Gravy is about as rich and high in calories as it gets. We’ve been able to lower the calories in this turkey gravy significantly by skimming all of the turkey grease (where there is very little flavor) off the top of the very flavorful pan juices. We then thicken the gravy with creamy Greek yogurt in place of the entire stick of butter other recipes use. Guilt-free gravy? We think we’ve done it!
Makes 8 Portions—1/4 cup servings (50 calories)
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes
Roasting pan juices from a cooked turkey (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage
½ teaspoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup chicken broth, divided
3 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
Salt and pepper
- Scrape any browned bits from the bottom of your turkey roasting pan.
- Pour all cooking liquid and browned turkey bits from the roasting pan into a tempered glass measuring cup or other narrow container. This should be at least 1 cup of liquid. If less, add additional chicken stock in step 6.
- Place the measuring cup into the freezer and chill for 15 minutes. This will allow the fat to separate from the liquid and begin to harden.
- Use a spoon to skim all fat that has floated to the top of the measuring cup and discard.
- Add the skimmed cooking liquid, brown sugar, chopped sage and ¾ cup of chicken broth to a sauce pot over medium-high heat and bring up to a boil, until liquid has reduced by 1/3.
- Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining ¼ cup chicken broth and then whisk into the pot. Bring back up to a boil and let simmer, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, until thickened.
- Remove from heat and stir in Greek yogurt to thicken further before seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
Nutritionist, cookbook author, publisher and health and wellness entrepreneur Mona Dolgov lives her lifelong mission of creating healthier food products, recipes and inventing simple culinary tricks to easily create practical and healthier lifestyles. She is President of You Live Right, LLC, where she has authored and published over 20 cookbooks for top-selling kitchen appliances, health and wellness products and grocery retailers, focused on simplicity and using nutritious ingredients. She also is a private nutritional coach, offers educational and fun dinner classes at Mona’s Kitchen, and is a speaker on nutritional well-being. Plus, she is very excited about launching Cook U. Follow Mona on Facebook or Instagram @monadolgov
She recently co-authored The Perfect Portion Cookbook, a 5-star rated cookbook (with Hollywood star Anson Willams) that makes American classics healthier and guides consumers to healthier portion control. This book (and Mona) was featured on the Today Show, The Doctors, and The Huffington Post. Learn more at www.theperfectportion.com
She is completing her second cookbook, Satisfy, that will be launched in 2020, focused on simple nutritionally balanced meals all 500 calories or less with real ingredients and real portions. All of the recipes are gluten-free.