CTX trainer talks about healthy alternatives for holiday recipes - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

CTX trainer talks about healthy alternatives for holiday recipes

(Source: Jan Michaelis) (Source: Jan Michaelis)
CENTRAL TEXAS (KXXV) -

For the Nov. 15. edition of Central Texas Living Ann Harder spoke with Jan Michaelis, a trainer at WRS Athletic Club.

During the interview, Michaelis shared two original recipes and one from littlebroken.

She says the recipes are healthy alternatives for holiday dishes.

The recipes are as following.

I Can't Believe It's Not Mashed Potatoes Side Dish:

Serves 6-8
Calories per 1/2 serving: 40 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 head of fresh cauliflower, cut up
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon grass fed butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or salt-free garlic and herb mix
  • Salt and pepper to taste if needed
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoons ground horseradish (not the creamy)

Directions: 

  • Stream or boil cauliflower in water until soft - about 15 minutes
  • Place in bowl and pour milk over the cauliflower
  • Blend with an immersion blender or blender, add butter and garlic powder and blend until smooth
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately
  • May add horseradish for more of a "kick"

Crustless Pumpkin Pie:

Serves 8
Calories per serving about 75
Dairy free and gluten free

Ingredients: 

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 15 ounces can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a 9-inch pie plate with coconut oil
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl or blender
  • Pour into pie plate - may top with streusel topping or not
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes until center appears set and toothpick comes out clean
  • Let cool
  • Serve immediately or store in fridge

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups butternut squash, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
  • salt and black pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette: 

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and black pepper

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange coated squash on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until squash is tender and lightly browned
  • While the squash is roasting, rinse quinoa under cold water until water runs clear. Place quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook partially covered until liquid is absorbed - about 20 minutes. 
  • To assemble the salad, combine the cooked quinoa, roasted squash, cranberries, red onion, toasted pumpkin seeds in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for couple hours and serve. 
  • Balsamic vinaigrette: whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Copyright 2017 KXXV. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

    Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:18 AM EDT2018-07-21 04:18:54 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 12:25 PM EDT2018-07-22 16:25:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More >>

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More >>
  • Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

    Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

    Saturday, July 21 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-07-21 22:13:06 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 12:21 PM EDT2018-07-22 16:21:56 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People view a row of idled duck boats in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People view a row of idled duck boats in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.

    Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

    More >>

    Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

    More >>
  • Trump finds it 'inconceivable' lawyer would tape a client

    Trump finds it 'inconceivable' lawyer would tape a client

    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:26 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:26:09 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 12:21 PM EDT2018-07-22 16:21:16 GMT
    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE - In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York.  President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing payments to a former Playboy model who said she h...(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE - In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing payments to a former Playboy model who said she h...

    President Donald Trump claims that his former personal lawyer's taping of their private phone conversations is "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal.".

    More >>

    President Donald Trump claims that his former personal lawyer's taping of their private phone conversations is "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal.".

    More >>
Powered by Frankly