by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, December 25, 2012
by Silvana Nardone in Gluten-Free, Healthy Holidays, December 21, 2012
Roasting chestnuts over an open fire may seem cliché, but it’s one of the best ways to enjoy this sweet nut.
Chestnuts have a dark outer shell that ranges in color from light brown to blackish. The outer skin is pretty thin and easy to cut with a knife. The nut inside is covered with a bitter inner skin called a pellicle, which should be peeled before eaten.
Fresh chestnuts are available from September through February. Most are imported from around the world from countries like Italy, China, Spain and Korea.
Watch how chestnuts go from field to plate in this FoodNetwork.com video.
by Amie Valpone in Gluten-Free, December 16, 2012
Gluten-free or not, the holidays are just not the same without a assortment of colorful cookies. So I’ve rounded up recipes from some of my favorite bloggers, who develop recipes I trust. I’ve included my new Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Buttery Cut-Out Cookies with Royal Icing recipe, a feat for me (and my family and friends) considering my royal icing anxiety. (Read my story and get detailed pictures of thick and thin royal icing textures on my blog.)
All of the cookies are gluten-free, and some are also dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free. I hope there’s a cookie in here for just about everyone in your life—especially you.
by Toby Amidor in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 13, 2012
The traditional Christmas meal varies from family to family. Some gather around the table for variations of spaghetti, while others eat ham, but what is there for those families who want to stray away from the conventional meal? Surprise your family with an unexpected meal and put your own spin on traditional Christmas recipes by whipping up a guilt-free pizza your kids are guaranteed to enjoy. It’s flavorful, healthy, and after you get your hands on it – made with 100% TLC.
Typically, pizza is a big no-no on the “what to eat” list for people with a gluten intolerance because of its flour dough and other gluten-filled ingredients. But when you make your own (and stock up on gluten-free pizza dough), alas Christmas – or any other time you get a craving – becomes the day you can enjoy this merry indulgence.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, December 12, 2012
These deliciously decadent chocolate-flavored balls have been a family favorite for decades. Whip them up this holiday season for the ones you love.
Food Safety Note
These rum balls have been modified from the version my mom made when I was younger. The original version calls for a raw egg (the batter isn’t cooked). To make these rum balls kid-friendly and adhere to prevent salmonella, I use a pasteurized whole egg and swapped in rum extract for the real stuff. This means the egg was heat treated to kill pathogens, though it looks like any other raw egg. Many markets carry them—look for the word “pasteurized” on the label.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 11, 2012
This spice is known for its distinctive licorice flavor and is an ingredient in one of my favorite liquors, arrack.
Star Anise Basics
This member of the parsley family dates back to at least 1500 B.C. For centuries, the seed was used to help with digestion. In India it was eaten after a meal to aid not only in digestion but also act as a breath freshener.
Star anise is the fruit of a small oriental tree. Its shape resembles a star with an average of 8 boat-shaped points. The points are actually seed pods which are hard-skinned and brownish-red in color. The anise seed (found inside the pods) has a greenish-brown color. Star anise is picked before it ripens and is then dried. It has a unique, sweet licorice flavor. You can find star anise whole or ground into a reddish-brown powder.
by Amie Valpone in Healthy Recipes, December 9, 2012
Finding mouthwatering diabetic-friendly recipes can be a challenge but don’t let anyone tell you that it isn’t possible! Whether you’re throwing a huge holiday shindig or having a more intimate affair, here are 32 diabetic-friendly holiday recipes from appetizers to desserts and every course in between.
In order to be diabetic-friendly, the recipe must contain a maximum of 30 grams of carbohydrates per serving (which equals two carbohydrate exchanges). In addition, all of these recipes are sensible in the calorie and fat department too.
by Dana Angelo White in Gluten-Free, Healthy Holidays, December 6, 2012
Looking for new ways to spruce up potatoes at dinnertime? Here’s a fun-to-eat baked sweet potato recipe to try. Stuffed with creamy filling made with freshly squeezed orange juice, Greek yogurt, brown sugar and pistachios these potatoes are sure to please any crowd. Don’t forget to add mini marshmallows on top to get the kids excited to eat them.
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Recipes, November 29, 2012
Planning a holiday menu is stressful enough without having to worry about the special dietary needs of your guests. Choose from any of these holiday recipes and put any fears about gluten to rest*.
• Edamame Hummus
• Mini Pizzas made with Gluten Free Pizza Dough
• The Shrimp Cocktail
• Spiced Pecans
by Leah Brickley in Healthy Recipes, November 29, 2012
Buttery, crunchy, plus full of flavor and healthy fats — so many reasons to go nuts over pecans!
Dating back to the 16th century, pecans are the only tree nut native to North America. The name “pecan” comes from the Native American term used to explain “nuts requiring a stone to crack.”
Wide-scale propagation of this nut began in the late 1880s and today 80 percent of the world’s crop is grown in southern states like Texas, Louisiana and Georgia. The National Pecan Shellers Association list of fun facts includes that it would take 144 million pecans to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Who doesn’t love a peanut butter cookie? The next time you’re craving crunchy, sweet and salty, try indulging in our Crunchy Peanut Butter Thins. We’ve trimmed the classic cookie down, making it leaner and crunchier (by adding chia seeds) and gave it just the right balance of salt and sweet. It’s prefect for a quick snack or if you need a little something after dinner. Enjoy!
Get the Recipe: Food Network Kitchens’ Crunchy Peanut Butter Thins