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Makeover Your Holiday Meals with MyPlate! - Week 1

Posted by Sara Chang, Nutritionist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in Food and Nutrition
Feb 21, 2017
A Classic Holiday Favorite: Sarah’s Green Bean Casserole
A Classic Holiday Favorite: Sarah’s Green Bean Casserole

The holiday season has finally arrived! It’s time to find your favorite family recipes and start cooking! While many of our favorite dishes help us to remember and celebrate special times, choosing healthier options can be a challenge. Let MyPlate help you find solutions with “MyPlate Holiday Makeovers.” During our eight-week series, you’ll find ways to celebrate the season with great new resources such as recipes, a new infographic, and tips for preparing your holiday feast.

To keep you engaged throughout the holiday season, the MyPlate Facebook page will feature “Makeover Mondays.”  Every Monday, from today through January 6, the MyPlate Team will offer their personal recipe makeovers and ideas to help you live healthier throughout the New Year. You can also use the new SuperTracker feature, My Recipe, to build, save, and analyze your favorite recipes.  Follow @MyPlate on Twitter, and use #MyPlate to share your favorite healthy holiday tips or ideas – let us know what works for you.

Visit often to find new holiday ideas and resources to help you to keep good health in mind.

Happy, Healthy Holidays!

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Sarah’s Green Bean Casserole recipe. Click to enlarge for larger version.
Sarah’s Green Bean Casserole recipe. Click to enlarge for larger version.
Category/Topic: Food and Nutrition

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Rajen Anand
Nov 18, 2013

Very good job, Sara. Keep up the work to help Americans attain good health.

Delia Lechuga
Nov 18, 2013

Great Holiday recipes. Thank you. We will share with our recipients.

Delia Lechuga
Director of Programs

The Candid RD
Nov 19, 2013

YUM! Looks amazing. And this could be gluten free with a few modifications...

Nov 19, 2013

Thank you. Our children will like the change at our center. They are eating better since the new standards came into affect. We like all the nutritional recipes we can get.

Lucy Ann Wines
Nov 19, 2013

Thank you for your suggestions. I do not think celebrating the holiday with foods that have salt, whole milk, sugar is going to ruin anyone's health. It should be the individual's choice how to celebrate the holiday and I hope there will never be standards for how individual's celebrate their holidays, especially those with a cultural influenc.

Nov 19, 2013

Will you add some other recipes, like for cranberries, and do you have any low calorie stuffing ideas?

Nov 19, 2013

Love to see your candied sweet potatoes with no butter or brown sugar! Can't wait!

Nov 19, 2013

While the recipe looks great, how about a side that is dairy and gluten-free?

Nov 20, 2013

Nice to see how just a small modification can boost up the healthfulness of a traditional dish. This gives me some ideas for my own holiday cooking...
Thank you Sara the Nutritionist!

The Lively RD
Nov 21, 2013

This dish looks yummy. Great to know I can prepare a family favorite without all the calories. The MyPlate Team rocks!!

Nov 22, 2013

For Dairy and gluten-free green beans:
Use olive oil {or canola oil] to caramelize the onions. I prefer a combination of real butter and the olive oil. Of course a small amount of granulated sugar helps the onions caramelize more quickly. Add seasonings of choice and serve.
A stove top version of alternative flavored beans. I use an Italian herbal spice mixture or garlic or Cajun spice mix to alter veggie flavors. For those of you who don't have a kitchen with a variety of spices, you could always dress the cooked beans with Italian, Ranch, or Thousand Island dressings. Quick, simple and easy. PS for sweet, try Catalina dressing.