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November 11, 2009 - 11:17am

We all have one—that special dish that immediately makes us feel good. Mine is Chicken Potpie. Unfortunately, comfort foods like potpie are notorious diet derailers: high in calories and saturated fat. But don’t despair: with these lighter versions of your favorite comfort food recipes, you can indulge and stay slim. These recipes for American classics made healthier keep the traditional flavors of the foods you love, but their calorie counts and fat content are diet-friendly. Put them back in your diet today! (Potpie anyone?)

Chicken Potpie:  This chicken potpie is studded with peas, mushrooms, carrots and onions and topped...

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November 10, 2009 - 11:27am

Several years ago, my sister, Jennie, and I almost walked out on Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn’t because the turkey was overdone or that we ran out of wine. No, it was a way bigger deal than that. My mom, for the first time that we could remember, did not make green bean casserole. We freaked. But we’re probably not the only ones who would miss this Thanksgiving classic. Green Bean Casserole is one of our most popular Thanksgiving side dishes.

Our healthier version skips the canned soup and all the fat and sodium that...

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November 9, 2009 - 11:32am

I enjoy hosting Thanksgiving, but it can be taxing—especially on my wallet. Thanksgiving is all about abundance, and I want to keep it that way—without breaking the bank. So I’ve carefully selected my menu this year to include Thanksgiving recipes that are affordable and delicious.

My rules for selecting the recipes were simple: I kept my main dish (the turkey) to under $3 per serving. For side dishes and desserts, I kept them at $1.50 or below. My entire meal is going to please my palate and, at less than $7 per serving, keep my wallet happy too. Now that’s something to be thankful for.

Here’s my menu:

Layered Mashed Potato...

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November 6, 2009 - 11:52am

Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, but it always seems to hit the table at precisely the point that I internally declare that I can’t possibly eat any more.

I need a new approach, or at least a new recipe to add to my Thanksgiving menu. To the rescue: this lighter, luscious Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie that’s going to preserve my love for pumpkin pie as well as my waistline. Eggs, heavy cream and a butter stuffed crust, usually bog down the traditional pumpkin pie. In this lighter version, we get a creamy texture from low-fat ice cream, and a flavor punch from the gingersnap and raisin crust. We cut 254 calories from the original recipe....

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November 5, 2009 - 10:54am

This is my favorite time of year to invite friends over for drinks and nibbles. And when it's cold outside, there's nothing more welcoming than a pot of hot cider simmering on the stove or a mug of mulled wine to offer my guests as they arrive. These delicious hot toddies (with alcohol and without) are festive enough to serve all season long. And the best part is they’re easy to make for a crowd, which means I’m not stuck in the kitchen mixing cocktails all night long.

What’s your favorite punch to serve at holiday parties? Do you have a signature cocktail or mocktail?

Spiked Punches
Here are three...

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