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White Christmas Stew

The holidays have so many opportunities for fun get togethers with family and friends. I do a fancy dinner on Christmas Eve; we do a fairly spectacular buffet for Christmas day; but then there are those times which could use some particular attention without calling for show stoppers. With increased kids and so many programs, lots of us find that we have some”alternative” parties for the  holidays. My son’s girlfriend, for example, can’t make our Christmas Eve dinner. Instead we’re scheduling a casual evening earlier in the week to exhange gifts. No formal seating and place cards. Just a mug of soup, some appetizers and fun drinks.

Simple for the hostess, so that I can enjoy the festivities. My guests can serve themselves from a variety of holiday mugs. Yes, I have a good deal of those. From crafting to gifting, we seem to accumulate them. I must admit I picked up that holly mug at Goodwill. I just could not resist. It was so retro and adorable!

The soup is ideal for Christmas, with its creamy foundation and sparks of green and red.

White Christmas Stew

8 ounce radishes
4 oz cherry or grape tomatoes

8 ounce jar red bell pepper pieces
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp olive oil
1 quart chicken broth
1 jar 4 cheese or roasted garlic alfredo sauce
1 lb precooked chicken sausages (I use spinach feta sausages from Sprouts)
8 ounce cream cheese
10 oz frozen spinach leaves

Clean and trim ends from radishes. Cut into fourths or eighths if they’re large. Boil in 4 cups of water for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. While radishes are cooking, Toss tomatoes with olive oil and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes. In a soup pot or dutch oven, combine chicken broth, alfredo sauce, tomatoes and radishes. Chop the red bell pepper pieces into small pieces. Insert Neufchatel to bud by the spoonful. Dice spinach leaves and add to pot.

Serves 8:    312 calories 8 web g carbohydrate

This is so good! The radishes have a very similar mouthfeel to potatoes, and no one is the wiser. For my sides, I am making some sausage balls (my oldest son’s favorite) and a few lavash crackers. Those are so easy to make. Simply cut the lavash bread, give them a quick olive oil spray, and crisp them in the microwave. They aren’t gluten free, but they are extremely low carb, and appeal to everybody. We will have some Wassail too. Yes, I do have enough Christmas mugs for everyone to use two! I sure wish Santa could bring me a bigger kitchen!

Check out the recipe for Italian Sausage Balls and Wassail at this blog post. You will find some more holiday ideas also. It is near, but not too late to make some festive foods!

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