Holiday Foods

  • 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

  • Molasses Cutout Cookies

    1 1/4 cup flour, plus extra for dusting
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
    6 tablespoons butter, softened
    1/2 cup molasses
    1/4 cup date sugar
    1 large egg
    2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 cup ground walnuts
    1 tablespoon fruit-only preserve

    (TIP: To substitute agave nectar for date sugar, increase regular flour by 1/4 to 1/2 cup—enough to make dough less sticky.)

    1. Whisk flours, baking soda, and spices in a bowl, and set aside.
    2. Beat butter, molasses, and date sugar with a mixer until fluffy. Reduce speed, and add egg, orange juice, and vanilla.
    3. Gradually stir in flour mixture until combined. Shape into a ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate an hour or more.
    4. Roll out dough on a floured surface, and cut as desired. Place on baking sheets, and bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes.
    5. Decorate with nuts and preserves.

    Nutrition info per serving (1 cookie): 67 calories; 2 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 1 g protein; 12 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 6 mg sodium

  • Good Food—Healthy Holiday Parties

    Stringing up multicolored lights and decorating the house for the holidays just puts me in a good mood. I guess that’s because I like throwing parties and having the chance to cook for friends and family. We all have a lot to be thankful for, and there’s nothing better than good food and good conversation to underscore that theme.

    By Maureen Callahan, RD