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Spotlight Recipes: Valentine’s Day Desserts

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, Valentine's Day, February 10, 2010

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Instead of buying overpriced flowers and gifts, whip up a tasty treat for your special someone. Serve these for dessert, give them away to friends or pack some in your little ones’ lunchboxes.

Katie's Healthy Bites: V-Day Breakfast in Bed

by in Healthy Holidays, Valentine's Day, February 7, 2010

Breakfast in Bed
Valentine’s Day is just a week away. A great way to spoil that special someone is breakfast in bed. You can skip the chocolates (or save them for later) when this savory frittata is on the menu. This breakfast beauty is quick and simple to whip up and you can use whatever veggies your special someone loves. (It’s a great clean-out-the-fridge recipe for a week’s end, too.)

I don’t know about you but I believe in the old saying: the fastest way to a person’s heart is through his or her stomach!

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Healthy New Year: 10 Reasonable Resolutions

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, January 1, 2010

Weight Loss Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions sometimes seem like they’re made to be broken. Folks usually bite off more than they can chew (“I’m going to lose 20 pounds by February!”). Forget about the “all-or-nothing” and “cold turkey” approaches — how about some resolutions that are simple enough that you can actually stick to them?

Here are 10 ideas to help get you started.

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Spotlight Recipes: Nibblers for New Year's Eve

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 28, 2009

Antipasto Sausage Skewers
Photo by Lara Robby/Studio D for Food Network Magazine

Get back in the healthy habit early and ring in the New Year with a smarter spread. Balance out the alcohol with plenty of food and virgin cocktails — nobody wants to kick off 2010 with a hangover!

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Spotlight Recipes: Slimmed-Down Eggnog

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 24, 2009

Lower Calorie Eggnog
Got ‘nog? If you’re anything like me, you have it every Christmas.

No doubt you’ve seen a slew of eggnog brands in the supermarket dairy case, but those pre-packaged ones boast 190 calories and 9 grams of fat or more per serving. That serving is only a 1/2 cup and doesn’t count the liquor if you like it loaded. As for all those unrecognizable ingredients (“carageen”?), don’t get me started.

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Spotlight Recipes: Christmas Breakfast

by in Healthy Holidays, December 23, 2009

Mini Frittatas
If your house is anything like mine on Christmas morning, you’ve got your hands full. I want to serve something easy, yet special, and light enough that everyone won’t be ready for a nap before we open presents. Here are some festive ideas, complete with a bubbly cocktail.

Make Your Own Mulled Wine (or Cider)

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 23, 2009

Mulled Pom-Apple Cider
This holiday favorite is guaranteed to get smiles out of your guests. If you’re a mulled wine virgin, no worries — it’s super simple to whip up a delicious batch in no time.

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Spotlight Recipes: A Meaty Christmas Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 21, 2009

Clams Casino
When it comes to Christmas dinner, anything goes. Every family has their favorite classics, but we like to mix it up each year with simple, yet elegant dishes. This holiday, we’re doing a lighter, steakhouse-inspired meal but without all those extra calories.

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Hosting a Healthy Holiday Party

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 14, 2009

Planning Your Holiday Spread
Throwing a party can be overwhelming, especially when planning the menu. You may be convinced the ultimate spread includes a fatty cheese ball, sugary cookies and loads of alcohol, but healthy and tasty fare is possible. Here are top tips for planning and a bunch of recipes for your shindig.

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Katie's Healthy Bites: More Homemade Gift Ideas

by in Healthy Holidays, December 13, 2009

gift olive oilsSome of the best gifts I’ve given and received have been homemade. The effort that goes into them make the items more meaningful, and the money you save is a gift to yourself in return.

As a chef, I love using my culinary creativity when giving gifts, and these are a few ideas I’ve tried that foodies will appreciate and be sure to use.

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