November 25, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Thanksgiving Day Roasted Vegetable Stuffing

This is part of my Thanksgiving recipe series. Every week leading up to Thanksgiving I will share a new recipe to complete a wonderful, flavorful dinner without tons of added calories, fat and carbs. Check out past recipes here.

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The average Thanksgiving Day meal could be as much as 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat! This healthier, yet tasty, version of the classic calorie-busting stuffing will save you about 150 calories. With extra veggies and crunchy French bread, you’ll never miss the added calories and fat from a traditional stuffing recipe.

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November 24, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Thanksgiving Day Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

This is part of my Thanksgiving recipe series. Every week leading up to Thanksgiving I will share a new recipe to complete a wonderful, flavorful dinner without tons of added calories, fat and carbs. Check out past recipes here.

Mashed potatoes are my favorite part of the Thanksgiving Day meal. I could probably forgo everything else for an entire plate of creamy, buttery, cheesy mashed potatoes. But that’s not really a good idea when you’re trying to lose weight, or at least NOT gain the average one pound per holiday that most people gain.

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So, using the Calorie Control Council‘s guide to healthy recipe substitutions, I’ve come up with this healthier version of mashed potatoes that saves you about 70  calories per serving without getting rid of all that wonderful cheesy flavor.

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November 21, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Easy Holiday Bread Pudding

This is part of my Thanksgiving recipe series. Every day leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ll share a new recipe to complete a wonderful, flavorful dinner without tons of added calories, fat and carbs. Check out past recipes here.

easy bread pudding 500 Skinny Recipe: Easy Holiday Bread Pudding
Photo courtesy Flickr user Vegan Feast Catering

When you just don’t have time to make an intricate dessert, this bread pudding will impress your family or guests and be ready in no time. Easily double this recipe if you’re bringing it to a holiday potluck. If it’s a small group, serve with melted vanilla ice cream for a fast cream sauce (no one will ever know how easy it all was)!

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 cup stale bread cubes
1 cup skim milk
2 teaspoons Sweet ‘N Low zero calorie sweetener
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons raisins
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
Optional: sugar-free whipped cream, sugar-free powdered sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease an 8 inch square baking dish and set aside.

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, heat the milk until small bubbles start to form around the edges of the pan. Turn off the hear and take milk off the stovetop. Do not allow the milk to start boiling.

Place the bread cubes in a medium bowl and add the scalded milk. Soak the bread in the milk for five minutes; mix in Sweet ‘N Low, cinnamon and raisins. Pour in beaten eggs and vanilla and blend well. Pour into greased baking dish and bake for about 50 minutes, or until firm.

Allow to cool for 20 minutes. Serve with sugar-free whipped cream, a dusting of powdered sugar or drizzle with some melted vanilla ice cream for an easy cream sauce.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 95
Calories from Fat: 23
Total Fat 2.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 83mg
Sodium: 124mg
Potassium: 170mg
Total Carbohydrates: 12g
Dietary Fiber: 0.5g
Sugars: 6g
Protein: 6g

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November 20, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole

This is part of my Thanksgiving recipe series. Every day leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ll share a new recipe to complete a wonderful, flavorful dinner without tons of added calories, fat and carbs. Check out past recipes here.

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Growing up, my family never had sweet potato casserole as part of our Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. Once we made the move down South though, I quickly realized what I had been missing. Sweet and creamy potato covered in ooey, gooey melted marshmallows; let’s be honest- sweet potato casserole is just an excuse to start dessert early.

With all the butter, cream and sugar found in a traditional sweet potato casserole, it’s not hard to go overboard before the apple pie and coffee even has a chance to cool. Here I kept everything we love about sweet potatoes- the creamy texture and the gooey marshmallows on top, but cut the added sugar by replacing it with fruit and Stevia. Now you’ll have plenty of room for apple pie (and maybe even a little vanilla ice cream on top)!

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