Topic: holiday recipes

8 Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes For National Cookie Day!

8 Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes For National Cookie Day!

Today, December 4th, is National Cookie Day! It’s no surprise that National Cookie Day comes in December, when everyone wants to make and eat seasonal holiday cookies. We’d never recommend abstaining from the cookie goodness at this time of year, but if you’re concerned about mass quantities of butter, sugar and flour, don’t fear: We’ve found eight healthy cookie recipes that you can make (and give) without (too much) guilt. More »

Pimp My Health: 5 Healthy Twists For Your Holiday Eggnog

Pimp My Health: 5 Healthy Twists For Your Holiday Eggnog

Nothing can add more fat and calories to your diet this holiday season than traditional eggnog. A typical serving can have more than 340 calories (and that’s before any alcohol) and 19 grams of fat. But, that doesn’t mean you have to be a scrooge and skip it altogether. We’ve checked our lists, got rid of some of the naughty ingredients and compiled a few nicer alternatives to your Christmas eggnog. Cheers! More »

6 Lamb Recipes for Easter, Spring, and Beyond

6 Lamb Recipes for Easter, Spring, and Beyond

Spring means Easter and, to us, Easter is not-so-subtle code for lamb. Tasty lamb dishes for festive luncheons and dinners, to be exact. (Or anytime, really.) So we asked our Fearless Foodtrainer, nutritionist Lauren Slayton (who’s a lifelong lamb-lover) about her health take on some delicious spring mutton. Here’s what she had to say:

The nutritional value of lamb is dependent on the type of feed, as well as the time the lamb spends out to pasture. Organic standards require extended pasture time, and therefore are the way to go. Lamb is often used in Indian cooking, and often prepared even more commonly than beef in Mediterranean cooking. And lamb can be a surprisingly good source of omega-3s. For optimal nutritional and health value, choose trimmed, lean, organic cuts like a leg or loin.

And in case you’re still not sure what to serve your guests tomorrow, click through our gallery of six of our favorite savory (and sweet) lamb dishes perfect for spring. Happy Easter. More »

10 Healthy Passover Snacks That Won’t Bust Your Diet

10 Healthy Passover Snacks That Won't Bust Your Diet

I must admit that I don’t know enough about Passover. In fact, I don’t know much about Passover at all, except that it’s a springtime Jewish holiday that usually falls somewhere around Easter, and that when Passover arrives, the hideous street parking situation in my New York City neighborhood improves tremendously. I was raised Catholic and attended eight years of Catholic grammar school, four years of Catholic high school, and four years at a Jesuit university. Sue me. And because, as an adult, I became a good lapsed Catholic, I can barely remember what I’m theoretically supposed to eat and not eat during Lent leading up to Easter. (Something about no meat on Fridays, and maybe giving up chocolate or booze for a month. Then you get to break out the Paas Easter Egg Dye kit on Saturday, and gorge yourself on candy on Easter Sunday — after Mass, of course. Thank you, Jesus!) But I do know that Passover involves food (and a lot of it). And, because I run a health and wellness website, I wondered if there were any particularly healthy Passover foods in which one might indulge throughout the week. (And they have to taste good.) So I asked our resident nutritionist and Fearless Foodtrainer, Lauren Slayton, if she had any diet-friendly Passover tricks up her sleeve. Turns out, she came up with ten, and none of them even slightly resemble the creme-filled chocolate eggs I used to devour as a kid on Easter Sunday (after kicking ass in the annual egg hunt, I’ll have you know). More »

Flashback Friday: Sandra Lee’s Most Disgusting Food Network Recipes

Flashback Friday: Sandra Lee's Most Disgusting Food Network Recipes

In all fairness, Food Network kitchen maven Sandra Lee never claims that her semi-homemade recipes are very nutritious, but some of her holiday-themed recipes – like her strawberry creamsicle martini for Valentine’s Day – are just over-the-top revolting. In this week’s Flashback Friday, we’ve found four of Sandra’s most horrifying holiday-themed recipes on video. But at least they’ll make you thankful the December holidays are over – and almost a year away. More »

12 Days of Christmas Cookie Recipes: Healthy Orange-Cardamom Madeleines

12 Days of Christmas Cookie Recipes: Healthy Orange-Cardamom Madeleines

Madeleines aren’t a conventional holiday cookie (and they’re not usually that healthy) but they’ve always been one of my favorite treats, so I’ll always lobby to put them on a holiday cookie platter. I love the fluffy, buttery traditional kind that Dorie Greenspan makes in her cookbook Baking: From My Home to Yours, but I’ve been feeling the weight of a lot of white flour and sugar over the last couple of weeks (you try the cookie (or two)-a-day diet and see how it feels!), so I added some whole wheat to her recipe, and changed the spices to make these a little more festive. More »

Exclusive: Anne Burrell’s Holiday Recipes and Cooking Tips

Exclusive: Anne Burrell's Holiday Recipes and Cooking Tips

Chef Anne Burrell’s second season of Worst Cooks in America, The Food Network’s reality competition featuring Burrell and co-host chef Robert Irvine leading America’s worst cooks through a culinary boot camp, starts on January 2. We talked to Burrell, who also appeared on The Food Network as Mario Batali’s sous chef on Iron Chef America, about how to make your best holiday meal. (And we snagged one of her recipes, too.) More »

Thanksgiving Poll: How Natural and Organic Is Your Holiday Menu?

Thanksgiving Poll: How Natural and Organic Is Your Holiday Menu?

Whether you’re feeding two or 20, there’s no question that Thanksgiving gets expensive (even if you’re serving half your dinner out of a can). And if you’re making all your recipes from scratch with all-natural, organic ingredients, then you’re in for a pretty high grocery tab. Once faced with grocery bills in the (high) triple digits, many of us start wondering if our guests will really appreciate the organic pumpkin pie spice or hormone-free milk and butter. You’ll know that your meal is below your usual standards of health and eco-responsibility, but will your guests really taste the $80 difference?

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Recipe Gallery: 10 Uncommon Thanksgiving Pies to Bake This Week

Recipe Gallery: 10 Uncommon Thanksgiving Pies to Bake This Week

Nothing beats a big slice of apple pie for dessert on Thanksgiving, right? We’re not so sure — we’re smack-dab in the middle of a Thanksgiving dessert identity crisis. Sometimes we get so stuck on eating those traditional apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies that we forget there are thousands of other great recipes out there just begging to be baked. So this Thanksgiving we dare you to back away from the apples, because we’ve got ten festive, alternative pie recipes to try instead. You’ll miss that piece of apple pie much less if your new Thanksgiving dessert involves copious amounts of butterscotch. More »

Holiday Recipes – Jack Daniel’s Makes the Yuletide Merry and Bright

Holiday Recipes - Jack Daniel's Makes the Yuletide Merry and Bright

‘Tis the season for merry making, cookie baking, and cocktail mixing. Shake things up by using Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey in a few fabulously festive and absolutely delicious recipes. It will add a sweetly distinctive flavor to all your favorite holiday foods and drinks. Or give the iconic bottle as a gift. Spread some cheer and enjoy the spirit of the yuletide. More »