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Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Yummy Thanksgiving

low calorie thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. What’s not to love? Friends, family, football and of course, food!  Who could ask for more? If you’re like me, you tend to indulge a bit more when festivities revolve around food.  And Thanksgiving is no exception.  So whether you’re serving turkey or looking for a vegetarian Thanksgiving like the feast that I prepare each year – it is invariably a great idea to cook light – and to prepare lighter, low-cal dishes when possible.  The goal here is to have the trimmings while still staying trim yourself!

In previous years, I shared some of my low-cal ideas for Thanksgiving, including my yummy light bread stuffing with apples and my take on low-cal mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes – double yum.  I also went out on a limb and risked alienating my vegan readers by sharing with you my recipe for low-cal egg nog – which, by the way, is a staple around my holiday table and in my hand and the hands of guests from Thanksgiving through the New Year.  So I thought it would be fun to share another low-cal recipe with you to prepare for your holiday spread this season – vegetarian gravy!

Yummy Vegetarian Gravy
½ cup oil – vegetable, canola, olive – your preference
¼ cup onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup all purpose flour
4 teaspoons yeast
4 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 cups vegetable broth
½ teaspoon salt substitute
½ teaspoon black pepper

Over medium heat, heat oil in saucepan.  Sautee garlic and onion until translucent and soft.  Stir in flour, yeast, and soy sauce until a thick paste is formed.  Whisk in vegetable broth.  Add salt substitute and pepper.  Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer while stirring constantly for around ten minutes or until mixture is thick. Yep, you have to stir this gravy for quite awhile to get the desired consistency, but at around 130 calories per ½ cup serving (2-3 weight watchers point), it is totally worth it and a super great alternative to more fattening recipes. 


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