I’m genetically predisposed to be a procrastinator, which is pretty inconvenient this time of year when gifts need wrapping, cards need sending and the fabulous holiday feast I’m making needs to grace the table—all in a short period of time. This year, I’m fighting my tendency to put everything off until the last minute by preparing some of my Christmas recipes ahead of time. The holiday side dishes and desserts I’m making can all be started a day or more in advance. That way when I look at the calendar and realize that Christmas is practically on top of me, I can give myself the gift of knowing that at least some of the work...read full post »
I have a tight budget for Christmas this year, but my gift giving isn’t going to suffer. All it takes is little creativity to put together some holiday gifts from the kitchen. This way, I can get into the spirit of giving by delivering healthy homemade gifts that everyone appreciates without worrying too much about blowing my budget.
One of my favorite kitchen gifts to give is pasta sauce—every year I make a huge batch, divide it up into jars and give it to friends and family with storage instructions and a few ideas for how to use it. This year I’m going to make Salsa alla Capricciosa; for more ideas, check out these...read full post »
With Christmas just a few weeks away and lots of parties on the calendar, I need to do something RIGHT NOW to keep my calories in check so I don’t have to spend the beginning of the new year on a treadmill 24/7. I’m not going to starve myself, but I am going to work some quick and easy low-calorie dinners into my menu to help combat holiday weight gain.
These main-course recipes for 350 calories or less, and the low-cal sides dishes I’ve suggested for a complete meal, are going to allow me to enjoy good meals during the holiday season and hopefully leave some room for Christmas treats. Fill your dinner plate with one tonight!read full post »
I put my heart and soul into cooking the Thanksgiving meal, and in the days afterward the last place I want to be is in the kitchen. I know I’ll still have to eat, but I’m going to give myself a break with some easy, ultra-quick dinner recipes. These recipes take only 20 minutes from start to finish and use ingredients that I almost always have, like bread, eggs and tuna fish. (I just might need to make a quick trip to the grocery store for some vegetables.) Dinner doesn’t get much easier than that.
Here are some of my favorite easy post-holiday dinner recipes:
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The jury is out when it comes to the best dish at Thanksgiving dinner. Some people think roast turkey is the star, but for me it’s all about classic Thanksgiving sides and desserts and sweet potato casserole is at the top of my list.
Traditionally topped with marshmallows and containing upwards of a stick of butter this decadent side dish can...read full post »