Despite hectic schedules, much time this year was spent in the kitchen whipping up wholesome meals instead of relying on takeout. Throughout 2015, the recipes in our trove most relished by readers ran the gamut from creamy, comforting hummus to Parmesan-amped zucchini. These 11 dishes came to the rescue most often for home cooks staying in for the night.
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The holidays are filled with an overwhelming amount of food. It may seem fun at the beginning, but after indulging at party after party, you might find that these foods can quickly bust your waistline. Here are eight foods to watch out for at your next holiday shindig.
Holidays are a special time to enjoy favorite dishes and especially dessert. However, you can enjoy a delicious and lightened dessert guilt-free. Here are 10 magnificent desserts you can whip up this holiday season.
Our bodies operate best when they have proper fuel to run on. It’s one of the reasons eating breakfast is so important. Starting your day on a full tank gives you energy to burn and gets your metabolism running. The key, however, is to put in the right fuel — premium fuel. Let’s just go with this car analogy, OK?
I vote we skip the store-bought cartons this holiday season and enjoy eggnog the old-fashioned way: with real eggs, milk and freshly ground spices. The perfect blend of sweet and spicy silkiness, this eggnog contains just six ingredients (seven if you’re adding booze). Comparatively, most commercial brands contain a long list of additives designed to thicken the eggnog and extend its shelf life, which are unnecessary when producing a homemade version.
Not only does this lighter eggnog contain half the calorie count of its traditional counterpart, but it can be livened up — think pumpkin, chai and gingerbread varieties. Containing less cholesterol and saturated fat, this eggnog is made with honey and a single egg. Enjoy a thick, silky texture, all while keeping fat levels down.
With all the pressures of the holidays, the last thing you need is a complicated brunch plan. These three dishes give you options from make-ahead to 10 minutes or less — without sacrificing flavor or healthy choices. Prep the quinoa squares or muffins the night before, then bake before brunch, or make breakfast nachos on the fly.
Because I grew up in Korea, making fudge was not a family holiday tradition. However, I quickly learned from my friends that homemade fudge makes for a delicious and thoughtful gift. Traditionally, fudge consists of copious amounts of butter, milk, refined sugar and other flavoring agents, not to mention that the ingredients need to be boiled together in a pot. Now, what if I told you there’s a much easier and healthier way to prepare this delightful treat without sacrificing the rich and silky-smooth texture? Read more
If the thought of cooking a whole turkey for Christmas dinner scares you, consider roasting just a turkey breast. With its smaller size, cooking takes half the time, and it requires less room in your fridge and oven — a dream come true! You don’t have to worry about sumo wrestling it into submission or trussing, either. Carving it is a cinch. Marinating the turkey in fresh orange juice produces a juicy interior and crackly brown exterior with a delicately orange-infused, slightly sweet taste. The acidity of the citrus perks up the taste, while reducing the need for added salt. Cooking turkey with the bone in results in a juicier, more flavorful roast.
Whether you’ve gone fully paleo or are just checking out what your dietary options are, these grain-free, refined sugar-free recipes deliver on flavor and protein. There are no special techniques required, just ingredients that are as close to nature as possible. Translation? They’re minimally processed. Making recipes grain-free is easy, thanks to the transformative characteristics of cauliflower as a healthy swap in for white rice. Almond flour takes the place of all-purpose flour for a moist texture in chocolate muffins, and sweet potatoes take the place of your basic white potato. Unrefined sugars like coconut and maple take center stage as preferred paleo sweeteners.
These festive sweets are ideal for a holiday cookie swap, and they make great hostess gifts, too. If you’re having trouble deciding on just one recipe, go ahead and make them all — it’s totally doable, since each recipe requires just 20 minutes of prep or less. Keep a few for yourself, then bundle the rest in gift bags for your friends and family to enjoy. Holiday “shopping” doesn’t get much easier than that. The fact that they’re all on the lighter side? Consider it a bonus.