Season’s Eating

The holidays are here and so are the fabulous holiday dinners. Sadly, along with the holiday dinners comes the holiday weight. The problem is we want to enjoy our holiday ham without ending up looking like one. I have put together the perfect solution to enjoy a holiday feast without in taking so many calories that come along with it. Below I have laid out a low calorie 5 course meal (complete with beverage)  for you and your family to enjoy. These items are under 330 calories; whereas, most of holiday dishes can be more than 500 calories easily!

The Appetizer:

Eggplant Ricotta Bites (243 Calories)

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1 medium eggplant

Kosher salt

All-purpose flour, for dredging

2 large eggs

3/4 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra- virgin olive oil, plus more as needed

2 large plum tomatoes, diced

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 cup ricotta cheese

Shredded fresh basil, for topping


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The Entre:

Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin(323 Calories)


5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

4 slices bacon, chopped

8 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon breadcrumbs

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 pork tenderloins (2 to 2 1/2 pounds total), trimmed

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest


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The Side of Vegetables:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate and Hazelnuts (295 Calories)


1 1/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

2 tablespoons canola oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

Seeds from 1 pomegranate

1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts

Finely grated zest of 1 lime

1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest


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The Side of Starch:

Curried Sweet Potato Puree (178 Calories)


4 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 3/4 pounds)

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

4 thin slices peeled fresh ginger

Kosher salt

1/2 lime

Toasted sliced almonds, for garnish, optional

Chopped cilantro, for garnish, optional


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The Dessert:

Low-Fat Chocolate Pudding (228 Calories)


1/3 cup agave nectar or packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Pinch of salt

2 12 -ounce cans fat-free evaporated milk

2 large egg whites, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons white chocolate chips

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, plus more for topping


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The Beverage:

Low-Fat Eggnog (90 Calories)


2 cups nonfat milk

2 large strips orange and/or lemon zest

1 vanilla bean

2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cornstarch

White rum or bourbon (optional)

Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish


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