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7 Fixes for holiday food disasters

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Food fixes for the holidays

Even after you've painstakingly planned your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you're in the final throes of getting it to the table only to realize your turkey is dry, the rolls are hard as rocks, you've overcooked your vegetables, or you are short on the after dinner dessert and drink. As much as you'd like to sneak out the backdoor and run quickly from your impending kitchen doom, you've got guests to feed, and the truth is you really can recover from the seemingly worst of culinary conundrums. We've got seven fast food fixes for your holiday meal to rescue the errant entrée, substandard side dish, or disastrous dessert. (Tape this article to the inside of a kitchen cabinet!)

creamy vegetable soup

Holiday food disaster #2: Overdone vegetables

You've forgotten about your simmering steamer full of cauliflower, broccoli and carrots, and now have an assortment of mushy, pale veggies. No way can you serve something that is more akin to baby food than a colorful crisp-tender vegetable side dish, but not all is lost.

Food fix #2: Make creamy vegetable soup

Saute minced onion and garlic in a saucepan with olive oil. Add herbs and spices of your choice and heat. Put overcooked vegetables and onion mixture in a food processor or blender and puree, adding vegetable broth as needed. Transfer puree back to saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring in cream or even sour cream. Adjust seasoning and serve, garnished with grated Parmesan, a drizzle of olive oil, and a bit of minced herbs.

Give one of these low-fat creamy soups a taste.

another potential problem: Paltry potatoes

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