IT’S CHRISTMAS!!! You will probably be overwhelmed with a crazy amount of roast dinners and although I have given you some tips on how to stay healthy over the festive period and a few tricks on how to avoid over eating, sometimes you are just stuck with having to eat a lot due to family and friend gatherings, parties, work do’s and so on.
Here I have given you a very simple Christmas Dinner you can make , keeping it lower in calories, a bit healthier but still great in taste!
It is quite a simple change; we have just gone for a leaner meat, no skin, lots of veg to fill the plate, clean, homemade Yorkies and changed the potatoes to a less starchy type.
For the Meat and Veg
- Turkey meat, depending on how many people. (If cooking for 1 or 2 use turkey breasts to avoid waste)
- Baste in coconut oil rather than fat, salt and pepper for seasoning
- A portion of mixed veg of choice per person ( I use broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts and carrots) steamed or boiled
- 1 sweet potato per person (peeled and cubed)
- Gravy if wanted
- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C
- Cook turkey according to instructions (weigh the turkey and calculate cooking time at 20 mins per kilo, plus 90 mins.)
- Peel sweet potatoes and cut into chunky cubes
- Boil a pot of water and place potatoes in to par-boil
- Par – boil potatoes then let them drain and slightly cool, give them a shake in the colander until they look like they are slightly breaking
- Coat potatoes with small amount of coconut or olive oil to help crisp them up
- Place in HOT oven for about 50 mins
- While turkey and potatoes are cooking, make the mix for the Yorkshires (see below)
- Just before the oven is nearly done get your veg ready
- Use veggie water to create the gravy, just add some gravy granules and slowly mix until it is the thickness wanted
Homemade Yorkshire Puddings (makes 6)
- 50 grams Wholemeal Flour
- 1 egg
- 75ml milk
- Pinch of salt
- Coconut or olive oil
- Cupcake tray
- Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees C
- Place ¼ teaspoon oil in bottom of each cupcake hole
- Once oven is hot place tray in for 5 mins to make oil hot
- Whisk flour, egg and salt, and then slowly mix the milk in – ensure there are no lumps
- Once tray is hot, remove and fill each hole ¼ full
- Bake for 10 mins – until golden brown
To make it even healthier you can take the skin off before serving.
Small changes will all help you keep on track over Christmas but don’t deny yourself too much – it is a time to eat, drink and be merry remember!! And if you need to really refocus in January, you can come and see me and the Aztec Club team for some tips or some personal training.
I look forward to seeing you in the gym and studio soon. Merry Christmas!