Tag: christmas

Roasted Pecan Broccoli

by in Healthy Holidays, December 22, 2012

broccoli with pecans
Veggies don’t have to be hard to cook or hard to eat. This Christmas, add some extra nutrition to your holiday dinner. This roasted pecan broccoli is a colorful, quick and easy dish to whip up.

Broccoli is delicious and something I always stock up on. More importantly, it is loaded with nutrients that are good for your overall health. Broccoli has been known to help fight against certain cancers and strokes. An added bonus: broccoli is low in calories, so eating more of it during the splurge-happy holidays isn’t likely to affect your waistline. The pecans in this recipe offer a bonus too: they contain disease-fighting nutrients and antioxidants. Plus, pecans hold multiple good-for-you fatty acids that are essential in an everyday balanced diet. So go ahead, let this roasted pecan broccoli side dish be the healthiest decision you’ll make all December.

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20 Delicious, Gluten-Free Holiday Cookies

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Holidays, December 21, 2012

gluten-free cookies

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.

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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Stocking Stuffers for the Food Enthusiast

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 7, 2011
meat thermometer
Fill their stockings with useful gifts this year.

Stockings are a big deal in my family so coming up with fun, creative, and USEFUL gifts are a must. Here are 5 goodies for the food lover in your life. Best of all, they won’t break the bank!

1.) Penzey’s Spices

Give the gift of flavor with everything from four-color peppercorns to Vietnamese cinnamon

2.) Parchment Paper Half-Sheets

No more fumbling to flatten rolled up pieces of parchment! These make covering your baking sheets a breeze.

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Spotlight Recipes: Christmas Breakfast

by in Healthy Holidays, December 23, 2009

Mini Frittatas
If your house is anything like mine on Christmas morning, you’ve got your hands full. I want to serve something easy, yet special, and light enough that everyone won’t be ready for a nap before we open presents. Here are some festive ideas, complete with a bubbly cocktail.

Spotlight Recipes: A Meaty Christmas Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 21, 2009

Clams Casino
When it comes to Christmas dinner, anything goes. Every family has their favorite classics, but we like to mix it up each year with simple, yet elegant dishes. This holiday, we’re doing a lighter, steakhouse-inspired meal but without all those extra calories.

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