How about we all put our heads together and come up with some low fat yummies we can all enjoy at Xmas without worrying about breaking all those good habits we've worked so hard to achieve.
Here's a few to start.
6 rashers fatless bacon
1 quantity stuffing ( see next recipe)
Clean turkey inside and remove all giblets, neck and excess fat from cavities. Loosely stuff upper and lower cavities with stuffing. Tie legs together with unwaxed kitchen string. Tuck wings and neck flap under. Brush with half the butter. Lay bacon over breast. Place turkey on a roasting rack in a roasting pan a little larger than the turkey. Cover with baking paper and foil and tuck over edges to seal. Place on lowest shelf in oven, so turkey is in centre of oven and roast for 1 hour. Remove and rebaste with remaining butter. Recover securely and roast for another 1 1/2 hours. Remove bacon and roast uncovered for another 30min or until turkey is cooked through. Juices should run clear when thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a skewer. When cooked, rest turkey covered on a warm plate . Carve and serve , remember though No SKIN AND ONLY A VERY LITTLE STUFFING FOR US.
Lemon, Onion and Sage stuffing.
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 tbspn olive oil
2 lge brown onions
1 tbspn white sugar
1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
6 cups fresh white breadcrumbs
2 lemons, rind finely grated
2/3 cup raisins.
Cook pine nuts in a large nonstick pan until golden. Transfer to a large bowl.
Add butter, oil, onion and sugar to hot pan. Cook stirring until onion is soft. Add sage and cook a further 2 min.
Add onion mix, breadcrumbs, lemon rind and raisins to pine nuts and using clean hands, mix well until combined. Cut lemons in half and place 2 halves in lower cavity. Loosely fill upper and lower cavities with stuffing. Place remaining lemon halves in lower cavity. Tie turkey legs and cook as above.
( serves 10)
2kg sebago potatoes
Light olive oil spray
2 garlic cloves ( crushed)
1/2 teaspoon grated light cheese for each spud.
Preheat oven to 220C. Peel potoates and cut in half. Thinly slice each potatoe without cutting all the way through. Place cut side up on a baking tray. Lightly spray with oil spray and sprinkly with crushed garlic. Roast until just cooked, sprinkle with cheese and roast until cheese melted and golden.
Cranberry Sauce Gravy.
1 cup reserved turkey juices
2 tbspns plain flour
2 cups low sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup cranberry sauce.
Pour turkey juices into a heatproof and using a large metal spoon, skim all fat from surface.
Using the pan we roasted the turkey in over a medium heat, add the flour and 1/4 cup pan juices. Stir with a fork. Cook for 2 - 3 mins or until mix comes to a boil. Gradually add remaining stock and pan juices. stirring with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add cranberry sauce to gravy and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 - 8 mins or until gravy thickens slightly. Serve with turkey.
These may not be the lowest fat recipes but are certainly a lot better than the usual roasted in fat. And these taste awesome.