November- A New Spin on Side Dishes

broccoli cheese baked potatoes

When we think of Thanksgiving the thoughts that come to mind are turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean bake, rolls, pumpkin pie, apple pie!!! The list can go on and on with all of the delicious food that we eat but the over full feeling can be very unappealing and make left overs feel dreadful. Remember to allow yourself to have the foods that you may normally think are “forbidden,” but also keep portion control in mind when scooping up your plate. Your stomach will thank you after dinner!

Usually the star of the meal is the turkey and the rest of the sides get thought of second. This Thanksgiving let’s put a spin on those dishes to make them the star as well!

When we think of potatoes the classic mashed potatoes come to mind. This season let’s spice things up with our Broccoli Baked Potatoes that serves up to six people for $6.62; that is $1.10 per serving! You could even skip out on the green bean bake with the added vegetables in the potatoes.


  • 6 potatoes, medium
  • 3 broccoli stalks
  • 1/4 cup milk (1%)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (low-fat shredded)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste, optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Scrub potatoes. Prick the skin with a fork in several places.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-60 minutes, until soft, depending on size.
  4. Peel broccoli stems. Steam broccoli just until tender and chop into small pieces.
  5. Slice the potatoes in half. Scoop the insides into a bowl with the broccoli. Add milk, 3/4 cup cheese, salt and pepper. Mash together until the mixture is pale green with dark green flecks.
  6. Put the potato mixture into the potato skins and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese. Microwave to heat through.

Another dish that is commonly thought of last minute or store bought in a can is cranberry sauce. Many people enjoy it, others find it too sour. Instead of having a last minute cranberry dish make them the dessert! Skip the pumpkin pie and try our Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies that children will love and so will you!


  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk or soured milk (add 1/4 tsp vinegar to 1/4 cup milk)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Cream together margarine, sugar, and egg until fluffy.
  2. Stir in milk.
  3. Sift dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture.
  4. Stir in oats, cranberries, chocolate chips, and vanilla one at a time.
  5. Spoon onto greased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-14 minutes.

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies that are 65 calories each and 2 grams of fat! Not only a healthier alternative but delicious in taste. Enjoy these new spins on typical Thanksgiving dishes!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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