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Spotlight Recipe: Crispy Rice Squares

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 5, 2009

Holiday Crispy Rice Squares
My mom and I team up in the kitchen every December to tackle the holiday baking, but this year I’m on my own. Crispy rice cereal squares were the first cookies I ever learned to prepare, and these treats are definitely on my list this year. I love the festive dash of food coloring. You can choose red, green or whatever color says “holidays” to you. Better still, this version is lower in fat than the typical butter-soaked recipe. Because this is an egg-free mixture, there’s no harm in sampling as you go along.

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Spotlight Recipe: Ginger Pecan Oatmeal Crisps

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 4, 2009

ginger pecan oatmeal crisps
No cookie tray would be complete without an oatmeal option. These crunchy cookies combine vitamin E-rich nuts and high-fiber oatmeal with a touch of ginger — all for only 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat (2 grams of saturated fat). We like the Food Network Kitchens’ presentation idea; just wrap them in some festive ribbon and you’ve got a take-home treat for party guests.

(P.S.: Don’t forget to give friends with allergies a heads up on the pecans.)

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Spotlight Recipe: Holiday Sugar Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 3, 2009

hanukkah sugar cookies
When everyone thinks holiday cookies, they automatically assume Christmas, but Hanukkah can have its own special sweets, too. This year, I’m hosting friends and family for three evenings of candle lighting and desserts. Our spread will include these Star of David-shaped sugar cookies, which my family and I pep up with festive blue sprinkles; you can create any holiday theme by using your favorite cookie cutters and icing colors. These are chewy, not crunchy — perfect for the younger kids in the family.

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Spotlight Recipe: Peanut Butter & Chocolate Biscotti

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 1, 2009

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Biscotti
Peanut butter and chocolate — the perfect flavor combination. These biscotti are bit more time- and energy-intensive to make than a basic cookie, but at a five-dozen yield, they are certainly worth the effort. Package them up into decorative tins to give away as gifts or set them out on a platter at a party. Each piece is 105 calories and just under 6 grams of fat, so going back for seconds won’t blow your dessert calorie budget.

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Spotlight Recipe: Orange-Chocolate Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, November 29, 2009

 chocolate-orange cookies
Now that Thanksgiving is over, let the holiday baking season begin! This week, we’re offering up a cookie a day to give you ideas for holiday parties, cookie swaps or simple, healthier choices to satisfy your sweet tooth.

My mother-in-law discovered this recipe last year in a magazine, and these cookies became an instant family favorite. The combination of orange and chocolate makes for a light but decadent cookie. At 90 calories each, you can have one (or two) and not feel guilty about dessert.

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In My Kitchen: Thanksgiving Day Highlights

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 28, 2009

desserts
A holiday meal for 12 people, two newborn babies and two dogs in a very small house — it may sound impossible but I’m happy to report that my family’s Thanksgiving meal was a huge success!

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Weekly Bits: It’s the Holiday Season

by in Healthy Holidays, Reader Tips & Comments, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving is over, but the holidays continue for several more weeks! On this week’s menu of reader comments: turkey stuffing, potato swaps and mindful eating tips for your next celebration.

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5 Ingredients: Leftover Turkey Quesadillas

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 27, 2009

turkey quesadilla
Now that the feast is over (believe it or not) it’s time to eat again! Here’s a simple, five-ingredient recipe that gives new life to your leftovers. We make lots of these in my house for snacks and light lunches over the holiday weekend.

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Spotlight Recipes: Turkey Day Breakfast

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 25, 2009

Potato and Zucchini Frittata
Don’t fall for that old myth about saving calories for the big meal. A smart eater has a healthy breakfast on the morning of the big feast. Skipping it will just leave you overly hungry and primed to overeat come dinnertime. Here are some lightweight breakfast choices that will tide you over.

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