Healthy & Easy Holiday Ingredients: Mashed Potato Pouches, Mini Fillo Shells, Pillsbury Seamless Dough, 100% Pure Pumpkin & More

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Unexpected dinner guests? Forgotten potluck commitment? Cocktail party without finger foods? Don't panic -- if you've got these items in your kitchen, you're good to go...

Betty Crocker 100% Real Mashed Potatoes Pouches

PER SERVING (2/3 cup prepared): 80 calories, 1 - 1.5g fat, 420 - 480mg sodium, 17 - 18g carbs, 3g fiber, <1 - 1g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Doctor 'em up or serve 'em straight; even the laziest couch potatoes can prepare these pouch potatoes. (We apologize heartily for that last sentence but, really, we couldn't help it.) Need a main course FAST? A three-ingredient shepherd's pie is so close, you can taste it. 

Athens Mini Fillo Shells

PER SERVING (2 mini shells): 25 calories, 1g fat, 15mg sodium, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

Turn almost any food into hors d'oeuvres or mini desserts in a flash. Bake these shells according to the package instructions, and fill them with ANYTHING. Some dip or a bit of light cheese works like a charm for savory bites. Our BFFs (Black Forest Fillo-Cups!) are some of the easiest desserts around, and we've got a speedy duo featuring a corner-store staple. P.S. Don't get confused; the boxes have a new look...

Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet

PER SERVING (1/6th of package): 120 calories, 6g fat, 300mg sodium, 16g carbs, <1g fiber, 3g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Want pastries? Fill the dough with sweet stuff. Need rolls? Too easy. Quickie starters? No prob. There's practically NOTHING this dough can't do... for your holiday meal, at least -- it isn't much help fixing a flat tire. Check out some of our favorite recipes featuring our doughy pal here.

Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin

PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 40 calories, 0.5g fat, 5mg sodium, 9g carbs, 5g fiber, 4g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

Pumpkin makes everything seem more holiday-like... It's true! And the fact that canned pumpkin is easy to work with, high in fiber, low in calories, and a GREAT addition to so many recipes is just icing on the cake. Click here for a slew of our best pumpkin-infused foods. Then MAKE THEM!

Broccoli Cole Slaw

PER SERVING (1 cup): 25 calories, 0g fat, 25mg sodium, 5g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

What? You don't think broccoli slaw is seasonally appropriate? Have you SEEN this slaw recipe we ran in November? It would be GREAT at any holiday meal. How about these amazing Turkey & Veggie Meatloaf Minis? Perfection. Click around for more ideas...

Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Instant Pudding Mix

PER SERVING (1 serving, average, unprepared): 30 calories, 0g fat, 300mg sodium, 7g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 0g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

It's the easiest way to go from "I was supposed to make a dessert!" to "Oh look, dessert's ready!" in almost no time. Keep a box or two in your pantry in case of emergencies. Whip it up plain, top it with berries, or use it in a recipe -- this Scoopable Creamsicle Crush Pie ROCKS!


PER SERVING (1 cup, pieces): 25 calories, 0g fat, 30mg sodium, 5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

"HG, this may be the most boring suggestion you've ever given me." Gasp! Shut your mouth! Cauliflower is great to have around at all times -- it's a super ingredient for bulking up ordinarily caloric recipes in nearly unnoticeable ways. Do Loaded Miracle Mashies bore you? How about Creamy Pumpkin Faux-sotto? Yeah, that's what we thought. (And, um, sorry for shutting you up earlier.)

Dreyer's/Edy's Holiday Flavors Slow Churned Light Ice Cream

PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 110 - 120 calories, 3 - 4g fat, 40 - 55mg sodium, 17 - 20g carbs, 0g fiber, 13 - 14g sugars, 2 - 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

No time to make a dessert? No prob. Choose from Hot Cocoa, Egg Nog, and Peppermint -- how can you go wrong? All you really need are spoons and bowls to go with this! However, some light chocolate syrup and the next item on the list couldn't hurt...

Fat Free Reddi-wip

PER SERVING (2 tbsp.): 5 calories, 0g fat, 0g sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 0g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

Name a sweet treat that ISN'T better with whipped topping. Go ahead. You can't. Even a simple bowl of berries is transformed into a brilliantly minimalist dessert with a squirt of this creamy goodness. Basically, you should keep this on hand throughout the holiday season, just in case. (You know, in case you need a big swirl of whipped topping on top of your hot cocoa.)


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Ahh, at last... December 23rd, National Pfeffernuesse Day is here! Kidding -- we've never had pfeffernuesse before. We'll probably chomp a few Thin-gerbread Men though.

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