Holiday Foods

  • Cook’s Corner: The Perfect Desserts

    Last month we featured a multitude of recipes that are great for your holiday parties. This month, we wanted to give you some great dessert options for any festivity you run into! Because desserts are abundant and basically unavoidable, you’ll want to perhaps prepare and bring your own desserts that are healthier than the standard fare and just as enjoyable.

    Cookie recipes for any social occasion
  • Cook’s Corner: Healthy Holidays

    You’ve been here before. Extended trip to the family’s for the holidays. At least two sit-down meals and a table filled with more desserts than you can feed yourself. By the time the trip is said and done, you’ve probably consumed more than several thousand calories… and none of them in the “healthy” department.

  • What Food Means to You

    The holiday season can be particularly difficult for diabetics, as it seems that every holiday gathering centers on food. Navigating food choices at holiday parties can also strain the willpower of even the most disciplined diabetic. The typical Thanksgiving dinner can be over 2,500 calories (with normal portion sizes) and it is easy to consume over 4,500 calories in the course of the day.

    Eat what you want—without the guilt
  • Pumpkin and Rhubarb Muffins

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    2/3 cup ground almonds

    2/3 cup gluten-free plain white flour

    1 1/2 cups xylitol

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    pinch of salt

    1 large egg

    1 1/8 cups pumpkin purée

    3 tablespoons vegetable oil

    1/2 cup rhubarb

    Topping

    2 tablespoons gluten-free plain white flour

    2 tablespoons ground almonds

    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    2 tablespoons unsalted butter

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tray with nine paper cases or grease muffin cups. Make streusel topping first by putting all ingredients in bowl and rubbing them together with your fingertips. Mixture will become coarse, wet crumble. Place in refrigerator for time being. Mix almonds, flour, xylitol, spices, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Chop rhubarb into tiny pieces. Mix egg, vegetable oil, and pumpkin purée thoroughly in bowl. Fold in dry ingredients. Stir in rhubarb. Spoon mixture into muffin cups. Sprinkle streusel topping on muffins. Bake for about 30 minutes or until skewer inserted into muffin comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Recipe and image provided by Tarja Moles’ No Naughties cookbook

  • Almond Cookies

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    1/3 cup crunchy roasted almond butter

    1/2 cup raw agave nectar

    2 tablespoons buttery spread

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    3/4 cup almond meal/flour, packed

    1 tablespoon coconut flour

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    3/4 cup mixed dried fruits, finely chopped (apricots, cranberries, raisins, apples, cherries)

    1 tablespoon cacao nibs

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper. In medium mixing bowl, combine almond butter, agave, buttery spread, and vanilla extract. In small bowl, combine almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Sift dry ingredients into wet and combine thoroughly. Fold in fruit and nibs. Scoop level tablespoons of batter onto cookie sheets, 12 cookies to a sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they just start to turn golden. Allow cookies to cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet before gently sliding parchment paper with cookies onto cooling rack––if the cookies are not fully cooled when moved, they might fall apart. Eat right away or refrigerate in airtight container in the refrigerator, or freeze. Recipe and image courtesy of Dawn Allen’s Culinary Creativity: Let your restrictions set you free cookbook

  • Agave Baked Pears

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    4 large pears

    2 tablespoons stevia sweetener

    3 cups organic apple juice

    1 cup green tea, brewed and chilled

    1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

    2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds

    2 cloves

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice bottom of each pear so they sit straight up on flat surface. Transfer pears to prepared baking dish. In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well to combine. Pour over pears and transfer to oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until pears are tender. Remove from oven; set aside for ten minutes before serving. Serve warm. Recipe courtesy of Amie Valpone at thehealthyapple

  • Crispy Walnut Cinnamon Cookies

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    1/2 cup walnuts

    1 cup all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon cream of tartar

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    pinch of salt

    8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

    3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, used in different parts of the recipe

    1 large egg

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Finely grind walnuts in food processor with flour. In bowl, stir together walnuts, flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Combine butter and 3/4 cup of sugar in bowl and stir until light and fluffy, about one minute. Add egg and beat until smooth. Mix in dry ingredients until combined. In small, shallow bowl, stir together remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. To shape each cookie, using small spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop up spoonful of dough and roll between your palms into one-inch balls. As balls are formed, roll them in cinnamon sugar, coating evenly, and then place on prepared baking sheets, spacing them two inches apart. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. If you are baking more than one sheet at a time, at midway point, switch pans between racks and rotate them 180 degrees to ensure even baking. Let cool on pans to room temperature. Recipe and image courtesy of the California Walnut Board

  • Oatmeal-Nut Crunch Apple Pie

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    Crust

    1 cup all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

    2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)

    2 tablespoons canola oil

    3 tablespoons ice water

    Filling

    3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced

    3 medium McIntosh apples, peeled and thinly sliced

    1/4 cup agave syrup

    1 tablespoon lemon juice

    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    Topping

    1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

    1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

    1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

    1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

    To prepare crust: Whisk flours and salt in medium bowl. Cut in four tablespoons butter and cream cheese using pastry blender or fork until mixture is pea-sized. Add oil: Stir until evenly moistened. Sprinkle water over mixture: toss with fork to combine. Gather into ball, press into disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to two days. Roll dough into 14-inch circle between two large pieces of parchment or wax paper. Peel off top sheet and invert dough into 9-inch pie pan. Peel off remaining paper. Press the dough firmly into bottom, and up sides of pan. Tuck overhanging dough under, forming double-thick edge. Crimp edge with your fingers. Using fork, prick dough in several places. Refrigerate crust for 15 minutes. Position rack in lower third of oven: preheat to 375 degrees. Bake crust for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool—about 30 minutes.

    To prepare filling: Combine apples, agave, lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in large bowl. Let stand for ten minutes. Sprinkle two tablespoons all-purpose flour over apples and toss again—mound filling into cooled crust. Coat crust edges with cooking spray, return pie to oven, and bake for 30 minutes.

    Meanwhile, prepare topping: Combine whole-wheat pastry flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until evenly distributed. Stir in nuts. After pie has baked for 30 minutes, remove from oven and scatter topping over apples. Return to oven and bake until topping is golden and filling starts to bubble around edges, 20 minutes more. Cool for at least one hour before serving.

    Make Ahead Tip: Prepare and refrigerate dough (Step 1) for up to two days. Recipe provided by Chef Gerard Viverito

  • Dried Fruit Waffle Cookies

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    1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/2 cup buttery spread

    1/2 cup coconut sugar

    1 egg

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    3/4 cup quinoa flakes

    1 cup finely chopped dried fruit: apricots, raisins, currants, apples, cranberries, etc.

    In small mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and cinnamon. In large mixing bowl, blend buttery spread and sugar together. Add egg and vanilla and combine. Fold in flour mix and then quinoa flakes and dried fruit. Preheat waffle iron. Place one tablespoon of cookie dough into each quadrant of the waffle maker. Cook until light gold (time of an average waffle). They will still be soft, so gently remove cookies with tongs and place them on a cooling rack. Be careful not to overcook cookies. They are blond when finished; if they are too dark, adjust waffle iron’s settings. Enjoy right away or store in airtight container in refrigerator. Recipe and image courtesy of Dawn Allen’s Culinary Creativity: Let your restrictions set you free cookbook

  • Red Palm Oil Cake

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    1 tablespoon butter

    3 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour, used in different parts of the recipe

    4 eggs

    1 cup sugar

    1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

    3/4 cup quality Malaysian red palm oil

    2/3 cup milk

    3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other sweet citrus-flavored liqueur

    1 tablespoon baking powder

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 11-cup Bundt pan with butter, and dust with flour. Set prepared pan aside. Beat eggs and sugar together in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on medium-high speed until pale yellow, about one minute. Add remaining 3 cups flour, lemon zest, oil, milk, and liqueur, and stir with wooden spoon until well combined. Add baking powder and stir until thoroughly combined. Spoon batter into Bundt pan, and smooth out top with back of spoon. Bake until cake is deep golden brown and wooden skewer inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Transfer cake to wire rack and let cool completely in pan. Recipe provided by Chef Gerard Viverito