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Holiday Recipes… on the lighter side from Lightlife!

December always seems to fly by in the blink of an eye. I can barely find time to cook myself dinner, never mind finding time to plan menus!

The good news is that Lightlife and Chef Cindi Avila have worked hard this year to create some great recipes perfect for the holiday season. Whether you’re entertaining guests, traveling or staying home with your loved ones – we have a few great recipes to help make your holiday season a little less hectic.

First off is my personal favorite – Smart Ground Shepherd’s Pie. Nothing says home for the holidays like a cozy casserole that has your protein, veggies, and starch all in one dish!


  • 1 pkg (12oz) Smart Ground® Original
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 3/4 cup celery, diced
  • 3/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups mashed potatoes (made from fresh potatoes or instant mashed potatoes)


Heat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery and onion; cook about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet. In the same skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add mushrooms; cook about 5 minutes or until browned. Add vegetables and Smart Ground to skillet; stir in tomato paste, soy sauce and flour. Add broth, salt and pepper; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 minute.


Spoon Smart Ground mixture into 6 one-cup ramekins or ovenproof dishes. Spread mashed potatoes on top to cover completely. Bake about 30 minutes or until filling is bubbly and potatoes begin to brown.

If you have your main course planned already and are looking for a side dish that will add fresh fruit to your menu, then our Waldorf salad with Smart Cutlets is the perfect choice. It’s super quick and easy to make – no cooking required! 🙂


Or perhaps you’re looking for something extra special to make for breakfast while the family is all together? Our Southern Style Sausage Biscuits with Gravy hits the spot every time.


What’s on your menu for the holiday season? Are you planning an elaborate vegetarian spread or keeping it simple this year?


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Lightlife's resident blogger and veggie enthusiast, Rachael, gives you an insight into the vegetarian world as well as a peek at what’s new in Turners Falls.


3 thoughts on “Holiday Recipes… on the lighter side from Lightlife!

  1. I really like your writing style, superb info , thankyou for posting : D.

    Posted by Jerome Philipose | February 1, 2012, 5:42 pm
  2. Dear Blogitarian,
    Interesting Post, Here is a great healthy recipe that not many people have tried – Fried Yucca!

    Yucca contains a high amount of vitamin C and carbohydrates. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and contains approximately 120 calories per 1 cup serving.

    1 pound fresh yucca (cassava), cut into 3-inch sections and peeled

    In a pot combine the yucca with enough cold water to cover it by 1 inch. Boil then slowly simmer the yucca for 20 to 30 minutes, or until it is tender.
    Preheat oven to 350? F.
    Transfer the yucca with a slotted spoon to a cutting board, let it cool, and cut it lengthwise into 3/4-inch-wide wedges, discarding the thin woody core.
    Spray cookie sheet with the nonstick cooking oil spray. Spread yucca wedges on cookie sheet. Cover with foil and bake for 8 minutes. Uncover and return to oven to bake for 7 minutes.

    Season with butter and salt alone is fine.


    Posted by Cook in the Oven | February 3, 2012, 2:57 am

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