5 Holiday Cooking Tips From Chef Richard Blais — With Giveaway!

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Chef Richard Blais knows a thing or two about the kitchen.

Chef Richard Blais knows a thing or two about the kitchen.

Remember how I “tricked” my friends into a healthy fiber-rich brunch a few weeks ago? Well, seems that I’m not the only one … Chef Richard Blais does it, too! Talk about being in good company. I’m a huge Richard Blais fan! Loved him on Top Chef, and it’s been so fun to see his career take off from there. So when we got these delicious and fiber-filled holiday cooking tips to jump-start our holiday season from him and Benefiber, well, three words: Had. To. Share.
After all, fiber is one of the most important parts in everyone’s diet and it’s easy to forget to have your daily recommended amount, especially during the holiday season. But, by incorporating Benefiber in your holiday eats, you can keep your friends and family on track, and —bonus — they won’t even taste the difference.

Chef Richard Blais’ Holiday Cooking Tips

1. Plan ahead. Organize your menu and grocery list ahead of time to avoid last minute dashes to the grocery store the day of.  Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Benefiber!
2. Organize the kitchen. Take inventory of your refrigerator and throw out anything you don’t need to make room for fresh produce and vegetable platters.
3. Incorporate fruits and veggies that are in season. Using the season’s abundance of fresh produce will add a little zest to your dish of choice without taking too much from your wallet. For added fiber, mix in Benefiber to help you and your guests reach your daily intake!
4. A little seasoning can go a long way. A great way to cut back on the salt without sacrificing flavor is by substituting for your favorite herbs and spices. You don’t want your food to be tasteless — only your added Benefiber.
5. Serve dinner buffet style. Set the food in one area and invite guests to select what they want to eat.  It will be more fun for your guests to move around and interact with each other around the buffet table.

Benefiber Giveaway

How does a $100 AmEx gift card plus some Benefiber of your own sound to help make your holiday menu a success? Awesome? We thought so, too. Share how you’d use $100 and Benefiber this holiday cooking season in the comments below, and we’ll select a random lucky U.S. reader to win in about a week. The winner will be notified via email and in the comments.
Oh, oh! And stay tuned for tomorrow when we share Richard’s Horchata Smoothie recipe! —Jenn

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  1. Laura Teter says:

    I just started a new lifestyle change (my friend is calling it an overhaul!) so $100 would give me the opportunity to join a gym, which I currently can’t afford until February. Living in Philly means no outdoor workouts when there is ice!

  2. Holiday shopping is eating into my budget a bit more than I anticipated (but I LOVE giving gifts, so it’s worth it!), so $100 would be amazing! I definitely agree with the tips – especially incorporating seasonal fruits/ veggies, planning ahead, and using fun seasonings!

  3. Tracy says:

    I told my 4 year old that we are going shopping to buy a gift for a child whose parents’ can’t afford to buy them a Christmas gift so we would get a great gift for a child whose parents’ aren’t able to! Benefiber would be baked into some healthy snack bars for my very picky eater!!

  4. pascale says:

    I would take my family out for a wonderful pre-christmas dinner. I LOVE Richard Blais: wish he had a restaurant in LA….. he is my all time favorite top chef CHEF!

  5. Whitney says:

    I can always use more fiber in my diet and am hoping to incorporate some extra using Benefiber in my holiday cookies. We’ll see if it works! And who couldn’t use $100 this time (or anytime) of the year?!

  6. Jenn says:

    That $100 would come in handy for buying some awesome chocolate to make my annual truffles. And that Benefiber could be a boon after eating the giant hunk of cheese I keep around the house during the holidays 🙂

  7. Amanda F says:

    I’ve been on a kick of finding healthier recipes to make and bake. The Benefiber would be awesome for adding to those recipes for a boost. I’d use the money to buy some fun workout swag for the new year, including new shoes and some new music to help me train for a 5k.

  8. dana says:

    im traveling and traveling always leads me to tummy troubles–so id use the money for my travels and the benefiber to help my digestion

  9. Michelle B says:

    I love just adding Benefiber to water! I’ve also had great success in soups too 🙂 Love the product!
    I would love to win so that I could get myself some much needed running shoes! I’m training for a half marathon and it is intense!!

  10. Marin says:

    I’m going gluten free starting January 1, but I LOVE to bake. This would be a huge help in overhauling my kitchen with gluten free baking supplies (almond flour doesn’t come cheap!).

  11. Melissa says:

    I’d use the 100 bucks to buy healthy foods and snacks to keep in the house so I can resist temptation. And of course, the Benefiber would help me digest the naughty foods that I do indulge in.

  12. Carolyn says:

    With all the bad food available during the holidays, I need to keep my body in check and that’s where Benefiber comes in. I make sure to add some to some meals to keep my stomach in good shape.

  13. Lisa Brown says:

    I would use the benefiber and add it to bran muffin recipe batter, and use the gift card to buy an upcoming birthday gift.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  14. Jessie C. says:

    This holiday cooking season I would use $100 and Benefiber to get my family eat healthier. Organic produce, diary for baking and cooking, we love almond flour, $100 would be very helpful in getting ingredients.

  15. Ashley H says:

    I’d use the gift card to buy a holiday meal and I’d use Benefiber in my water and morning coffee.

  16. Mami2jcn says:

    With $100 I would buy lots of fruits and vegetables. I would use Benefiber to keep me regular during the busy holidays.

  17. Holly B says:

    I’d put the $100 towards some extra special treats at Whole Foods and make sure to add Benefiber to my water bottle every day 🙂

  18. Leidy says:

    I would use the $100 to buy the ingredients I need to make my family a healthier Christmas dinner, and the kids are gonna need some snacks and treats while mamma does all the cooking so I would also buy them some fruit and veggies to snack on

  19. Danielle says:

    I can always use Benefiber in the house to keep things healthy and I’d use the $100 towards grocery shopping – especially fruits/veggies and some chicken/meat for the house.

  20. Deb E says:

    I have used the raspberry Benefiber tea and found it delightful, especially the little serving packets. I am really trying to buy more organic fruits and veggies since of course they add fiber to the diet. The cost is so high though, so I’d use the money to buy more organic produce and would love to support the local farmers around here. We have the farmer’s market on Saturdays and I try to go with the lower costs organics but it’s tough. Thanks!

  21. Dawn Monroe says:

    I think if I won Id buy alot of pre made food to create a stress free holiday party.

  22. Jenn says:

    And the winner to this fab giveaway is Ashley H — #15! Congrats! Emailing you now, Ashley! Thanks to all who entered and to Benefiber for the amazeballs giveaway!!!