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    Have you healthified any of your holiday recipes?
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    Carolyn Brown, MS, RD posted:
    My family and I don't always do a traditional Christmas menu - In fact last year we spiced things up by throwing "Mex-Mas". We get to try lots of new recipes... And I can always make my minor recipe edits: more veggies here, a little less butter there...

    When it comes to your holiday favorites, have you edited any recipes to make them a bit healthier? any success (or fail) stories? And do you serve anything that's totally non-traditional?
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    Rohvannyn responded:
    I made my own cranberry sauce because I didn't want any high fructose corn syrup. I put two bags of cranberries into my juicer and added one apple, ran it through twice, then reintegrated the pulp with the juice, added water, pectin and a little sugar, then boiled it on the stove. Next time I'll use higher heat and a little more pectin because the sauce wasn't thick enough, but it was delicious! I wouldn't reccommend doing this with stevia or an artificial sweetener because the pectin needs at least some sugar to work right. You could also use gelatin of some type.
     
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    Jis4Judy responded:
    for many years lasagna was my favorite thing to make for christmas because I could make it ahead of time and freeze it
    then just bake it in the oven on chistmas day was the easiest and tastiest meal ever .. and I make painted sugar cookies at Christmas too ..
    I do make my own pasta sauce and I added oodles of mushrooms instead of ground beef I do make meatballs but they are easier to measure a serving than meat sauce ,,

    Hugs Judy:)
     
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    Jis4Judy replied to Rohvannyn's response:
    I also make cranberry sauce but I cook the berries whole
    useing only half the sugar useing the recipe on the bag of cranberrys after it is cooked takes about 10 minutes . I add in grated orange zest make a great whole berry sauce
    Hugs Judy:)
     
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    larsstarscanary responded:
    I try to use tofu, seasoned with all the spices, herbs, and vinegars, etc, used for the traditional dishes. As long as I expect the tofu to taste like tofu, (And not Chicken!) I'm not disappointed.


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