Vegetarian Thanksgiving: A Feast of Fall Sides

by in Healthy Recipes, November 20, 2015

How do you make sure the vegetarian at your Thanksgiving feast goes home feeling pleasantly sated just like everyone else? Well, for starters, you’ll need to pick really fantastic sides — ones that are so good they’ll make the turkey seem secondary. Most of us will agree that the sides are the best part, anyway. But with an abundance of pie in everyone’s future, it’s probably wise to offer the meatless eaters a few options beyond starchy mashed potatoes and carb-loaded stuffing. While roasted or sauteed vegetables are great to fill up on when you’re trying to “save room,” you’ll also want something that feels special, or celebratory, for the holiday. Here are a few vegetarian side dishes that, when served together, make up a perfectly satisfying Thanksgiving menu.

Vegan Wild Rice-Stuffed Butternut Squash (pictured at top)
Serve this impressive fall dish as the main course for vegetarian and vegan guests, and everyone else at the table can enjoy it as a hearty side. The wild rice, walnuts and dried cherry stuffing has incredible texture, and the small amount of curry powder gives the squash a nice warmth and depth.

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The 7 Sides You Need at Thanksgiving (And How to Make Them Healthy) — Fall Fest

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 19, 2015

Is there anything more necessary than a generous scoop of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving? A slice of hot buttered cornbread is nice, too. Some would even say it’s the green bean casserole that really makes the meal special. Personal preferences aside, we can all agree that the sides are the best part of Thanksgiving — next to the smorgasbord of pie, of course. And since we only get to enjoy this celebratory feast one day each year, why not dig in to the indulgent dishes that are so representative of the holiday? Then again, if you plan on having a lot of leftovers, you could be enjoying these dishes for a few days (or an entire week) after Thanksgiving has passed. That’s incentive to throw some healthier options into the mix. Here are the classic, comforting sides we all long for, with a few minor alterations to make each one less of a splurge. As it turns out, your healthiest Thanksgiving could be your most-traditional yet. Who knew?

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Taste Test: Cranberry Sauce

by in Grocery Shopping, November 18, 2015

It’s the prime time of year to crack open cans (and jars) of cranberry sauce for your holiday meals and leftovers! We dove into the most-popular brands of this seasonal treat to see how they stacked up. Read more

5 Healthy Pie Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table

by in Healthy Recipes, November 17, 2015

Pumpkin Pie - SlimmedWhen it comes to Thanksgiving, there’s one kind of dessert that’s bound to star in your spread: pie. And we mean lots of it. Even if you’re committed to staying on track on the biggest food holiday of the year, you can still savor all the goodness of this American favorite thanks to these healthy pie recipes.

It simply wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a slice of pumpkin pie. This Slimmed Pumpkin Pie recipe ensures that you’ll never have to go without. With a few smart substitutes, this healthy riff on the seasonal favorite retains what we love most about pumpkin pie: the buttery crust and creamy, spiced pumpkin filling.

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5 Stuffing Makeovers

by in Healthy Recipes, November 17, 2015

This turkey day favorite can rack up the calories quickly, but you can’t have a traditional feast without it! So what’s a stuffing lover to do?

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Gluten-Free Pecan Pie

by in Healthy Recipes, November 16, 2015

Since I started baking gluten-free almost a decade ago, so much has changed. For starters, people actually know what “gluten-free” means. Now at the holiday table, almost all of the traditional foods are possible to make gluten-free. Read more

Thanksgiving Prep: Guest with Allergies

by in Healthy Tips, November 16, 2015

When planning a big family meal, you want to accommodate friends and family with food allergies. Here are some tips and recipes to help take some of the pressure off. Read more

Ginger, 3 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, November 15, 2015

Sure, ginger is the quintessential ingredient to spice up your holiday desserts (like our crinkle cookies), but it’s also great for an immune-boosting, digestive switchel. Ginger also adds zing to a delicate, soothing winter chicken meatball soup.

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Kristin Cavallari’s Chicken Enchiladas Verdes

by in Cookbooks, November 14, 2015

The former reality TV show star has been busy. The mother of two boys (and a baby girl on the way) has a book coming out in March 2016, Balancing in Heels, that gives a peek into how she juggles it all. We spoke with her about the inspiration for her new book, her typical way of eating and a recipe for her Chicken Enchiladas Verdes.

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Nutrition News: FDA Sets Sugar Cap, Pros Offer Pantry Tips, Junk Food Gets an Out

by in Food News, November 13, 2015

Junk Food Is Not the Sole Culprit

While no one’s saying soda, candy and fast food are healthy, a new study suggests they alone cannot be blamed for the obesity epidemic. Cornell University Food and Brand Lab co-directors David Just, Ph.D., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D., analyzed the dietary habits of about 5,000 U.S. adults and found that, for 95 percent of the population, there was no link between the consumption of soda, candy and fast food and weight gain. “These are foods that are clearly bad for you and if you eat too much of them they will make you fat, but it doesn’t appear to be the main driver that is making people overweight and obese,” Just told HealthDay. The researchers said eating less and exercising more overall is the key to controlling weight, and they clarified that they are not endorsing a junk food diet, even in moderation. “These foods aren’t good for you,” Just said. “There is no good argument for soda in your diet.” Read more