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Healthy Thanksgiving

 
Healthy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. For someone who wants to stay fit and healthy, being surround by food can be overwhelming. You love the holidays, but fear gaining weight. The average person gains 1-2 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Below are some tips to eating a healthy meal and not overeating during the holidays.
Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you should over indulge with unhealthy foods. A good tip to not overeating is portioning your food. Choose the healthier foods and only give yourself a certain amount so you …

 

An Afternoon at Mistral

Walking into Mistral around noon, I almost expected to see some sort of secret, daytime chaos that would explain how the restaurant pulls off its perfectly orchestrated dinners. But the restaurant was pristine and silent, sunlight poured into the room through large windows, and the kitchen hummed quietly in the background. In a few hours, the restaurant would be lit only by the tentacles of chandeliers and filled with the clink of forks on plates and the murmur of wait staff getting to know their guests.
I met with Shane Gray, Mistral’s pastry chef, and Mark D’Alessandro, the general manager, at …

 

Shakshuka

I hope everyone’s been using this week as an excuse to indulge at local bakeries and restaurants. Boston is full of delicious desserts, and restaurants participating in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer are donating a portion to their profits in the name of breast cancer research and patient care. See the complete list here!
Since you’ve got dessert covered, let’s talk dinner.

It seems like shakshuka has been all over the food blogs in the past few months, and for good reason. I had never had it until my friend suggested I make it, and since then, it’s become an almost weekly …

 

Why you should make your own stock

It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I’ve been a little under the weather. Luckily, a freezer full of homemade chicken stock came to the rescue.

Making my own stock is one of my favorite things to do. It requires at least a 6-hour span of time at home, but the whole house is filled with the relaxing, homey scent of soup on the stove. It also requires that you have some chicken bones laying around. Whenever we cook a whole chicken or bone-in thighs or even chicken wings, we save them and pop them in the freezer. That …

 

Sweet potato and Black Bean Parfaits

Sometimes I put on airs. I just like to be fancy on a semi-regular basis. But a lot of the time, I just fake myself out so I think I’m being fancier than I really am. That means pouring cheap gin into Hendrick’s bottles, eating ice cream out of dainty dessert glasses, and always drinking seltzer. (Why drink still water when you can have bubbly?)
A good way to achieve health in your snobbery is to put on airs at lunch. Bringing lunch to work isn’t the fanciest occupation, especially when it’s comprised of the lowly potatoes and beans. Unless you call it …

 

Roasted chickpeas

One of my pitfalls when it comes to healthy eating is snacks. I’ll have a nice bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, a smoothie for a mid-morning snack, a salad for lunch…and then a bag of chips. Or a few cookies. Or some candy. Most of the time, it’s not that I crave those specific foods – I just want salty or sweet. So when I discovered roasted chickpeas last week, I was ecstatic. A healthy food made even more delicious, that satisfies the urge for crunchy and salty? You bet. Not only do I snack on them, I add them to …

 

Baked egg in a pepper

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. The festivities are over, the tinsel taken down, the tree on the curb, and the diet regimen started. It’s not all humdrum and drab, though! Baking eggs in a bell pepper half is one of my favorite breakfast dishes, and it’s healthy to boot. It can be hard to increase your veggie intake, especially for breakfast, but this is a great way to start. Plus, this is just one variation. Play around with the spices, add a little pancetta – whatever you’re in the mood for!

Baked egg in a pepper
For two
1 bell …

 

Sloppy sweet potatoes

This recipe is one of those “oops” moments that turns into something serendipitous. I had a package of grass-fed beef I was planning to make into meatballs, but I forgot to buy most of the other ingredients at the store. (Parmesan-less meatballs? How could I?) I did have some canned tomatoes and Italian spices, so I changed my plans and made a gloopy, flavorful mixture. But what to put it on? We’re not big bread-eaters, but we do keep plenty of sweet potatoes around. And after a successful experiment putting bbq chicken on baked sweet potatoes, I thought making a …

 

Butternut Squash with Baby Spinach

Thanksgiving is just one week away, so I have one last healthy side suggestion. This recipe comes from one of my favorite places on earth: Wegmans. Before moving to the Boston area from upstate New York, I shopped for all of my holiday meals at Wegmans. They have great recipes and suggestions, and one has become a mainstay for me. Simple, easy, and healthy! Enjoy, and please let me know if you have any other favorite healthy holiday recipes.

Wegmans Butternut Squash with Baby Spinach
Find the original recipe here
2 pkgs (20 oz each) cut butternut squash, or 1 whole butternut squash, peeled and …

 

Healthy Thanksgiving side: Carrot slaw

Thanksgiving is about family and food and tradition. We all have those go-to dishes that we need to make, or it just isn’t Thanksgiving. But since most of those dishes are on the decadent and fatty end of the food spectrum, that makes it hard to stick to a healthy eating plan.
I remember one Thanksgiving, I decided to add a healthy, raw recipe to the mix. I made a light carrot slaw, studded with dried cranberries, with a yogurt and whole grain mustard dressing instead of mayo. Although it isn’t one of the “standard” Thanksgiving dishes, it’s one of the most memorable.
I …