Rethink some of your classic turkey day preparations. These traditional dishes are classically laden with butter, cream, and sugar which translate to saturated fat and calories. Make some small changes; your family won’t even miss the old ways!
* Make your mashed potatoes with chicken stock and whole milk instead of heavy cream and butter. Heat up the liquid and add salt and pepper before incorporating into the potatoes.
* Instead of the traditional green bean casserole, sauté green beans with some butter and add slivered almonds. If fresh beans aren’t available, buy frozen beans- not canned, as the canned green beans have more BPAs.
* Sweet potatoes are mighty sweet without the marshmallows and the extra butter that results in ‘sweet potato pie’. Cube the sweeties and roast them after tossing ’em with a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper and you’ll appreciate the sweetness of the spuds ‘solo’.
* Forgo the pecan pie, which with whipped cream can account for 800 calories. Buy two frozen pie shells. Slice up about 8 apples, toss them with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and a combination of 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Put the apple mixture into one of the shells. Dot the top of the apple mixture with about a tablespoon of butter divided into little bits. Top with the dough from the second pie shell, trim to size and seal with a fork. Bake at 350 F for about an hour or until the top crust is nice and . Delicious, decadent, and easy as pie!