Carb-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most intricate meals you make the entire year. Because there are so many staple dishes that must be part of the spread, when it comes to sides, you want to keep it simple—but, of course, still delicious. A little bit healthy wouldn’t hurt either! While our kids with type 1 diabetes can partake of anything on the Thanksgiving table, the three recipes I’m sharing today have become some of our family favorites—two to serve with the big feast and one to use up all that leftover turkey afterward.

Cranberry Gelatin Salad

Cranberry Gelatin Salad

This pretty dish is a staple at our household every Thanksgiving. I, for one, am not a big fan of cranberry sauce, so I like innovative cranberry dishes that break away from the ordinary canned stuff. If I can also make them more carb-friendly, that’s a double score! That’s why this recipe makes an appearance every year at our house.

 

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Applesauce

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Applesauce

This is a super-simple and delicious recipe, which makes it a great dish for little ones to help with. While Mom or Dad is prepping the turkey, older kiddos can help peel and core the apples and sweet potatoes. If prepared at the same time, the applesauce will take about the same time to cook in the slow cooker as the turkey will take in the oven. It’s a great way for kids to put their handprint on the holiday meal without a huge mess or a bunch of extra ingredients.

 

Turkey Pinwheels

Turkey Pinwheels

Got leftover turkey and crudité? Use it to make these cute little turkey pinwheels. They’re a snap to assemble, super kid- and carb-friendly, and as tasty as they are adorable.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.