Extension News

Healthy Holiday Meal To Please the Family and the Budget

11/18/2009

AMES, Iowa -- Peggy Martin, Iowa State University Extension nutrition specialist, is giving holiday cooks some tips they will be very thankful to have. In her SpendSmart.EatSmart blog entry this week she offers a traditional menu that will serve eight people a healthy meal for $30. Find the healthy holiday dinner entry at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings.

“Thanksgiving is just a week away and for many of us that means lots of great food,” says Martin. “But it doesn’t have to mean a lot of calories, extra weight and an empty wallet. Last weekend we figured out a traditional menu that will serve eight people a healthy meal for $30.”

Martin linked the healthy holiday menu complete with recipes and cost calculations to her blog entry. The menu includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy, green beans, salads, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie.

Why is Martin’s menu healthy? The turkey is roasted—not fried. The food is homemade so it isn’t loaded with sodium like many of the convenience foods. The vegetables and fruits are prepared to let the natural flavors shine rather than be smothered. And Martin’s pumpkin pie recipe skips the crust and goes right to the 'good for you' pumpkin filling.

Martin also plans to add a dash of activity to her holiday, which she talks about this week. Subscribers to the SpendSmart.EatSmart blog to receive tips on a regular basis from Martin and other nutrition specialists. Subscribe at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings.


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Contacts :

Peggy Martin, Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program, (515) 294-1511, peggym@iastate.edu

Willy Klein, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0662, wklein@iastate.edu