How to Lighten Up Thanksgiving Dinner

Sure, everyone thinks that Thanksgiving is a license for them to over indulge; however you can by making the dishes you love a bit lighter.

Brines:
Everyone is brining a turkey, but brining is full of salt especially if you do it for more than a two days you really shouldn't serve it to anyone. Here's a helpful tip buy a Kosher turkey that already has been salted without the excessiveness of a brine. Also, when you get your turkey, use herbs such as rosemary, sage, garlic, parsley and onion in olive oil blend so it makes a paste and slather over the turkey. Excellent flavorful yet without 1/3 of the salt of a brine.

Pies:
Pies have tons of sugar! Instead of milk and heavy cream swap out for almond milk, if there are nut allergies then swap for a Vanilla Rice Dream, great tasting and flavorful.
Spices, the aroma of nutmeg, vanilla, clove and cinnamon, all together gives the palate a sense of sweetness, use these spices instead of excess sugar.
Sugar, use 100 percent Agave Nectar Dark and 100 percent Maple Syrup all great sugar substitutes.
Fruit fillings from a can- I try not to use them at all, but if you must my ratio is 3 to 1. Three parts fresh fruit to one part pie filling more fruit the better!

Crumble Toppings:
From Apple Cobbler, to Apple Brown Betty everyone has to do a crumble topping this season.
We take 4 packets of Instant Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Mix an a stick of cold butter and blend them till it forms a paste or mealy consistency perfect for pumpkin pies, apple brown betty, fruit compote.

Cheers to the lighter side of Thanksgiving!

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