Are you planning on preparing a Thanksgiving meal?
You can take measures to prepare a low-fat, low-calorie meal; yet make it tasty! Take some time to sort through possible recipes you may want to prepare. Then you can work on revising them to be lower in fat and calories.
If you are planning on having any dips, you can use fat-free sour cream or yogurt as a base in place of regular sour cream. Instead of chips, you can dip fresh vegetable sticks and baked pita bread. Any recipes for baked goods (such as biscuits or muffins) that require margarine or butter, you can substitute the margarine or butter with half the amount of applesauce, non-fat buttermilk, non-fat yogurt, or skim milk.
Maybe you have a mashed potato recipe that calls for cream as an ingredient. You can substitute the cream with skim milk. Steam your vegetables, and instead of adding butter for flavor, you can toss some nuts or add herbs to them. For that turkey stuffing, moisten bread with fat-free broth and try it baked separately instead of inside the turkey. If you use the dripping for gravy, try running an ice cube over the top of the drippings to remove some of the fat (fat should cling to the ice cube). Then thicken your gravy with cornstarch and skim milk instead of heavy cream.
And how about pie for dessert? The filling in pumpkin or sweet potato pie can be reduced in fat by following suggestions above. In addition, prepare it without the crust. It’s just as tasty and enjoyable served in a nice dessert cup topped with whipped evaporated skim milk or fat-free whipped topping. Start planning your light, yet delicious meal, to help you enjoy the holiday while staying on track!