Lighter Sweet Potato Casserole

My sister, Julie, makes our Sweet Potato Casserole for Thanksgiving every year. She typically has to make two, so we are sure to have enough and some for leftovers. This Lighter Sweet Potato recipe is very similar to a recipe I created for the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook when I worked as an Editor at Oxmoor House. I love the orange accents in this recipe. You can also substitute 2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier for 2 of the tablespoons of orange juice, which adds amazing flavors.

I reduced some of the fat and calories without sacrificing any flavor or texture to my updated version of Lighter Sweet Potato Casserole. What I also love about this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time, and it freezes beautifully. Remove it from the freezer the day before Thanksgiving and thaw it in the refrigerator. When thawed, bake according the directions below.

People often ask me are sweet potatoes really better for you then baked potatoes. Baked potatoes and sweet potatoes contain about the same amount of carbohydrates. Sweet potatoes have a leg up in that they have more fiber and are slightly lower on the glycemic index so blood glucose will rise slower when you eat sweet potatoes. Other than that, a medium-sized baked sweet potato has 102 calories, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and no fat or cholesterol. A baked potato has about 120 calories, 28 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of both fiber and protein, and is also free of fat and cholesterol. More importantly is how are the potatoes cooked, how big of a potato are you eating, and what are you putting on top of fit.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and thank you for your continued support! I’m thrilled to be back. Alison

My 5 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pie

So sorry I have been missing in action! I went from Italy to Hawaii to Disney then to Atlanta (all in 6 weeks), but I am baaaaackk! Thanksgiving is only 4 days away so I thought I would make it quick, easy and and offer up my 5 favorite Thanksgiving recipes. These are always on my holiday menu, and I know you’ll love them! I hope everyone is getting exciting about Thanksgiving because I am!

Oatmeal Chocolate Pecan Pie via Ingredients, Inc.

Rosemary Thyme Citrus Rub

Rosemary Thyme Citrus Rub via Ingredients, Inc. 

My Favorite Cornbread Dressing

My favorite Cornbread Dressing via Ingredients, Inc.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole via Ingredients Inc.

Fall Quinoa Salad

Fall Quinoa Salad via Ingredients Inc.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

I have been working with root vegetables for a big client recipe testing project this week, and I was so excited to make Curried Sweet Potato Soup recipe. This warm, healthy soup with sweet potatoes is ideal for the changing temperatures. It’s also super healthy and made with detoxifying ingredients such as cinnamon, curry powder, and even spinach. If you’re short on time, this easy soup can be whipped up with basic ingredients found in the pantry. Pair it with a salad for a wonderful weeknight meal. Thanks to Michele Periquet and Firouze Zeroual‘s for introducing me to this great recipe!

Sweet Potato Butternut Squash Latkes

2013 has been a whirlwind for me. All the sudden it’s November, Thanksgiving…and Chanukah! This year we have the rare opportunity to celebrate Chanukah and Thanksgiving simultaneously for the first time since the early 1900s, definitely an occasion worth taking advantage of from a culinary standpoint. Chanukah, meet Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, meet Chanukah! Instead of sweet potato pie, try these sweet potato butternut squash latkes. They are amazing! You’ll get the flavors of Thanksgiving but the crispy fried texture of Chanukah. Thank you to Chabad  for sharing this recipe with my readers. I only adapted it slightly. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah!

Happy Thanksgiving and Healthy Holiday Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a wonderful holiday season! I have so many things to be thankful for, and I appreciate everyone’s continued support. I want to share a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday menu I developed for Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms. I had a blast working on this project, and all of the recipes are “lightened up,” so enjoy. Check out Autumn Quinoa Salad, Rosemary Garlic Citrus Rub, Pomegranate Cider, and Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole, just to name a few.

Cinnamon-Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Since we make the same traditional Sweet Potato Casserole every year on Thanksgiving, I thought I would try something a little bit different. These Cinnamon-Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes came out wonderful. My 3 kids went nuts over them and finished them off before I could get a second helping. These are super easy to prepare, much easier than the traditional casserole I usually prepare. They are a perfect side dish for your holiday (or weeknight) dinner. This recipe is a wonderful recipe for Thanksgiving, or anytime with steak, pork or chicken. If your kids don’t normally eat sweet potatoes, have them try these.

Family Favorite Side Dish: Sweet Potato Fries

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My kids love sweet potatoes and they are always a home-run side dish to serve at my house. One of our favorite burger restaurants in Birmingham, Baja Burger, makes great sweet potato fries. I replicated the recipe making them thicker but also lower in fat (and no fried okra, unfortunately). Try this recipe as it’s so simple and a true family favorite.

Thanksgiving Family Favorite: Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole

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My sister, Julie, makes Sweet Potato Casserole every year on Thanksgiving. She usually has to make two because everyone loves it so much. I lightened her recipe a bit, decreasing the butter, using low-fat sweetened condensed milk, using whole wheat flour and using egg whites. It still tastes great and is a classic Thanksgiving side dish. You won’t miss some of the extra fat.