Recipe Makeover: Holiday Classics
By: Text: Holly V. Kapherr
This casserole exemplifies the power of moderation. A holiday treat, sweet potatoes are also high in fiber and Vitamin A. The pecans on top provide a healthy amount of monounsaturated fat.
The original version of this delicious holiday favorite was weighed down by a stick of butter and a cup of sugar. Our lightened version eliminates 8.5g fat and 102 calories by accenting the natural sweetness of carrots, and adding a punch with the addition of sour cream.
A holiday table would be incomplete without mashed potatoes. This garlicky version boasts all of the savory richness of traditional recipes without adding extra fat and calories. The secret? Yukon Gold potatoes, which need little adornment thanks to their buttery flavor and creamy texture.
To lighten this stunning dessert, we cut out three-quarters of a cup of oil and combined whole eggs and egg substitute. The result: 11 fewer grams of fat. We used light cream cheese for the frosting, reducing fat by an additional 7 grams. Now with only 223 calories per slice, this centerpiece is a nutritional masterpiece.
This favorite casserole was revamped to include the same creamy tang of the original recipe, but with 26 fewer grams of fat. The water chestnuts add a surprising crunch, and the substitution of sharp Cheddar cheese for the milder Colby variety provides additional zing.
These yeasty, gooey orange rolls earned our Test Kitchens’ highest rating, and they have become a staple on many holiday menus. Switching from regular to reduced-fat sour cream was an easy fix for this recipe, shaving off 120 calories and 19 grams of fat.
This recipe, more than a century old, was begging for an update. Filled with raisins and covered with a rich, lemony sauce, this pudding is a Christmas Eve highlight. Simply switching to two percent reduced-fat milk from whole and decreasing the amount of butter lowered the fat content by 62%, transforming this dessert into an indulgence you'll crave more than once a year.
The tart cranberries and crunchy pecans serve as an effective contrast to the sweetness of this cake, rendering it a true holiday star. A significant reduction of butter cut 14 grams of fat from the original recipe, and substituting fat-free whipped topping for the original whipping cream shaved off another 19.6 grams of fat―per slice.