Your guests will love these lighter, balanced, family-style dishes from dietitian Abbey Sharp that will keep the dreaded food coma at bay
Butternut Squash Mac 'n' Cheese
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Mac and cheese might not sound like a healthy choice, but this version is made with a cauliflower "roux" and a creamy high-fiber butternut squash sauce that totally helps you justify that second helping. (Here are 12 more lightened up mac 'n' cheese recipes that you can try.)
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Mac 'n' Cheese
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Fall Harvest Pork Tenderloin
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Pork tenderloin is an extra-lean cut of meat, which makes it a healthy protein choice any time of the year. Here, it's prepared and served with a colorful apple, butternut squash, and Brussels sprouts medley, so you can feel good about putting this pork on your fork!
Get the recipe: Fall Harvest Pork Tenderloin
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Stuffing is one of the best parts of any holiday meal, but let's be honest, it can really make you feel, well, stuffed. This version is made with cauliflower "rice" and is so light and refreshing that you can totally sneak it into the dinner rotation any time of the year. (Better yer? Put those Thanksgiving leftovers to good use with these creative post-holiday meals.)
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Stuffing
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Slow Cooker Peach Apple Crisp
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Nothing says family-style like a casserole filled with bubbling apple crisp. This recipe features all the delicious flavors you remember from your grandmother's house, but without all the added sugar and butter.
Get the recipe: Apple Peach Crisp
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Spiced Quinoa with Roasted Apples and Root Vegetables
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In this shareable side, whole-grain quinoa gets tossed with antioxidant-rich spices and roasted apples, carrots, and sweet potatoes for a wholesome dish everyone will love. (Obsessed with quinoa? Try these 10 new ways to enjoy this protein-rich grain.)
Get the recipe: Spiced Quinoa
Healthy Texas Lasagna
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Need to feed a crowd? This Texas lasagna is a great way to stretch your entertaining budget while satisfying the masses.
Get the recipe: Texas Lasagna
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Creamy Rice with Parsnip, Onion, and Pepper
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While so many favorite rice dishes are made with loads of butter or cheese, this one gets its creaminess from puréed parsnips. You also get added veggies with the onions and peppers, plus a nutritious crunch from the almonds. Pass that down for seconds, please!
Get the recipe: Creamy Rice with Parsnip, Onion, and Pepper
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Kale Quinoa and Pomegranate Salad
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You'll wow your guests with this fancy-yet-easy salad packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Kale and quinoa star in this side dish, but the pomegranate seeds steal the show with their gorgeous color adding a festive pop to any holiday spread. (Getting at those sweet and crunchy arils can be tricky, so this how-to video shows you how to cut and eat a pomegranate step by step.)
Get the recipe: Kale Quinoa Salad
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Healthy Green Bean Casserole
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While mom's green bean casserole was packed with gloppy soup mix or cream, this lightened version will liven up any family meal thanks to hearty mushrooms and a flavorful sauce made with herbs.
Get the recipe: Green Bean Casserole
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Curried Chicken and Broccoli
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Talk about curry in a hurry! This speedy recipe starts with a rotisserie chicken and results in a super family-friendly flavor-packed casserole that definitely leaves room for dessert.
Get the recipe: Curried Chicken
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