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The season for heart-healthy flavors
This holiday season, give your friends and family the gift of good health!

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Spicy Flank Steak Salad
Garden Eggplant Bake
Maple Apples With Cinnamon Cream

(Family Features) - For many the holidays bring about a dizzying array of festivities, including menu planning, endless hours of shopping and entertaining out-of-town guests. This year, relieve the guilt of overindulging by serving healthy holiday selections and good- for-you temptations to friends and family.

Not only will your family and guests love your holiday cooking, they won't suspect that you're serving up nutritious dishes, saving time and money, and giving yourself some peace of mind.

This holiday season, Wal-Mart, the nation's largest discount retailer, is committed to providing quick and easy recipes that are both healthy and great tasting. And thanks to everyday low prices, consumers can purchase all of the necessary ingredients for a hearty meal without a hefty price - allowing for extra dollars to be spent on gifts for friends and loved ones.

By choosing from foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol, it's easy to control calorie intake, guard your family's heart health and offer interesting and delicious holiday dishes that never leave you feeling deprived. Wal-Mart SuperCenters offer a wide variety of healthy choices that are sure to satisfy every taste!

Create pantry-to-plate meals with these time-saving tips

  • Prepare as much of the dish as you can in the week leading up to the big meal. Defrost the meat, cut the potatoes or set the table the night before.
  • Plan your holiday meals, doubling-up on side dishes that reheat easily and making enough for leftovers. For instance, roast a large enough turkey (or roast two!) to have leftovers for turkey sandwiches, soup or turkey salad for the next entertaining occasion.
  • When possible, line baking sheets and casserole dishes with aluminum foil to cut down on the after dinner clean-up.
  • Make cooking a family affair! Let the little ones roll the dough or stir in the chocolate chips. Turn on holiday music and divide up tasks in the kitchen to spend quality time with your family while preparing a great meal.
  • With big meals planned, reduce the holiday snacking by providing guests with healthful options - choose low-fat dairy products as substitutes in cheese trays and eggnog. For dips, use low-fat sour cream and offer whole fresh fruits and vegetables instead of chips.
  • Don't be afraid of boxes. Not all meals have to be prepared from scratch. Many healthy side items and family meals are now available in the grocery aisles of your local Wal-Mart SuperCenter.
  • Today, tasty homemade meals incorporate quality convenience items, such as chopped vegetables, bagged salads, pre-cut fruit, bakery-fresh whole wheat bread and ready-made sauces and dressings.
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your holiday season meals. Serve festive combinations such as marinated green beans with red pimiento or red bell pepper, green leaf or romaine lettuce salad with broccoli and cherry tomatoes, or sautéed green and red peppers.
  • Enhance the color, taste and aroma of your holiday meals by adding spices and herbs - such as basil, cilantro, parsley, curry or rosemary. Top potatoes with chopped parsley, onion, garlic or chives. Add a sprig of rosemary and garlic cloves to your roasted turkey. Top sweet potatoes with rosemary, sage or thyme.
  • Don't plop in front of the TV after the holiday meal. Get the family out for a stroll, throw a ball or bring out the ice skates for fun activities that help burn off holiday calories.

Visit www.walmart.com for more delicious, quick and easy, healthy recipes that will bring the "ho, ho, ho" back to your holiday entertaining!

Spicy Flank Steak Salad

  • 2 (11-ounce) cans mandarin orange sections, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup mild green picante sauce or green taco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 pound beef flank steak or boneless beef sirloin steak
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Great Value chili powder or Mexican seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 8 cups torn mixed greens

    1. Coarsely chop orange sections. In medium bowl toss together orange sections, onion, picante sauce and parsley. Set aside.
    2. Trim fat from steak. Thinly slice steak across grain into bite-size strips. Toss together steak, chili powder, garlic and cumin.
    3. Lightly coat large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; stir and cook half of meat over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or to desired doneness. Remove from skillet. Add oil to hot skillet; stir and cook remaining meat. Return all meat to skillet; heat through.
    4. Arrange greens on 4 serving plates. Top with hot meat and fruit mixture.

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
5 minutes

Calories: 280g     Total Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 57mg     Protein: 26g
Carbohydrates: 22g     Sodium: 216mg

Serves 4

Garden Eggplant Bake

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 medium (about 1 pound) eggplant, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Great Value dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian bread crumbs

    1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 1 1/2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
    2. Heat oil in small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste (if using canned, freeze remainder) and water.
    3. Combine onion mixture and remaining ingredients except Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs; mix well. Pour into prepared casserole; cover and bake 30 minutes. Stir. Bake 10 minutes longer; stir. Top with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Reduce heat to 375°F. Bake uncovered 10 minutes or until eggplant is tender.
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Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
50 minutes

Calories: 61g     Total Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 1mg     Protein: 2g
Carbohydrates: 10g     Sodium: 146mg

Serves 6
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Maple Apples With Cinnamon Cream

  • 3 medium apples, peeled (if desired), cored and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon natural or sugar-free maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup reduced sugar or sugar-free nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

    1. Place apple slices and orange peel, if desired, in 1-quart microwave-safe casserole or baking dish. Drizzle with maple syrup; toss to mix. Dot with margarine. Cover loosely; microwave at HIGH power 3 to 5 minutes or until apples are crisp-tender, stirring once.
    2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, blend yogurt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon apples, hot or room temperature, into serving dishes. Drizzle each serving with yogurt mixture.

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
5 minutes

Calories: 87g     Total Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 0mg     Protein: 1g
Carbohydrates: 20g     Sodium: 32mg

Serves 4
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SOURCE: Wal-mart

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