Saturday November 30, 2013
Now that Thanksgiving is done, we move into holiday mode, although some of my neighbors had their Christmas decorations up long before Thanksgiving. With Black Friday rolling back into Thanksgiving itself, it seems the holiday season is a bit of a blur, stretching from turkey day to New Year's day. Still, now is the time for holiday parties and gatherings, a time when many of us tend to overindulge, piling our plates high before returning to the table for more. If you want to keep your holiday party festivities in check, here are some low-fat party nibbles
that are worthy of any holiday occasion.
Maple Pecan Tarts © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com
Thursday November 28, 2013
When Thanksgiving is done and you still have lots of turkey left, you may be wondering what you can do with it all. One turkey sandwich is nice, but three days' worth? Perhaps that's less appealing. Fortunately, turkey meat is versatile, and there are many ways to enjoy it after the big day. In fact, anything you might do with chicken you can also do with turkey. But first, be sure to store your leftovers promptly and safely then you'll be ready to try one or more of my 10 Low Fat Ways to Use Leftover Turkey.
Leftover Turkey Recipes
Chunky Turkey and Rice Soup © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Monday November 25, 2013
While turkey will grace most tables on Thanksgiving, a number of families will sit down to a vegetarian feast. This year, my family will be enjoying a vegetarian Thanksgiving with some friends, and I will be taking along a butternut squash salad, which you can find in my collection of Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes
. So if turkey is off the menu, consider some of these delicious vegetarian options, along with traditional Thanksgiving side dishes.
Mushroom Lasagna Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com
Tuesday November 19, 2013
One of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal is the stuffing, which, alas, can pack an awful lot of fat and calories, depending on what you put in it and how much of it you eat. As much as I enjoy stuffing with sausage meat or with bacon, I find that meatless stuffing can be just as flavorful. These cranberry-apple stuffing muffins
are one example. The other great thing about this stuffing, as you will no doubt have figured out, is that making stuffing in muffin cups means automatic portion control -- and room on your plate for more vegetables.
Cranberry-Apple Stuffing Muffins Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com
Thursday November 14, 2013
According to the Calorie Control Council, which represents the low- and reduced-calorie food and beverage industry, the average American could consume up to 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving, with the dinner itself accounting for about 3,000 of those calories. Yikes! If you're looking for a slimmed-down Thanksgiving, with lighter versions of some holiday classics, here's a low fat Thanksgiving menu
for you to enjoy. Just be careful not to overload on snacks beforehand, and keep an eye on portion sizes.
Holiday Dinner Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Latkes might not usually be a part of a Thanksgiving meal, but for many this year latkes will take their place alongside the cranberry sauce and gravy. The reason? Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will coincide for the first time since 1888. Now latkes are not an especially low-fat dish -- indeed, oil is a key symbol of Hanukkah -- so it's hardly surprising. So the key to lower-fat latkes
is to bake them at a high temperature rather than fry them in oil. To make them crispy, be sure to squeeze out as much moisture as you can, and preheat the cookie sheet before placing the latkes on it. Enjoy these low-fat potato latkes with fat-free sour cream and applesauce.
Potato Latkes Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Sunday November 10, 2013
Green bean casserole is almost as central to the Thanksgiving table as turkey and pumpkin pie. To be honest, I've never really cared for it -- the traditional version, that is. But I do enjoy this healthier version of this Thanksgiving classic, which transforms the more-usual salty and fat-laden side dish into a guilt-free green bean casserole
that's fresh, healthy, and delicious.
Green Bean Casserole Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com
Thursday November 7, 2013
By effectively revoking the "generally recognized as safe" status of partially hydrogenated oils, the FDA has signalled the end to artificial trans fats
. Although today's announcement is deemed a preliminary determination, it would be hard for food companies to prove the safety of partially hydrogenated oils. The Institute of Medicine, for example, concluded there is no "safe" level for the intake of trans fats; these fats have been shown to not only raise the level of so-called bad (LDL) cholesterol, but also deplete levels of good (HDL) cholesterol.
According to Michael Jacobsen, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a group that has long lobbied for the banning of trans fats, "Getting rid of artificial trans fats is one of the most important life-saving measures the FDA could take. Thousands of heart attack deaths will be prevented in the years ahead." While many food companies, including big-name fast-food restaurants, have adopted different oils and fats for their products in recent years, others have not.
Canned frostings, frozen pies and pie crusts, canned cinnamon rolls, cookie dough, buttery popcorn, coffee creamers, and some fast-food meals still contain artificial trans fats. Even a "0g of trans fats" label on a package can be misleading, since zero is classed as 0.5g or less per serving. Those half grams can soon add up.
The food industry, health officials, and the public have 60 days to comment of the FDA's proposal.
Monday November 4, 2013
What's more American than apple pie? Well, arguably, pumpkin pie. It's hard to think of Thanksgiving without it, although in our house, I am the only one who likes it. Fortunately, Thanksgiving is a time when it's OK to offer a choice of dessert to keep everyone happy. But for those who love pumpkin, here's a lightened pumpkin pie
that's fit to grace any holiday table.
More Pumpkin Desserts
Pumpkin Pie Photo© Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com
Wednesday October 30, 2013
I came home from the market with a beautiful head of cauliflower the other day. I'm used to making soup
with it or a comforting cauliflower cheese, which, alas, is not terribly low in fat. So I thought I would try something a little different and use my cauliflower in a curry dish. I have enjoyed curried cauliflower and potato dishes in the past at a local Indian restaurant, but as I didn't have any potatoes at home, and I wanted something in a curry sauce, not simply spiced. I scoured my pantry and found chickpeas, canned fire-roasted tomatoes, and light coconut milk. and thus this Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry
recipe was born. Enjoy with warmed naan bread or some basmati rice (or whole grain rice for extra fiber).
Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com