November 24, 2010

Easy Cooking + Dieting Tips
for Turkey Day


1. Go for light, white meat.
This part is easy. Turkey breast is already super lean: just 44 calories, 1 gram of fat, and no saturated fat per skinless ounce. Plus, the big bird is a great source of iron, zinc, potassium, and B vitamins. Eliminate drumstick temptation by serving a breast ready for slicing. Or, if you do cook a whole turkey, roast or bake it. Don't even go near a deep fryer. {Well, that's no fun.}

2. Add gravy that has more flavor than fat.
Use low-fat, low-sodium broth rather than drippings from the roasting pan.
If drippings are a family requirement, stick them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Chilling makes it easier to skim off the fat before using
the juices to make gravy.

3. Stuff your bird with whole grains.
Bake the stuffing separately so it doesn't soak up grease from the bird. This
will ensure the stuffing is cooked all the way through and eliminate bacteria. Instead of boring white bread crumbs, wow your guests with a whole-grain mixture. Try the slightly nutty flavor of quinoa or rice pilaf. You won't save calories, but you'll gain oodles of antioxidants plus fiber, iron, magnesium, selenium, B vitamins... and compliments.

4. Add a touch of green.
Cut calories in half by shelving the green bean casserole this year and boiling fresh beans until just tender. Season them with just a touch of olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. It sounds simple, but the flavor's amazing. And you'll get fiber, protein, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium,
and vitamins A, C, K, and B6.

5. Don't forget the cranberries.
Skip the canned sauces which are jammed with added sugar. Instead, type "cranberry sauce recipes" into Bing and pick one of the recipes that's sweetened with fruit then use half the sugar called for. You'll be amazed.

6. Slim the spuds.
We learned this trick from our friends at EatingWell. Simmer your spuds
with some garlic to create a robust flavor then mash them with parsley
and buttermilk instead of cream. The flavor's great and despite its name, buttermilk has almost no fat. If you want to top it with a pat of butter just before serving, no one will ever know that's all there is.
Neither will their waistlines.

7. Watch the liquid calories.
Even tiny trimmings add up. Stretch one glass of white wine (about 120 calories) to two by mixing it with bubbly water for a white wine spritzer.
{I'm going to disagree here. Drink up!}

8. Oh my, don't skip the pie.
Trim more than 100 calories and 7 grams of fat from a slice of pie
just by forgoing the crust.


MiMi said...

Those are FANTABULOUS tips! Betcha I'll still gain wait like a whale! :) lol

MiMi said...

Oh. And have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! Are you doing it in your new home?

californiadreamin said...

Great tips, but some of those are easier said than done! No crust on the pie!? I don't think I'l succeed at that

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

pie, pie, pie I love pie - I wash it down with wine and don't care how bit it makes my behind! Like my song? This is the one time of year I throw out the diet and say screw it... one day of over indulging might mess up my routine but you only live once. Even so these are all great tips!!! And one's I'll try to stick to. *GIVES SWEET POTATOES WITH MARSHMALLOWS THE SIDE EYE AND THEN EATS THEM UP I ONE BITE*

Nikosmommy said...

There are most def. ways to cut calories over the holidays. (though I usually ignore those ways!) These pics are making me hungry...
Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

I'm a sweet potatoes and pie kinda gal. And I'm not skimping.

Dana said...

Not sure I can skimp on anything this year....well except the bubbly :( No alcoholic beverages for about 7 more months. I will be gaining weight regardless...bring on the pie crust and turkey skin LOL! Great tips though :)

Karen Peterson said...

I'm already doing a couple of those things. A couple of others...well, that's just un-American.