Healthier Family Dinners

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Healthier Family Dinners

By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Are your jeans feeling a little tighter after all the holiday indulgence? We know the feeling! That’s why we’ve put together a few easy and healthy family dinners to help you feel great and keep your New Years resolutions (for a few weeks, anyways). Follow these meal ideas and you’ll be feeling like your usual svelte self in no time.

Light Meal

image For folks looking for something hearty, but still healthy, try Re-Fashioned Turkey Meatloaf. It satisfies your cravings for something rich and decadent but keeps it on the healthy side with turkey and oats.

image Instead of the usual side of mashed potatoes try Paula’s Mashed Cauliflower. Using cauliflower cuts down your carbohydrate intake and takes just minutes to prepare. This recipe is made with chicken broth instead of cream to cut down on fat and calories.

Lighter Meal

image Still have some leftover holiday ham? Put it to good use in the Senate Bean Soup. This fuss free dish is perfect for post holiday cooking (inexpensive, easy, and only 5 ingredients!) Plus it makes a big batch so you’ll have a comforting light lunch made for the rest of the week.

image Pair the soup with Fresh Green Bean and Tomato Salad for the perfect light supper. Be like Bobby and replace the mayonnaise with some reduced fat Greek yogurt for a change of pace (it’s a great way to reduce some calories and fat).

Lightest Meal

image If you’re looking to go even lighter, try the nutrient dense and low cal Very Green Soup. We break this soup out every January for our post holiday diets. We love the bright green color that reminds us that we’re eating something good for us.


image Serve along side with Paula’s Roasted Beet Salad with a Cocoa Viniagrette for some extra greens and veggies to make it a complete and satisfying meal. Make the goat cheese your splurge!

Happy healthy new year with love and best dishes!

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Thank you Paula some more common receipts please. I need some good diabetic and sodium free .help please love you and your family.

By Patsy brown on February 27, 2014


Thanks Paula for your recipes and I am always looking for something different to cook.I have picky eaters and its hard to feed them so thank you and please continue with putting cooking ideas especially for fewer calories also something for diabetics some sugar free recipes.

By Susan on January 07, 2014


watched your show as much as possible. Now, because of your FaceBook entry I got your web page saved. Keep up the good work.

By Bob Bach on January 04, 2014


I have just found out I am a diabetic. I am really afraid, but I loved your receipes I came across. Thanks Paula Colleen Wefer

By Colleen Wefer on January 04, 2014



By Anonymous on January 04, 2014


I will try all of these......New Years resolution ! I am 72 and it is 16 degrees below freezing here in Corinth, ME you just gave me the will to cook. Thank you Paula,

By Linda Armstrong on January 04, 2014


Don't ever stop Paula. Love all your recipes and your humor. You are a Blessed Lady. Keep up the great work, and don't give up!!

By Sandra Scherrer on January 04, 2014


love to watch you and your sons cooking I see you on face book thanks for the picture you sent me love you sadie

By sadie anderson on January 03, 2014


You turned me on to senate bean soup years ago. Love it. So easy. Turkey meat loaf too. A great way to dial down on the diet......

By merengis on January 03, 2014



By carol pavao on January 03, 2014


Paula, when your episode happened, I ordered your cook ware, went and bought one of your cookbooks and emailed Harrah's and blessed them out for letting you go, and told them I would never come back. I do so want you to come back.

By Sue Cole on January 03, 2014


We love you and all your great recipes just keep up the great work .

By Brenda Stevens on January 03, 2014


Paula I don't care what anyone says all I know is I love watching you on TV and I do use a lot of your recipes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

By Darlene Lang on January 03, 2014


Just had to tell you I was in Savannha last week and got the pleasure of eating at your place and also Mrs Wilkes. Bring on that Chicken!!!my rating is a 10.

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Have enjoyed several of your recipes over the Holidays. Keep up your good work! Joyce Shoulders

By Anonymous on January 03, 2014


Paula it's so nice to c the lighter recipes. I'm diabetic and always look where u can save fat and calories. Looking forward to ur grand opening of ur new store in Clarence,NY in Feb. Not far from me, will definitely check it out! Keep up the good work, I will definitely follow u wherever u go! The best for the New Year Paula!! Great things will come ur way!!! 🍗🙋

By Dottie Mazurek on January 03, 2014


Love you, Paula Deen.

By Leta Anderson on January 03, 2014


Love Paula Deen please continue to share your recipied.

By Anonymous on January 03, 2014


Ms. Dean I do appreciate your many recepies and your newer low calories one are fantastic . Thank You and may God Bless your New Year.

By jim suehr on January 03, 2014


I recieved my set of pots and pans with all of the baking pans also.Ilove them They are so easy to clean.Iwatch your boys show whenever they are on. Love them and you. Keep up the good work.

By Beverly Thomas on January 03, 2014

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