Everyone loves the holiday season, but all of that tasty holiday food can do some damage to your waistline. So instead of deep-frying your stuffing and smothering your turkey in mayonnaise, try serving up these healthy alternatives with a dash of holiday cheer instead:
1. Make your turkey the healthy way
Instead of buying the whole bird, try just buying individual turkey
breasts, which are all white meat and lower in calories than dark meat.
But if you must have that whole turkey to enjoy, avoid the trend of
deep frying and stick to roasting. It may take longer, but the results in
taste and health are worth it.
2. Green Beans w/ Caramelized Shallots
2 pounds green beans, trimmed
1 pound medium shallots
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
Cook green beans in boiling, salted water until tender, about 6
minutes. Drain and plunge into a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain
Cut off and discard ends from the shallots. Cut shallots lengthwise in
half and remove peel.
Melt butter with oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add
shallots and sauté for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low; sauté
until shallots are browned and tender, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with
thyme, salt and pepper.
Add cooked green beans to the shallots and stir over medium-high
heat until heated through. Season to taste with additional salt and
pepper. Serve warm
3. Healthy Stuffing
1 12-oz package of cubed herb-seasoned stuffing
2 cups of fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1-1 1/2 cups applesauce
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
2 links of sweet turkey sausage
Spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sauté celery and onions 3-4
minutes. Remove from pan. Remove sausage from casing and sauté in
same pan until cooked through and broken into small pieces. Gently
mix bread, onion, celery and sausage in a casserole dish. Add apple
sauce and broth and fold together. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Cover for softer stuffing.
Another healthy alternative: Instead of sweet potato casserole, bake
sweet potatoes and lightly drizzle with honey and cinnamon.