November 2008 Issue
Turkey Day Tips for Convenient, Yet Healthful, Side Dishes
Looking to catch more of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade rather than spending your time keeping company with turkey giblets, mashing potatoes or simmering soups? While EN normally champions fresh, whole foods, on this day of thanks you may prefer to spend your time reconnecting with family and counting your blessings, instead of slaving away in the kitchen in an all-day cooking marathon. These days, there are many side-dish options available to help you cut cooking corners, without losing a lot of the home-made taste or nutritional value. EN scoured grocery store aisles to check out store-bought substitutes for several holiday classics to see how well they stack up nutritionally. What we found included some acceptable substitutes, but as is typical of convenience foods, many contain a lot of sodium and sometimes extra fat and calories too. So be sure to read and compare labels.
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