Monday, November 22, 2010

Lighten up that Thanksgiving Feast

Delicious Low-Fat Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes!!  (New Recipe every day)

Trim calories from your feast by using these swaps for your favorite sides.  Here are some quick suggestions:

Pass up the heavy Green Bean Casserole: Per 1/2-cup serving: 175 cal, 10 g fat (3 g sat), 18 g carbs, 541 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein.   

Pass the Green Beans with Shallots
No need to sabotage a perfectly good vegetable by drowning it in a pool of cream of mushroom soup and deep-fried onions. This lean bean dish delivers just as much flavor and crunch, and it sidesteps two-thirds of the belly-bloating sodium you'll find in a casserole.

1/4 cup olive oil
4 large shallots, peeled and quartered 
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. lemon zest (optional)
1 Spring of Thyme
2 Tbsp reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 lbs green beans, trimmed

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

2. Pour olive oil into a large saute pan over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, and thyme. Reduce heat to medium-low and saute until shallots are soft, about 10 minutes. Add chicken broth, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, lemon zest; stir well. Remove from heat. Using a pair of tongs remove the sprig of thyme.

3. Add green beans to boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain. Toss beans with shallot mixture. Serve immediately.

Makes 8 servings
Per 1/2-cup serving: 107 cal, 7 g fat (1 g sat), 12 g carbs, 181 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 2 g protein

Nutrition Source: Women's Health

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