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current weight: 235.0
Posts: 1,399 12/8/08 8:46 P
I do Christmas Eve at my house and every year we have had lasagna. Last year I made a mushroom, sausage, and spinach lasagna (eatingwell.com). My family loved it.
8 ounces lasagna noodles, I used whole-wheat 1 pound lean spicy Italian turkey sausage, remove the casing 4 cups sliced portabella mushrooms 1/4 cup water 1 pound frozen spinach, thawed 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, preferably chunky 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil A little salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 pound part-skim ricotta cheese (2 cups) 8 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 2 cups), divided Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Cook noodles in the boiling water until not quite al dente, about 2 minutes less than the package directions. Drain; return the noodles to the pot, cover with cool water and set aside. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and water; cook, stirring occasionally and crumbling the sausage more, until the sausage is cooked through, the water has evaporated and the mushrooms are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Squeeze spinach to remove excess water, then stir into the pan; remove from heat. Mix tomatoes with basil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. To assemble lasagna: Spread 1/2 cup of the tomatoes in the prepared baking dish. Arrange a layer of noodles on top, trimming to fit if necessary. Evenly dollop half the ricotta over the noodles. Top with half the sausage mixture, one-third of the remaining tomatoes and one-third of the mozzarella. Continue with another layer of noodles, the remaining ricotta, the remaining sausage, half the remaining tomatoes and half the remaining mozzarella. Top with a third layer of noodles and the remaining tomatoes. Cover the lasagna with foil and bake until bubbling and heated through, 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on the lasagna. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is just melted but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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Fitness Minutes: (63,776) Posts: 2,555 12/8/08 6:47 P
On Thanksgiving I substituted cauliflower mashed ala South Beach for regular mashed potatoes - completely guilt free!!
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Fitness Minutes: (63,300) Posts: 4,392 12/8/08 5:51 P
I'm gonna have to dust off one of my holiday cookbooks for this challenge.
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Posts: 776 12/8/08 5:47 P
i have started substituting mashed sweet potatoes for regular potatoes. more nutrition, fewer calories, not so much need for butter. i use skim milk in them and leave out butter all together.
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Posts: 4,616 12/8/08 4:10 P
Sorry guys, I do not cook much or well for that matter. As an example two days ago, while boiling water, my smoke alarm went off. Geez, cant catch a break.
So here is my contribution. IT is healthy, easy to make, easy to dish out and fun to eat.
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Posts: 1,319 12/8/08 3:16 P
i love to bake holiday cookies (yeah not the most healthy thing) - here's one for coconut macaroons i just posted to the sparkrecipes site. they are very easy to make, 87 calories per cookie and are yummy if you like coconut and almond!
Makes 4 cups Per 1/2 cup serving: 149 calories; 1 g protein; 0 g fat; 38 g carbs; 4 g fiber
Ingredients 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries, picked over 3 ripe Bartlett pears, (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, quartered, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup dried cherries
Directions In a medium-size, heavy-bottom non-aluminum saucepan, combine cranberries, pears, sugar, dried cherries, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, until berries have popped and are tender, about 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Prep: 20 minutes Total: 35 minutes
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Posts: 1,915 12/8/08 2:21 P
Wow. Everything sounds great! My favorite desert is fat free cottage cheese with fresh or frozen fruit and a packet of splenda
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Posts: 681 12/8/08 12:58 P
The recipe I love right now for a desert is one I found on this website. You take a banana still in the peel and cut it down the middle then put in a scoop of peanut butter and about 5 chocolate chips. Wrap alumni foil around the whole thing and cook in a stove for 5 mins. Enough to melt the chocolate chips...sometimes 10mins. Stove needs to be 375. My nieces love to make this. The other thing I like to make is baked apples. Cut the core out and add cinnamon cook and a warm yummy dish. Good luck everyone!!
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Posts: 197 12/8/08 12:19 P
I will have to look thru my recipes!
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Posts: 1,113 12/8/08 12:04 P
These all sound delish! YUM
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Posts: 2,153 12/8/08 11:22 A
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Posts: 658 12/8/08 11:15 A
Here is a VERY healthy yet DELICIOUS alternative to Pumpkin Pie!
1/2 cup(s) unpacked brown sugar 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 1/8 tsp table salt 16 oz canned pumpkin 1 cup(s) fat-free evaporated milk 1/4 cup(s) orange juice 3/4 cup(s) fat-free egg substitute 8 tbsp lite whipped topping 1/2 medium orange(s)
Directions * Preheat oven to 350°F. * Stir together sugar, cinnamon, cloves, cayenne and salt in a large bowl. Whisk in pumpkin, milk, orange juice and egg substitute; divide among eight 6-ounce custard cups. * Set custard cups in a high-rimmed roasting pan and pour boiling water around them to a depth of 1 inch. Bake until firm around edges and slightly puffed, about 45 minutes. Remove cups from water (careful not to burn yourself), cool completely, cover and refrigerate. Before serving, top each cup with a tablespoon of whipped topping and an orange wedge.
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Posts: 19,281 12/8/08 9:50 A
6 cups fresh cornbread cubes 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, diced finely 1 cup chopped celery 2 medium Apples, peeled and diced 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley 1 tsp. dried ground sage 1 tsp. dried thyme 1-1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp. pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread cornbread cubes on a cookie sheet and toast in oven for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and pour into a large mixing bowl.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and celery to skillet, stirring until onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Add apples to skillet and cook another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour over cornbread cubes. Add remaining ingredients to mixing bowl, tossing well.
Spoon into a 9 x 13" baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake, covered with foil, for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 more minutes or until browned on top.
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Fitness Minutes: (686) Posts: 90 12/8/08 9:29 A
We don't do much in the holiday aspect but i did find a great pumpkin gingerbread in sparkrecipies the other day. My family is hugely fond of soup this time of year though. We buy chicken and cook it down for stock so there is no salt of preservatives in it. I use 2 cups of my stock, a carton of the V8 soups or any soup you like (generally 2 servings) add barley (you can you rice or pasta if you prefer), cook chicken (I use dark meat but white works too), cook it till the barley is done, add a canned but rinsed veggie, and i have a low sodium low cal soup. Usually depending on how much of what i put in it runs around 200 cal per 1.5 serving...and it yummy
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Posts: 269 12/8/08 9:18 A
What I like to do is make some festive looking pastas that taste great and have holiday colors in them.
For example: I make up an olive oil base instead of using creams. I then add red and green bell peppers (Christmas colors). You can also add other veggies if you like such as mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, etc depending on your taste. If you need to add meat to it, I like grilled chicken but shrimp or baked/broiled fish such as salmon will also work.
Just have fun experimenting with it! It is quick, easy, healthy, and always something a little different!
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I love these lyrics because it reminds that you can change no matter how hard it may seem. Everyone deserves a second chance to be happier and healthier.
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current weight: 166.0
Posts: 96 12/8/08 8:43 A
First, a plug for "Cooking Light" magazine - a great resource. Their pumpkin cheesecake was GREAT on thanksgiving.
On thanksgiving, other people brought some of the dishes. The sweet potatoes were WAY sweeter and richer than the dessert!! We kept the whole meal healthier by increasing the number of veggie/fruit choices and decreasing the number/amount of rich/traditional choices. It was easy to start with soup, then fill a plate with mostly veggies, fruit and turkey breast - having just a taste of the other stuff.
The menu: Roasted red pepper soup Turkey Dressing - "stove top" made with water only and added celery, grated carrots, mushrooms Sweet pototoes - from a guest! Mashed potatoes - made with buttermilk and no butter Peas - casserole - from a guest! Green beans - roasted, added almonds Brussel sprouts - pan roasted Fruit salad - grapefruit, oranges, pineapple Dessert - "healthier" Cooking Light cheesecake
Fitness Minutes: (21,625) Posts: 671 12/8/08 8:09 A
One of our favorite holiday dishes is Pumpkin Shrimp Bisque, which we have modified to lower calories. I have it posted in Spark Recipes. It is always a hit at every Holiday meal, despite the unusual combination of pumpkin and shrimp.
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Posts: 3,965 12/8/08 7:21 A
I'm a terrible cook, but my family loves the Weight Watchers Cabbage Soup any day of the year!
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Posts: 2,329 12/8/08 5:50 A
My family likes candied yams but the calorie count is out of the ball park. I substituted a butternut squash and apple side in its place. The butternut squash is peeled and sliced into rounds. A sweet variety apple is used--as many as needed, also sliced into rounds. I use Rome apples. The squash and apples are layer in a baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and either a little maple syrup or a brown sugar syrup made on top of the stove. If your apples are really sweet you don't need a lot. Spray lightly with butter flavored Pam and bake at 350 degrees approximately 30-40 minutes.
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Posts: 120,532 12/8/08 3:20 A
I am a horrible cook!!!! I might try those Chocolate Spoon thingies that SparkPeople showed us how to make. They sound great!
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Posts: 986 12/8/08 12:19 A
I'm trying to think of some. But not having much luck.
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Fitness Minutes: (2,734) Posts: 123 12/7/08 11:53 P
A hearty chili:
Brown onions and seasoning in a pan (with water - no oil), add lean turkey and cook until brown.
Add celery, carrots, zucchini, canned tomatoes, can of kidney beans, can of tomato paste, and spices for flavor.
Let simmer and enjoy!
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Posts: 4,737 12/7/08 11:00 P
This isn't a recipe, but a lower calorie substitution.
Love baked potatoes with sour cream? Use half sour cream and half lite ranch (I like Kraft Three Cheese Ranch). Adds the moisture and even more flavor, but fewer calories! Goes even farther because the dressing is thinner.
here is a new recipe I'm going to use this holiday season (from Yoga Journal, Dec 2008)
Fresh Cranberry Relish
3 c. cranberries (12 oz bag) 1 sweet apple and 1 pear, diced into 1/2" cubes 3/4 c. orange juice 1/3 c. maple syrup or agave syrup 1/4 c. currants or raisins 1 tsp orange zest pinch of salt
Combine ingredients in saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 18-25 min (until apple and pear pieces pierce easily). Add more juice as needed (to prevent scorching).
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Posts: 19,281 12/7/08 9:53 P
I will have to spend time thinking about this one!
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change. Barbara De Angelis
Here's a healthified version of Green Bean Casserole.
New Green Bean Casserole This favorite comfort food gets a healthy makeover without sacrificing the taste you remember. From Prevention Healthy Cooking. Prep Time:30 min Start to Finish:1 hr makes:8 servings
1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup Progresso® plain dry bread crumbs 1 onion, cut crosswise into 1/4”-thick slices and separated into rings 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced 1 small onion, chopped 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup Gold Medal® unbleached or all-purpose flour 3 cups 1% milk 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen French-cut green beans, thawed and drained
1. Preheat the oven to 500°F. Coat a medium baking dish with cooking spray. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. 2. Place the buttermilk in a shallow bowl. Place the bread crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip the onion rings into the buttermilk, then dredge in the bread crumbs and place on the baking sheet. Coat lightly with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes, or until tender and golden brown. 3. Meanwhile, coat a medium saucepan with cooking spray. Set over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, chopped onion, thyme, and salt. Coat with cooking spray. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms give off liquid. Sprinkle with the flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the milk. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until thickened. Add the green beans. Stir to mix 4. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°F. Pour the bean mixture into the prepared baking dish. Scatter the onion rings over the top. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
P.S. Eatbetteramerica.com has quite a few "healthified" recipes.
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Posts: 2,771 12/7/08 9:03 P
I love this recipe because it puts a lot of color out on the table in a healthy and tasty way. Also quick once the beans are trimmed (I do that the night before). Has become a Thanksgiving staple for me the last couple years but easy works for Xmas too.
Maple Glazed Green Beans and Carrots with Cranberries and Pecans
* 1/2 pound baby carrots * 1/2 pound green beans * 1/3 cup pecans halves or pieces * 1/4 cup dried cranberries * 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons maple syrup Pepper
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a generous amount of salt.
2. Add carrots to water and cook for about three minutes until just cooked through. Using a slotted spoon remove carrots from water to an ice bath to stop the cooking. Remove from ice bath after cooled and let drain on paper towels.
3. Trim green beans. Add green beans to boiling water once carrots have been removed. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until just cooked and still slightly crisp. Drain pot and transfer green beans to ice bath. Place hot pot that was used for boiling the vegetables back on the stove with the burner off. Add butter and let melt.
4. Toast pecans in a small skillet over medium high heat until fragrant. If using whole pecans, roughly chop at this point.
5. To melted butter add carrots, green beans, pecans, and cranberries. Drizzle with maple syrup and toss all ingredients to combine. Add more salt if necessary and pepper to taste.
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Fitness Minutes: (23,123) Posts: 4,026 12/7/08 8:47 P
Happy Monday to you!
I found this poem today. It is for Thanksgiving, but I think it works the same for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.: ---------------------------- "Belly Stuffer"
Thanksgiving always brings a terrible chore, 'Cause I’m forced to eat and eat some more. If I don’t eat it up right down to dessert, I fear the cook’s feelings will be hurt, So I do my part, even though I suffer; To help out the others, I’m a belly stuffer.
By Karl Fuchs ---------------------------
Do you feel like that around the holidays? You know that there is going to be food and you just HAVE TO eat it? I thought it would be a good time to SHARE HEALTHY HOLIDAY RECIPES.
Our family will be having 12 people feasting on Christmas Day. I would love to find healthy alternatives to traditional favorites (stuffing, pumpkin dessert, etc.)
Feel free to either:
*Share a healthy holiday recipe (main dish, dessert, beverage, etc.)
*Share healthy products that you use for your holiday cooking (a plug for good food manufacturers)
*Share restaurants or eateries that welcome healthy eaters around the holidays
Have a "WOW! THAT SMELLS DELICIOUS" Monday, Shan
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