1. Low Fat Noodle Kugel

    Low Fat Noodle Kugel Recipe for Channukah by Fashionable Hostess_1

    Happy Channukah! Today I am whipping up one of my favorite Jewish side dishes, a healthy Noodle Kugel to celebrate the Holiday. I swapped out the usual heavier ingredients for low-fat cream cheese and skim milk, and seriously it still has all the same delicious flavors! So whether you are hosting Channukah at home for friends or you are planning to head to a dinner party to celebrate, this is the perfect dish to make! Happy Noshing {on something with a tad less guilt than usual!}.

    Noodle Kugel Ingredients:

    • 2 8-ounce packages of egg noodles
    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • 16 ounces low-fat cream cheese
    • 1.5 cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 8 eggs
    • 4 cups skim milk
    • 3 cups Corn Flakes cereal mixed with sugar
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 4 teaspoons sugar
    • 4 teaspoons cinnamon

    Low Fat Noodle Kugel Recipe for Channukah by Fashionable Hostess

    Preparation:

    1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
    2. In a large bowl, mix butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, eggs and milk. Stir until smooth.
    3. Drain noodles, and add to mixture.
    4. Pour into pan, cover and refrigerate overnight (or for a few hours)
    5. Two hours before the meal preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    6. In a small bowl, crush the cereal and mix with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon.
    7. Sprinkle the cereal mix on top of the cold kugel, and then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 1/4 hours.
    8. Cool for 20 minutes before serving.
     Noodle Kugel Recipe for the Jewish HolidaysHome made Noodle Kugel with low fat cream cheese by Fashionable Hostess

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  2. Gluten-Free Moscow Mule

    Recipe for Moscow Mule on Fashionable Hostess

    Since one of my closest friends became gluten-free, I have been overly aware of what she can or cannot eat every time we go out. I had no idea how hard it would be for her and it seems that everything yummy has gluten. Not really sure what being ‘gluten-free’ meant, I decided to ask a nutritionist for an explanation as well as some easy swaps for everyday foods. At the end of this post she shares her lesson.

    Meanwhile, with my endless Holiday Entertaining I wanted to make a festive Holiday cocktail that I knew she could enjoy, so I was thrilled to create Moscow Mules with gluten-free vodka from Tito’sA Moscow mule is a buck or mule cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer, mint, and lime served in a copper mug {similar here} garnished with a wedge of lime. Fun fact: these drinks actually became popular during the vodka craze in the 1950’s, but just this season have made a big come back!

    Titos Vodka Gluten Free Moscow Mule Recipe

    Here is the recipe to creating a Gluten-Free Moscow Mule {which means opting for gluten-free vodka}. The key item is the mug you serve them in – aren’t they so fun?! I especially love the way they look over-flowing with garnish so I went a little overboard with my greens. Lastly, so that guests know that it’s gluten-free, it’s best to display the vodka alongside your tray or bar cart when serving.

    Gluten-Free Moscow Mule Ingredients:

    • 1 lime
    • 2 ounces Tito’s vodka {a shot and a half}
    • 5 ounces ginger beer {3.5 shots}
    • 1 mint stalk per glass

    Directions: Cut lime in half. Squeeze 1/2 lime into mug. Add 2 or 3 large ice cubes, then pour in the vodka. Fill to top with cold ginger beer. Stir with a stirring rod {or mint stalk}. Add Mint stalk to replace your stirrer. Use 1/4 lime wedge as garnish on the rim.

    Fashionable Hostess Recipe for Gluten-Free Moscow Mules

    Advice on being Gluten-Free from Casey Simmons, Certified Nutritionist.

    Casey writes: To go along with The Fashionable Hostess’ yummy holiday recipes, I wanted to give you a little background information on what it means to be gluten-free and why gluten-free may be a smart choice for you!

    I’m sure you have heard about following a gluten-free diet but it’s important that you know what gluten is and why you may want to stay away from it. Gluten is a protein composite that is found in wheat, rye, and barley. What gluten does is act as glue in breads to help the dough keep its shape. Your body sees a certain protein in gluten as bacteria. This causes your immune system to attack the bacteria and affecting your digestive tract.

    It is very important that people with Celiac Disease stay away from gluten because it can damage the lining of the small intestine keeping your body from absorbing important nutrients. But what if you don’t have Celiac disease? Well, Celiac disease is on the rise and many people remain undiagnosed. Gluten may not seem to affect you, but gluten sensitivity is becoming more and more common. Gluten offers no nutritional value and can cause abdominal pain and negative effects to your intestine. Wheat gluten can be addictive causing unnatural cravings for bread and is also associated with autoimmune diseases meaning that your immune system attacks things that are found naturally in your body. There have even been studies that show gluten being involved with neurological illness.

    I am gluten-free and since I cut it out of my diet, I found myself with more energy and very rarely do I get cravings like I used to. Go gluten-free for 30 days and see how you feel; you have nothing to lose!

    Here’s a few food gluten-free food swaps:

    1. Instead of pasta, try spaghetti squash! Way lower in carbs, calories, and gluten-free. {Ideas here}
    2. Instead of granola, try Flax Snax! Filled with healthy fats, lower in carbs and calories, same crunchy filling texture, but gluten-free!
    3. Start eating lettuce wraps instead of sandwiches; get rid of that yucky bread!

    See other tips from Casey in these posts.

    Moscow Mule Mugs for Gluten-Free Moscow Mules

    So give your holiday parties a new twist that’s delicious, looks festive, and gluten-free! Cheers!

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  3. Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Muffins

    Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Muffins by Fashionable Hostess

    The month of October can be a serious sugar high. Between the return of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and the endless Halloween candy, it can be a dangerously slippery slope as we head into the Holiday season. Searching for ways to get my fill of that yummy pumpkin flavor without nearly all of the guilt, I was on the prowl for ways to incorporate pumpkin in a healthy and hearty way. I was thrilled when I found the recipe for Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins on the site Natural Chow.

    What I love about the recipe is that it calls for whole wheat flour, which means the end product is the perfect mix of fiber and nutrients. The whole grains make it a great swap from my usual sugary cereals. Muffins are the perfect baked good to serve at a Holiday brunch {especially when served alongside fancy jelly} plus they are travel-friendly {I love to pack them in a Ziploc for my husband to take to work or in my kids’ diaper bag for an afternoon snack}. 

    So no matter your endeavor, I highly recommend this nutritious whole grain recipe to kick start your day during this beautiful Fall season!

    Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffin Ingredients (Yields 12 muffins):
    • 1 1/2 cups organic whole wheat flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup pure agave
    • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin pan with Coconut Oil or PAM.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, agave, and melted coconut oil. Add to the dry ingredients and mix together until well combined. Fold in the pumpkin puree.
    4. Pour the batter into the muffin pan so it’s evenly distributed. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes clean, about 18 – 20 minutes. Serve!

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    Learn more about the benefit of Whole Grains via the Grain Foods Foundation website. Follow their social @GrainFoods on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

    This post was sponsored by the Grain Foods Foundation.  

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