Low Fat Holiday Side Dishes
Holiday meals are notoriously fat- and calorie-laden, especially the side dishes, with all their added cream, butter and sugar. These holiday side dishes are a good deal healthier.
Soft Chocolate Cherry cookies
These soft chocolate cherry cookies are hard to resist, especially when just baked. Enjoy these chocolatey delights with some cold nonfat milk.
Wholesome Cranberry Bars
A healthier take on a seasonal sweet treat, these wholesome cranberry bars would make a wonderful gift from your kitchen during the holidays.
Roast Pork With Apples and Cranberries
Here's a succulent dish of roast pork tenderloin with apples and cranberries that makes a great family meal during the holiday season or any time. Pork cooks relatively quickly, so a Sunday roast dinner can be on the table in 45 minutes.
Low Fat Holiday Party Food
It's easy to rein in the fat and calories in some popular holiday party foods, so if you're throwing a holiday gathering, serve some of these delicious lower-fat party nibbles. Your guests won't even know.
Roast Turkey Breast
A turkey breast is the perfect holiday centerpiece if you're trying to eat low fat, and if you're not entertaining more than about 8 people. Plus, it cooks much quicker than a whole bird.
Chocolate Banana Bread
Chocolate and bananas make a pretty good combination in this delicious low-fat quick bread. Enjoy a slice of chocolate banana bread with a cup of hot tea, or pack a slice as a treat in your child's lunch box.
Low Cost, Low Fat Holidays
It's hard to trim your holiday food budget in tough economic times. Here are some great ways to cut holiday food costs and keep your healthy eating plan on track.
Chocolate Rice Cereal Treats
This sinful-looking low-fat chocolate rice cereal squares are a snap to make. They're perfect for popping into lunch boxes, or to take along to a party.
Mini Chocolate Cupcakes
Here's a neat way to get your chocolate fix without compromising your low-fat way of eating. These mini chocolate cupcakes are both low fat and portion controlled. Pop one of these little cupcakes in your child's lunch box for a mini low-fat chocolatey treat
Low Fat Cranberry Recipes
Cranberries are a symbol of Christmas, although they are certainly sought after around Thanksgiving, too. Here are some great low fat ways to use your bags of gorgeous red cranberries.
Cranberry Banana Bread
Add a seasonal twist to everybody's favorite quick bread. This low-fat banana bread features juicy, plump cranberries. For a little more indulgence, add a half cup of chopped toasted walnuts.
Light Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are just about everybody's favorite cookie, and the undoing of many a dieter or healthy eater. So why not adjust your recipes a little and enjoy a lighter chocolate chip cookie that's still worth savoring.
Chocolate crinkles are soft and delicious cookies rolled in powdered sugar before baking, which gives rise to their black and white appearance. These low fat, low calorie Crinkle cookies make wonderful holiday gifts from your kitchen.
Maple Pecan Tarts
These mini low fat maple pecan tarts offer a portion-sized taste of pecan pie without the fat and calories of a full blown slice. Make a batch of these mini pecan delights for your holiday dessert selection.
Herbed Cornbread Stuffing
No Christmas dinner is complete without some delicious stuffing, but sometimes stuffing can be surprisingly high in fat and calories. Enjoy a lower-fat cornbread stuffing to accompany your Holiday meal.
Pork Tenderloin With Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce
A succulent, low-fat pork tenderloin with a tart cranberry pomegranate sauce is simple enough for an evening meal, and elegant enough for a special occasion or small holiday dinner. With some cuts of pork now as lean as white-meat chicken, it's a no-brainer if you're eating low fat.
Top 8 Low Fat Christmas Cookies
While visions of sugarplums rarely dance in my head, I do have a thing for Christmas cookies. The trouble is, Christmas cookies are not exactly low fat. So here are 8 great low-fat or reduced-fat cookie recipes that let you have your um ... cookie and eat it!
Cranberry Orange Biscotti
Biscotti, which are twice-baked Italian hard cookies are perfect accompaniments to afternoon tea or coffee. They also make great homemade gifts from your kitchen during the holidays. Most biscotti, though not all, tend to be low fat. These cranberry orange biscotti fit the bill.
Crispy Rice Cereal Holiday Treats
These crispy rice treats are loved by most kids (and adults). Add a holiday twist by using cookie cutters and some colored food gel and sprinkles.
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie with Mini Chocolate Chips
A healthier cranberry oatmeal cookie made with whole-wheat flour and a fraction of the fat. A perfect holiday cookie for the holidays.
Low-Fat Thumbprint Cookies
Cute little thumbprint cookies are irresistible, especially during the holidays. Most cookie recipes involve a lot of butter and eggs. This recipe calls for just a 1/4 cup of butter and only one egg. I like to fill these thumbprint cookies with raspberry preserves, but feel free to use your favorite kind.
Lowering the Fat in Pumpkin Pie
If you enjoy pumpkin pie at Christmas but want to keep the fat and calories in check, here are some tips for a lighter pie.
One Bowl Chocolate Cake
This quick and easy one bowl, one-layer, low-fat chocolate cake makes a great holiday sweet treat to bake and share. Add a teaspoon of peppermint instead of vanilla for a more seasonal flavor.
Enjoying a Low Fat Christmas
Stumped for Low Fat Christmas recipes? Need low fat tips and suggestions to help you through another holiday feast? Find out how to make low fat cookies, low fat eggnog and more. Lower the fat and calories in all your holiday eating so you can enjoy the festivities without worrying about the fat.
Top 10 Low Fat Christmas Recipes
Do you love Eggnog and sugar cookies? Enjoy some low fat or reduced fat versions of these and other favorite Christmas recipes and treats.
Can I Eat More Than One Low Fat Cookie?
Just because something is deemed low fat does not mean it is low calorie. Low fat treats are usually high in sugar, which can equally lead to weight gain.
Turkey Handling Tips
How to handle and cook your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey safely.
Low Fat Gingerbread Cake
A moist and delicious gingerbread cake that's perfect for the holidays. Best of all, it's low fat.
Low Fat Leftovers
How do you handle the leftovers from your low fat Christmas feast? Find out how to store leftovers safely, and find tips on how to make delcious low fat meals and snacks with all that turkey, ham, pork or beef.
10 Low Fat Ways to Use Leftover Turkey - Ideas and Recipes for Leftover Turkey
What can you do with all those leftovers from your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey? Find out in 10 Low Fat Ways to Use Leftover Turkey
Honey Glazed Ham
Enjoy this delicious honey-glazed ham at your low fat holiday table. Remember to trim the fat, and allow 3 ounces of ham per person.
Cranberry Apple Glazed Pork
This seasonal glazed pork roast makes an ideal low fat holiday meal. Trim the pork first and slice thinly when serving. Roasted vegetables and low fat mashed potatoes are ideal with this, or serve with steamed green beans and wild rice.
Low Fat Christmas Turkey
Eating a low fat diet should not deprive you of enjoying a Christmas turkey. The breast meat is naturally low in fat, and the darker meat can be enjoyed, too. With just a small amount of oil, lemon and plenty of fresh herbs, you can roast a turkey that is fragrant and succulent.
Low Fat Turkey Gravy
Using defatted pan juices, fat free chicken broth, plus a splash of wine, this low fat turkey gravy has plenty of flavor. Try it with your holiday turkey and mashed potatoes this year.
A simple yet elegant classic for the holiday table, this lean beef tenderloin can easily fit into your low fat lifestyle.
Cranberry Apple Sauce
Here's a delicious variation on cranberry sauce, pairing fresh cranberries with apples.
Herbed Pork Tenderloin
Now that pork tenderloin is about as lean as white-meat chicken, you can enjoy this herbed pork tenderloin as part of your low-fat lifestyle.
Red Wine Gravy
Serve this red wine gravy at your low fat holiday table with a lean cut of roast beef tenderloin.
Honey-Mustard Roasted Pork
A simple low fat pork classic for any occasion.
Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken
A simple lemon and herb roast chicken makes a nice low fat centerpiece for Sunday lunch or a holiday meal with close family. Serve with roasted new potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Low Fat Cranberry Orange Muffins
Tender and light, these low fat Cranberry Orange Muffins make a delightful seasonal treat. Serve them as part of a holiday brunch or enjoy with a glass of orange or pomegranate juice for breakfast.
Fat Free Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Cookies
These fat free Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Cookies are one holiday cookie you don't have to feel guilty about. They're fat free and low carb.
This deliciously moist and tangy fruitcake makes a great low fat Christmas cake. If you want to cut the fat completely, omit the walnuts and add a little more fruit to compensate.
Low Fat Cranberry Macaroons
Light and airy, these low fat cranberry macaroons use just enough coconut to add a chewy sweetness, but not enough to overload these cookies with saturated fat. Crispy rice cereal adds a little crunch.
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Who can resist holiday cookies? If you like oatmeal raisin cookies, try these festive low fat cookies, which use cranberries instead of raisins.
Low Fat Raspberry Squares
This sweet low fat dessert is a delightful treat. Enjoy these raspberry squares anytime or serve them at a holiday gathering. They won't last long.
Low Fat Gingerbread Men
Help yourself to one of these low fat gingerbread men. By reducing the amount of butter and replacing it with applesauce, these low fat holiday cookies are a perfect treat for kids and grown-ups alike.
Low Fat Icebox Cookies
Christmas cookies: who can resist them? If you're trying to eat low fat, try these tasty little icebox cookies, which are sweet, buttery and low in fat.
Holiday Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies, anyone? These low fat cookies are a tasty holiday treat. Reducing the amount of butter allows these holiday cookies to lose much of the fat without losing the flavor.
Low Fat Eggnog
If you're trying to follow a low fat diet, it's hard to pass up eggnog during the holidays. This low fat eggnog means you don't have to. Enjoy it with alcohol or without.
Cranberry Orange Bread
Ideal for Thanksgiving or Christmas, this low fat sweet treat makes a perfect holiday snack.
Winter Fruit Salad
This citrus-based winter fruit salad combines two different kinds of orange and two kinds of grapefruit together with star fruit and jewel-like pomegranate seeds.
Fruity Chocolate Chip Bars
This fruity chocolate chip bars are a guilty pleasure with a fraction of the fat of most cookies and bars. These bars make a delicious holiday treat or gift from your kitchen.
Low Fat Chocolate Chip-Raisin Cookies
A nice mix of semisweet chocolate chips, raisins and oats makes for a tasty cookie with a lot less fat than regular chocolate chip cookies.
Sweet Potato and Squash Soup
Serve this warming low fat soup during the holidays. It's ideal for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or any time during fall and winter.
Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts
This classic pairing of Brussels Sprouts and chestnuts makes an ideal low fat side dish for your Christmas roast.
Chestnuts are a perfect low fat holiday treat, once you figure out how to get through their tough exterior. The end result is well worth it: chestnuts are soft, sweet and delicious. Use them as a low fat snack or in soups and side dishes.
Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Cooked until just crisp tender, then sauteed with garlic, red onion and apple cider, these Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts may make you change your mind about this much-maligned vegetable. They make a perfect side dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Sautéed Green Beans
A low fat alternative to green bean casserole, these sautéed green beans would make a nice side dish at your holiday table.
Sweet orange-glazed carrots make a perfect low fat side dish for your Thanksgiving or Christmas table, or with any special meal.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
You won't miss the butter or heavy cream in these garlic mashed potatoes. Enjoy them at Thanksgiving, Christmas or with any meal.
Smoked Salmon Roll-ups
Smoked salmon and cream cheese roll-ups, or pinwheels, make a perfect low fat appetizer, provided you use fat free cream cheese.
Baked Pita Chips
Make these low fat baked pita chips to accompany your dips and salsas, or to have at hand for a healthy low fat snack.
Hummus is a popular low fat Middle Eastern dip, using chickpeas (garbanzo beans) as its base. Serve with pita triangles, wholegrain crackers or a plate of raw vegetables.
Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies
These delicious low fat chocolate chip cookies have half the fat of regular chocolate chip cookies yet taste just as decadent. Using cocoa powder and miniature chocolate chips, the chocolate taste is just as intense.
Reduced Fat Peppermint Cheesecake
Peppermint cheesecake makes a wonderful holiday dessert. Replacing full fat cream cheese with a combination of reduced-fat and fat-free cream cheeses helps to cut calories and fat. Serve this reduced fat dessert at your Christmas table this year.
Low Fat Pear-Cranberry Strudel
A healthy, low fat fall and winter dessert featuring pears and cranberries wrapped in a light and crisp phyllo (or filo) dough. Enjoy this low fat pear-cranberry strudel with a scoop of low fat frozen yogurt or whipped topping.
Gift Ideas for the Low Fat Cook
Whether you're searching for a holiday gift for the low fat cook in your house, or looking to treat yourself to some new kitchen gadgets, you can find some ideas here.
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10 More Gift Ideas for the Low Fat Cook
Cool and functional, these kitchen tools would make wonderful gifts for the low fat cook in your house.
5 Non-Cookbooks for the Health-Conscious Cook
Sometimes we want more than just a book of recipes. If you're a health-conscious cook, or you know someone who is, any one of these 5 non-cookbooks would make useful and interesting Holiday gifts
Low Fat Thai Turkey Curry
A low fat Thai Turkey Curry made with leftover holiday turkey--or cooked chicken, if you like.
Low Fat Chocolate Truffles
Give your sweetie these luscious low fat chocolate truffles on Valentine's Day, or serve them as a sweet, low fat after-dinner treat. These low fat truffles would make a perfect holiday gift at Christmas time, too.
Low Fat Brownies
These low fat brownies make a wonderfully chocolately treat. Served warm with a glass of cold milk, they taste just heavenly.
Fat Free Creme Brulee
A fat free Crème Brûlée that uses nonfat Greek yogurt instead of cream and eggs. It also hides a little fruity surprise.
Low Fat Cranberry Apple Stuffing Muffins
Low fat cranberry apple stuffing with a little built-in portion control.
Low Fat Holiday Desserts
Have a slice of pie or indulge in some other holiday desserts without feeling too guilty. Eaten in moderation, these lighter holiday desserts should satisfy your sweet tooth without adding to your waistline.
Turkey and Vegetable Pie
A creamy and delicious potato-topped pie that makes a great way to use leftover turkey at Christmas.
Butternut Squash and Farro Salad
This seasonal salad of butternut squash and farro makes an ideal alternative holiday dish.