Skip the heavy cream

Try fat-free chicken stock or nonfat milk in place of cream or whole milk in gratins and creamed dishes. To thicken, whisk 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch into 1 cup of liquid at room temperature just before adding to your recipe.

Swap out the butter Substitute equal amounts of lowfat plain yogurt or fat-free pureed cottage cheese for the cream or butter in mashed potatoes.

Roast a leaner bird Instead of slathering the turkey with butter, rub it with a mixture of olive oil and crushed herbs (try rosemary, sage, a little garlic, and black pepper). Or slip herbs or seasonings under the skin of the turkey. Use a roasting rack to allow the fat to drain from the roast. Baste with fat-free chicken stock mixed with orange or cranberry juice instead of turkey drippings, which contain a lot of fat.

De-fat your gravy For an easy, lowfat gravy, stir 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into 1/4 cup of fat-free chicken broth at room temperature. Bring another 1 1/2 cups of broth to a simmer, and whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Allow gravy to simmer, stirring until clear and thickened. Lose the yolks Substitute 2 egg whites for 1 whole egg or 3 whites for 2 whole eggs.

Stir in fruit Replace half the oil or butter in your baked goods with applesauce or other pureed fruit. Your guests will never know their treats are lowfat!