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Dietician Bonita Lillie enjoys creating traditional family recipes during the holidays. “If you’re cooking a family recipe that you look forward to every holiday and you substitute a fat-free version of something, it won’t taste right and you won’t satisfy your memory of that dish,” she said.

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The holidays start with a saucepan of mushrooms — usually portabella, crimini or oyster — sautéing in olive oil. Next, sliced onions sizzle in a bath of bubbling butter and wine until they’re caramelized.

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