Readying to cook up a storm over the holidays but tired of the same old seasonal dishes? This Recipe Revue is for you. We've got a great food or drink idea for every occasion on your festive calendar. Some are a lower-fat twist on an old favorite, others are totally novel. Try something newthese recipes already debuted with our friends and family to rave reviews.
Fortify friends and family after a stint on the ice with our hearty South of the Border Soup. It's a savory combo of pinto beans, pork and pasta. You won't taste anything like it over the holidays.
Making a Snowman
After you and yours work up an appetite playing in freshly fallen snow, tuck into a stack of Whole Wheat Griddle Cakes and your favorite juice. You'll be ready to head outdoors again.
After the school holiday play, warm everyone's hearts (and tummies) once again with warm Out-of-This-World Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
Raisins, brown sugar and applesauce are baked into these cookies for the ultimate winter's eve dessert. Best of all, the kids can play another roleóbakers!
Sending Seasons Greetings
Our Mulled Cider is the beverage to sip on as you while away a quiet weekend afternoon writing holiday cards to friends and loved ones.
A big bowl of Rice Pudding is the perfect treat after a fun activity like sledding. Flavored with vanilla and raisins, it's a nice cross between a sweet and a healthful snack. Plus, our version is lower in fat.
Everyone will enjoy munching on Apple Cranberry Muffins as they deck the house with holly and decorate the Christmas tree. Their waists will love them too since these mini-muffins are low in fat but high in flavor!
Treat yourself to Steve Raichlen's Four Seasons Vegetable Burgers before you hit the mall. They're loaded with veggies like turnips, zucchini and beets, and seasoned with your choice of dill, tarragon or basil. You'll shop for hours.
A bowl of Acorn Squash and Apple Soup will give you the stamina for the hours of gift-wrapping that are a signature of the holidays. It's made with The fall's best produce: yummy squash and Granny Smith apples and it's flavored with curry powder and cumin.
Have the kids bring Santa Claus a slice of celebrated spa chef Bill Wavrin's Breakfast Bread with Carob and Carrots when they climb in his lap at the local department store to whisper their wish list. Or leave some out by the Christmas tree for when the jolly fellow makes a stop via the chimney.
No holiday is complete without an afternoon spent making cookies. This year ask the kids to help you make Apple-Walnut Cookies.
Holiday Pot Luck
Bring a unique dish to the neighborhood holiday party. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans will win compliments. It's a great use of that oh so good-for-you vegetable. For more on sweet potatoes, see our potato story.