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American Christmas Recipes

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Christmas foods in America takes on many forms from large Christmas day dinners to appetizers and finger foods at the many parties that occur around Christmas time. Here are a few items to look for no matter what type of gathering you are at around Christmastime to help keep your calorie intake under control.

1. Ham Steaks with Caramelized Apple Sauce

Ham is popular on holiday tables, and can be a great main dish for low calorie dieters if it is the right kind. Look for lean or extra lean ham when preparing your recipes as opposed to ham steaks or spiral cut hams. You will likely save a little cash by making this choice also. This recipe adds delicious caramelized apple sauce spooned over the ham before serving for a truly delicious feast.

2. Crab Cakes

Many Christmas parties include loads of tasty appetizers, and these Maryland crab cakes make a terrific addition to any Christmas feast. Crab itself in quite low in calories and fat, and the additional ingredients in this recipe don't add an extravagant amount of calories. Enjoy one of two guilt free.

3. Ginger Stars

When you think of Christmas, you think of Christmas cookies! These gingerbread star cookies are not smothered in creamy frosting. They are a simple cookie that can be enjoyed on a low calorie plan if you don't go overboard.

4. Roast Turkey

Roast turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving. Oftentimes, the large meal eaten on Christmas day center around a roast turkey with all of the trimmings. As with other poultry, roast turkey can certainly be enjoyed on a low calorie budget by choosing white meat over dark meat, and avoiding the skin. The turkey breast is actually very low in fat and calories, so indulge a little!

5. Wassail

Wassail is a popular drink around the holidays. Many versions of it exist, and you may assume that it contains alcohol. Popular versions include beer or wine. But this particular recipe is a non-alcoholic one using apple cider so that guests young and old can enjoy it. The cider is spiced with cloves, allspice, and cinnamon. A touch of orange is added to give it an extra flavor boost. Even better, this recipe is prepared in the crock pot, giving you time to attend to other holiday projects while the wassail cooks. The smell of the wassail cooking will fill your entire kitchen, and is one that is most wonderful around the holidays.

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