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Holly Clegg's Holiday Countdown: December 24, 2015

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BATON ROUGE- Christmas is less than 24 hours away and everyone is scrounging for the perfect dish idea for their family gatherings. Well have no fear, Holly Clegg was back on 2une In Thursday showing JP a few dishes that are easy to make and will guarantee that you don't go hungry around the holidays.

Check out the video to find out more about this week's holiday recipe and be sure to watch 2une In next week for another Holly Clegg holiday segment.

Quick Chili- I needed a last minute dinner so I took ground beef from the freezer and raided my pantry to make this fantastic quick full-flavored chili. Serve with chopped red onions, avocado and shredded reduced-fat cheese.

Makes 4 heaping (1-cup) servings

Ingredients
1 pound ground sirloin
1 onion, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can fat-free chicken broth
1 (10 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

Directions
1. In large nonstick pot, cook meat and onion until done; drain off any excess fat.
2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook over low heat about 10 minutes.

Nutritional info per serving: Calories 318, Calories from Fat 20%, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 62mg, Sodium 759mg, Carbohydrates 31g, Dietary Fiber 11g, Total Sugars 9g, Protein 34g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 vegetable, 4 lean meat

Terrific Tip: To cook in slow cooker, first cook meat and onion in skillet until done.

Feta Crumble Dip- The few ingredients in this simple "knock-out" dip create an explosion of fresh flavors for a captivating combination. Serve with crackers. Leftovers can be used as a condiment on sandwiches or with chicken or fish.

Makes 8 (1/4 cup) servings

Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes (reconstituted)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (4-ounce) package reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled

Directions
1. In a 3 1/2-6 quart slow cooker, insert plastic liner if desired. In large skillet, cook meat, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is done, about 7 minutes. Drain any excess liquid. Add pepper.
2. Add meat with remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 4-6 hours.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 359 Calories from Fat 19% Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 47mg Sodium 396mg Carbohydrates 48g Dietary Fiber 5g Total Sugars 16g, Protein 23g, Dietary Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 1/2 lean meat

If you plan to purchase any of Holly Clegg's cookbooks use the shopping code WBRZ25 for 25% off.

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