- December 2007 > Healthy Recipe
We all look forward to holiday meals for the chance to enjoy our family's favorite long-standing recipes. Mom's turkey stuffing. Aunt Ida's green-bean casserole. Grandma's secret gravy. But you can keep things fresh year after year by experimenting with a few new sides. Add them to the holiday table, or use them to spice up leftovers. Peruse a few of these options, and let us know what you think.
These orange slices, drenched with a richly flavored syrup, are the perfect partner for dark-meat such as beef or chicken thighs or drumsticks.
Combine sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook mixture until reduced to 2 tablespoons (about 1 minute), stirring constantly; remove the mixture from heat. Divide orange slices evenly between 2 salad plates. Drizzle each serving with 1 tablespoon vinegar glaze. Garnish with chopped mint, if desired.
Yield: 2 servings
Use your microwave to make this easy side dish for roast chicken, turkey, or pork; you can prepare it while the roast is standing.
Pierce potatoes with a fork; arrange on paper towels in microwave oven. Microwave potatoes at HIGH for 10 minutes, rearranging the potatoes after 5 minutes. Wrap potatoes in a towel; let stand for 5 minutes. Scoop out pulp; discard skins. Combine pulp, milk, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and salt in a medium bowl; mash.
Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, softened butter, pecans, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Top each serving with pecan mixture.
Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup potatoes and 1 tablespoon pecan mixture)
You'll love the versatility of this recipe. Match it with highly seasoned dishes such as beef or pork fajitas, or use it to add zip to a menu with broiled salmon, sauteed catfish, or a vegetarian roll-up. You can substitute regular salsa for the chipotle salsa if you prefer.
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add bell pepper and garlic; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in salsa and beans; simmer 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)
As a sweet ending to a heart-healthy holiday menu that won’t leave you feeling like a scrooge, enjoy this dessert recipe.
Yield: 25 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)
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