This holiday favorite is a not-too-sweet comfort food made even healthier with whole-wheat flour. Tasty beyond St. Patrick’s Day, it’s wonderful served as a light finish to a hearty dinner, or as an accompaniment to teatime in the afternoon.
Here’s your hearty-but-healthy (and budget-conscious) main dish for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration — or anytime! Much less time-intensive than original stuffed cabbage (just 5 minutes prep and only 25 minutes to cook), this unstuffed soup version is warm and satisfying.
Even an indoor “picnic” needs a classic campfire treat, reminiscent of the great outdoors. S’mores, those gooey, chocolate-graham cracker-marshmallow taste treats from childhood, get elevated to a romantic dessert when made as a parfait. Create this sweet variation inside, and surprise your valentine (but feel free to eat it by the fireplace or fire pit, too!).
Classic fried chicken from the fry pan is tough to resist — but really not so good for you when you add up the calories, fat, and sodium. This oven-fried chicken recipe is low in all of those things, but big on flavor and just as crispy when baked! At just 117 calories, 3 g of fat, 49 mg cholesterol, and 67 mg of sodium per serving, this may just become the new family favorite. (A kale or mixed greens salad would be a nice side dish to this main attraction.)
This smoothie provides a quick, refreshing start to the day, and is a light energy-booster prior to a workout. At just 80 calories, with 2 grams of protein, it’s low in fat (just 0.5 grams!) and sugar, too (15 grams). It’s also got no cholesterol and delivers a good source of potassium (370 m.). Drink it up and start your engine!
Salads are a year-round healthy addition to any table, and who says citrus fruits are only for summer? This combo of greens with grapefruit and orange sections may just have you dreaming of warmer weather in colder months, so think of it as a bright pick-me-up, for a light lunch, or as a side for dinner. This lovely mix is free of cholesterol, and comes in at only 80 calories, with just 4.5 grams of fat, 65 mg. of sodium, and 6 grams of sugar. It gets its 2 grams of protein from walnuts – a great food extender – but you could also get creative and add chicken for a more substantial main meal, knowing that it will impact calories, etc.
As the weather turns colder, what’s heartier or easier to prepare than stew? This one gets kicked up a notch by flavorful and fragrant Moroccan spices. With just 333 calories per serving, and only 12 grams of fat, this dish is as satisfying as it is filling. Plan on 15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes of cooking time. Then, dinner is served!
This classic, family favorite tastes just as good made with lighter ingredients. It just may conjure up warm memories of growing up with dessert around the TV. Still a good source of potassium from the bananas (237 mg), it comes in at just 143 calories and 2 grams of fat. Spoons up!
Here’s something new to do with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving Day that goes a step beyond just turkey sandwiches. This variation on stroganoff is every bit as rich and savory as beef stroganoff, but at just 285 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 205 mg sodium per serving, this healthier-version comfort food brings all of the flavor with fewer calories and less fat!
This is one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make – that’s a plus when it comes to the holidays. And even though pie is a family favorite, especially at Thanksgiving, it’s nice to have something lighter in the mix, still with all the goodness of fruit. Roasting (or grilling) Anjou pears (or apples, if you prefer) brings out maximum flavor. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts top it off in perfect autumn style. Low in calories (100) and fat (3.5 g), with no cholesterol, as prepared.