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Katie's Healthy Bites: Holiday Antipasti

by in Healthy Holidays, November 15, 2009

tapenade
The holidays are right around the corner. With them come big parties and lots of guests — some unexpected. I thought I’d share a few healthy holiday appetizers that are a cinch to make and won’t add to that dreaded holiday weight gain. Believe me, your friends will have no idea these are lighter choices.

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The Veggie Table: Thanksgiving Tips for the Vegetarian

by in Healthy Holidays, November 14, 2009

Cranberry Mold
With that huge turkey, sausage-filled stuffing, buttery rolls, creamy casseroles and more, the traditional Thanksgiving spread isn’t exactly vegetarian- or vegan-friendly. When you’re the cook, you can make sure to serve options that fit your diet, but if your host isn’t serving vegetarian fare, don’t despair. Here are some tips on how to navigate — and still enjoy — the feast.

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In My Kitchen: The Thanksgiving Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, November 13, 2009

It takes a few weeks, but after some brainstorming and recipe testing, I’ve planned out my Thanksgiving menu. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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Make Your Own Cranberry Sauce

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, November 12, 2009

homemade cranberry sauce
I love cranberry sauce any time of year, but it’s a must-have for Thanksgiving. When fall hits, I’m all about finding creative new recipes to try. Ditch the canned stuff — it’s usually packed with high-fructose corn syrup — and discover the taste of real, homemade cranberry sauce.

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Spotlight Recipes: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, November 11, 2009

spicy swiss chard
Turkey may be the main attraction at your Thanksgiving feast, but everyone expects it. Add some surprise to your spread with a colorful array of vegetable sides — plus, greater diversity means more vitamins and minerals.

Thanksgiving Menu: An Intimate Affair

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, November 9, 2009

orange scented green beans
Even if you’re only cooking for a few guests and not a crowd, there’s no need to skimp on your T-Day spread. To help with the prep, stop by a local bakery for fresh cornbread and a pick up good quality cranberry sauce (I like this one from Stonewall Kitchen). Then, rather than a huge bird, opt for a smaller turkey breast. All this will save you some time, and you’ll still have plenty of leftovers.

Spotlight Recipes: Halloween Party Treats

by in Healthy Holidays, Kid-Friendly, October 26, 2009
Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding
Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding

Halloween is all about sweets and treats, but the candy aisle isn’t your only option. Whip up some of these ghoulish goodies for the kids (or the kids at heart) in your house.

Spotlight Recipes: Rosh Hashanah Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, September 17, 2009

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Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish New Year. Along with the classic apples dipped in honey, dress up your dinner table with these fresh dishes, which feature bits of the tradition.

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Preparing For and Breaking a Fast

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, September 11, 2009

With both Ramadan and Yom Kippur this month, many of you may be fasting to honor those events. Check out what you should eat before and after a fast to maintain strength, regain energy and avoid an upset tummy.

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Spotlight Recipes: A Labor Day Spread

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, September 4, 2009

Labor Day BBQ
For most folks, Labor Day weekend is last time for a big BBQ bash. The kids are heading back to school (or are already there) and those half-day Fridays have all run out. Cherish summer’s final days and seasonal flavors with this versatile spread. Our menu features veggie kabobs to start, a spicy grilled chicken (or grilled zucchini for the meat-wary) and a fruit sundae to round things out.

We didn’t forget the drinks, either. Serve Blueberry Lime Margaritas for the adults and Blueberry Lemonade for the kids. If your friends aren’t blueberry fans, mix up a lighter, homemade batch of fresh iced tea instead.

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