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Diabetic Thanksgiving Side-Dish Recipes

This Thanksgiving, show your loved ones how much you care by cooking up a nutritious holiday celebration. Choose from our collection of scrumptious diabetic side dishes to create an indulgent feast while keeping your eating plan on track. After all, Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most delicious meals we enjoy all year!
  • Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

    Low in calories and positively bursting with vitamin A, this creamy low-carb soup is a must-have for your menu. It's the perfect way to kick off your holiday feast!

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  • Cranberry Cucumber Salad

    High in antioxidants, cranberries are all too often hidden in a thick, sugary sauce. This colorful salad, packed with fresh produce and dressed with a dash of olive oil and lemon juice, is a beautiful and healthy opportunity for the red berries to shine.

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  • Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

    This flavorful, low-calorie take on mashed potatoes is sure to impress your guests. Serve it in miniature pumpkin bowls to add a touch of whimsy to your holiday table.

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  • Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

    Who would guess that this classic comfort food could be low in calories, fat, and carbs? Featuring a trio of red potato, sweet potato, and turnip, this satisfying, diabetes-friendly side is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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  • Carrot-Mushroom Stuffing

    This award-winning diabetic Thanksgiving side-dish recipe uses shiitake mushrooms and soy sauce to liven up traditional stuffing. Best of all, this Asian spin is low in calories and high in flavor.

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  • Turkey Pan Gravy

    Give your guests all of the taste and less of the fat with this tasty turkey gravy. Fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme boost flavor while keeping calories in check.

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  • Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

    Crisp greens, creamy avocado, and zesty grapefruit are topped with raspberry vinaigrette in this beautiful side salad. Make the dressing a day ahead for easier entertaining.

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  • Fresh Green Bean Casserole

    No holiday meal would be complete without this classic side dish. We made this family favorite diabetes-friendly by cutting the calories, fat, and sodium, so you can enjoy this treat guilt-free.

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  • Corn Pudding

    For our makeover of traditional corn casserole, we lightened it up and added jalapenos for extra zip. Easy to make, this side dish is rich in folate, vitamin A, and calcium -- and it will have your guests asking for more.

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  • Pesto Mashed Potatoes

    Add a touch of Italy to your holiday table with this elegant diabetic side dish. Delicate pesto is paired with reduced-fat cream cheese and fat-free milk to make this side extra flavorful and creamy without adding carbs or calories.

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  • Wild Rice Stuffing

    A hearty partner for turkey, this low-carb side dish is easy to make ahead and heat up just before the feast -- keeping you free to enjoy your company. Best of all, it has just 66 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving!

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  • Rosemary-Chive Parker House Rolls

    Delicately flavored with herbs, these classic rolls taste wonderful with a pat of butter or a dollop of gravy -- and they have only 10 grams of carb per roll! Bake and freeze up to a month ahead to enjoy more time with your guests on Turkey Day.

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  • Sweet Potato Casserole

    Our readers love this diabetic version of a crustless sweet potato pie. Sweet potatoes and pecans join brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon to create this irresistible side or dessert.

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  • Cheesy Vegetable Bake

    This indulgent, creamy veggie bake is incredibly easy to make. Plus, it's high in vitamin A and calcium and boasts only 10 grams of carb per serving.

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  • Tangerine Cranberry Relish

    Tangy cranberries are always a welcome counterpoint to the rich flavors of a Thanksgiving meal. This simple, three-ingredient recipe will ease your dinner preparations, and it can be made up to two days ahead.

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  • Herbed Turkey Gravy

    Nothing tastes better than homemade gravy at Thanksgiving. With this diabetic recipe, we set aside the drippings to keep this favorite low-cal and low-fat.

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  • Green Beans with Bacon and Walnuts

    At an elaborate meal, it's refreshing to have an elegantly simple dish on the table. This healthy side dish fits that order, letting the fresh taste of green beans and sweet peppers dance with the richer flavors of bacon, garlic, and walnuts.

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  • Lightened Waldorf Salad

    It seems nearly impossible to improve upon the beloved Waldorf, but we believe we have done just that. Using lemon yogurt and honey as sweeteners, we lightened this classic and made it diabetes-friendly. Enjoy!

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  • Sweet Potato Soup with Toasted Pecans

    Our sweet potato soup is packed with veggies and low in calories. In fact, this holiday-worthy dish is so delicious, you might decide to enjoy it on weeknights, too.

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  • Buttermilk Corn Muffins

    Our low-carb corn muffins are less sweet, more savory, and completely diabetes-friendly. Enjoy one of these delicious, low-cal, low-fat muffins with your holiday feast, or with a steaming cup of soup any night of the week.

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  • Barley-Squash Gratin

    Nothing says "autumn" like butternut squash. Served here with spinach, barley, and a bit of Parmesan cheese, this slow cooker squash recipe is a delicious, low-cal, low-fat way to celebrate the season and get your daily calcium.

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