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November 2012 Archives

Rethinking Holiday Meals

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Holiday turkeyThe holiday season can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to. Keep these tips in mind to help focus your holiday gatherings on what's important: the health and well-being of family and friends. 

  • Set an example for family and friends. Choose foods for good taste and health. 
  • Think about people, not food. Food and drink are only part of the event. Make choosing foods easy. 
  • Make it easy for guests to select healthy choices by offering new foods along with familiar ones. 
  • Create excitement by trying new and different foods and activities, while keeping some old favorites. Add new ingredients to a favorite recipe, or serve a new side dish with a well-liked main dish. 
  • Boost the festive look of foods by sprinkling shredded coconut, sliced almonds, green onions, or herbs on foods. 

Want to serve a feast without breaking the bank? Healthy, Thrifty Holiday Cooking is for you! This website connects you with recipes for main dishes, sides, salads, and desserts that you can feel confident feeding to your family. 

If you plan to cook a turkey this Thanksgiving, visit Turkey Basics on the Food Safety website. There you will find information on what size of a turkey to purchase, a cooking chart, guidelines on washing and thawing your bird, and more.
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