I don’t know about you, but I seem to have misplaced the first two weeks of December! Where did the first half of this month go? And now the holidays – with a house full of kids and friends – are literally knocking at the door. I couldn’t be happier. The holidays are my favorite time of the year: family, friends and a lot of fantastic, easy-to-prepare food. This year I’m on a mission to balance the warm flavor of comfort foods with delicious and healthy vegetables. Why? Because I’m not waiting until January 1 to get things right. Here’s what you’ll find on our dinner table over the next few weeks. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood. Hidden Valley Holiday Ham and Double Stuffed Carrot Sweet Potatoes What’s a holiday without ham! And this recipe is so juicy. But it’s the fantastic flavor of the carrots and sweet potatoes that your family will remember. And the nutmeg will give your family a “trip down memory lane” kind of warmth! Hidden Valley Holiday Turkey and Creamed Spinach Repeat after me: Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving! And creamed spinach (my oldest son’s favorite since he was a baby) is the perfect pairing. Enjoy it as a side – and then use the leftovers as a delicious dip. My family likes it with vegetables and bread while enjoying a good old-fashioned game of gin rummy! Ranch Tetrazzini and Balsamic, Pear & Feta Salad My mom made tetrazzini so I’m an ‘ole softy for this winter comfort food. If you have any leftover turkey, this is the perfect recipe for your uneaten goodies. Tetrazzini goes great with the freshness of this pear and feta salad. And I promise you, it’s the balsamic flavor in the Hidden Valley dressing that make everyone think you spent all day in the kitchen! Broccoli, Mac and Cheese And here’s my super-special holiday homerun. What kid doesn’t like homemade mac and cheese? Add the goodness and flavor of broccoli and you’ve got a dish that’s delicious, nutritious and holiday splendicious! About Jim: Jim Higley is an award-winning author, blogger at Bobblehead Dad, host of weekly radio podcast, Bobblehead Dad Parenting, and a national advocate for fatherhood and men’s health issues.