The Thanksgiving feast is without a doubt one of the most indulgent meals of the year. If you are like most people then you probably have no qualms about stuffing yourself with dish after fattening dish. However, there are several ways that you can cut down the fat in your Thanksgiving meals. Here are some methods to help you enjoy a low-fat, but still delicious, Thanksgiving feast.
If you are like most families then the turkey is probably the center of your Thanksgiving feast. The whole bird is traditionally served, but if you're serving only a small group of people then you might want to consider purchasing turkey breast instead. The meat in turkey breast is actually lower in fat than the rest of the bird. If you are buying the entire bird, avoid those "self-basting" turkeys since they come loaded with excess fat. Needless to say, you should also opt for healthy cooking methods like baking or roasting. Frying the turkey will only add more calories. Instead of seasoning the turkey with butter, coat it instead with some spices and herbs. You can also opt to remove the skin after the turkey is cooked.
Low-Fat Stuffing and Gravy
Naturally, your Thanksgiving turkey will not be complete without some stuffing and gravy. Unfortunately, these two can also be the biggest sources of fat. Instead of the usual stuffing made of sausages and butter, use some vegetables, fruits and spices in your stuffing instead. Use herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and sage. Ideal fruits to use will be lemons or apples. Celery and onions are also good choices. If you wish to use butter, cut the amount you usually use by half. Turkey gravy is usually made from turkey drippings. For a low-fat substitute, use vegetable oil instead.
Mashed potatoes are another staple Thanksgiving dish, but they are often made fattening by butter and other added flavorings. When preparing your mashed potatoes, try to use only a small amount of butter with some skim milk. To add more flavor, use some fat-free sour cream or garlic powder. If you want to prepare a sweet potato casserole, roast the sweet potatoes with their skin intact. Once the potatoes are cooked, slice each potato open and top each slice with a pinch of brown sugar and some butter. Avoid fattening toppings like marshmallow and cream.
Low-Fat Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is a popular Thanksgiving dessert. If you want to cut back the fat on this recipe then you can make a crust-free pumpkin pie instead. This is because most of the fats and calories of pumpkin pie usually come from the crust. In a mixing bowl, mix together some flour, sugar and eggs. Add some canned pumpkin, vanilla and milk. You can also add a bit of cinnamon if you wish. Pour the mixture into a greased pie plate. Place the pie plate in a baking pan. Before baking, add about half an inch of hot water in the baking pan. Bake the pie at 350 degrees F for about an hour.