Holiday Indulgence Without January Remorse?

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Abundant, rich, delectable, holiday food doesn’t have to be fattening. There’s a whole new take on what constitutes healthful eating revealed by several best-selling new books, including Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes. According to Taubes, you can’t get fat without carbohydrates, but you can enjoy all your seasonal favorites, such as pumpkin and mincemeat pie, fruitcake, cranberry sauce, candy, breads, cookies, and even delicious stand-ins for mashed potatoes and candied sweet potatoes. Read the sumptuous menus below to see how rich, satisfying, festive, and traditional low-carb food can be.

CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER:

Blini with Crème Fraîche and Caviar

Pan Seared Duck Breasts
with Kumquats in Syrup
Cheese Polenta
Baby Green Beans
Corn Muffins with Butter
Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Glaze Icing
Eggnog
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CHRISTMAS BRUNCH:
Cranberry Clafouti
Oven Bacon
Café au Lait

***CHRISTMAS DINNER:French Onion Soup

Standing Beef Rib Roast with Pan Gravy
Celery Root “Mashed Potatoes”
Fruit and Nut Compote
Braised Fennel
Hot Popovers with Butter

Mincemeat Pie with Hard SauceRecipes in bold are from Carb Wars; Sugar is the New Fat.

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!

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