Healthier Family Dinners

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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

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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

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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

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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

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WE LOVE YOU PAULA DEEN........

By Anonymous on January 04, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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I HAVE TRIED A FEW OF YOUR RECIPES AND ENJOYED THEM I WILL TRY A FEW OF THESE ALSO. HAPPY HEALTHY & BLESSED NEW YEAR

By carol pavao on January 03, 2014

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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

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

By Brenda Stevens on January 03, 2014

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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

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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.

By rklingfus@MCHSI.com on January 03, 2014

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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

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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

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Love you, Paula Deen.

By Leta Anderson on January 03, 2014

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Love Paula Deen please continue to share your recipied.

By Anonymous on January 03, 2014

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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

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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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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm