Thanksgiving, Made Over


This holiday season, I’m giving thanks for a very memorable experience: cooking Thanksgiving on The Biggest Loser! They asked me to craft a menu that (aside from being delicious) was up to The Biggest Loser smart-eating standards.

If you’ve ever watched the show, then you know how inspiring and motivated each contestant is. In that spirit, it seemed fitting to makeover classic Thanksgiving dishes so they’d be as fabulous as the contestants themselves. The result is this Thanksgiving menu that’s got a lot going for it in terms of flavor, but is lower in fat and calories.

I’ll be sharing my tips and recipes with the nation on next Wednesday’s Thanksgiving episode, but I’m sharing them with you starting right now. Over the next five days, I’ll be posting recipes from the menu below, so you’ll have plenty of time to incorporate them into your Thanksgiving spread.

The Biggest Loser Thanksgiving Menu

Sweet Potato and Toasted Sage Dip with Roasted Vegetable Chips

Spinach Salad with Pears and Pomegranate

Herb-Orange Turkey Breast with Roasted Pear Gravy

Citrus-Cranberry Sauce

Crispy Onion, Green Bean, and Mushroom Casserole

Roasted “Candied” Sweet Potatoes

Mashed White Beans and Cauliflower with Leeks

Whole Grain Stuffing with Apples and Toasted Walnuts

Pumpkin Custard with Spiced Streusel and “Whipped Cream”

You can tune in next Wednesday at 9 pm EST/PST to hear my advice for eating smarter during the holiday season. In the meantime, I’ll be publishing the recipes and tips here to share some of the smart holiday cooking choices I learned while developing this meal. I kicked things off with the turkey and the dessert because, well, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without those two.

One last word: if you’d be so kind as to spread the good word about my cooking cameo on The Biggest Loser via Twitter, Facebook, or just old-fashioned word-of-mouth, well, it’d give me even more reason to give thanks.

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