As the holidays approach, we look forward to happy times spent with family and friends. What we don’t relish is the stress of last-minute preparations and the aftereffects that holiday celebrations can have on our health.
The “mocktail” is making a big splash, not only on the flavor front and in specialty bars across the country, but in cookbooks, headlines and across the Web as an alternative to traditional alcohol-based drinks.
Here’s a light-yet-rich-tasting comfort food to ease you from fall into winter soup time! There’s an array of different mushrooms in this recipe ideally, but you can also use white button mushrooms if you can’t find the more exotic mix.
Life is a balancing act (in a three-ring circus, it can sometimes seem – whether at home, at work, or, yes, most times, both!). The change of seasons means a flurry of new activities and schedules, plus holiday planning, entertaining and shopping bearing down.
Alcohol is linked to an estimated 28 individual car crash deaths per day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That means someone dies, needlessly, roughly every 53 minutes, at a staggering annual cost of more than $44 billion.
All hail kale! Forget trendy; kale has been around since ancient times. Those living way back when knew a good thing when they found it and thankfully so do we. High in vitamins A, C and K, pair this Superfood with beans and turkey for a stick-to-your-ribs soup with an added nutritional punch.
Holiday time often means excess. From food to gifts, the pressure to purchase is all around us, whether it’s hyped in the media (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) or in the stores (who among us hasn’t been assaulted by the “Fragrance Police”?).
Let’s face it, we’re all spending more time at our jobs, and with both partners bringing home the bacon, cooking on the fly just doesn’t cut it anymore. Lengthy drive-times also impact the time and energy we have when we get home and have to prepare meals.
Creamy and custard-like without the high calories, this panna cotta’s pumpkin flavor makes it a no-
brainer for holiday entertaining – or anytime! A 15-minute prep time means it’s easy on the cook.
It just might be true that the family that plays together, stays together. Life gets busy, so it’s important to remember to make time for each other. You may think you need to get away in order to do that.