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.
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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.
We all know that stuffing is a must-have at a holiday dinner, but it’s also a perfect side dish to complement a variety of other dishes for regular weeknight meals. This vegan stuffing stars farro, butternut squash and toasted almonds for an unexpected twist on a fall classic. Farro, a hearty grain native to Italy and the Middle East, is high in fiber and a good source of iron and protein. Similar to brown rice and wheat berries in texture, farro has an earthy flavor and a nourishing chew; it’s a bold choice for a nontraditional stuffing. Read more
Nuts are a holiday favorite, and there are a lot of ways to get your hands on them. You can buy premade nut mixes, roast them, or make your own spiced nuts.
For a festive addition to any holiday table, try these crispy sweet potato latkes teamed with apple-raisin chutney and jalapeno lime sour cream. Lightly fried (or baked) in heart-healthy olive oil, traditional latkes get a superfood upgrade when you use vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes. Read more
It’s that time of year when our opportunities to O.D. on cheese and crackers are heavily abundant. We love a baked Brie just as much as the next person, but if you’re hosting a holiday get-together, the cocktail hour should consist of light, refreshing bites that anticipate the meal ahead without completely spoiling it. If there’s a creamy, bubbling-hot dip on the table, it should come as no surprise when your meticulously arranged crudite platter goes untouched and, worst of all, your guests are too stuffed to enjoy the main event. Small bites that are not only light but also quick and easy to make are best for everyone in attendance — especially the host — so choose recipes that require no more than 20 minutes of prep work (the less time, the better). Here are five finger foods you can count on to hit the mark at your upcoming soiree.
During the holidays, lots of liquid calories are guzzled in the form of delicious holiday cocktails. Before you let too many of these calories hit your waistline, check out which cocktails you’re better off avoiding and a few you can sip (almost) guilt-free.