One of the biggest calorie culprits of your Thanksgiving plan is gravy. When you dish this up by the spoonful over your turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and whatever other foods you enjoy it on you can easily add an additional three hundred or more calories to the meal. To lighten the calorie load, the key changes you'll want to make is using the stock from the roasting pan that has been skimmed of the fat as well as avoiding adding additional butter to the gravy, which significantly boosts the total calorie content.
- ½ cup onion, finely chopped
- ½ cup mushrooms, sliced
- ¼ cup stalk celery, finely diced
- 2 tbsp parsley, dried
- 2 cup turkey stock
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a saucepan, begin heating the onion, mushrooms, and parsley with about 1/2 cup of the turkey stalk until tender. In a separate bowl, combine cornstarch, pepper, and 1/2 cup of the broth, being sure to stir until completely dissolved.
- Add this mixture to the broth in the saucepan and blend until well mixed. Finally add the remaining turkey broth and then bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring throughout until it's thickened.