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Recipes for Healthier Holidays



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UPDATED: 11.20.13

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Maintaining a healthy diet can be particularly challenging during the holidays. Portion control and a few modifications to classic holiday recipes can go a long way in keeping your sugar under control over the holidays. Here a few recipes you can try out in the coming holiday season:

Country Style Green Beans


1. Place beans, turkey, onion, and salt in a stock pot.

2.Cover with water and bring to a boil.

3. Turn to low heat and cook until the beans are tender.

4. Add potatoes and cook until tender.

Cornbread dressing



1. Crumble bread and add to cornbread

2. Heat chicken broth in pan on stove or in microwave

3.  Heat applesauce in a large pot.

4. Add onions and celery.

5. Cook vegetables until tender.

6. Pour into a large baking dish. Add bread mixture.

7. Pour hot chicken broth over bread mixture. Stir to moisten.

8. Bake at 375°F for 20-30 minutes or until hot.

Low-Fat Fudgey Brownies


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Cut chocolate into 1-inch pieces and place in heat-proof bowl.

3. Melt chocolate in microwave oven. Stir occasionally until chocolate is melted. Set aside.

4. In mixer bowl, combine all ingredients except flour and walnuts. Beat to blend thoroughly. Mix in flour.

5. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle with walnuts.

6. Bake about 30 minutes until springy the to touch.

7. Cool on rack. Cut into 1½ inch square.

8. Prune puree (makes about 1 cup): Combine 1 box pitted prunes and 6 tablespoons hot water in food processor/blender. Puree until smooth. (If no food processor/blender is available, cut prunes in small pieces and mash with fork or potato masher.)

Follow these links for more recipes:

Sweet Potato Soufflé

Mashed Potatoes

Brussels Sprouts with bacon


  • Simply Good Cooking. All recipes are from Simply Good Cooking, a cookbook that was created for the ENCOURAGE: Evaluating Community Peer Advisors and Diabetes Outcomes in Rural Alabama study, a research study conducted in partnership between researchers at the University of Alabama and Birmingham (UAB) and people with diabetes living in Alabama’s Black Belt and their physicians. The cookbook was adapted from the Simply Good Cooking nutrition program developed for the community of Uniontown, Alabama. Photos by Susan Andreae.