Thanksgiving Swap: 5 Dishes That Are Surprisingly Flavorful Without Butter

Can you really do Thanksgiving dinner without butter? Yes—and the results are more delicious than you’d expect.

Thanksgiving Swap: 5 Dishes That Are Surprisingly Flavorful Without Butter

Thanksgiving and butter traditionally go hand in hand, but you won’t be disappointed if you decide to ditch all of that saturated fat this year. These 5 classic dishes get a flavor boost from better-for-you oils instead of butter.

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Dress Up Roasted Squash

Dressings aren’t just for salad. You can make simply roasted squash taste just as feast-worthy by swapping saturated fat-laden butter with an easy, homemade vinaigrette. For instance, place 2 parts lightly nutty pecan oil and 1 part white wine or champagne vinegar into a jar, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. Shake until emulsified and drizzle over squash along with a sprinkling of chopped toasted pecans.

Pecan oil and pecans are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which may help with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and may lower bad blood cholesterol levels.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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