As for drinks, I can't argue with beer or wine if it suits the occasion. But if you're considering soda, try Polar fruit-flavored seltzers instead; all you'll be giving up is sugar, calories, and the various chemicals sodas typically include. For dessert, remember that apples are in season: Eat them as is, or try an apple crisp or cobbler.
Or try a lighter version of traditional chicken wings. The recipe below takes five minutes for prep and an hour in the oven to reduce the honey curry juices to a rich coating. Be sure to use drumsticks, as only they will remain tender and juicy.
— David L. Katz, MD
- 12 skinless chicken drumsticks
- 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 tsp. mild curry powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Rinse chicken; pat dry.
Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Place chicken in marinade and stir to coat (if you prefer, you can do this ahead and leave it covered in the refrigerator overnight).
Bake 1 hour, turning pieces once and basting occasionally until sauce is a thick golden glaze.
Catherine S. Katz is coauthor of Dr. David Katz's Flavor-Full Diet (Rodale)