Holiday Foods

  • Nachos Grande

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    SERVES: 6

    8 corn tortillas, quartered

    Cooking spray

    1 1/2 teaspoon cumin, divided

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    3/4 pound ground beef

    1 tablespoon chili powder

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

    1 can refried black beans

    3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

    Salsa, for serving

    Sour cream, for serving

    Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

    Sliced jalapeno peppers, for serving

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange the tortilla wedges in a single layer on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Generously coat the tor­tilla wedges with cooking spray and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cumin and salt. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Mean­while, cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain if neces­sary. Stir in the chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, the oregano, and garlic salt.

    Meanwhile, heat the refried beans in another large skillet, coated with cooking spray, un­til warm. Preheat broiler. Place tortilla chips on a large oven-safe platter or baking sheet. Spread the warm beans over each chip and spoon the meat mixture on top of the beans; top evenly with the cheese. Broil for one minute or until the cheese melts. Remove from the oven; top with salsa, sour cream, cilantro, and jalapenos. Serve immediately. Source: Fast and Simple Gluten-Free (Fair Winds Press) by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

  • Health Matters: Why We Love Love

    There’s a lot to like about a holiday devoted to wine, chocolate, strawberries, and romance, but aside from the “feel good” and “taste good” aspects of the holiday, Valentine’s Day can be the healthiest of them all.

  • Pour a Little (More)

    V Day is the holiday for wine. And, besides being romantic, studies in recent years suggest that moderate alcohol drinkers enjoy heart health benefits. According to R. Curtis Ellison, MD, of Boston University, wine drinkers who drink a little almost every day and do not binge drink derive the most benefit. A good serving is one or two five-ounce glasses of wine per day.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Holiday Binge Eating: Don't Do It

    What’s a holiday party without egg nog, wine, cheesecake, pie, and a dozen or so selections off that all-too-accessible triple-decker cookie tray? For years, I was a serial offender, taking in a cool 1,000 calories at dinner (another helping of mashed potatoes and gravy?

    By Adam Swenson
  • Sweet Potato Pumpkin Harvest Muffins

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    1 package Zema’s Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix

    1/4 teaspoon baking powder

    1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

    3/4 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)

    2 organic large eggs

    1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or agave nectar)

    1/3 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice)

    1 cup canned organic pumpkin puree

    1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

    1/2 cup Calimyrna fig, chopped

    1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped (toasted)

    1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen organic cranberries

    To toast hazelnuts, place them on cookie sheet and set in 400 degree oven for eight to ten minutes. Let cool. Turn oven down to 350 degrees. In bowl, combine mix, baking soda, and xanthan gum. Set aside. In another bowl, combine all wet ingredients, whisk well. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix well. Add in all chopped ingredients and mix well. Fill mini-muffin cups 2/3 of way. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Check with toothpick. Do not overbake. Cool on rack for ten minutes. Recipe and image provided by Zema’s Madhouse Foods

     

  • Cinnamon Chia Pumpkin Crisp

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    1 cup gluten-free dry oats

    1/4 cup brown sugar

    1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

    1/2 cup butter, melted

    10 large Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced

    1 (15-ounce) can of pumpkin

    1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

    1/4 teaspoon fresh orange zest

    1/2 cup stevia sweetener

    1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

    2 tablespoons chia seeds

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 9x9 baking dish with nonstick baking spray. In large bowl, combine all ingredients: mix well to combine. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven: Set aside to cool for ten minutes before serving. Serve warm. Recipe courtesy of Amie Valpone at thehealthyapple.com

  • 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