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Offer holiday guests a hot mug of this festive beverage right when they walk in the door. By swapping in lightly sweet pear juice for apple cider and using a slow cooker to steep the juice (and a decent dose of rum!) in spices, Erin Gleeson has come up with a fabulous, fragrant hot cider for grown-ups.
Combine juice, rum, nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker. Use a toothpick to make holes in an apple and push cloves in all around. Add the clove apple to the slow cooker and heat on high for 1 hour, or until hot. Serve cider in mugs garnished with additional cinnamon sticks (1 per mug) and 1 or 2 star anise, if desired.
PER 3⁄4-CUP SERVING 143 CAL; 0 G PROT; 0 G TOTAL FAT (0 G SAT FAT); 25 G CARB; 0 MG CHOL; 7 MG SOD; 0 G FIBER; 20 G SUGARS
Don’t be put off by the strange-sounding combination of ingredients. The resulting soup is light, brothy, exquisitely subtle— and a nice change from all the heavier fare served at the holidays. Best of all, you can make this tasty starter a day or two ahead—the flavors and textures actually improve over time.
PER 1-CUP SERVING 126 CAL; 3 G PROT; 4 G TOTAL FAT (〈 G SAT FAT); 21 G CARB; 0 MG CHOL; 137 MG SOD; 4 G FIBER; 7 G SUGARS
A sweet-potato pie made in a blender? Absolutely! It’s the lazy cook’s dream. Make this for fall and holiday gatherings to wow your guests. if you’re not a fan of sweet potatoes, this recipe also works well with pumpkin purée.
PER SLICE 337 CAL; 4 G PROT; 12 G TOTAL FAT (4 G SAT FAT); 54 G CARB; 0 MG CHOL; 270 MG SOD; 4 G FIBER; 19 G SUGARS
Make this shepherd’s pie your main dish at Thanksgiving and watch your guests’ eyes light up when you bring it to the table. It’s hard to beat this winning combo of mashed potatoes and saucy vegetables!
PER 1-CUP SERVING 325 CAL; 10 G PROT; 9 G TOTAL FAT (3 G SAT FAT); 50 G CARB; 0 MG CHOL; 506 MG SOD; 8 G FIBER; 6 G SUGARS
No special ingredients are necessary for this quick, easy all-purpose gravy.
PER 1⁄4 -CUP SERVING 78 CAL; 2 G PROT; 4 G TOTAL FAT (〈1 G SAT FAT); 9 G CARB; 0 MG CHOL; 388 MG SOD; 1 G FIBER; 1 G SUGARS
So often, salads get sidelined at a holiday feast when they have to compete with all of the season’s rich offerings. Not this one! Sprouts, chickpeas, hemp seeds, and a killer dressing will have guests coming back for seconds.
PER 1 3⁄4-CUP SERVING 195 CAL; 11 G PROT; 9 G TOTAL FAT (1 G SAT FAT); 21 G CARB; 0 MG CHOL; 340 MG SOD; 5 G FIBER; 3 G SUGARS
This dressing is pure alchemy: Once blended, the ingredients come together in a creamy salad sauce that’s remarkably close to store-bought (and dairy-based) ranch. The dressing will keep up to a week in the fridge. If it separates during storage, just give it a quick stir.
PER 2-TBS. SERVING 82 CAL; 5 G PROT; 6 G TOTAL FAT (〈 G SAT FAT); 4 G CARB; 0 MG CHOL; 140 MG SOD; 〈 G FIBER; 〈 G SUGARS
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