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Centr Team

The best healthy Thanksgiving sides & stress-free turkey

Centr Team

This year, we’re making the impossible possible with the ultimate take-it-easy Thanksgiving dinner.

Some may say it can’t be done – but they’re just not doing it Centr style.

We’ve got your easy Thanksgiving sides (which double as your healthy Thanksgiving sides) ready to go. We have an easy, no-fuss Thanksgiving turkey guaranteed to lower the temperature in the kitchen.

Need a few tips to lower your stress levels at this time of year? We’ve got that covered too. Dig in and enjoy.

3 Thanksgiving tips to stay healthy these holidays

Any holiday that combines family, travel and copious amounts of food and drink can take a toll. Here’s how to look after yourself while still living it up.

  1. Don’t stress too much about food, because that anxiety is going to be worse for you than whatever feast your Aunt Leslie has been cooking up. This is just one day – and as our nutrition expert Angie Asche says, it’s what you do consistently throughout the year that really matters. Be kind to yourself, do some gentle exercise and go big on nutrient-dense veggies tomorrow.
  2. Don’t skip your regular meals. Skipping breakfast so you can pack it in at lunch or dinner might seem smart, but you’re setting yourself up to overeat and mess with your hunger cues. Thinking you need to skip meals after over-indulging to “make up for it” is also likely to backfire in the long run.

  3. Eat mindfully. Slow down and try to savor your favorite dishes – especially all those family classics that only come out once or twice a year. This meditation with chef Sergio Perera will help you get into the right mindframe.

Now, who’s hungry? Here are 8 recipes to help you take it easy while still smashing your Thanksgiving get-together out of the park.

A plate of Centr's Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Greens rests on rustic wooden table, knife and fork on a linen napkin, with extra potatoes and greens on the side.

1. Dan’s Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potato & Greens

An all-time Thanksgiving classic done Centr style. Nothing fancy, just crowd-pleasing, belly-filling goodness.

A tray of Centr's Lemon & Thyme Roast Chicken rests on a wooden board with a dish of green beans and a plate of chicken and beans on the side.

2. Lemon & Thyme Roast Chicken

Don't have it in you to spend all day cooking? That's okay, our feast-worthy Roast Chicken can be on your table and lighting up your tastebuds in under an hour.

5 of Centr's mini corn muffins sit on a black cooling rack on a wooden table, with a cut muffin sitting on a plate to the side.

3. Dan’s Mini Cornbread Muffins

When the family has arrived and the whole place is descending into noisy chaos, you’ll be glad you batch cooked these flaky, delicate, irresistible sides in advance.

A plate of Centr's Shredded Brussel Sprouts Salad rests on a wooden table with a grey linen napkin tucked under the plate, and a pepper grind on the side.

4. Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries

It’s surprisingly simple to add a touch of fancy to your table. Chances of a guest asking for the recipe = high.

A plate of Centr's Roasted Carrot, Lentil & Almond Salad rests on a wooden table, with a grey linen napkin tucked underneath, silver knife and fork on the side.

5. Roasted Carrot, Lentil & Almond Salad

Been thinking about doing your roast carrots differently this year? This oven-roasted salad is the answer – and makes a great main for any vegan guests.

A plate of Charred Corn & Kale Salad with Bacon sits on a grey striped tea towel,  on a wooden table with small side dishes of grated parmesan, lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.

6. Charred Corn & Kale Salad with Bacon

We’re not saying bringing the best Thanksgiving side is a competition, but if it were, you’d be the winning guest with this bowl.

A charcoal grey coloured bowl of chickpea & beet salad with goat's cheese rests on a matching plate, with a light grey linen napkin and fork on the side.

7. Chickpea & Beet Salad with Goat’s Cheese

f you’re the “throw something together at the last minute” kind of Thanksgiving host, this no-cook, no-chop, fresh 5-minute salad is a must.

A ceramic skillet of Healthy colorful mac & cheese rests on a wooden table, serving spoon on top with a wedge of parmesan and raw broccoli on the side.

8. Dan’s Healthy Colorful Mac & Cheese

Dan’s beloved original mac & cheese has all bases covered: a side for the grown ups, a main for picky kids, and leftovers to look forward to.

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