Perfect Savory Recipes for Holiday Gatherings

holiday appetizers

If you are stuck in a rut of preparing the same recipes for holiday meals and parties, do we ever have some suggestions for you!

Here you will find five menu ideas that should get those taste buds watering! All of these recipes fall under the category of ‘savory’ as they are made with umami-rich ingredients like meat, cheese and mushrooms.

Make It Yesterday and Party Today!

Holiday Party Buffet

What makes a holiday party a blast? The answer is simple. You need the right blend of great food with tons of flavor, shared with fun friends, and above all – relaxed hosts. The winter holiday party season is greatly anticipated, but all too often one of the most stress-inducing times of the year. A little bit of savvy planning can make your holiday party easy. Here is a sample menu, suggested recipes and simple tips to knock out your guests with your party personality and not with your cooking cares.

MSG: Weight gain? No! Weight management? Maybe. Flavor? Absolutely!

I recently heard a health professional make some odd comments about monosodium glutamate (MSG), comments such as “we’re supposed to avoid that” and “it’s supposed to be bad for us.” I asked her if she knew what it was. She confessed, “not really.” I loved her honesty as much as I worried about her sharing myths about MSG with patients and clients.

The truth – and it’s an indisputable truth – is that you can’t avoid glutamate, the “G” in MSG. Moreover, you don’t have to and you wouldn’t even want to if you could. It’s too important for our gut health, our digestion, and our taste buds. You’d also have to stop eating all protein foods, because glutamate is the most abundant amino acid in protein. It makes up about 20% of the amino acids in most high-quality proteins, whether they occur in animals or plants.

Be Thankful for Food Safety Standards this Thanksgiving

MSG is a Safe Food

As the holiday season kicks off, beginning with the celebration of Thanksgiving, millions of Americans join together with family and friends in homes and restaurants all over the country. On “turkey day” we consume epic portions of traditional favorites, seasonal dishes, and flavorful desserts. And we can be thankful not just for our food – but also to know that everything on our table is safe to eat. This is because our country’s government agencies – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) – determine the safety and protect the quality of what ends up on our plates and in our cups.

Making Your Thanksgiving Dinner Salty With Less Salt

Thanksgiving Dinner

What do you make for Thanksgiving dinner when half of the people who will be at the table are watching their blood pressure? Ideally, you’d lighten up on the salt to reduce the sodium, but why go to all of the trouble to cook a feast if it’s going to taste bland? Salt may add flavor and enhance other flavors, but it’s not the only solution. There is a way to make food taste salty while using less salt.