Holiday dinners don’t have to be a 2000-calorie feast, here’s some ideas and recipes for you to try.
Healthy Pumpkin Pie
With only 40 Calories per serving you cannot go wrong!
1 can (15 oz) Unsweetened Pumpkin Puree
1 ½ tbsp Stevia
¼ tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Ground Ginger
Dash of Ground Cloves
Dash of Ground Nutmeg
1 Whole Egg
2 Egg Whites
¾ cup Unsweetened Soy Milk (Regular soy milk may be used if you cannot find unsweetened)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin puree with the Stevia, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Whisk in the whole egg and egg whites until completely incorporated. Lastly, whisk in the Soy Milk.
Ladle mixture evenly between 8 small baking cups (ramekins) that have been coated with non-stick spray. Place cups onto baking sheet and set on the middle rack in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pie is solid to the touch in the center.
Allow to cool and top with Whipped Light Cream. Enjoy!
Each cup contains only 40 calories.
* If you want more of a pie presentation, just pour filling into an unbaked 9” pie crust and bake at 375 degrees F for 45-55 minutes or until firm in the center. This will still offer a lower calorie option. A normal pumpkin pie has 320 calories per 1/8 slice of a 9” pie. If you use this filling instead, you drop that down to 180 calories per serving!
*Also, you can add crushed up ginger cookies to the top of the cups for a crunchy crust. My favorite is the Cat Cookies in ginger flavor from Trader Joe’s. Take four cookies and crush them on your cutting board or in a plastic baggie. Pour crumbs on top of pie mixture before baking. This adds an additional 30 calories to the cup.
Random Tips for your Holiday Cooking
- For mashed potatoes, use chicken or vegetable stock and light sour cream instead of butter and cream.
- Instead of creamy string beans topped with fried onions, steam your green beans for no more than 5 minutes and top with roasted slivered almonds.
- Sweet potatoes and Yams are great for you, low in calories, and naturally sweet, no need to add sugar. Mash up with cinnamon, spiced rum, and non-fat plain yogurt. Top with a few toasted pecans for texture.
- Serve a big green salad before the meal (with vinaigrette, not a cup of ranch). This will make you unknowingly eat less and force a couple of servings of veggies in.
- Skip the butter in the stuffing, you won’t miss it. Also, opt for turkey sausage instead of pork.