by Chef George Stella
In the Fall Your Weight Matters Magazine article, titled “Emotional & Healthy Eating during the Holidays,” the author provided you with tips on how to maintain healthy eating habits during the holidays. The author also suggested taking old family favorite recipes and making them healthy and new! In this article, you will find a variety of holiday recipes provided by Chef George Stella. From sausage and herb stuffing to praline pumpkin pie, you’ll love these healthy and festive recipes for the holidays!
My name is George Stella, and 12 years ago I was well on my way to weighing 500 pounds! Add in my wife Rachel, who at one point weighed 205 pounds, my oldest son Anthony, who weighed 225 pounds and my youngest son Christian, at 305 pounds, and you have a single family of four that weighed more than half a ton!
Understandably, I am not exaggerating when I say that the way we were eating was indeed killing us. Looking back at the years in which we were literally growing together as a family, I remember our meals consisting on average of things ranging from pizza and macaroni and cheese, to Chinese and fast food.
What finally worked for us was a lifestyle initially based on the Atkins diet, which centers on drastically limiting your carb intake, and together my family of four lost more than 550 pounds in less than three years! After a while, we did find that we were all missing the old comfort foods that we had gotten used to throughout the years, especially at the holidays. As a chef, I decided we needed to make the low-carb lifestyle work to fit our tastes, rather than restricting ourselves completely in order to follow a plan created by someone else.
I have always said that you need to like what you are eating, or you are dooming yourself to failure. For this reason, it is incredibly important that what you’re eating includes foods you enjoy! And what better time to enjoy cooking than the holidays! With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought you might enjoy a few of our favorite low-carb comfort-food sides and desserts that your family is sure to love and remember! All of these recipes are available at www.StellaStyle.com.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Eating!
Calories: 20 | Fat: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fiber: 1g | Net Carbs: 3g
It wouldn’t be the holidays without cranberries, so we’re quite lucky they’re naturally low in sugar. Of course, the kinds of sauces you’ll find pre-made in supermarkets are full of the stuff. Which is why this recipe is so darn delicious—because it’s made fresh, and isn’t it all about the cranberries anyway?
Prep Time: 5 minutes – Cook Time: 15 minutes – Serves 12
Mock Mashed Potatoes
Calories: 140 | Fat: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fiber: 3g | Net Carbs: 4g
Doing without your favorite foods simply won’t do, as that’s something absolutely unheard of in the Stella home! For instance, we found a new favorite when we substituted that nameless high-carb root vegetable with healthy and light, yet filling, cauliflower. And even better, we piled them high with the best ingredients we could find!
Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cook Time: 6 minutes – Serves 4
Praline Pumpkin Pie
Calories: 130 | Fat: 11.5g | Protein: 3g | Fiber: 1.5g | Net Carbs: 2.5g
This is an updated version of one of the very first desserts Rachel created after we started on our low-carb lifestyle. By recreating an absolutely delicious pumpkin pie, she ensured that we would never go through the holidays without a sweet tradition.
Prep Time: 25 minutes – Cook Time: 75 minutes – Serves 12
Sausage and Herb Stuffing
Calories: 120 | Fat: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fiber: 1g | Net Carbs: 2g
Stuffing is commonly made with bread or croutons, which makes it off limits to low-carbers. But, it doesn’t have to be made that way. There’s nothing wrong – and everything right – with substituting chopped vegetables to make up the missing bulk. So don’t get stuffed. Try this recipe instead of all that bread!
Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cook Time: 35 minutes – Serves 8
Wild Mushroom Turkey Gravy
Calories: 113 | Fat: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fiber: 0.5g | Net Carbs: 2.5g
Here’s the perfect way to use those juices and drippings from your next roasted turkey. There’s more than one way to thicken a sauce or gravy! Since flour and cornstarch are out when you’re eating low-carb, a classic French cream reduction is in order. This rich sauce is complemented by the hearty taste of the mushrooms, and it’s a great accompaniment to anyone’s Thanksgiving turkey!
Prep Time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 15 minutes – Serves 8 (about 1 2/3 cups)
About the Chef:
Chef George Stella, a professional chef for more than 25 years, is an official spokesman for the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen childhood obesity initiative. He hosted two seasons of his own show, Low Carb and Lovin’ It on the Food Network, appears regularly on QVC, Dr. Oz, television and news shows and has written five bestselling cookbooks. You can catch up with George, his family and other families eating fresh, healthy foods at www.StellaStyle.com.
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