MFP Holiday Cookbook '21
Gluten Free Overnight Coffee Cake
Sweet Potato Soufflé Crunch
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins
Hello Dolly Bars
Bacardi Rum Cake
Tutu's Hawaiian Macaroni Potato Salad
Gram’s Beef Stew
Easy, Sweet Grilled Salmon
Carolina's Banana Bread
Savory Herb and Sausage Stuffing with Tangy Granny Smith Apples
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles
Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake
Candy Cane Cookies
Buffalo Chicken Loaf
Veggie Meat Loaf
Beef Goulash with Spaetzle
Easy French Dip Sliders
Slow-Cooker Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Vegan Mashed Parsnips & Potatoes With Mushroom Gravy
5-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Apple Tartlets in Phyllo Nests
Whole-Grain Cinnamon-Apple Pancakes
Sheet Pan Almond-Crusted Salmon With Green Beans
Warm Lentil, Broccolini and Snap Pea Salad
Carrot Cake Energy Bars
Crunchy Almond Chicken Ramen Salad
Chicken Waldorf Salad
Bento Box Chicken Salad
Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Chocolate N’Ice Cream
Vegetarian Country Benedict
Kale Egg-White Quiche With Sweet Potato Crust
One-Pan Chicken Pot Pie
Tomato and White Bean Ragout With Toast
Fried Egg and Avocado Breakfast Bowls
Low-Carb Chicken Adobo Cauliflower Tortilla Tacos
Spring Chicken & Asparagus Skillet
Fajita Roast Chicken
Spring Fish Chowder
Velvety Asparagus Soup
High-Protein Breakfast Quesadilla
Halibut With Lemon-Herb White Beans
Veggie-Packed Baked Ziti
Gluten Free Overnight Coffee CakeCoffee cake is a great recipe to serve for a special weekend or for a holiday breakfast! What I love about this recipe is that I can make the batter up the night before, refrigerate it, and bake it in the morning. All the work is done the night before, but you still have a hot breakfast in the morning. You don’t have to make this the night before though. You can just make it and bake it. Either way it is a gluten free breakfast that I think your whole family will love. Submitted by: "Liz Missey"
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip CookiesThis has become a family-favorite that gets requested A LOT! These cookies are light but satisfying with an amazing array of flavors. Pair with your favorite coffee or craft beer for an even better dessert. Submitted by: "Jim Johnson"
Roasted Sweet PotatoesThis is a quick side dish to throw together without a lot of prep work. I peeled the potatoes the first time I made these, but I've left the skin on ever since then. This is a great alternative to french fries and adds a lot of flavor to a meal. I also like to use these with eggs for a quick, hearty breakfast. Nutrition Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 21532IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg Submitted by: "Jim Johnson"
Zucchini Chocolate Chip MuffinsFeel free to add more or less sugar depending on if you want more of a savory or sweet muffin. The same goes for the amount of chocolate chips you had based on preference. I like to use a large grater for zucchini to really taste the natural sweetness it in each bite! The cinnamon and nutmeg give the muffins a festive holiday kick that you can enjoy year round. Submitted by: "Malia"
Hello Dolly BarsMy grandmother found this recipe in a women's magazine when my mother was a kid. It became a special holiday cookie that was made in bulk and kept around at all times. Submitted by: "Ian Cowley"
Bacardi Rum CakeMy mom and her fellow church ladies would make this recipe every year at Christmas as part of their fund raising efforts. My mom would always make a special one for me without nuts (because I don't understand why we put nuts in otherwise perfectly good dessert). I cherish these sweet holiday memories now when attempting to make my mom's rum cake, while my husband and sister get tipsy on the rum. Fun holiday traditions all around. Submitted by: "Olivia Smith Carlson"
Tutu's Hawaiian Macaroni Potato SaladTutu is the Hawaiian word for "elder" and what my mother-in-law likes to be called these days. This is her recipe for macaroni and potato salad, a favorite at Hawaiian picnics. Submitted by: "Tricia Han"
Easy, Sweet Grilled SalmonSuper easy way to grill a healthy dish. You can't go wrong by burning it because the fillet will peel off easily. Submitted by: "Jason Peterson"
Savory Herb and Sausage Stuffing with Tangy Granny Smith ApplesA very simple stuffing recipe to cook outside the turkey. Submitted by: "Deb Bickford"
Mexican StackupsPerfect meal for Taco Tuesday. Everything you love about tacos, but mixing in a chili taste. Submitted by: "Amanda Cheney"
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and NoodlesYummy and quick chicken and noodles. Submitted by: "Jill Parsons"
Chocolate Turtle CheesecakeThis cheesecake is amazing, but very rich. Take only a small piece at a time! Submitted by: "Deb Bickford"
Antipasto SquaresThis is a super simple, but amazingly delicious appetizer. It's always a hit with our friends! Submitted by: "Chris Karper"
Candy Cane CookiesI grew up with these cookies as almond cookies. I think the source recipe from decades ago had them rolled in crushed peppermints which is why they're candy cane shaped, but we prefer them without and just enjoy the festive shape. Submitted by: "Chris Karper"
Buffalo Chicken LoafFabulous loaf that you can cut into slices or just allow guests to pull it apart. Dip it in your favorite Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing. Let the savor rest on your taste buds. Submitted by: "Sue Sibley"
Jingle JuiceThis drink is always a hit when my partner's book club comes around for the holidays. They get very little reading done at that meeting, but they always seem to have a great time! Submitted by: "Chris Karper"
Veggie Meat LoafThis recipe takes sometime, but its worth it! Vegetarians and non-Vegetarians alike have enjoyed this loaf! Estimated nutrition info per serving: 338 calories Fat: 21.2g Carbs: 22.6g Protein: 17.5g Submitted by: "Jamie Aldridge"
Beef Goulash with SpaetzleThis is an evolution of a Christmas Eve tradition for my family. Submitted by: "Allen L. Cox"
Slow-Cooker Vegan Mashed Sweet PotatoesOnce you’ve cooked mashed potatoes in a slow cooker, you might never go back to the stovetop method. Traditionally, you cook potatoes in water, then drain them and toss the cooking liquid. You lose a surprising amount of flavor when you do so. Here, we cook sweet potatoes in the very liquid we are going to use to mash them, so they absorb the flavor of the coconut milk and you get a more intense sweet potato flavor. You can use this same method with Yukon Golds and whole milk, but we like this tropical twist with antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Vegan Mashed Parsnips & Potatoes With Mushroom GravyParsnips add a sweet, nutty flavor to mashed potatoes and provide more B and K vitamins than potatoes alone. Be sure to choose thinner, younger parsnips; older parsnips tend to have a woody core that won’t mash up as smoothy. We pair the fluffy mash with an umami-rich mushroom gravy for a plant-based comfort food fix. Wild-grown mushrooms contain a healthy dose of vitamin D, while traditional store-bought mushrooms are generally grown indoors and contain little to no vitamin D, unless the manufacturer exposes them to UV light. Look for mushrooms that say “UV-treated” or “rich in vitamin D.” Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
5-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter CupsSuper-rich and satisfying, these homemade peanut butter cups are easy to make and oh-so rewarding. The filling is a combo of peanut butter and collagen peptide powder, which helps bind the filling together. Double-bonus: Collagen consumption is linked to healthy skin, bones, and joints. Look for it in the supplement section of well-stocked grocery stores or online. Hidden added sugars are a common challenge for people who are trying to reduce their calorie intake, overcome sugar addiction or lose weight. Desserts like this can help because it’s low in added sugar, yet still a decadent treat. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Apple Tartlets in Phyllo NestsThese little pies are a showstopper, with a crunchy golden nest of phyllo, filled with tender, cinnamon-laced apples, topped with a dollop of vanilla yogurt. Buy full-sized sheets of phyllo, or if you buy the package with two rolls of half-sized sheets, use 10 sheets. Thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight, so it will be more supple to work with. As far as desserts go, this is a great option because it’s fruit-based, contains 3g of fiber, and is an overall light and indulgent dessert. To cut down on sugar, use plain Greek yogurt, and add a dash of vanilla extract. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Whole-Grain Cinnamon-Apple PancakesThese hearty pancakes combine oats and white whole-wheat flour for 100% whole-grain goodness. They cook up fluffy, yet somehow maintain a beguiling creamy texture inside. A little shredded apple goes into the batter for sweetness, but the majority of the apple is cooked down for the sweet, fruity topping. Serve an egg on the side to get this breakfast up to 20g of protein, which should help keep you full for hours. These pancakes are sweet enough and shouldn’t need syrup if you want to start your day off with a balanced meal. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Sheet Pan Almond-Crusted Salmon With Green BeansCoarsely chopped almonds and Parmesan cheese create a crunchy topping for salmon fillets, and a swipe of Dijon mustard ensures the topping adheres and keeps the fish moist. Green beans and meaty cremini mushrooms are roasted on the same sheet pan, so clean up is easy — a bonus on busy weeknights. The American Heart Association recommends eating 8 ounces of fatty fish per week to promote heart health with omega-3 fatty acids. Diets high in omega-3’s have been linked to lower risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer and cognitive decline, due to its cellular protective properties. This recipe gets you more than half of your recommended fatty fish intake for the week. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Warm Lentil, Broccolini and Snap Pea SaladThis delicious sheet pan recipe combines protein-rich black lentils with leggy broccolini and spring snap peas, providing 34 percent of your daily fiber. The creamy yogurt and horseradish dressing spices things up, and there’s enough to serve alongside grilled chicken or fish. Lentils are great for gut health because they act as prebiotics (food for probiotics), feeding healthy bacteria in your gut. This healthy bacteria digests the fiber you can’t and uses it for fuel. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Pinto-Stuffed PoblanosFive simple ingredients (not counting salt) come together for this easy, hearty Tex-Mex main. Poblanos can range in heat from fiery to very mild; to cut back on the heat, be sure to remove all the seeds and membranes. To easily scrape them away, use the edge of a spoon. Try this recipe as a light lunch. The fiber in the beans and the fat from the cheese should fill you up and satisfy you for a couple of hours. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Carrot Cake Energy BarsDitch store-bought and go DIY with these tasty carrot and dried fruit energy bars. Store them in the refrigerator for a sweet grab-and-go snack with no refined sugar and a healthy dose of protein and fiber. This is a great snack if you’re looking to fuel a long hike or other sustained physical activity. The carbs offer energy right away, while the fat gives you energy throughout the day. This is also helpful if you’re looking for a filling snack in the middle of the day without the sugar high and crash most snack bars give you. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Crunchy Almond Chicken Ramen SaladTransforming inexpensive ramen into a healthy lunch is as easy as tossing the seasoning packet out the window and adding a bunch of crunchy vegetables, chicken and almonds. The tangy dressing with a secret ingredient (ketchup!) is so good, you may want to double the recipe and keep some in the fridge for future salads. Steaming the broccoli, as opposed to boiling it, retains more nutrients. This salad is balanced with fiber, protein and a serving of vegetables. The ramen noodles also make it satiating, so this could be a great lunch to keep you full through the afternoon. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Chicken Waldorf SaladA throwback to the ladies-who-lunch set and named for the Waldorf Astoria hotel, this glow-up of the original apple salad is packed with vitamin C thanks to goji berries and grapes. It also contains 30 grams of protein from lean chicken and walnuts. Allow 10 minutes for the goji berries to plump up in the orange juice while you’re chopping up the other ingredients for the best texture. The walnuts in this perfectly balanced meal contain a type of omega-3 that’s different from the type you’ll find in fish, so it’s a great option if you don’t like or eat fish. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Bento Box Chicken SaladThis chicken salad is the perfect lunch. It’s loaded with protein and contains 3 servings of veggies, all drizzled with a miso-based vinaigrette. Make the effort to find pea shoots, the curly, leafy shoots of peapods, as they have a sweet flavor and add almost 20 grams of protein to this salad. We add long strips of carrots, cucumbers and radishes to make the salad extra colorful, but you can use whatever veggies you have on hand. Eating this salad with chopsticks (bento style) helps you slow down and savor each bite. Miso is a source of probiotics, the healthy bacteria that promotes gut health. Cooking can kill some of these bacteria, so this recipe is great to preserve as much of the probiotics as possible. Plus, it’s high in fiber, which serves as food for the probiotics and is necessary for the health benefits probiotics offer. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken BreastsThe flavor of your favorite warm party dip enlivens boneless, skinless chicken breasts in this five-ingredient recipe. The key to achieving big flavor with so few ingredients is Boursin cheese — creamy, herby and garlicky goodness in one simple item. With a serving of vegetables incorporated into the main dish serve this with a side of sweet potato or a whole grain like farro or quinoa to make a full meal. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Chocolate N’Ice CreamSkip the dairy, fat and sugar — all with the magic of “nice cream.” The secret lies in the creamy sweetness of ripe bananas, frozen solid and then pureed. You’ll need a good blender and need to work quickly, so you can eat the nice cream while it has the texture of soft-serve. You can freeze the puree to eat later. Just spread it thinly in a storage tub so it softens evenly when you get it out to serve. The colder a food is, the harder it is to taste the sugar, so foods taste sweeter at room temperature than if they are frozen. That’s one of the reasons ice cream has so much sugar: It’s served cold, so it needs more sugar to taste sweet. All this to say, your “nice cream” will taste sweeter and creamier if it is lightly frozen, instead of totally frozen. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Vegetarian Country BenedictBiscuits and gravy are usually a heavy way to start the day, but not with this slimmed down recipe. We substitute some of the usual butter in the biscuits for pureed navy beans, which add protein and fiber, so they’ll keep you satiated long after breakfast. The beans have such a mild flavor, no one will guess the secret ingredient! For the gravy, we forgo fatty pork sausage and use meaty shiitake mushrooms instead. The recipe can be adapted easily for vegans by using plant-based butter and oat milk and skipping the scrambled eggs or replacing them with scrambled tofu instead. You’ll sneak in a serving of vegetables and a healthy dose of fiber with this breakfast, setting you up for success for the rest of the day. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Kale Egg-White Quiche With Sweet Potato CrustQuiche is divine, but the crust adds loads of carbs, fat and prep time. Skip the flour and use sliced sweet potatoes to line the pie pan for a slightly sweet, tender vessel for the savory egg and kale filling. The sweet potato crust adds some fiber and vitamin A, plus it makes you feel fuller than regular pie crust. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
One-Pan Chicken Pot PieTender chunks of chicken, a rich sauce with lots of vegetables, and a crispy topping? Yes, please! This retooling of chicken pot pie has a crunchy, light-as-air phyllo topping instead of a saturated fat-heavy pie crust. So, you’ll enjoy the same satisfying crunch with lots less fat and calories. Try this recipe as a creative meal prep option. It’s easy to cut a slice and take it on-the-go to heat up later in the day. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Tomato and White Bean Ragout With ToastThis vegetarian white bean and tomato ragout only calls for a handful of ingredients, so the quality of each ingredient is that much more important. Look for plump tomatoes (greenhouse varieties work well in the winter), quality olive oil and fresh rosemary (dried won’t deliver the same flavor). Whip up this ragout for a quick lunch or easy dinner, or make it for weekend brunch and top with a fried or poached egg. Despite being vegetarian, the plump cannellini beans take on a meaty quality that is satisfying and filling. Add variety and creativity to your lunches by working this into your rotation. It’s surprisingly filling thanks to all the fiber and protein and works in a serving of vegetables. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Fried Egg and Avocado Breakfast BowlsTo make this stunning breakfast bowl an any-morning reality, we cook our whole grains in advance and store them in individual portions in our fridge or freezer. Defrost what you need and the rest of this meal comes together quickly. The crispy garlic adds texture and so much flavor, while the leftover garlic oil is used to cook the eggs. To cut down on oil (and calories), cook the eggs using a combo fry-baste method which uses only 1 tablespoon of oil and hot water (hot water is essential to avoid splatter) to gently cook the eggs until the whites are just set and the yolks are still runny. Adding Greek yogurt on the side bumps the protein content up to more than 20g, making this a satisfying, balanced breakfast that keeps you full for hours. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Low-Carb Chicken Adobo Cauliflower Tortilla TacosThese low-carb chicken tacos pack a zesty punch from a four-ingredient adobo marinade that makes the chicken incredibly juicy (and provides 43g protein per serving). The soft tortillas are made from cauliflower, cheddar and a touch of xanthan gum, a natural ingredient that holds everything together and makes the tortillas pliable, look for it in the baking aisle. Topped with lettuce, avocado and fresh salsa, this recipe takes Taco Tuesday to another level. Cauliflower is more than just a grain substitute. It’s a cruciferous vegetable — a family of vegetables that includes broccoli, cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts. Cruciferous vegetables have powerful antioxidant properties that protect you from disease and reduce inflammation in the body. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Spring Chicken & Asparagus SkilletThis easy one-dish meal offers the best of spring produce alongside chicken cutlets — verdant asparagus, creamy fingerling potatoes, nutty artichoke hearts, and peppy tarragon. To make prep simpler, we use frozen artichokes instead of fresh. They taste much closer to fresh artichokes than canned, but you can use those in a pinch. Asparagus contains a special kind of fiber called lignan, which is non-digestible and instead feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut. Regular intake of lignan-rich foods has also been associated with better heart health and lower inflammation. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Fajita Roast ChickenYou can never have too many roast chicken recipes! This version is inspired by the flavors of Mexican fajitas, with a homemade rub smothered all over the bird, plus roasted peppers and onions. For even cooking, we call for a spatchcocked chicken, which means the backbone is removed and the bird is roasted flat (your butcher can do this for you). While roasting, the chicken juices drip down onto the bed of bell peppers, onion and whole garlic until everything is tender and incredibly flavorful. Serve with warm tortillas or on a bed of homemade cilantro rice. Use this recipe as the centerpiece of any meal you want to make. You can eat it on its own as a low-carb meal, stuff it into bell peppers, or have a taco night. The possibilities are endless. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Spring Fish ChowderFull of leeks, baby potatoes, green peas and baby carrots, this lighter take on chowder is perfect for spring. You can also mix up the seafood depending on your preferences and tastes; coarsely chopped shrimp works well in lieu of cod, for example. This recipe has all the makings of a complete meal. It’s well-balanced with fiber, protein and fat, plus a serving of vegetables to give you a dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Velvety Asparagus SoupThis brilliant green soup gets its color from both asparagus and peas, which are added at the last minute and blended into the soup to retain their color. The floury russet potato melts and blends easily, creating a silky mouthfeel without adding butter or cream. An inexpensive stick blender can be used right in the soup pot, making creamy soups like this one a breeze. Look for stick blenders online and in kitchen shops. This is a great appetizer or side dish for a meal. It incorporates a serving of vegetables and starch without going overboard on the carbs. Serve alongside your favorite marinated and grilled protein for a complete meal. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
High-Protein Breakfast QuesadillaSave just a few minutes of your morning to cook yourself a crispy breakfast quesadilla that supplies 100% of your calcium. The jalapeno is optional, but it does contain beneficial capsaicin, which is linked to increased metabolism of fats and reduction in insulin spikes. Remove the seeds of the jalapeno if you prefer a milder flavor. The type of tortilla you use is important here. A traditional flour tortilla won’t provide a lot of fiber or protein, but whole grain sprouted tortillas will add the needed fiber and protein to make this a healthy, balanced breakfast. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Halibut With Lemon-Herb White BeansEasy, elegant and lightning-fast, this seared fish with white bean salad is an impressive dish that can enliven a busy weeknight. Any mild white fish works in place of halibut. Cod, flounder and snapper are tasty swaps. You can reduce the calories in this meal by using 4-ounce fillets instead of 6-ounce. Serve with a side of steamed or roasted vegetables for a complete meal. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
Veggie-Packed Baked ZitiAn entire sheet pan full of roasted vegetables — cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, onion and bell pepper — boosts this vegetarian pasta bake. Be sure to use a large enough pan so the vegetables can spread out and roast; if they’re too crowded, they tend to steam. A standard 18-by-13-inch half-sheet pan is perfect for the job. Try this recipe for meal prep for the week. It’s an easy-prep process, plus you’re loading up on veggies to provide a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Submitted by: "Myfitnesspal"
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