While listening to one of my favorite bands the other day, I heard a song lyric that made a lot of sense: “If you’re falling apart, you’re probably trying too hard.” Surely, this statement can apply to many things in life – I mean, isn’t it so true? And one of them is hosting. Getting everyone together under one roof for a successful, peaceful holiday meal is one of the simplest joys in life, but most would admit that pulling it off simply is, well, a rare occurrence. We want this year to be different for you, so we commissioned one of our very best recipe developers, Jill Silverman Hough, to create a fuss-free feast that skips the traditional full bird in favor of a flavor-explosion stuffed turkey breast and a melt-in-your-mouth pork loin roast that will incite slacked jaws (and maybe a little drool, oopsy!) around your table. Be sure to check out “Eat, Drink and Be Mellow” on page 48 for a totally chill meal that’s sure to impress.
Not sure what to get for the special ones on your list? Look no further. We had a ball compiling our biggest and best gift guide to date; browse one-of-a-kind gifts across all price points for the healthy foodies on your list (p. 32). And if you’re feeling crafty, or if perhaps you’re on a budget, why not spend an afternoon baking all your gifts this year? See page 42 for edible offerings you can package up beautifully with your personal touch.
What’s more, we’ve got veg-heavy sides to feel good about, tasty new techniques with potatoes and brilliant uses for holiday leftovers (cranberry sauce–studded muffins and meatballs made from stuffing, anyone?). Discover seven natural ways to lift your spirits during a dark and dreary winter (p. 84), enjoy fresh weeknight meals for less (p. 76) and make your own chemical-free room diffusers (which also make great hostess or holiday gifts) on page 30. But perhaps one of my favorites from the issue is “10 Easy Steps to Waste Less” on page 16, a topic we’re becoming more and more passionate about and one we’ll explore deeper and offer life hacks for in 2017.
Have a magical and stress-free holiday season from everyone at Clean Eating!
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