Thanksgiving Dinner

thanksgiving plate

My Thanksgiving dinner plate circa 2012. Clockwise from the top: light mac and cheese, green beans with bacon, homemade cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing with turkey sausage, chunks of turkey and ham, and candied yams.

Thanksgiving is a week away.  If you have not completed your menu, here are some recipes to consider.  Also, if you want to “lighten up” some of your favorite recipes, check out some of the suggestions below.

Dressing

  • Use whole wheat or multi-grain bread cubes
  • Use low sodium chicken broth
  • Substitute pork sausage with turkey sausage
  • Add diced apples for moisture and flavor
  • Saute diced onions, celery, garlic, cumin and sage to add flavor

Sweet Potatoes

  • Cut back on sugar or use brown sugar
  • Omit the marshmallows
  • Add pecans or walnuts

Green Bean Casserole

  • The traditional green bean casserole is coated in cream of mushroom soup and topped with fried onion rings, both of which are high in sodium and fat.  Instead, saute green beans in olive oil and about a tablespoon or two of bacon fat with herbs.  Top with crumbled bacon.

Mashed Potatoes

  • Substitute low fat milk or buttermilk for whole milk.  Or use half low-sodium chicken broth and half low fat milk.
  • Substitute half cauliflower and half potatoes.

Cranberry Sauce

  • Instead of using canned sauces, make your own.  Here’s the recipe I make at Thanksgiving.  Any leftover sauce is used to make cranberry mustard for sandwiches.
  • Make cranberry relish by chopping whole cranberries, oranges, apples and 1/2 cup sugar in your food processor.

Gravy

  • Drain fat from turkey drippings or simply use butter to create the roux for your gravy.

Desserts

  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Low fat pumpkin cheesecake (see below)

RECIPES

roast-turkey-su-600467-l

Roasted Turkey with Balsamic Brown Sugar Sauce

brussel sprouts

Apple – Bacon Brussel Sprouts

From RecipeGirl and Cooking Light

From RecipeGirl and Cooking Light

Low-fat Pumpkin Cheesecake

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Fae's Twist & Tango

Magazine of a Storyteller... articles about world cultures, travel, and recipes with a twist and tango ♪ ♪ ♪ ...

romanmyko

Healthy Life Style

Nourished Intuition

Health - Business - Success

ice cream magazine

................... for lovers of ice cream. Your free on line magazine for sweet frozen treats. Recipes, inspiration, artisanal ideas for your delectation.

Vegetarian In Vegas

A new life one bite at a time.

My Favourite Pastime

Food, Travel and Eating Out

Chocolate Spoon & The Camera

A clumsy newbie in the kitchen

Olive Sundays

Melbourne Food Blog

The Odd Spot

Your Health. Your Way

Jesse-b PT

Healthy Happy & Active

gf and me

Gluten Free Recipes & Tips

power group foodies

A Healthy/Yummy Food Sharing Site

%d bloggers like this: