No matter what holiday you celebrate during late fall and winter, family and friends tend to gather around the table to share food, fun, and laughter. Well, that's what one hopes. Traditionally, people eat turkey or ham at Thanksgiving. For those who celebrate Christmas, well, there's some variation. Some people, especially Brits like me, eat turkey; others enjoy a nice piece of beef tenderloin or a ham; and others prefer fish. There are no hard and fast rule, unless you must observe a strict diet for religious reasons, as you might for Hanukkah. The key thing is to serve food with love and in the spirit of the season. And if you need to watch what and how much eat then here are some options to help keep you on track.
Usually it's just a few of us around the table at Thanksgiving or Christmas, and so cooking a whole turkey doesn't make much sense, especially as most of us happen to prefer white meat anyway. We want to enjoy turkey for a day or two and then be done with it. A turkey breast allows us to do just that. Plus, our much-preferred white breast meat is much lower in fat than the leg and thigh meat. More »
If your gathering is relatively small, then a simple herbed roast chicken might be just the thing. Or, if you have space, you can roast two chickens at once. Breast meat is leanest, of course, but thigh meat is succulent and delicious, and its richness means you are likely to eat less of it than you would white meat. More »
With pork tenderloin said to be as lean as skinless chicken breast, despite strictly being a red meat (though the marketing campaign of a few years ago described it as the "other white meat"), this makes a great alternative to poultry, which often takes center stage on low-fat menus. Serve this delicious, quick-cooking, succulent pork tenderloin with a tart and flavorful cranberry pomegranate sauce. More »