Thanksgiving: Last Minute Recipe Tips (cont.)
You can also buy the rolls in dough form and bake them at home. Reduced-fat crescent-roll dough can be spread with any of the butters described above, rolled up, and baked in the oven.
See the recipe below for Quickie Garlic & Herb Crescent Rolls.
Lighten Thanksgiving Side Dishes
You probably won't find large Jell-O salads already made (I've seen only small tubs of prepared Jell-O salad at the market), but making them is a snap. If you're making a layered salad (see recipe below) your biggest challenge is having to wait a few hours before you make the second layer (the first layer needs time to gel in the refrigerator).
When making your favorite Jell-O salads, there are a few easy things you can do to lighten them up:
Generally this is a dish you have to make at home, but basically it involves nothing more than assembling the ingredients into the baking dish. Some recipes even call for canned sweet potatoes or yams.
Keep these dishes light by using less butter than the recipe calls for (add some fruit juice in its place), half the marshmallows called for, and substituting Splenda for half the sugar, if desired. You can also use egg substitute instead of some of the eggs.
Light & Festive Cranberry Jell-O Salad
A Pyrex or see-through 9x13-inch dish works well, because you can see the colorful layers from the side.
1 (0.6-ounce) box Sugar Free Cranberry Jell-O (makes 4 cups)
Yield: 15 servings
Per serving (with walnuts): 193 calories, 3.5 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 6 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 6 mg cholesterol, 0.7 g fiber, 120 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 30%
Per serving (without walnuts): 164 calories, 2.5 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 4 g fat, 3.4 g saturated fat, 7 mg cholesterol, 0.4 g fiber, 119 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 22%.
Quickie Garlic & Herb Crescent Rolls
These are so easy to make, and the recipe is easily doubled. (No need to butter these rolls; they taste great all by themselves.)
1 pop-can Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls
Yield: 8 servings
Per serving: 125 calories, 2 g protein, 13 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat (1.3 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 256 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 50%.
Originally published Nov. 18, 2004.
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