Maintain Don’t Gain This Holiday Season – Video & Recipes

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Maintain Don’t Gain This Holiday Season: Appetizers, Sides, Salads and Desserts to Save Loads of Calories


Roasted Pine Nut Hummus

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed, or soaked if using dried
  • 3 tablespoons of tahini
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted and finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley or cilantro, finely chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons water



In a blender or food processor, blend the chickpeas. Add tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and water until the ingredients form a paste-like consistency. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Garnish with any remaining parsley or cilantro. Cover and refrigerate about an hour.


Chick Pea and Arugula Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes



  • 2 15 oz cans of garbanzo beans
  • ½ cups of cubed provolone cheese
  • ½ cups of scallions chopped
  • ½ cup of golden raisins
  • 1 container of fresh arugula
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of minced garlic
  • ½ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper



1.  Place garbanzo beans, scallions, cheese, golden raisins and a arugula into a mixing bowl.  Place olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper into a bowl and whisk to combine.  Toss over salad and toss to coat.  Serve room temperature or chilled.

Green Beans Almondine

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 lb green beans
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice




1. Slice fresh beans French style and cook, covered in a small amount of boiling salted water until crisp-tender.

2 Drain.

3. Cook almonds in butter over low heat, stirring occasionally, until golden.

4. Remove from heat and add a squeeze of lemon juice.

5. Pour over beans.


Cauliflower Mash

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter



Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.

Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.

In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic, chicken base, and pepper until almost smooth.

Garnish with chives.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups quick oatmeal, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut


1. Measure oatmeal, peanut butter and coconut into a large bowl and set aside.

2. Boil butter, sugar, cocoa and milk together for 1 minute.

3. Pour onto oatmeal, peanut butter coconut mixture.

4. Mix thoroughly making sure to moisten all the ingredients.

5. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto waxed paper.


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