Staying healthy during the holidays while still enjoying classic, delicious dishes is more possible than you may think. In this healthy holiday meal plan, we set you up with an impressive dinner menu plus a next-day brunch menu to keep the good times rolling. Dinner comes in under 800 calories (including dessert) and brunch clocks in right under 600 calories, which is pretty impressive given that the average American holiday meal adds up to be over 3,000 calories per serving—yikes!
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When I was a kid, whipping up a batch of Toll House chocolate chip cookies was considered the pinnacle of kids' cooking. Once you polished off half the raw dough and used the rest to bake actual cookies, you could pat yourself on the back and declare yourself a regular chef. If you had a bagel pizza in your repertoire, then you might as well have graduated right from junior high to culinary school. But now we live in the age of the wunderkind chef.
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Answer your comfort-food cravings with these healthy veggie-packed versions of your favorite meals. Here we take traditional comfort-food recipe—like mac and cheese, chicken Alfredo and cheesy lasagna—and lighten them up by swapping in veggie substitutes for typical carb-heavy ingredients. Cauliflower florets, spaghetti squash and roasted eggplant stand in for macaroni, spaghetti and lasagna noodles for a week of delicious veggie-heavy dinners that hit the spot without going overboard on calories and sodium.
I like to cook with a lot of vegetables, but the waste can really pile up. I was becoming horrified to see exactly how much trash was leaving my kitchen. So I started a compost bin. I feel better since the compostable stuff is at least going to good use. But now my compost bin is filling up, which led me to think about what I was throwing in there. Is it all compost or can I find another use for it? Here are a few things you can actually keep and eat (and some you should toss).
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