Chef's Corner
How can you make the best use of traditional ingredients in holiday dishes?

How can you make the best use of traditional ingredients in holiday dishes?
Everyone gets so excited to eat the traditional holiday fare. After Halloween, the seasonal products grace our grocery shelves. In our over-zealousness for the traditional holiday favorites, we over prepare. Who needs all those leftovers? Here are a few delicious dishes that can use traditional holiday ingredients in creative ways. You can even make and enjoy them year 'round.

Turkey and Walnut Salad

  • Serves 4
  • 1 lb of Turkey Breast leftovers- chopped
  • ½ small red onion
  • 2 celery stalks-chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup of fat free Greek yogurt plain
  • 1 tsp of curry powder or fresh tarragon
  • 1/8  cup of raisins
  • ½ cup of red grapes-split in half
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
  • Kosher Salt and cracked black pepper to taste


*Mix all ingredients well.

*serve over your favorite lettuce, bread or cous cous as a main meal

Reunion Diet Servings: 4 proteins, 1 fruit, ½ fat

Cranberry-Orange Corn Muffins

  • Makes 12 muffins
  • 1 cup flaxseed flour or multi-grain flour
  • 1 cup of yellow corn meal
  • ¼ cup of Agave Lite or ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • ½ cup orange juice- with pulp
  • 1tbl vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of cranberry sauce-whole cranberry type not jelly
  • Pam Butter cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray Pam in muffin cups.
  3. In large bowl, mix flour,
  4. Cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. In small bowl, whisk milk, orange juice, agave, vegetable oil and egg until blended.
  6. Pour wet ingredients into dry flour.
  7. Batter will be lumpy.
  8. Fold in cranberries.
  9. Spoon batter into cups.
  10. Bake muffins for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center cups out clean.