The holidays are coming up, and you might be a little worried about your waistline. I know I am. Splurging during the holidays has become a time honored tradition, and that’s perfectly okay.
For exactly that reason, we’ve put together a collection of delicious holiday recipes and healthy alternatives that will allow you to splurge and feel less guilty this year.
Mashed potatoes are a staple holiday dish, especially with gravy (see below, we’ve got something for you gravy lovers too). However, potatoes are very high in carbs and only mildly nutritious.
Almost any dish that calls for mashed potatoes can be substituted with mashed cauliflower instead, and you’ll be surprised at how tasty it is!
Here’s a recipe you can use to make your own garlic mashed cauliflower:
- Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
1 medium head cauliflower
1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bouillon
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons butter
Boil water over high heat.
Cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in the boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done.
Drain well; do not let the cauliflower cool but pat it very dry between several layers of paper towels.
Use a food processor or blender on pulse and add the hot cauliflower, cream cheese, parmesan, garlic, chicken base, and pepper until almost smooth.
Serve hot with butter. Makes 8 Servings. Only 4 grams of carbs each serving.
- Au Jus Giblet Gravy
Here is a wonderful gravy recipe that can be served thin like Au Jus, or boiled down thick to your liking.
Giblets and turkey neck
1 stalk celery with leaves, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Separate liver from giblets and refrigerate in Ziploc bag. Put remaining giblets and turkey neck in large saucepan and cover with 6 cups water. Add veggies and spices.
Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for 2 1/2 hours.
Add liver and cook 15 minutes more.
Take the giblets out of the liquid. Take out the bay leaves, then liquefy in blender with veggies.
Chop giblets and add to liquid. Heat and add additional salt and pepper to taste.
Serve as a thin “au jus” over turkey and dressing, or continue to cook uncovered to reduce the volume down further for a thicker gravy.
The entire batch has only about 10 grams of carbs.
- Holiday Eggnog
6 eggs, slightly beaten
3-4 tsp stevia
½ tsp salt
5 cups heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp rum extract or ¼ – 1 cup light rum Pinch of nutmeg
In large sauce pan, combine eggs and salt.
Stir in cream.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and coats the spoon.
Turn off the heat, stir in the stevia and vanilla.
Cool; refrigerate immediately.
At serving time, pour into serving bowl. Stir in rum or rum extract and sprinkle with nutmeg.
Makes approximately 12 – 16 (1/2 cup) servings, at approximately 3 grams of carbs per serving.