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10/31/07 7:12 P

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I just got my Cooking Light November issue and will be doing a lot of looking before deciding what I'll be cooking.

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10/31/07 12:57 A

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I fix a mashed sweet potato that is super simple AND nutritious. Just boil the peeled sweet potatoes in water. When soft, mash with a bit of flax seed oil and some cinnamon. Add chopped pecans and serve. If you like the potatoes a little sweeter I would suggest adding a little organic agave nectar.

And the pumpkin added to breads & cakes really is great. I make a pumpkin cake that is just 1 can of pumpkin added to an organic yellow cake mix (reduce or eliminate the water called for on the box). I usually frost this with a thin frosting made from pureed fat-free cottage cheese, cinnamon and confectioners sugar with lots and lots of walnuts. Yummy!

And my secret for adding extra veggies that the kids don't know about is to chop them very fine and include them in almost everything... chopped boiled turnip in with the traditional mashed potatoes, lots of finely chopped veggies in the stuffing (fresh spinach, zucchini, onion, gr. pepper, carrots, celery, summer squash, mushrooms), chopped zucchini and apples (or unsweetened applesauce) in breads, muffins & brownies. I also add ground flax seed and ground bulgur wheat to many recipes for added fiber and nutrients (ie cakes, muffins, breads, ground beef dishes, soups, etc.) And chopped dried fruits like raisins, currants, dates, cranberries, cherries or apricots as well as nuts and seeds are also healthy additions to oatmeal cookies or muffins.

You can always include a great salad of baby greens, raw spinach and lots of additional veggies even if it's not part of your traditional holiday menu, and a couple of vegetable side dishes (steamed broccoli, green beans, califlower, carrots, baked acorn squash, brussel sprouts are all good choices), along with a tray of fresh fruit and nuts or some healthy fresh fruit salads. Even lots of fresh fruit or shredded raw carrot added to a jello salad is good.

And the turkey is fairly healthy if you stay away from the skin!

Hope all goes well with your menu planning and you have a delightful time with your family!

Edited by: SKIPARTY at: 10/31/2007 (01:11)
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10/23/07 1:35 P

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That sounds great!!! I will copy it down. And the pumpkin soda sounds fun too. I think I'll try that soon. I know a place to buy syrups. I love the brownie idea. I'm just excited about having my family and I don't want to blow everything that I've already done. My daughter has been dieting also. She's done so good. I just thought it would be fun to see what other people came up with too.

Thanks bunches for your ideas.

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10/23/07 1:26 P

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I don't know how "healthy" you are trying to make it but I would be happy to share a suggestion. One of my kids favorites is the recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes that I got from Sparkrecipes. Seriously good! VERY moist and almost brownie like.

1 box chocolate cake mix (I use dark chocolate fudge)
1 can pumpkin

Mix together and place in muffin liners. Bake at temperature on box for approximately 30 minutes. (Note- batter is thick and doesn't rise much above what level you fill too)

Unless you tell them they would never know you made it with pumpkin & they get the benefit of all that fiber. I have also made it with spice cake mix and it is good too. However, chocolate is our favorite.

I can't keep them around- my entire family loves them! My neice even asked her mom to make cupcakes that taste like "Auntie J's"!

Hope this helps.

Edited by: NONNIEM at: 10/23/2007 (13:28)
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CHEFSOPHIE's Photo CHEFSOPHIE Posts: 21,217
10/22/07 3:19 P

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Cooking Light has some great recipes. I always buy the November copy of the magazine so I get to see all the pictures as well. I don't think it has come out yet, but should be released soon.

Edited by: CHEFSOPHIE at: 10/22/2007 (15:20)
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MESAGIRL1's Photo MESAGIRL1 Posts: 136
10/22/07 11:54 A

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Thanks so much for answering everybody. I will have 6 people the 23rd. & 24th. On Christmas day I will have about 15 to 20. We usually have the traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin's too, but I haven't had Christmas at my house for a very long time. I would love to fix some things that are more healthy and yet still stay a bit traditional. If you know what I mean.

I've been looking at different recipies for salads and potatoes. Of course turkey. Anyway, what do you think? Any idea's? Hope we can come up with

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CHEFSOPHIE's Photo CHEFSOPHIE Posts: 21,217
10/20/07 9:24 P

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Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you Mesagirl1. We will be six, and it will be 22nd of December through the 26th. Two of the six are relatively you, translated into can be picky eaters. My thoughts were to do stuff in advance as much as possible and to also think of some crockpot stuff for pre 24th meals.

Edited by: CHEFSOPHIE at: 10/20/2007 (21:25)
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10/19/07 10:16 P

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Why don't you give us an idea of how many people you will be cooking for, what kinds of meals they like (if you know), how much you like to cook, etc.

I am going to have my inlaws here for Christmas. There will be 10 of us total. There will be a 12 year old, a 13 year old, a 19 year old, and the rest are adults. I will probably cook a big dinner for Christmas (the motto at our house for traditional turkey dinner is lots of carbs, no veggies :D )and other than that I probably won't be planning any big elaborate meals.

One of the things I like to do for a crowd in the winter is to make big pots of soup and a variety of breads. We can all sit down together and eat, or people can heat some up as they come and go from the house.

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10/19/07 9:53 P

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Great idea! Let me think about it.

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10/19/07 9:56 A

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I would love too. I want to try to stay as healthy as possible, but still make it special. I have been searching through recipies and haven't yet decided. Any ideas?

How long and how many people are you looking at?

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CHEFSOPHIE's Photo CHEFSOPHIE Posts: 21,217
10/18/07 7:51 P

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I have the same situation. Maybe we could share planning a several days of meals.

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10/18/07 4:40 P

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I get to have my children and grandchildren at my home for the first time in ten years for Christmas. I AM SOOOO EXCITED I CAN'T STAND IT!!! I want to make fabulous healthy foods. Would anyone like to help me build a weekend for my family? If so please let me know. I could be a lot of fun...

Thanks;

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