Holiday Foods

  • Talking Turkey

    The fragrant smell of roasting turkey is a welcome scent on Thanksgiving Day. But what to do with the rest of the bird when next-day turkey-and-gravy sandwiches have lost their appeal?

    Fast, fresh takes on Thanksgiving leftovers
    By Lisa Turner
  • Turkey and Spinach Potato Lasagna

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
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    Serves 8

    2 pounds peeled baking potatoes,
    cut into 1/4-inch slices
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1 pound lean ground turkey breast
    1 medium onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
    1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1 egg white
    1 10 oz package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    2. Coat potato slices with olive oil, and layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until slices are firmly tender and beginning to brown on the edges. Remove, and set aside.
    3. In a nonstick skillet, cook turkey, onion, and garlic, browning meat. Drain fat. Return to burner, adding tomato sauce and herbs. Cover, and let simmer.
    4. In a medium bowl, mix ricotta and cottage cheeses, egg, and spinach.
    5. Arrange half the potato slices in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread with half of the spinach-cheese mixture. Top with half of the meat sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers, and if desired, sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese. 
    6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving. 
     

    nutrition info per serving: 434 calories; 15 g fat; 7 g saturated fat; 101 mg cholesterol; 33 g protein; 46 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 327 mg sodium

  • Maple Ginger Pumpkin Pie

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    Crust
    1/2 cup flour
    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
    1/4 cup hazelnut meal or ground nuts
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    6 tablespoons butter, softened
    6 tablespoons cold orange juice or water
    Optional: 1 tablespoon date sugar

    Filling
    1 15-ounce can pumpkin
    1/4 cup molasses
    1/2 cup pure maple syrup
    1 teaspoon each cinnamon and ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1 cup evaporated fat-free milk
    2 tablespoons flour
    1 teaspoon finely grated, peeled ginger root

    1. In a food processor, pulse together flour, nut meal, spices, and butter to form crumbs. Pour mixture into a bowl, and gradually add orange juice or water to form dough. Press into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. If desired, sprinkle with date sugar. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 to10 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool.
    2. In a mixing bowl, combine filling ingredients through evaporated milk, blending well. Stir in flour and gingerroot pieces.
    3. Bake at 375 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool or chill before serving.

    Nutrition info per serving (10): 174 calories; 8 g fat; 4 g saturated fat; 52 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 46 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 57 mg sodium

  • Happy, Healthy Holidays

    Delicious holiday-inspired meals are often devoid of important nutrients and full of fat, sugar, and excess calories. The combination of holiday stress and unique, savory food often ends in a nutritional disaster and a wider waistline.

    The holiday season is the highlight of the year for many people. It's time to be around family, spend time with loved ones, take some time off work, exchange gifts, laugh, and of course, eat.
    By Brooke Holmgren
  • Party Time

    Ack, the holidays: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, even the Super Bowl... The months-long celebration is often met with dread. What a shift from childhood days when the Christmas countdown began in, well, June and couldn’t arrive soon enough.

    Top chefs give their best tips for how to entertain friends and family the healthy, natural way.
    By Amanda M. Faison
  • Pumpkin Powerhouse

    When you’re carving that jack-o’-lantern, don’t toss the seeds—they’re chock-full of protein, zinc, and magnesium. Roasted pumpkinseeds add flavor to salads and pastas, and they’re also delicious on their own. Chef Julian Medina, of the New York City Mexican bistro Toloache, shares his favorite recipe for roasting pumpkinseeds: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

    By Celia Shatzman
  • Chocolate-Orange Sauce

    1/2 cup cocoa powder
    1/2 cup agave nectar
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1 cup evaporated skim milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 teaspoons grated orange zest

    Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, mixing well. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously. Serve as a dip for fruit.

    Nutrition info per serving (4): 146 calories; 2 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 3 mg cholesterol; 7 g protein; 31 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 76 mg sodium

  • Maple-Ginger Pumpkin Pie

    Crust
    1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
    1/4 cup hazelnut meal or ground nuts
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    6 tablespoons butter, softened
    6 tablespoons cold orange juice or water
    Optional: 1 tablespoon date sugar

    Filling
    1 15-ounce can pumpkin
    1/4 cup molasses
    1/2 cup pure maple syrup
    1 teaspoon each cinnamon and ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1 cup evaporated fat-free milk
    2 tablespoons flour
    1 teaspoon finely grated, peeled gingerroot

    1. In a food processor, pulse together flour, nut meal, spices, and butter to form crumbs. Pour mixture into a bowl, and gradually add orange juice or water to form dough. Press into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. If desired, sprinkle with date sugar. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 to10 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool.
    2. In a mixing bowl, combine filling ingredients through evaporated milk, blending well. Stir in flour and gingerroot pieces.
    3. Bake at 375 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool or chill before serving.

    Nutrition info per serving (10): 174 calories; 8 g fat; 4 g saturated fat; 52 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 46 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 57 mg sodium

  • Cranberry-Almond Bread Pudding

    4 cups cubed, day-old whole-wheat bread
    1 cup cranberries, chopped
    1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
    2 eggs
    2 egg whites
    2 cups evaporated skim milk
    3 tablespoons butter, melted
    1/2 cup agave nectar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon almond extract

    1. In a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, mix bread cubes, cranberries, and almonds.
    2. In a bowl, beat together eggs, egg whites, milk, butter, agave nectar, vanilla, and almond extract. Pour over bread mixture.
    3. Cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour (or overnight). Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

    Nutrition info per serving (12): 220 calories; 6 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 5 g protein; 52 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 414 mg sodium