Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Turkey dinner follow-up

First, I am going to re-post this here from Carolyn's page. Americanos - you take this down:

Pumpkin Angel Cake
1 package angel food cake mix, F. F., Betty Crocker -- (1 step) (I used no name brand)
1 (15 oz) can canned pumpkin -- solid packed
1 cup water
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I just used nutmeg & cinnamon)

1. In a large bowl combine cake mix, canned pumpkin, water and the spice.(DO NOT OVERBEAT, batter will get thin.)
2. Bake it as directed on box, either using an angel food pan, bundt or 9-by-13-inch pan.
Makes 12 servings. 1 serving = 3 points

Pointer #1: I did 6 in muffin tin and the rest in a little casserole. The casserole dish turned out much nicer, moister.
Pointer #2: You don't need anything on this, although whip cream would be nice.

Calorie-wise Cranberries:
I whipped these up the night before:
1C Water and 1C Splenda - bring to a boil
Add 2C Cranberries - bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
These don't 'gel' up like regular cranberry sauce, but they are just as tasty and the juice soaks into the turkey breast quite nicely.

Well, I didn't get at the potatoes before they were mashed, but everything else was 'naked' or had a bit of butter, so I started piling on the veggies. A lot of these were 'heavy' veggies (not free in pts), but still not bad in pts. When I got to the turkey I looked at my plate and wondered where I was going to fit it. So I jammed it in between the squash and turnip and moved on to the table. I also skipped the gravy in lieu of my cranberry sauce.
The 'light' desert - I had a small piece and just tried a small spoonful of the apple pie my sil made. S-i-l was surprised it was a package and a can. Very nice pumpkin dessert and I didn't feel 'jipped' for not indulging in the pie.

Where to go wrong:
Well, wine basically. I had a few glasses of wine. I also had a few bottles of beer on Friday night with hubby. And, in spite of eating well most of the weekend, I also indulged in a few small chocolates on Monday afternoon. After dinner Sunday I felt a bit 'stuffed', but felt fine by bed-time. I don't feel particularly bad about any of this.
I finally bought a 'come-along' for the dog and thoroughly enjoyed a couple of walks with her yesterday. We all walked/biked up to hubby's old school last evening for some playground time before packing for home. So, I feel like this has been a successful weekend. I don't expect a loss this week and will be happy with a maintain or small gain.


dizzydazey said...

Sounds like you did great!

Way to Go!

Thanks for the recipes! I'll have to try those when our Thanksgiving rolls around! :o)

Steph said...

Sounds like you did great!! The holidays are a time for enjoying yourself and relaxing a bit - the good thing is that you really kept it in check and planned ahead!!! Way to go!

Randi said...

Not too bad. I like the cranberry idea (not a pumpkin fan). But do you know if just regular cranberry sauce is so bad for you? I thought it was already not bad.

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

Sounds to me like you let yourself enjoy the day but made a good effort to be reasonable. By my measurements you did great!

noelle said...

sounds like you did a reasonable holiday dinner. I am so excited to try the pumpkin angel food cake. i LOVE pumpkin...no matter how it comes.

You are doing great!

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