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Make it Natural: Classic Side Dishes

For some folks, Thanksgiving is really all about the sides and not the turkey. Sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, homemade rolls, mashed potatoes and more, every family has their own traditions. We've put a healthy spin on three classic side dishes, those favorites that for many are required eating at a Thanksgiving feast. Corn Pudding We took this traditional holiday treat and made it a little healthier by substituting nonfat milk for whole milk and using unbleached flour and corn meal rather than a conventional cornbread mix (which might contain artificial ingredients). We also reduced the amount of sugar - our version highlights the natural sweetness of the corn and is not as overly sweet as some traditional versions. Green Bean Casserole For some, this is the essential T-day side dish. In our updated version, we use fresh green beans (not canned) sauced with creamy mushroom soup (not condensed) and top them with homemade baked onion rings (not fried). The resulting casserole has less sodium than the original version. Now you don't have to feel guilty about serving this classic! Scalloped Potatoes This dish is typically very rich, made with full-fat dairy products such as butter, cream and whole milk. In this lightened up version, we reduced the fat and calories by simply swapping in low-fat milk for the heavy cream. Fresh thyme and some parmesan add subtle flavor. What are your favorite sides for the Thanksgiving table? And do you have tips for making them a little healthier? We'd love to know! Got a recipe that needs a natural makeover? Post it in the comments section below! If we select your recipe for a makeover and publish the improved version on our website, we'll send you a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card.