Thanksgiving dinner with my food-loving family is usually all about overabundance-buttery, gravy-topped turkey, calorie-packed side dishes, and rich, heavy desserts. But it doesn't have to be that way. This year when I cook Thanksgiving dinner with my dad, I'm going to make these six easy tweaks to our holiday dishes that will make them healthier and still taste great:
1. Add flavor, not fat. Many recipes suggest rubbing the bird with butter before roasting. If you roast a turkey without overcooking, it won't dry out-there's no need to rub it with butter beforehand. Skip it and avoid adding extra saturated fat. Try chopped fresh herbs and garlic mixed with a little heart-healthy olive oil instead, like in this recipe for Herb-Roasted Turkey.
2. Broth is better. Lots of traditional stuffing recipes call for butter. Use a bit of chicken broth instead to keep it moist without the added fat or calories.
3. Hold the sugar. Many Thanksgiving side dishes, such as sweetRead More »from 6 ways to beat Thanksgiving bloat