Sept. 28 - Healthy Cooking October/November 2010 Issue

Fall's guilty pleasures (without the guilt)

Sept. 28 - Healthy Cooking October/November 2010 Issue

Sept. 28 - Healthy Cooking October/November 2010 Issue

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Fall Means Family with Hearty Casseroles, Decadent Dessert Makeovers, Comforting Family Meals for Sunday and All Week Long... Plus Lighter Sides for Thanksgiving!

On newsstands September 28, 2010—Greendale, WI: Thanksgiving is the start of fall's holiday craziness. But the season's everyday craziness started weeks before when summer vacations ended, kids went back to school, and frantic fall schedules — and football — took over. Don't let this craziness keep you from bringing your family to the table before the holidays. Farmer's markets are bursting with colors and flavors just waiting to be included in the fresh, comforting, delicious, and healthy meals that fill the October/November 2010 issue of Taste of Home Healthy Cooking. It's packed with dozens of light and tasty recipes, many of them easy and quick to make for a family on the go — and all of them yummy, even on Thanksgiving. Yes, we said Thanksgiving — we lighten that up too!

Take Back Sundays — and Every Day — with Our Easy & Healthy Family Meals
Home cooking can always be healthier; the problem is getting everyone to the table at the same time. This fall, start resolving to "Take Back Sundays" (pages 43-50) and take yourself back to the heart of your family, share in some fun together, and make new memories — all while eating right. Our issue has three ideas to start for dinner and more:

  • Brunch — Get them together before they get out the door with trimmed down dishes like Mock Apple Strudel, Sage Turkey Sausage Patties, Sunday Brunch Strata, and a Makeover Bread Pudding (page 23), a warm, rich, comforting dish that trims 10g of saturated fat, 20g of total fat, a quarter of the calories, and almost half the cholesterol of the original.
  • Dinner — Try this company-special-yet-healthy meal of Spicy Shrimp Fettuccini with a side of Lemon Beans with Prosciutto — each packed with fresh flavor.
  • Game Night — Make it playful with fun and easy dishes like Turkey Chili with Penne or just get them munching together on an On-the-Go Snack Mix (loaded with nuts, pretzels, M&M's, and dried fruit) or Lime Cilantro Hummus.

Once you master Sundays, try one of the ten comforting meals for family appetites in the "Easy. Healthy. Everyday." feature "Fast-Fixin' Family Standbys" (pages 52-58). The super simple entrees and sides make healthy family-friendly weeknight meals a cinch like a terrific Shredded Barbecue Chicken over Grits, Hoisin Salmon Fillets, Simple Sweet Pork Chops, Biscuit Topped Shepherd's Pies, and Garbanzo Bean Burgers. All of them low on calories, salt, and saturated fat — and short on time!

Got your family all in one place? Why not your meal? Everyone loves digging into a warm and cozy casserole when the weather gets cooler. But how to keep those one-dish wonders warm and cozy and tasty without all the cream and cheesy topping that send fat and calorie counts off the charts? In "The Season's Best Casseroles" (pages 36-40), our readers' eight slimmed-down winners are full of down-home goodness without the down-home weight gain, especially the grand prizewinning Vegetarian Egg Strata from Danna Rogers of Westport, CT. Her veggie, herby, eggy dish is a brunch favorite that even her children love. Then, dig into Sausage Spinach Pasta Bake, Chicken Casserole Supreme, Parsnips and Turnips Au Gratin, clever little Individual Tuna Casseroles, and more.

Indulge This Thanksgiving: Richness without the Guilt (pages 32-35)
Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Moist Turkey Sausage Stuffing, Broccoli-Cauliflower Cheese Bake, Pear-Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potato Biscuits... that's a spread that screams Thanksgiving. But in the hands of Taste of Home Healthy Cooking it also screams, "Lighten up a little!" Thanksgiving is a sacred meal to savor — not the time for a full-on healthy makeover. Instead, this year, try adding one or two of these dishes from our "Thanksgiving Sides" feature that no one will ever guess are light. Got Leftovers? Extras go from simple to spectacular with our stress-free ideas in "Holiday Leftovers Remade" (page 65), a 5-day plan for using leftovers to ease your way back into the workweek.

Of course, there's a lot more to please any family or crowd this season in the October/ November 2010 issue of Taste of Home Healthy Cooking. Antipasto Kabobs and Irresistible Grilled Shrimp make fun appetizers but keep calories and portions in check. There are tasty recipes from readers who are battling diabetes and want to use all those great local veggies (like in a delectable Curry Chicken Soup) and more miraculous dessert makeovers (rum cake! cheesecake! brownies!). There's even a complete lesson on bagel making. All this and more ensure that eating right this fall never tasted so good!

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