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Beyond Thanksgiving: A Week of Healthy Meals and Recipes

Healthy dishes to serve your holiday visitors all week long.

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Yield: 8 servings

Nutritional Information: Per serving: 294 calories, 12 g protein, 44 g carbohydrate, 6.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 2.1 g monounsaturated fat, 1.8 g polyunsaturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 537 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 20%.

Thursday (Thanksgiving)

Breakfast: Simply bake or assemble the "make ahead" breakfast you put together on Wednesday.

The Feast (Lunch/Dinner): If you're hosting, you can make your day easier by delegating a few dishes to family members or family. If Aunt Martha makes the best pumpkin pie, ask if she wouldn't mind bringing one. And maybe your sister has a new stuffing recipe she wants to try --sign her up! While many desserts, appetizers and side dishes can be assembled the day before, certain key components are best made the day of, like the roasted turkey, green salad and some vegetable side dishes like Easy Green Bean Amandine. You can actually make the mashed potatoes a day before, but you might need to add more milk to soften the texture once they're reheated.

Easy Green Beans Amandine

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as: 1/2 cup 'vegetables with 1 tsp fat maximum'.

1 24-ounce bag extra fine French green beans
1 1/2 tablespoons whipped butter
2 tablespoons Amaretto (or similar almond liqueur)
1/4 cup toasted flavored sliced almonds

1. Briefly rinse frozen beans in hot water from the tap to lightly thaw. Start heating a large, nonstick frying pan, skillet, or wok over medium-high heat. Add the whipped butter and let it brown just slightly (about a minute), stirring constantly.
2. Add the green beans and saute© about 2 minutes, stirring often. Drizzle Amaretto liqueur over the top and continue to saute© 2 to 3 minutes more or until beans are still a nice green and just tender.
3. Spoon the green beans into a serving bowl and sprinkle the almond slices evenly over the top.

Yield: 8-10 servings

Nutritional Information: Per serving (if 8 per recipe): 73 calories, 2 g protein, 8.5 g carbohydrate, 3.2 g fat (0.9 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 60 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 38%.

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