Homemade Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Corn

Popular Holiday Dishes

This list will give you an idea of how many calories and grams of fat are in popular holiday dishes, demonstrating why the average person gains weight over the holiday season! But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here is an assortment of recipes for a lighter holiday menu.

APPETIZERS/DIPS/SNACKS

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Olives (green) 1/2 cup 77 8g
Cheeseball (w/ nuts) 2 Tbsp 246 20g
Mixed Nuts 1/2 cup 407 35g
Crackers 10 177 7g
Potato Chips (regular) 1 oz. (10 chips) 150 10g
Potato Chips (fat-free) 1 oz. (10 chips) 75 0g
Tortilla Chips (regular) 10 chips 140 7g
Tortilla Chips (fat-free) 10 chips 90 1g
Onion Dip 2 Tbsp. 60 5g
Ranch Dip 2 Tbsp. 70 6g
Popcorn (microwave, w/oil) 2 cups 140 8g

SOUPS

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Oyster Stew 1 cup 212 13g
Mushroom Soup (w/beef broth) 1 cup 85 4g

MAIN DISHES

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Roasted Turkey (no skin) 4 slices (4 oz.) 190 6g
Baked Ham (fresh, cooked) 3 slices (4 oz.) 345 21g
Beef Brisket (cooked, lean) 3 slices (4 oz.) 291 15g
Beef Pot Roast 3 slices (4 oz.) 387 27g
Rib Roast 3 slices (4 oz.) 336 21g
Steak (broiled, lean) 1 medium (5.5 oz.) 310 13g

SIDE DISHES

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Cornbread 1 square 152 5g
Biscuit 1 2″ roll 106 5g
Crescent Roll 1 100 6g
Cornbread Stuffing 1 cup 363 18g
Bread Stuffing 1 cup 355 17g
Giblet Gravy (w/milk and flour) 1/2 cup 178 13g
Pearl Onions (w/cream) 1 cup 316 18g
Sweet Potato Casserole 1 cup 276 6g
Mashed Potatoes 1 cup 238 8g
Green Bean Casserole 1 cup 143 8g
Squash Casserole 1 cup 158 5g
Vegetables (raw) 1 cup 20 0g
Collard Greens (cooked) 1 cup 35 0g
Black Eyed Peas 1 cup 196 1g
Red Cabbage (cooked) 1 cup 32 0g
Carrots (glazed) 1 cup 217 12g
Cranberry Sauce 1/2 cup 209 0g
Turnip Greens 1 cup 29 0g
Waldorf Salad 1 cup 192 13g
Carrot-Raisin Salad 1 cup 419 30g
Cranberry/Walnut Salad 1 cup 348 12g
Potato Salad 1 cup 277 15g

BEVERAGES

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Eggnog (w/whole milk and alcohol) 1 cup 439 19g
Eggnog (w/o alcohol) 1 cup 342 19g
Wine (dry, red or white) 7 oz. 142 0g
Wine (lite) 7 oz. 102 0g
Wine Spritzer 7 oz. 91 0g
Beer 12 oz. 148 0g
Beer (lite) 12 oz. 101 0g
Cranberry Juice Cocktail 1 cup 140 0g
Apple Juice/Cider 1 cup 117 0g
Tea (Sweet) 1 cup 37 0g

DESSERTS

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Cheesecake 1/12 of 9″ cake 412 25g
Apple Crisp 1 cup 402 9g
Pumpkin Pie (w/o whipped cream) 1/8 of 9″ pie 323 15g
Apple Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 356 17g
Pecan Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 456 21g
Mince Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 434 16g
Sweet Potato Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 295 14g
Coconut Cream Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 429 24g
Ice Cream (regular, vanilla) 1 cup 267 15g
Bread Pudding 1 cup 311 10g
Rice Pudding 1 cup 303 4g

EXTRAS

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Butter 1 Tbsp. 102 11g
Whipped Cream 2 Tbsp 103 11g
Whipped Topping (nondairy, frozen) 1 cup 239 19g
Whipped Topping (nondairy, pressurized can) 1 cup 184 16g

AND DON’T FORGET, CALORIES STILL COUNT!

  • Use sugar-free gelatin instead of regular gelatin in your favorite salad (8 versus 70 calories per 1/2 cup serving)
  • Use fat-free soup in your favorite casserole (fat-free mushroom soup has 70 calories per 1/2 cup serving vs. 120 for the regular)
  • Use chicken bouillon to simmer the celery and onions for your turkey stuffing — instead of sautéing them in butter. (one bouillon cube has 5 calories, a tablespoon of butter has 102 calories)
  • Try low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail (40 calories per 8 oz. serving) in place of the regular (140 calories).
  • Light sour cream (35 calories per 2 tablespoon serving) has about half the calories of regular sour cream (60 calories per serving). Fat-free sour cream has 25 calories per serving.
  • Fruit pie filling has 90 calories per 1/3 cup serving; the light version has 60 and the new no-sugar-added version only has 35.

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