Low-Fat Appetizer: Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups

I’ve had a lot of friends and readers asking me, “What appetizers are you making for Thanksgiving or holiday parties this year?” These Smoked Salmon Rolls are one of my favorite recipes. They are only 4 ingredients, and they’re completely simple to prepare. My kids love smoked salmon, so it’s also true crowd pleaser. What I also love about them is that you can make them them up to 8 hours ahead of time, and they make a great brunch recipe as well.

Kids Friendly Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

My kids are so excited about Thanksgiving this year, and our guest list is growing everyday. I thought I would share a fun cooking activity that the kids love: this Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies recipe. This recipe comes from Pillsbury, and you start with their refrigerated sugar cookie dough. It’s so easy, and your children will have a blast making these. These are also great to take to school to the teachers or share with the class, and they are always a big hit!

Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole

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I made this on Thanksgiving, and it was quite the hit. Fresh green beans, shallots and panko breadcrumbs take ordinary Green Bean Casserole to a new level. It’s perfect for Christmas and anytime of the year. No one will believe it’s so low in fat.

Thanksgiving Tradition: Homemade Yeast Rolls Made Light

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My sister, Julie, has created the Thanksgiving tradition to make Homemade Yeast Rolls with my daughter, Leigh. It’s so warm and comforting to serve homemade rolls on Thanksgiving. This recipe is incredible, and with only 92 calories per roll and  1 gram of fat, what can I say? Oh, how about the fact that they are also really easy! They are made with egg substitute and skim milk, and are so delicious. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Family Favorite: Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole

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My sister, Julie, makes Sweet Potato Casserole every year on Thanksgiving. She usually has to make two because everyone loves it so much. I lightened her recipe a bit, decreasing the butter, using low-fat sweetened condensed milk, using whole wheat flour and using egg whites. It still tastes great and is a classic Thanksgiving side dish. You won’t miss some of the extra fat.

Healthy Thanksgiving or Christmas Side Dish: Marinated Broccoli and Cauliflower

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Yesterday I was a presenter in Wetumpka, Alabama at “Gathering at the River”, a Cookbook Fair and Tasting. This was a fundraiser for Trinity Episcopal Church. I had a great time and met some fabulous, sweet people who loved my book, recipes and Ingredients, Inc. t-shirts. We talked a lot about Thanksgiving, and a few asked me for some low-fat, healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas side dish ideas. This recipe for Marinated Broccoli and Cauliflower is a great one and is so easy to prepare. Thanks to everyone who attended! Hope you like this recipe.

Holiday or Anytime 15 Minute Appetizer: Cheddar-Maple and Pecan Log

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Today, I am in Madison Wisconsin for a Wisconsin Cheese Media tour. I get to tour about 8 different cheesemakers around the area while tasting fabulous cheeses, attending a Fondue lunch as well as an award winning Cheese and Beer Pairing reception. I thought I would feature a simple cheese appetizer that my family loves in honor of the amazing Wisconsin Cheese. It’s so easy and wonderful for this time of year or as the holidays near (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas), and my kids love it!

Also, I will also be featured on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama at 11:30 a.m on Thursday cooking a simple Slider recipes so check it out. I know-busy week.