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Hilary Meyer's Blog (Page 32)

December 22, 2009 - 10:54am

As much as I love the parties, cocktails and delicious food on New Year's Eve, I look forward to New Years Day much more. Why? Because I've started a tradition of making a New Year's Day brunch for friends. I love crawling out of bed at my leisure, going straight to my kitchen to start cooking up some of my favorite brunch recipes (see this year's picks below) and sharing the first meal of a new year with people I love.

Here's my New Year's Day brunch menu:

Cheesy Polenta & Egg Casserole This memorable brunch centerpiece is rich with cheesy polenta...

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December 22, 2009 - 9:33am

I've made a New Year's resolution that I think I'm actually going to stick to this year—I'm going to eat healthier. I know that to make this work, I'll need to prepare meals that are packed with healthful ingredients that keep me satisfied—such as whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables—so that I'm not tempted to reach for junk food.

Since my track record with keeping resolutions isn't good, I'm heading off a stumble right out of the gate by planning a dinner menu chock-full of healthy recipes for the first week of January. Here are some of the healthy winter recipes I'm going to make to keep my resolution alive for more than a couple of days.

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December 17, 2009 - 10:44am

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...

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December 10, 2009 - 10:58am

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...

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December 3, 2009 - 10:26am

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!

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