Hilary Meyer's Blog (Page 15)

December 6, 2011 - 11:30am

When the holiday season rolls around I eagerly break out my mixer and rolling pin and pump out tons of cookies. They’re not just for me—I send them all over the country to my friends and relatives as gifts.
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But this whole baking extravaganza means that before they hit the post office I have tons of cookies lingering around my house. Since I care about my family’s health (and my own), I’ve gotten savvier about making cookies that are better for you. Here are some tricks of the trade for making healthier Christmas cookies:

Tip 1: Cut Back on Butter
Butter is a popular ingredient when it comes to cookies, but we all know by...

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November 22, 2011 - 3:37pm

Traditionally topped with marshmallows and containing upwards of a stick of butter, sweet potato casserole is one decadent side dish that can become too decadent in a hurry. I want to indulge, but not at that fat- and calorie-laden price. I think EatingWell’s healthy sweet potato casserole is even more delicious than traditional sweet potato casserole recipes and will leave me room for pumpkin pie too. Read on to find out our 4 secrets for making healthier sweet potato casserole.

Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole
• 460 calories
• 16 g fat
• 4.5 g saturated fat
• 3 g fiber
• 270 mg sodium

EatingWell Sweet Potato Casserole
• 242 calories
• 10 g fat
• 2 g saturated fat
• 4 g fiber

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November 22, 2011 - 3:08pm

For the past couple of years, we’ve grilled our turkey outside on our charcoal grill. I love the subtle smokiness of the meat and I love the way it frees up space in the oven. But there is one downfall. The gravy suffers. Why? The secret to the perfect gravy (flavor-wise) is those delicious brown caramelized bits you get at the bottom of the roasting pan. And you can really only achieve those if you roast your bird in the oven.

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So I’m dedicating this Thanksgiving to gravy. I’m skipping the grill and roasting my bird the old-fashioned way so I can slather everything on my plate with the richest, most amazing gravy ever.


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November 16, 2011 - 11:18am

If you’re looking for the easiest possible dessert to whip up for Thanksgiving, it doesn’t get any simpler than pumpkin pie. If you can open a can, you can make pumpkin pie. And unlike other Thanksgiving desserts, it’s relatively healthy (or at least it can be). Pumpkin, like all orange foods, is a rich source of beta carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an important role in bone growth, reproduction and immune function and, perhaps most notably, vision. One slice of our pumpkin pie provides 137% of the daily value of vitamin A.

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But of course, this is dessert, so it has to be delicious. Below are a few tips for making a...

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November 10, 2011 - 11:54am

I’d love to host my family’s Thanksgiving meal more often, but the one thing that gives me pause is the cost. Granted, I can get carried away—there’s the gourmet food, the candles, the cute centerpiece for the table, not to mention the wine to go along with it. So instead of giving up on hosting altogether I’m committed to focusing on what really matters—the food. I don’t need fancy monogrammed turkey napkins to make the meal taste good after all.

I’ve come up with an entire Thanksgiving menu of EatingWell recipes (including dessert!) that comes in at less than $5 per serving. I’ll have my guests bring the wine. It’s a celebratory dinner, with every dish you’d expect at Thanksgiving, that’s easy on the budget too. And these Thanksgiving recipes are so delicious that my guests might...

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