I’m indulging this holiday season. There’s no way around it. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that this is the year that I just say no to an extra cookie (or five) at the cookie swap or turn down the opportunity to put on my Christmas pants and try anything warm and cheesy you can put in front of me.
That being said, there’s no reason why every single thing on the table has to be made with a stick of butter. Over the years I’ve found and made lots of recipes that cut the fat significantly while still delivering 100% on the flavors that I grew up with. Believe it or not, it’s quite easy to cook up your holiday feasts without everything being over-the-top rich.
Try subbing out a few of the heavier holiday dishes you make for these skinny holiday recipes (Cauliflower Mash and the Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole are my personal faves). You won’t be sacrificing a bit of flavor, but come New Year’s, you’ll spend a few less hours at the gym shedding off that dreaded holiday weight.
Let's have a super tasty---but guilt-free---holiday season! Believe it or not, it's quite easy to cook up your feasts without heavy and rich recipes. With this collection of 30 sweet and savory amazing "skinny" recipes, you'll get all of the deliciousness of traditional holiday dishes without sacrificing a bit of flavor!
'Skinny' Cauliflower Mash
Acorn Squash with Persimmon-Quinoa Filling
Crunchy Brussels Sprouts Salad
Wild Rice Stuffing
Mini Maple Pecan Pies
Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole with Shallot Crumb Topping
Valentina's passion is food, and she loves spending time in her "kitchen retreat," as she refers to that room in her house. Valentina develops recipes for creative and comforting food that works perfectly for casual entertaining. Both her recipes and food photography have been featured many times on popular food websites and in print. Valentina shares her beautiful photographs as well as new and interesting recipes almost daily on her blog, Cooking on the Weekends.
Outside the worlds of food and photography, Valentina's other passion is her family (including her two young boys, her husband and her puppy, Maple.)
To learn more about Valentina and where her work has been featured, visit her About page at Cooking On The Weekends.