or baked 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1 teaspoon honey 
  • 2 tablespoons chives 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Peel cooked potatoes, slice in half, then place in the Oster Pro® 1200 Blender and blend on high until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients, then continue blending until potatoes are fluffy and smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with chives and serve. 

3. Perfect Cranberry Sauce 
Pass on the sugars in store-bought varieties and instead make this lighter version of cranberry sauce that celebrates the flavors of the fruit and uses natural sweeteners. 


  • 3/4 pound fresh cranberries 
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar 
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey 
  • 1/4 cup no-sugar-added orange juice

Add all ingredients to the Oster Pro® 1200 Blender and blend until just incorporated, stopping before cranberries are pureed. Transfer to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; continue simmering until sauce thickens, stirring throughout. Keep warm before serving. 

4. Butternut Squash Soup
Creamy butternut squash soup is a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving dinner spread. It's comforting, warm and cozy - three things a Thanksgiving meal should be - but without the added sugars and sky-high sodium content of store-bought soups.


  • 2 butternut squashes, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups low-sodium turkey broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Plain Greek yogurt for topping

Add all ingredients to the Oster Pro® 1200 Blender and blend on high until smooth. Heat in a large saucepan, pour into bowls and top with a spoonful of yogurt.

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5. Pumpkin Pie De-Lite 
Of course, no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a scrumptious dessert. Pumpkin pie is a classic go-to for a reason - but did you know you can create a healthier version of the dish? Whole-wheat flour swapped for the regular variety and other clever ingredient swaps mean you can enjoy and savor every bite, without the guilt!


  • 1 package prepared graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup almond milk 
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3 egg whites 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • Dash of salt 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Place prepared graham cracker crust in a pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients to the Oster Pro® 1200 Blender, then blend on high until smooth and fully combined. After pie crust has baked, remove from oven and add the filling, spreading with a spatula. Return to pie oven and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Let cool before serving.