Paul Finkelstein’s Healthy Holiday Menu

These recipes put a healthy twist on classic holiday fare

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Rosemary, Lemon & Garlic Stuffed Roast Chicken

Roast chicken can be a nice alternative for the holidays because it takes a lot less time than turkey to cook. This recipe serves four to six. If you have a larger group, add a second bird; they can both go in the oven at the same time. Just be sure to keep them from touching each other in the pan, and rotate halfway through cooking to ensure they roast evenly. Keep the bones to make an excellent soup stock.

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Veggie, Fruit & Nut Holiday Salad

Packed full of healthy ingredients and diverse flavours, this salad is a wonderful companion to my roast chicken dish. The ingredients can vary with whatever produce is seasonal. Making it is an excellent opportunity to use up any vegetables in your crisper, too. It can be enjoyed as a side dish for eight or as a meal for four. Brown rice is fine, but I like to use red or black rice; either has even more health benefits, including being a good source of antioxidants.

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Turnip & Parmesan Gratin

Turnip is an underused vegetable with lots of potential. The nutty flavour adds a delicious element to any supper. Gratinated vegetables make great leftovers, too; when reheating, add extra milk so they don't dry out.

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