Save a little here and there and that adds up, so start thinking now and prevent that holiday calorie creep.
To reduce the fat, if that cookie recipe calls for a cup of some kind of oil or margarine, reduce the amount by s1/4 to 1/3. Instead of a cup, use 2/3 of a cup. Since fat has 100 calories per tablespoon, that saves about 500 calories in that one recipe.
Since solid fats contain trans fat, a more dangerous type of fat, it is wise to use as little as possible. Substitute a vegetable oil such as canola or corn oil. If the recipe calls for 4 tablespoons, use 3 instead. That's another 100 calories saved.
If your recipe calls for sour cream use the same amount of plain or low fat yogurt. One cup of sour cream contains 495 calories or 48 grams of fat 30 of which are saturated. The cup of yogurt contains 145 calories and 4 grams of fat. Quite a savings!
You should be using 1% or non-fat milk, but if you aren't, now is the time to start. It contains only 100 calories and 3 grams of fat.
You can also reduce the sugar in recipes the same way. Use ¼ to 1/3 less. Substitute flour for the sugar in cookie or cake recipes. To bump up the flavor, use a bit more of the spices. It enhances the impression of sweetness.
Substituting fruit or fruit juices also cuts down on sugar. A can of mashed sweet potatoes mixed with a can of crushed pineapple is delicious and cuts out both sugar and fat. Top with marshmallows and broil to brown. Yum.
Turkey is a wonderful low fat meat. Back by popular demand, here is an easy way to prepare it. It is especially good for smaller families.
Karin's Turkey in a Crock Pot
Place a thawed turkey breast in a slow cooker or crock pot.
Add 1 can of cranberry sauce (either jelly or whole berry) and one package of onion soup mix. Cook for 7 to 8 hours on low. Enjoy!