Happy December, lovely Posse folks!! Echoing Portia from the other day, how in the name of goodness did it get to be December and the holiday season again so soon? I’m going a bit off topic today, as I’ve been a leeetle obsessed with guilt-free cooking and the holiday season could certainly use a good dose of that. I’ve lost some weight and really don’t want to give up any of my hard-won ground to the wonderful sugar and carb fest that seems to take over December and early January.
For Thanksgiving, I made a very easy crustless pumpkin pie, which turned out great; topped off with a squirt or two of fat-free Reddi Wip, I found I didn’t miss the crust at all. I’ve already managed to whip up some gourmet coffee without all the sugar, etc., that you find in Starbucks yummy creations. And I’m getting ready to make some waffles and muffins with some protein powder and other stuff. A friend let me try some of hers and they turned out pretty well. Last New Year’s Eve, I was able to create a lightened-up eggnog that was quite tasty, and allowed me to enjoy that particular vice with very little guilt.
Now I’m on the hunt to find a great recipe for a holiday flavored cheesecake, also some truffles (gotta have some heavy-duty chocolate, you know!), and am also poking around for some guilt-free (or reduced guilt) holiday breads and other baked goods. My son enjoys baking and decorating cookies during his holiday break from school, so I really need to have a stash of low-cal, low-fat goodies to help keep me satisfied and from being tempted by his batches. Of course, I could always drench myself in Guerlain’s Iris Ganache and walk around in a cloud of white-chocolate heaven, ha!
So what about you? Do you have any holiday favorites that you’ve been able to lighten up? Or any tips or tricks that help you through the holiday treat fest without all the guilt?