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Are you hosting Turkey Day this year? Make it a feast to remember with these recipes and cooking tips.
You Will Need
- Low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
- 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup
- Fresh cranberries
- Sugar or sugar substitute
- A little restraint
- A fat separator
Have the white meat
Favor the white meat over dark to cut four calories and one fat gram per ounce.
Don't stuff it
Cook your stuffing outside the bird; it's lower in fat that way.
Make groovy gravy
Remove the fat from the pan drippings before you make the gravy, either by using a fat separator or chilling them in the fridge and then skimming off the fat. You'll save a whopping 56 grams of fat per cup of gravy!
Whip potatoes with broth
Use chicken broth instead of cream and butter to make mashed potatoes.
Bake a guilt-free green bean casserole
Make the traditional green bean casserole with 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup and cut the calories by more than half, plus eliminate 14 grams of fat. Shave off another 250 calories by using only half the can of French-fried onions.
Stir up some cranberry sauce
Make your own cranberry sauce. Wash a bag of fresh cranberries, put them in a pot with a cup of water, let them cook until the desired texture, and then stir in sugar or sugar substitute sparingly, to taste.
Slim down the yams
Slim down the candied yams by cutting back on the added sugar or maple syrup — you probably won't even miss it — and nixing the mini marshmallows.
Pick the pumpkin pie
Stick to pumpkin pie. At around 240 calories a slice, it beats apple, mince, and pecan. Don’t eat the crust and you’ll save another 100 calories.