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Health Minute - Friday, Dec. 20 2013

If you're entertaining this holiday season and don't want to pack on the pounds, why not serve healthy dishes to your guests. Reporter Holly Firfer gives us some ideas in today's Health Minute.
If you're entertaining this holiday season and don't want to pack on the pounds, why not serve healthy dishes to your guests.

Holiday time means fun and food. So this year, throw a holiday party with a ton of flavor and not all of the fat.

South Africa restaurateur Justin Anthony has tips on how to make healthier dishes.

“There are a lot of things that people can do that they don't realize,” says Anthony. “Like instead of cooking in butter, you can cook in olive oil.”

Take this button mushroom dish:

“Grill the mushrooms with some olive oil, with some lemon, and some garlic and there we go,” says Anthony. “Easy, simple, tasty and people wouldn't know the difference.”

Anthony often turns to spices to keep dishes healthy. Instead of using butter and salt on his rice, he throws in a little turmeric.

Also, if you are using a store bought sauce, look at what's in it.

“What are those ingredients on the back,” says Anthony. “How high is the sodium?”

And why not spice up the chicken, our old stand-by? Anthony suggests trying curry and a few other healthy ingredients.

“It's got bananas in it,” says Anthony. “It's got apricot chutney, which is very healthy. We use the breast for the chicken, so it's lean.”

All good suggestions for a healthy, fun holiday.

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