Thursday, November 29, 2012

Q&A - Lighter Holiday Recipes


Question: How do I make my holiday recipes a little lighter? 
Answer: Family recipes are so traditional during the holidays, and we don't want to change them completely!  Here are a few tips to simply lighten them up, rather than any drastic changes.
-Skim the fat off the top of gravies and sauces.  You can either skim it easily with a slotted spoon, or if you have time, stick it in the refrigerator and let it harden up.  Then you can easily remove the hardened fat off the top.  You can also try dropping a few ice cubes in and the fat will harden up around them.
-Make sure to use non-hydrogenated oils or trans fat free margarines instead of shortening or butter.  Also, try using a light butter/margarine, Blue Bonnet's light butter comes in sticks and is very easy to substitute!
-Try adding nuts or fruits to baked goods to add some healthy vitamins and minerals.
-A few easy substitutions include:
     -Use two egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute instead of one whole egg
     -Try evaporated skim milk instead of heavy cream
     -Replace half or all of the oil in a recipe with an equal amount of applesauce (apple sauce in place of oil works best in moist products, like quick breads)
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     -Use low-fat versions of cheese and other dairy products
     -Try finding creative toppings for casseroles, i.e. almonds instead of fried onions.

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