Healthy Side Dishes for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and you may be wondering, “Is there a way that I can maintain my diet when surrounded by calorie filled foods?” In fact, there is a way! How can you do it? It’s easy. Just ditch the Mac and Cheese this year, and opt for some healthier side dishes this Thanksgiving. Just in case you missed "Healthy side dishes for Turkey day with Andrea Metcalf" on Fox 32, here is a recap!

That delicious Thanksgiving turkey on the dinner table for the holidays will not give you problems. It's not where the majority of your calories are consumed. Actually, turkey is lean meat that can be a great source of protein. Most people gain weight by indulging in too many calorie filled side dishes. If you want to avoid that fate, put down the mash potatoes and try these dished below!

For the Vegetarian: Honey Butter Glazed Carrots


2 lbs carrots

1/2 cup water

4 tbsp butter, cut up

1/4 cup honey 2 tsp orange zest 2 tbsp chopped chives


  1. Peel and cut the carrots on an angle into 1⁄2-inch slices.

  2. To a deep 12-inch skillet, add carrots, broth, salt, and pepper. Heat to a boil on high. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook 10–12 min., until carrots are mostly tender, stirring occasionally.

  3. To skillet, add the butter, honey, and orange zest. Cook, uncovered, another 3– 4 min., until carrots are well coated and excess liquid has evaporated, stirring constantly.

  4. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chives.

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