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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 …


Last Minute Thanksgivivng Recipes

In case you are still looking for some recipes for Thanksgiving, our blog has some great recipes for you to check out!  Check out these recipes which we make year in and year out!  We will add more recipes for you soon but in the meantime enjoy these recipes!
Brie en Croute
Mushroom Soup
Cipolline Al Forno
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel
Bourbon Apple Crisp with Ice Cream

Tags: Bakes for Breast Cancer, nonprofit breast cancer organization, recipes, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Recipes


Visit All Salvatore’s Locations October 20 & 21!

As I have mentioned before it is the people we meet that makes fundraising very special. When someone wants to do more for you and give you a donation over and above their support of one of our events Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, we are very grateful for their belief in our organization Bakes for Breast Cancer.
We would like to thank our friends at Salvatore’s (all of their five locations in the greater Boston area) for wanting to remember the importance of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month; a time to remember those who have passed away, those who are …


New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas

Happy New Year! In the American South, black-eyed peas are considered lucky when eaten on New Year’s Day. Plus, they’re a great source of lean protein and easier to use than other dried beans. Instead of soaking overnight, you can add dried black-eyed peas right to the pot and they’ll cook in about 1.5 hours.
We made duck for Thanksgiving this year, and have been enjoying the duck fat and stock we made from the leftovers ever since. This is the perfect recipe to use it! The silkiness of duck stock is enhanced by ham hocks, but don’t worry if you …


Curried Cauliflower Soup

A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that regularly eating nuts may lower the risk of health issues like heart disease, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.
A great way to make your diet a little nuttier is to add nut butters to smoothies or ground nuts, like almonds or cashews, to soups. This flavorful, healthy cauliflower soup is from Andrew Weil’s cookbook True Food. As is, it’s a creamy concoction, but I like to add a little extra texture with some cubed sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans for protein and kale for color.

Andrew Weil’s Curried Cauliflower Soup
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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 …


Restaurant Review: Anh Hong

Last weekend, I introduced my friends to 7 Courses of Beef and Fish at Anh Hong, a Vietnamese restaurant located in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. With beef and fish served 7 different ways, this is a unique Vietnamese food experience that is sure to be fun and delicious. Each 7 courses menu can feed 2-3 people for a set price.

Course #1: fish (left) and beef (right) sauteed in vinegar

Sauteed beef or fish in vinegar, served with DIY spring roll ingredients (rice paper, fresh veggies, and vermicelli)
Sauteed beef or fish in butter, served with DIY spring roll ingredients
Beef or fish chilled …


Sweet potato quinoa burgers

A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for sweet potato and white bean burgers, and after that I got into a little meatless burger kick. What I’ve found is I really like adding a sweet potato, which does the double duty of being delicious and nutritious but also helps bind the patty. Instead of adding beans, it’s also fun to add a grain like quinoa.

Sweet potato quinoa burgers
1 sweet potato
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 egg
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
Dash of ground ginger
Dash of cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Prick potato all over and microwave 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Set aside until cool …


Elements of a good salad

One of the best ways to be healthier is to bring your own lunch to work. Buying every day can get expensive, and restaurant or fast food meals are usually more fatty and salty. It can be hard to keep up with all that cooking, but throwing together a quick, delicious salad is relatively simple!

The greens
I like a mixture of spinach and arugula, which contains cancer-fighting beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. I also like sprinkling some sprouts on top, after I add any other goodies.
The texture
A good salad is visually interesting and includes lots of textures and tastes. It should …


Cooking with Friends!

When I was in Italy, one of the most enjoyable parts of the day or evening was cooking lunch or dinner with friends.  We would talk, cook and drink wine and then enjoy the meal.  Many times my friend would cook for me and I would help a little.  This was a new concept for me because generally when home, I am the one doing the cooking and someone else will help with the cleanup! Reality, it is not as much fun as cooking with family or friends!
My friend in Italy suggested I learn Italian.  So upon my return for …