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21 Ways to Slim Down Your Thanksgiving Feast

Comfort Foods Without All the Calories


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  • Thank you for posting this! Its great to be able to see what my fav dishes truly add up to. My strategy to survive this Thanksgiving without gaining 5+ pounds is to workout, workout, workout as much as possible this week and only eat those things that I really dont get to often.. aka skipping rolls come one we all know what those taste like! Stuffing eghh maybe a little but its not really worth it to me LOL Good luck all! - 11/23/2010 3:04:58 PM
  • Heh. Man, I'm SO glad I'm a vegan. It's like an added boost for not having the crazy calorie counts. Since I make my stuffing with no added fat at all (just veggie broth and spices), use a vegan packaged gravy that has no fat and is only 20 calories a half cup(!) and have never added any fat or oil/milk/etc. to my spuds I feel more okay eating a decent slice of vegan pumpkin pie with soy whip. And having a pretty decadent puff pastry wrapped Field Roast entree. Mmm. :)

    It really is insane how many calories just some dairy/eggs can add. o.O

    Potatoes really are just as tasty without adding anything. I just mash mine, add roasted garlic or garlic granules, chopped parsley and some sea salt. They are creamy and no one ever misses the cream/butter/whatnot. Use a good potato like Yukon Golds or Baby Reds. I think Russets are a lovely baked potato but only so so for mashed spuds.

    I intend to watch my portions and have a little bit of everything.
    Happy holidays! - 11/25/2009 4:26:58 PM
  • Instead of stuffing, we're making a Cajun eggplant dish, stuffed with breadcrumbs and crabmeat. Less bread, more veggies, and totally delicious! - 11/25/2009 12:41:12 PM
  • I have been part of this site for a week and have lost 5.2 pounds with the meal plan and two days of working out. I was dreading tomorrow because I was unsure of what I should eat and how much. This article saved me from Google and was right here conveniently at my fingertips THANK YOU - 11/25/2009 12:31:07 PM
  • This article was very helpful...I love the turkey basting idea(s) because I usually baste my bird in butter to keep it juicy. I will definitely try one of these alternatives. - 11/26/2008 1:31:08 PM
  • it was a great article...I like what they about gravy what to to cut out fat - 11/26/2008 11:17:54 AM
  • ROXIE309
    I thought this article was very informative, and it's great that the links are right there and you can click back and forth to the recipes and back to the article. - 11/26/2008 7:28:46 AM
  • Very informative article, one I will save. Wish I were doing all the cooking this year, but I will cut down on the two dishes I am taking to dinner. - 11/25/2008 10:22:58 PM
  • 440 calories for 1/2 cup sugar? WOW, what an eye-opener!
    Thanks for this article. Happy Thanksgiving. - 11/25/2008 9:48:20 PM

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