This is one of those fall salads that I keep come back to time and again for anything from entertaining to eating alone.
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A sweet-spicy whole grain recipe that’s a fun twist on classic fall sides and a natural fit at the Thanksgiving table.
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One of my all-time favorite comfort foods is this sweet potato gnocchi with balsamic-sage brown butter sauce.
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A fall slant on the classic Italian bread salad, panzanella, made with apples, squash, and fall greens.
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Celebrating the first days of the school year with some back to school design finds.
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I wanted to share an elegant persimmon appetizer that’s been a dinner party hit this fall. This dish is one of those point-perfect holiday entertaining dishes because it’s festive, low-fuss, high impact, and, if I do say so myself, one of the prettiest appetizers around.
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This year, I’m thankful for having had the opportunity to cook Thanksgiving for everyone at The Biggest Loser. The contestants are an exceptional bunch and they are the inspiration for this meal as I decided to makeover classic holiday dishes in the same way the show’s contestants have made over their lives. The menu below has various iconic Thanksgiving dishes, made over, and they’re also the dishes I’m cooking on tonight’s show.
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From the moment I started working on this Thanksgiving menu, I kept thinking about the turkey. All the other recipes fell into place but the turkey was a bit of a puzzle. I wanted a recipe that would measure up to The Biggest Loser nutritional standards, but also be worthy of the Thanksgiving supper spotlight. And then, it came to me: craft a simple yet elegant turkey that used flavors from the rest of the menu to tie everything together.
While it’s no secret that the white meat on the bird is a lot better for you, it tends also dries out really easily so roasting it for the holiday can be a crapshoot. In this recipe, there are three major precautionary measures to ward off dry turkey. First, the turkey should be bone-on because that will help the bird cook more evenly and infuse it with more turkey flavor. Secondly, the turkey gets roasted in broth for the first half, which ensures it stays super moist despite the 90 minute cooking time. Third, the honey-orange baste brings another layer of flavor and moisture to the finished dish. Then, to further boost the flavor, the pears and onions in the roasting pan get blended up and used as the base of the gravy for a take on turkey that’s a fraction of the fat and calories.
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This holiday season, I’m giving thanks for a very memorable experience: cooking Thanksgiving on The Biggest Loser! They asked me to craft a menu that (aside from being delicious) was up to The Biggest Loser smart-eating standards.
If you’ve ever watched the show, then you know how inspiring and motivated each contestant is. In that spirit, it seemed fitting to makeover classic Thanksgiving dishes so they’d be as fabulous as the contestants themselves. The result is this Thanksgiving menu that’s got a lot going for it in terms of flavor, but is lower in fat and calories.
I’ll be sharing my tips and recipes with the nation on next Wednesday’s Thanksgiving episode, but I’m sharing them with you starting right now. Over the next five days, I’ll be posting recipes from the menu below, so you’ll have plenty of time to incorporate them into your Thanksgiving spread.
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It’s the countdown to the biggest cooking day of the year and, in the whirlwind of inviting, planning, shopping, and prepping, you just might forget to eat before you eat — know what I mean? While some like to starve before they dive into the Thanksgiving meal, I’m of a different camp: the one that eats a healthy, hearty salad. Here’s a kale salad that fits that bill and is pretty easy to make.
Speaking of which, Pretty. Easy. is also the name of a new series on the site where I’ll be sharing recipes that are seriously simple and easy on the eyes. But, back to the salad at hand: it’s quick enough to throw together whenever hunger strikes, yet festive enough to bring out for Thanksgiving, assuming you haven’t already eaten it all beforehand.
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