- Don't stuff the turkey with the dressing, as it absorbs much of the fat. Bake it in a covered casserole instead.
- Saute onions and celery in a small amount of butter/margarine, i.e., 1 tablespoon. Use chicken or turkey broth for additional moisture.
- Roast the turkey on a rack so the fat drips away from the bird.
- Use a fat separator for the roasting pan juices and skim off all fat before making the gravy. (like using a dry package of turkey gravy mix for added flavor and thickening)
- Sprinkle hot vegetables with dill for flavor instead of butter.
- Use all fruit spreads on rolls vs butter or margarine OR, SKIP THE ROLLS due to so many other "bread" items, i.e., stuffing, sweet potatoes, whipped potatoes, etc.
- Use the 1-10 rating system during Thanksgiving dinner. Rate each food that is passed on a 1-10 scale - 1, not appealing - 10, WOW, my favorite! Eat only 9's and 10's. Pass up the rest!
- Don't skip meals before the big meal that day. You'll be too hungry and may overeat. Treat it as a regular day - 3 meals and fruit snacks.
- Begin the meal with a salad. You'll eat less during dinner.
- After dinner, go for a long walk!