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    Healthy for the Holidays II

    A compilation of healthy recipes from all the players in the Healthy for the Holidays Challenge running from November 25 to December 31.
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    As Lynne explains in the notes accompanying this recipe, cooking this Butternut Squash Soup in a large sauté pan saves time and intensifies the flavours; and “browning the onions supplies the bold foundation you need with sweet ingredients like squash”. A really delicious soup, I have made several times and have always enjoyed, as have family members and friends whom I’ve served it to. I have always made this soup exactly to the recipe (I wasn’t even tempted to add more garlic as I do with so many recipes!) because Lynne’s recipes are always so good and I trust them totally. I’ll be interested to know what changes Zaar chefs will make. I have posted this recipe here - together with Lynne’s fabulous tips – exactly as I received it in "The Splendid Table” newsletter. Subscription details are available online.

    Recipe #118788

    A flavoursome light soup that is served chilled. A delicious choice for summer dining. It’s ideal before a heavier main course or served for lunch with warm crusty bread rolls. This recipe has been in my Word files for some years. Unfortunately when I first saved it, I did not include any indication of its source. All I know is that it is clearly from an Australian website and that the original recipe was Catherine Saxelby’s. Thank you, Catherine. What I have posted here is my adaptation of Catherine Saxelby’s recipe. I have added several ingredients and changed several others. I’m sure that you will do the same when you make it. I have not, however, tried it as a warm soup, probably because I have only ever made it in summer. Please let me know what it’s like if you DO serve this warm.

    Recipe #121002

    A delicious crockpot soup, which can be served warm or chilled. Adapted from Betty Crocker's "Slow Cooker" cookbook. Cooking times vary depending on whether you cook the soup on a low or on a high setting: 8-10 hours on low; or 3-5 on high. I posted this recipe for safe-keeping before I'd made it; and I have since made it with a few changes. See notes below.

    Recipe #133068

    This is a delicious soup with a truly different taste and texture from any other soups I have eaten or made. It is nutritious and healthy for day-to-day eating and is also ideal for dinner parties. Be ready to be asked for the recipe! It reheats well, including in the microwave, and makes a great lunch to take to work. It also freezes well, so it's worth making a large quantity when you make it, so that you have some to freeze. Like most soup recipes it is easy to modify to suit your personal preferences. I first came across the basic recipe in two different Murdoch Books publications: Entertaining: Quick Short Recipes and Bowl Food: the new comfort food for people on the move. The first time I made it, the fresh pears at the greengrocers were not yet ripe and I was impatient to try the recipe! So I used canned pears (minus the pear juice, some of which I drank while making the soup). Because the soup was so delicious using the canned pears, I have continued to use them each time I have made this soup. As a garlic lover, I have so far refrained from adding garlic but with winter approaching - for those of us who are down under - I intend to add some next time I make this soup.

    Recipe #115291

    Adapted from Huey's recipe of the same name for the 2005 Zaar World Tour. Huey (Iain Hewitson) is a well-known Australian chef who has written several books, runs a popular Melbourne restaurant, and appears twice daily in his TV cooking show. This recipe is from his website.

    Recipe #136668

    An asparagus and almond soup, made with only three main ingredients, which can be served chilled in the summer. Recipes really don't come much simpler than this, and with such recipes it is even more essential than usual to use only the freshest and best quality ingredients you can find. I have adapted this recipe from one I found on an English website, and I am posting it for the 2005 Zaar World Tour. For the stock, I'd recommend either JKC’s Recipe #124515 or my Recipe #135453.

    Recipe #139720

    A delicious, hearty soup blending the flavours of potatoes and apples with lemon juice, wine, chicken stock, arugula and herbs and spices. I always use Granny Smith apples and I have often used a mix of potatoes and sweet potatoes. The original recipe specifies “waxy potatoes” but this didn’t correspond with any of the potato varieties listed in the Zaar kitchen dictionary. Use a variety that you know works well in soups. I have also experimented with different herbs and spices. Vary herbs and spices to suit your preferences. Adapted from the English recipe book 'Potatoes and Vegetables' by Parragon Publishing.

    Recipe #118829

    I found this recipe on The Splendid Table website. What I am posting here is an adaptation of the adaptation I found there of a recipe for Baked Onions from 'Happy Days with the Naked Chef' by Jamie Oliver. Sounds well-worth trying. Baked onions are a great accompaniment to roasts. To significantly reduce the fat content, use a low-fat or reduced fat cream.

    Recipe #120255

    A quick and easy, slow-cooked lemon chicken main course dish that can be cooking on a low heat while you are at work. Vary the canned soup you use according to your preferences. And if you have a bit more time, add chopped onions and garlic, and a little more liquid. If you want your chicken to be more lemony, include some freshly squeezed lemon juice in place of some of the water and, for more flavour, add half a cup of wine. I have made this with mushrooms, chopped, instead of a range of vegetables and canned mushroom soup. When making this dish, I have always included one chopped onion and 2-3 cloves of chopped garlic. And then allowed myself a little more liquid, usually a cup of wine. Adapted from Prevention's "Eat Up Slim Down: tried-and-true recipes and tips from weight-loss winners" by Jane Kirby and David Joachim.

    Recipe #121399

    A rich lentil soup recipe which I've adapted from an online Jamie Oliver recipe, and posted here in response to a Forum request for a lentil soup recipe without tomatoes. The preparation and cooking times below do not include the one hour required for soaking the lentils.

    Recipe #133568

    This is Bianca Stravato's low calorie, low-fat family recipe for what non-Italians call 'stuffed mushrooms'. Bianca grew up on a farm in Calabria, and came to Australia when her family migrated here in 1964. As she says "We cook the same here that we did in Italy. We keep our traditions. It was harder in the early days because there weren't many Italian delis or shops". How different things are now as I post this recipe for the 2005 Zaar World Tour: Italian recipes have now been thoroughly integrated into C21st Australian cuisine. I found this recipe in the Leggo's Golden Anniversary Cookbook.

    Recipe #136652

    A scrumptious, low fat, low GI smoothie which I found in the October 2005 issue of the Australian magazine 'Delicious' and have adapted. Because it's different from other smoothies I've made, I have posted it here for safekeeping - and for the 2005 Zaar World Tour.

    Recipe #139955

    A potato salad version of a popular potato dish, one I've updated from a 1970s recipe from 'The Midweek Cookbook: 200 Ways with Potatoes'. I've posted this because I want to remember to try it.

    Recipe #142117

    We are all familiar with toffee apples. Why not toffee grapes? An unusual and scrumptious, low calorie, NO FAT addition to the cheese platter for those willing to try something a little bit different, and those not afraid to mix sweet and savoury. This recipe appeared in the November 2005 issue of 'Australian Good Taste'. It recommends these grapes as an ideal accompaniment to strong cheeses such as gorgonzola, and suggests serving them with a sparkling Shiraz. The preparation and cooking times do not include the 10 minutes setting time. I have two other toffeed fruit recipes posted: Recipe #153652 and Recipe #344180.

    Recipe #144733

    Yummy, healthy - low calorie, low fat - biscuits which are easy to make and just fabulous on a cheese board, together with Toffee Grapes Recipe #144733. These biscuits can be kept in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. I found this recipe in the November 2005 issue of the 'Australian Good Taste' magazine. The preparation and cooking times below do not include the 30 minutes resting time and the 15 minutes cooling time.

    Recipe #144738

    A simple recipe which I found in the June 2002 issue of the 'Australian Good Taste' magazine, in a bring-a-dish for eight menu plan. Obviously, the recipe can be scaled down. The recipe specifies that it can be made "up to an hour before serving", but I cannot see why it couldn't be made further ahead than that. When I make this, I'll be adding chopped onions and garlic in step two, and some lemon juice and dried thyme, probably when adding the chickpeas in step three.

    Recipe #144762

    A healthy and refreshing drink adapted from Murdoch Books' 'whizz it'. If you want a redder look, omit the kiwi fruit. I added that because I love the flavour of kiwi fruit. If omitting the kiwi fruit, also reduce the orange juice to 21/2 cups.

    Recipe #145534

    A healthy and delicious juice - a great way to start the day! - from Australian chef flip shelton's 'green: modern vegetarian recipes'. As flip says of this juice "This has a pretty orange colour, a delicate floral scent and a great texture".

    Recipe #145669

    A deliciously spiced coffee which enhances the coffee drinking experience, and is therefore particularly welcome when you're aiming to reduce the calories in your daily diet. Because it has no milk, it has NO fat and, at 17 calories, it is super-low in calories. Compare that with a creamy cappuccino! Adapted from Australian chef flip shelton's 'green: modern vegetarian recipes', and posted for the post-ZWT Healthy for the Holidays Challenge! When I make this next time, I'm going to try it without the fennel seeds and with a tablespoon of orange juice.

    Recipe #145671

    Australian chef flip shelton suggests spicing up a pot of tea "by adding 1-2 teaspoons of this blend with the tea leaves". The tea can be drunk black or white. From her fabulous book 'green: modern vegetarian recipes'. I have also posted her Spiced Coffee recipe. Both have been posted for the post-ZWT Healthy for the Holidays Challenge. Drunk without milk, this tea is 14 calories and has 0.5g fat. This Spiced Tea and the Spiced Coffee are both great low fat choices!

    Recipe #145678

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