by Eric V. Copage
A Thanksgiving dinner in the South almost always includes collard greens. While many recipes use smoked meat, this vegetarian version has less fat (though note that there's a fair amount of sodium).
Per serving: 135 calories, 0g saturated fat, 22g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 8g fiber, 1387mg sodium
by Crescent Dragonwagon and Marion Cunningham
Spoon bread is similar to cornbread, but soft enough to eat with a spoon. Indian or corn pudding is more like a flan or soufflé — often custardy and sweet. Very popular in the Midwest, it straddles the line between dessert and side dish.
Per serving for Classic Souffléed Spoonbread: 208 calories, 5g saturated fat, 20g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 2g fiber, 525mg sodium
Per serving for Indian Pudding: 216 calories, 5g saturated fat, 33g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 1g fiber, 282mg sodium
by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
Corn on the cob is another New England Thanksgiving tradition, since corn was an important part of the colonists' diet. This recipe includes a flavorful herb butter made with a mix of herbs, shallots, Dijon mustard and lemon.
Per serving: 155 calories, 5g saturated fat, 20g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 2g fiber, 315mg sodium
by John Shields
Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving staple in most parts of the country, but sweet potato pie is the dessert you'll find on most tables in the South. This recipe is high-fat, but holidays are times to indulge — and Thanksgiving comes around only once a year.
Per serving: 496 calories, 11g saturated fat, 60g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 2g fiber, 298mg sodium
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