Lo-Co Thanksgiving Pecan Pie
Maybe you’re one of those people who love pie. Or maybe you’re like me and your dessert vice is chocolate but it’s Thanksgiving and you have to make/bring a pecan pie.
You could buy one. But it’ll be high in fat and cholesterol.
Instead, why not make one from a Cooking Light recipe? Big plus of this plan: you get to have some fun by not telling anyone it’s a lo-co pecan pie! Let ’em scoop on some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, and listen to them rave about how delicious it is.
Then tell them it’s a Cooking Light recipe. That’s my plan. Works every time. And it is FUN.
OK, I’ve not ever made a pecan pie – so I’ve not yet tried my bait-and-switch plan with pie. But I have done this before with Cooking Light recipes and it always works. So I’m giving it a whirl.
Especially because I found not 1 but 2 great looking Pecan Pie recipes from Cooking Light. They look easy to make and the recipe pictures are beautiful (as IF mine would look this good…but a girl can dream). Best of all, they have HALF the calories, fat & cholesterol than a full-fat pecan pie. HALF, people!
The Maple-Bourbon pie is pictured above: that it has bourbon and a pretty ‘traditional Thanksgiving’ presentation certainly land it some votes. But then there’s the interesting duo of cholesterol-lowering oatmeal mixed with pecan. Doesn’t this more informal pie look delicious, too?
Both look so appealing I simply can’t choose. To decide, I launched a poll on my Goin Lo-Co Facebook page. Please vote: I’ll make the winning recipe.
Still not convinced you should give one of these 2 lower fat, lo-co recipes a try this Thanksgiving? Check out the nutritional stats of these 2 pies compared with the “Irrestible Pecan Pie” featured on allrecipes.com:[table “5” not found /]
Convinced? Not yet? Maybe you’re worried it’s Thanksgiving and you don’t want to risk things. I understand, I have in-laws too.
So here’s an idea. Instead of the plan I just suggested where you bake 1 of these pies and tell your family AFTER they love it that it’s low-fat/low cholesterol, try this instead. Bring 2 pies (1 of these lo-co recipes and 1 pie you buy) and have a taste-off. Same plan as above in that you don’t say a word up front about fat or calories – just have everyone choose their favorite.
Then after the voting is tallied, tell everyone that 1 pie is half the fat and calories. And as they say on Bravo, ‘watch what happens.’
My guess – you’ll really get the Thanksgiving table conversation flowing. Maybe some will even be thankful. Just don’t tell them that not mentioning 1 pie was low-fat was my idea. What with the pie bait & switch AND the low-fat crackers I’m also bringing to our family Thanksgiving, I’ll be in enough trouble with my in-laws already.