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Turkey Still Frozen?

Quick, Last Minute Solutions for a Healthy, Pain-Free Thanksgiving

We know Allison Fishman is a proponent of wild blueberries, learning to cook, and having plenty to chew on your plate. We love all three, so who better to weigh in on a healthful, always delicious Thanksgiving? Try a taste! She offers up Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts & Raisins on this segment of Access Hollywood. It’s healthier, tastier, and totally calorie-busting.

In her capacity as Skinny Cook extraordinaire, Fishman is a Contributing Editor at Cooking Light, and they have some meal-saving last-minute cooking ideas for the holiday to help keep you sane in the kitchen. It includes a list of best holiday recipes, sensational sides, and turkey ideas if you are still considering what tasty twist to put on your bird. (Consider Maple-Cider Brined Turkey with Bourbon-Cider Gravy. So gobble worthy!)

Thanksgiving novice? Don’t worry. Cooking Light also has help for your first wing ding, including turkey tips and general culinary guidance. They also provide some of the Most Common Cooking Mistakes that amateurs and chefs alike can learn from. Our favorites include learning the art of low fat cooking, and the common misstep of zapping butter in the microwave to soften it – to the dismay of your cookies and cakes.

Pie emergency? Real Simple lends a hand with Thanksgiving 911. These tips help you out with holiday bugaboos like not knowing the first thing about carving a turkey to avoiding the ripped pie crust nightmare.

Having a feast with no beast? No problem. We’ve got you covered with Cooking Light’s perfect Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu. With Mushroom and Caramelized-Shallot Strudel as the main course no one will even miss the bird.

Avoid the nibble trap! Cooking Light also does the math when it comes to how many calories you consume just by tasting. The truth hurts. From the 75 calories gained from licking a bowl at 10 AM to the noontime mindless pecan crunching (49!) your diet is toast. Read the facts and weep. Then, resolve to keep the sampling to an absolute minimum. Thanks, we think.

Maine-based blog Plating Up goes all out with their Citrus-Scented Roast Turkey recipe that heralds from Isle Au Haut, and then they turn around and outdo themselves with their Roast Turkey with Black-Truffle Butter and White-Wine Gravy recipe.

Let fruit & veggies shine! Fruits & Veggies More Matters has a quick and easy health reinforcer in 5 Ways to Take Fat & Calories Out of Your Holiday Menu that make health efforts quick and easy. They also give up their 5 Ways to Add Fruits & Veggies to Your Holiday Menu to augment your golds and blues – yes, it does have to do with Green Bean Casserole!  The holidays wouldn’t be the same without it.

The final flourish: Let Martha help you with your finishing touch with these table settings. Out of these 54 easy-to-achieve ideas ranging from a pine cone turkey placeholder to a cornhusk votive, you’re bound to find something that fits your fête.

Hey, what about that frozen turkey? First step, don’t panic. Read this from Real Simple, and cross check USA Today. Then, cancel those back-up reservations.

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