Cooking Helper: 10 Ways to Remix Your Holiday Recipes
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Dress Your Turkey Healthier
It is safer to cook and serve dressings and stuffings on the side.
Instead of stuffing your holiday bird, garnish the serving platter with
fresh fruit and herbs such as oranges, roasted garlic, fresh thyme,
sage and parsley.
Save Green on Fresh Produce
Buy fresh collard greens, pumpkin, potatoes, etc. Fresh vegetables
retain more of their nutritional value when they are cooked in a
healthy way like steaming. You’ll also save money by buying fresh
produce because canned varieties tend to be costlier. They also tend
to be loaded with salt and sugar.
Homemade Is the New Healthy
Instead of buying store-bought broth, stuffing from a bag and
macaroni and cheese from a box, it's better on your budget and
waistline to make your holiday recipes from scratch. For example, you
can make your own broth for pennies. It'll taste better, be fresher
and it'll allow you to control how much salt is added to your broth.
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Sweeten the All-Natural Way
White, refined sugar is just not good for your health. Try replacing
some or all of the sugar in your favorite recipes with Stevia, a
zero-calorie, all-natural sweetener. Or, use apple-sauce, pureed
bananas or prunes. Your sweet tooth won’t know the difference.
Separate the Yolk from Egg Whites
Many desserts call for whole eggs. In many cases, one or two egg
whites will keep the dish together instead of the usual two-to-three
whole eggs called for in traditional dishes. By separating the yolk
from the whites of one egg, you'll save 52 calories and 5 grams of fat,
getting only 14 calories of muscle-building protein from one egg
Use Whole Grain in Your Recipes
There are a variety of whole grain flours, pie shells and breads in the
supermarket these days. Always shop for whole grain options even in
your baked goods. If your cake recipe calls for all-purpose flour, try
substituting half the flour with whole wheat flour. Try whole or
multigrain breads in your dressing, too. Whole grains are healthier
because they contain more heart-healthy fiber.
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Cutout the Full-Fat Milk
Use nonfat or low-fat yogurts (try Greek) and milks (go skim) to add
creaminess to your favorite recipes instead of full-fat creams, milks
and butters. This will help you cut down on calories and fat grams in
Reach for Low-Fat Cheese
There are a variety of low-fat cheeses on the market. For example,
reduced-fat, sharp cheddar and part-skim mozzarella will replace the
full-fat varieties, saving you a ton of calories but not skimping on
taste. Start replacing part or all of your cheeses with a low-fat
variety. Use full-fat cheeses like parmesan sparingly just to finish
Make Fresh Fruit Versions of Holiday Favorites
Instead of jellied, canned cranberry sauces, try making your own
fresh fruit version that's sweetened with a zero-calorie sweetener like
Stevia. It'll taste fresher and be healthier for you.
Cook with Heart-Healthy Fats
Butter is loaded with saturated (animal) fat which isn't good for your
heart. While some margarines are loaded with trans fat which
increases LDL or “bad cholesterol. " Opt for using heart-healthy olive
oil and canola oil in your holiday recipes, particularly on veggies.