Make your favorite recipes a little bit lighter by substituting a few key ingredients. Making just one or two ingredient swap-outs can help you lower the calories and unhealthful fats in lots of holiday dishes. Try some of these substitutions in your holiday recipes this season:
- Instead of 1/2 cup butter, use 1/2 cup Southern Home® Natural Applesauce. You save 750 calories and 88g fat.
- Instead of 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, use 1/3 cup cocoa. You save 215 calories and 25g fat.
- Instead of 1 cup chocolate chips, use 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips. You save 300 calories and 29g fat.
- Instead of 8 oz. cream cheese, use 8 oz. tub-style light Neufchatel cheese. You save 240 calories and 32g fat.
- Instead of 1 cup heavy cream, use 1 cup fat-free half-and-half. You save 680 calories and 80g fat.
- Instead of 1 cup sour cream, use 1 cup Southern Home® Light Sour Cream. You save 200 calories and 28g fat.
- Instead of 2 Tbsp. butter to grease baking pans, use Southern Home® Cooking Spray with Flour for Baking. You save 200 calories and 22g fat.
Other Light Cooking Tips
- When cutting back on either fat or sugar, it helps to boost other flavors such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, or vanilla extract.
- Use reduced-fat cheeses to reduce calories and fats in casseroles and salads.
- Look for reduced sodium broths, stocks and soups for casseroles and stuffing recipes.
- Use plain, fat-free Greek yogurt or reduced fat mayonnaise in place of regular mayonnaise.
- If you are watching your cholesterol, use two egg whites in place of one egg, or use a liquid egg substitute.
- Use slivered almonds instead of fried onions as a casserole topping for a healthier crunch.
- Nonstick baking sheets, parchment paper and silicone baking mats are great tools designed to prevent foods from sticking and burning. These are particularly helpful when decreasing fat contents of recipes.
As with all foods, keep your portion size in check. Just because something is a little bit lighter than usual doesn’t mean it’s calorie free!