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Are you looking for a healthy and tasty dish to bring to your next holiday party? Try one of these:

Cranberry Salad


1 (9 oz.) can crushed unsweetened pineapple, packed in juice

1 (3 oz) sugar-free cherry gelatin

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Sugar substitute equivalent to ¼ cup of sugar

1 cup fresh cranberries, ground

1 small orange, peeled, quartered and ground

1 cup chopped celery

½ cup pecans or other nuts, broken into pieces (optional)


Wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Assemble these supplies: liquid measuring cup, tablespoon, chopper or food processor, mixing bowls, cutting board, knife, dry measuring cup, mixing spoon, large baking pan gelatin or eight small molds and a small colander.

Strain the juice from the pineapple and save it. Set the pineapple aside for later use.

Mix pineapple juice with water to obtain 2 cups of liquid.

Prepare the gelatin according to package directions, using the juice-water mixture for the liquid.

Once the gelatin has dissolved, stir in the lemon juice. Cool it until it is partially set.

In another bowl, combine pineapple, sugar substitute, cranberries, orange, celery and walnuts.

Add this mixture to the partially set gelatin and stir until combined.

Pour the mixture into a large mold or several smaller molds. Cool it until it is firm.

Note: Do not use fresh or frozen pineapple in this recipe. This will prevent the gelatin from gelling.

Make 8 servings.

Menu Suggestions: Serve cranberry salad on a lettuce leaf with chicken or tuna salad, half a whole wheat bun, a cup of vegetable soup and an oatmeal cookie.

Nutrients per serving:

Nuts: 80 calories; sodium 27 milligrams; carbohydrates 11 grams; dietary fiber 2 grams; protein 1 gram; fat 3 grams

Exchange: 1 fruit, ½ fat

Nut Free: Calories 35; sodium 27 milligrams; carbohydrates 10 grams; dietary fiber 1 gram; protein ½ gram; fat 3 grams

Exchanges: 1 fruit

Broccoli salad


3 cups broccoli (florets or chopped)

1 cup peanuts (dry roasted, unsalted)

1 cup purple seedless raisins

2 green onions, chopped

1 tablespoon sugar or ½ packet of sugar substitute

1 cup fat-free salad dressing (fat-free Miracle Whip)

1 tablespoon of vinegar


Wash your hands well with soap and warm water.

In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, peanuts, raisins and green onions.

In a small bowl, combine dressing, sugar and vinegar.

Pour dressing mixture over bowl and broccoli and toss lightly.

Garnish with more walnuts and green onions, if desired.

Makes 8 servings

Nutrients: 220 calories; carbohydrates 29 grams; cholesterol 0 milligrams; fat 9 grams; protein 6 grams; sodium 260 milligrams

Exchange: 0.3 bread/starch, 1.3 fat, 0.5 other carbs/sugar, 0.5 lean meat, 1.1 fruit, 0.5; non-starchy vegetables.

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