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turkeyHealthy Holiday Eating Tips


  • Don't stuff the turkey with the dressing, as it absorbs much of the fat. Bake it in a covered casserole instead.
  • Roast the turkey on a rack so the fat drips away from the bird.
  • Use a fat separator for the roasting pan juices and skim off all fat before making the gravy.
  • Use a dry package of turkey gravy mix for added flavor and thickening

Pumpkin Pie

  • Make pumpkin pies with canned, evaporated, skimmed milk.
  • Use half the amount of sugar in the recipe - SUBSTITUTE BROWN SUGAR FOR THE WHITE, as it's more flavorful.
  • Use more spices than the recipe suggests. I double the amount.
  • Use light or fat free whipped topping.


  • Mash the potatoes with chicken broth and canned, evaporated, skimmed milk. HOLD THE BUTTER - NO ONE WILL NOTICE!
  • Use pineapple and/or orange juice thickened with corn starch as a glaze for carrots or sweet potatoes. (Add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to the glaze.)


  • Sprinkle hot vegetables with dill for flavor instead of butter.
  • Don't skip meals before the big meal that day. You'll be too hungry and may overeat. Treat it as a regular day - 3 meals.
  • Begin the meal with a salad. You'll eat less during dinner.
  • After dinner, go for a long walk!



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Healthy Holiday Recipe- Apple Cranberry Squash

1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 Jonathan or Macintosh apples, peeled, cored and chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup cranberries, thawed if frozen
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place squash in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover saucepan and steam 15 minutes or until tender.
Remove from steamer basket and set aside.
Combine apples and half the sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook 12 minutes stirring frequently until juice has evaporated. Add apples to squash.
Combine cranberries and remaining sugar in same saucepan. Cook 4 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Add cranberries to apples and squash. Stir in melted butter and salt to taste and toss. Transfer mixture to a buttered shallow baking dish. Bake 10 minutes or until hot.
Makes 4 servings

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