by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 22, 2013
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 21, 2013
If you have guests with special dietary needs coming over this holiday (the vegan nephew, the aunt with the nut allergy, the gluten-free neighbors, the sibling on the paleo diet), there’s no need to fret.
Quinoa is a high-protein, gluten-free grain that’s easy to cook and reheat, making it even more holiday-friendly.
Recipe: Quinoa Pilaf with Crimini Mushrooms
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, November 18, 2013
What’s Thanksgiving without a sweet treat (or a few)? Take your pick of these mouthwatering desserts, each of which has fewer than 300 calories per serving.
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Holidays, November 17, 2013
Next week we’ll be celebrating Thanksgivukkah, or Thanksgiving + Hanukkah. It’s when the first full day of Hanukkah falls on Turkey Day. The last time this happened was in 1888, and it won’t happen again for many moons (79,000 years to be exact). Make your Thanksgivukkah table extra special with an array of healthy, Hanukkah fare combined with traditional Thanksgiving ingredients.
by Victoria Phillips in Giveaway, November 13, 2013
It’s the perpetual Thanksgiving debate: turkey legs or breast meat? We all have our taste preferences, but which one is healthier? Find out in this Thanksgiving food fight!
by Janel Ovrut Funk in Uncategorized, November 8, 2013
The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are busy enough; worrying about having the right tools for the feast needn’t add to the stress. With Joseph Joseph’s Duo Carve, a two-in-one Japanese stainless steel knife set, you’ll slice the holiday bird with ease. The 8-inch carving knife and 7 1/2-inch carving fork come with a protective cover for storage.
You can buy your own Joseph Joseph Duo Carve or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite Thanksgiving dish. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 15 at 5 p.m. EST.
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So tell us, what’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Is it the bird? The sides?
by Toby Amidor in Thanksgiving, November 23, 2012
Maybe this is your first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian, or perhaps you’re hosting your first vegan guests at a holiday dinner. Just because the traditional turkey takes center stage, it doesn’t mean there can’t be delicious plant-based options for both main dishes and sides that will satisfy you or all of your guests this year. I asked some top plant-based RDs how they navigate Thanksgiving and the winter holidays while still getting to enjoy festive foods. After all, isn’t that the best part about the season?
by Toby Amidor in Thanksgiving, November 22, 2012
Turkey Day leftovers are good on their own, but you can also transform them into something magnificent. Check out our easy, mouthwatering ideas for dressing up your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Use the turkey carcass, leftover dark meat and even leftover veggie sides to whip up this deliciously warming soup.
Recipe:Next Day Turkey Soup
Leftover turkey breast combines with beans, chili peppers, and jack cheese makes a mean chili.
Recipe: Leftover Turkey Chili
Make a delish panini using turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Recipe: Turkey, Dressing, and Cranberry Panini
Combine chunks of leftover turkey with celery, apple, grapes and pecans for a main-dish salad or light lunch.
Recipe: Waldorf Salad.
by Toby Amidor in Thanksgiving, November 21, 2012
These super-popular Thanksgiving desserts are going head to head. With both having single pie crusts and packed with good-for-you ingredients, the competition is fierce. Which gets your vote?
According to the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we should all be eating 2 cups of orange veggies each week. Pumpkin pie can help meet these recommendations plus that brilliant orange color provides the antioxidants vitamin A and lutein.
Fatty ingredients like traditional pastry crust, butter, cream cheese, half-and-half, or shortening can sabotage the nutritional value. Mountains of sugar from canned pumpkin pie filling and spoonfuls of sugary toppings can also send calories through the roof. Topped with whipped cream or a la mode, a slice can weigh in at close to 500 calories.
Healthy Pumpkin Pie Tips:
- Use gingersnap cookies for a lighter crust made without partially hydrogenated oils or make your own canola oil pie crust.
- No need for mounds of sugar—let the sweetness of the pumpkin take over.
- Steer clear of sugary or heavily-sweetened pumpkin pie filling. The canned pumpkin puree should have one ingredient; add your own spices from there.
- Serve with one heaping spoon of freshly made whipped cream and fresh fruit like apples, oranges and pears.
- Try Food Network Kitchens slimmed version.
by Amie Valpone in Thanksgiving, November 21, 2012
Although a turkey feast is approaching, it’s important to fuel up the morning of Thanksgiving. A well-balanced breakfast will give you enough energy to pleasantly chat with family and friends—no need to be agitated and hungry when you see everyone. Plus, eating breakfast can keep hunger under control and keep you level-headed and ready to make more reasonable choices when it’s time for the big meal.
Quick and simple does the trick. With all the hustle and bustle of last minute holiday prep, there’s no need to slave in the kitchen. Your goal is about a 400-500 calorie breakfast which should include whole grains, fruit, and dairy. Make sure you get in enough fiber to hold you until the holiday meal.
Oats are a whole grain and they’re brimming with fiber and energy-boosting B-vitamins. Cook with skim or almond milk and top with fresh fruit, nuts and spices.
Recipe: Food Network Kitchens’ Hot Chocolate Banana-Nut Oatmeal (pictured above)
There are so many ways to enjoy this protein-rich breakfast favorite. For a fun holiday twist try my recipe which includes whole grains, eggs and dairy using only 5 ingredients.
Recipe: Eggs In a Basket
Meet the tastiest, most nutritious Thanksgiving appetizer around. This easy dish comes together in under an hour and makes delicious use of beautiful poblano peppers. Poblano peppers are mild chili peppers from Mexico, and their spiciness helps to bring out their taste. If you aren’t a fan of spicy foods you can always use bell peppers instead. Flax seeds and veggies offer meaty texture and flavor while quinoa and chickpeas pile on the protein. I added a touch of marjoram for garnish as it adds extra flavor, plus pretty flecks of color. Serve hot out of the oven or bake ahead of time and reheat before your guests arrive. If you have any extra cooked quinoa leftover try my tasty little Quinoa Bites, which make great hors d’oeuvres and are the perfect finger food for kids to munch on.