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Spotlight Recipes: Faux Treats for April Fools' Day

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, March 31, 2010
April Fool's Lasagna: Banana-Pudding Cake
April Fools' Lasagna - Photo by Levi Brown/Food Network Magazine

April 1st is tomorrow — do you have your prank planned? Have fun with your food and trick the kids and kids at heart with one of these April Fools’ Day dishes. Remember some of these treats are heavy on the sugar, so stick to smaller portions.

Eggs 5 Ways

by in Easter, March 31, 2010
Italian Egg Sandwich
Deviled Eggs With Apple Compote

Eggs have gotten a bad wrap for being too high in cholesterol, but according to the American Heart Association, an egg a day is a-okay. Here are five ways to make this versatile ingredient, including the Easter classic: deviled eggs.

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Taking to the Experts: Bonnie Giller on Having a Healthy Passover

by in Healthy Holidays, March 30, 2010

matzo

In my experience, healthy and Passover don’t always go together, but registered dietitian Bonnie Giller doesn’t agree. Here she shares tips (and a recipe!) from her new book, Passover the Healthy Way.

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Spotlight Recipes: Easter Goodies

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, March 29, 2010
Robin's Eggs Cupcakes
Robin's Egg Easter Basket Cupcakes

Keep this year’s Easter celebration seasonal with the flavors of spring. Here are a few simple, fresh recipes to serve at your holiday meal — plus, a couple classic choices.

Need suggestions for a whole spread? Check out our full Easter menu.

Also, read up on our tips for a lower-calorie baked ham and natural dyes for Easter eggs.

Spotlight Recipes: Passover-Friendly Fare

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, March 27, 2010

Quinoa Pilaf
During the week of Passover, celebrants typically skip oats, wheat, rye, corn and other grains. Without those options, Passover food can get boring, and your diet might end up a little imbalanced. Here are a few delicious Passover-friendly recipes to shake things up this year.

Looking for ideas for your seder? Check out our Passover menu suggestions.

Spotlight Recipes: Goodies for St. Patrick's Day

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, March 15, 2010

Corned Beef and Cabbage
You’ll have Irish eyes smiling with our healthy green-themed, St. Paddy’s Day dishes — we’ve got ideas for everything from snacks to sides to a classic main course.

Katie's Healthy Bites: An Irish-Inspired Salmon & Potato Dinner

by in Healthy Holidays, March 14, 2010

Guinness-Glazed Salmon with Kale Mashed Potatoes
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Well, almost. When March comes around, I’m always searching for creative ways to celebrate the holiday that don’t involve high-calorie indulgences. This year, I’m trying an Irish-inspired salmon recipe that works for any meal but, when paired with kale-laced mashed potatoes, is a healthy, festive meal.

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Spotlight Recipes: Mardi Gras Madness

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, February 15, 2010

Ginger Margarita
Just because they call it “Fat Tuesday” doesn’t mean you need to interpret that literally. Celebrate Mardi Gras tomorrow with Southern-style dishes but leave the sticks of butter, mounds of meat and gobs of heavy cream off the shopping list. These healthy picks will make your mouth water.

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Katie's Healthy Bites: Sensual Valentine's Day Dishes

by in Healthy Holidays, Valentine's Day, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Meal
Valentine’s Day is here! For me, this means chocolates and romantic dinners, but that can also mean indulging in too many calories and fat. Fortunately, you don’t have to skimp on decadence tonight. Here, I’ve reworked a traditional Valentine’s Day meal, featuring a bison steak and comforting sides, to make easier on the waistline and pleasing to your palate.

Added bonus: These recipes contain some noted aphrodisiacs to help rev up the romance.

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The Veggie Table: Vegan Pumpkin-Banana Bread Pudding

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Valentine's Day, February 13, 2010

I just adore the month of February. I feel like we’re almost over the winter hump and can start looking forward to spring. Valentine’s Day is smack in the middle of the month and love is in bloom — plus,  it’s National Heart Health Month! As a dietitian, I encourage eating healthfully for your heart,  but at the same time, I have a sweet tooth. I just love all the heart-shaped sweet treats that line supermarket shelves this month.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to strike a balance between sweets and heart-healthy foods, so I’ll be making loved ones my Pumpkin Banana Bread Pudding. It’s made with fiber-filled whole-wheat bread, pumpkin and bananas, which are all heart healthy. Better still, this vegan recipe is free of saturated fat and cholesterol, which means it’s a treat for your ticker, too!

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