December 12, 2009

5 Easy Ways To Slim Down Any Holiday Recipe

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:59 PM by lanaholt

Skip the heavy cream Try fat-free chicken stock or nonfat milk in place of cream or whole milk in gratins and creamed dishes. To thicken, whisk 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch into 1 cup of liquid at room temperature just before adding to your recipe.

Swap out the butter Substitute equal amounts of lowfat plain yogurt or fat-free pureed cottage cheese for the cream or butter in mashed potatoes.

Roast a leaner bird Instead of slathering the turkey with butter, rub it with a mixture of olive oil and crushed herbs (try rosemary, sage, a little garlic, and black pepper). Or slip herbs or seasonings under the skin of the turkey. Use a roasting rack to allow the fat to drain from the roast. Baste with fat-free chicken stock mixed with orange or cranberry juice instead of turkey drippings, which contain a lot of fat.

De-fat your gravy For an easy, lowfat gravy, stir 1 tablespoon
of cornstarch into 1/4 cup of fat-free chicken broth at room temperature. Bring another 1 1/2 cups of broth to a simmer, and whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Allow gravy to simmer, stirring until clear and thickened. Lose the yolks Substitute 2 egg whites for 1 whole egg or 3 whites for 2 whole eggs.

Stir in fruit Replace half the oil or butter in your baked goods with applesauce or other pureed fruit. Your guests will never know their treats are lowfat!

See article source:  http://www.shape.com/healthy_eating/meals_and_menus/holidays_and_entertaining/holidays/holiday_slim_lose_weight_weight_loss_fat

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