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Buttering Up In A Healthy Way

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Buttering Up In A Healthy Way

What is it about the holidays makes buttering people up OK? Schmoozing clients or being extra nice to get that one coveted gift. This year, I’m determined to keep my butter where it belongs, as a savory side. 

I’m guilty of this too, so I get it. Food was a currency for me. I used it to buy favors like this, “Here hon, I made your favorite coconut cookies…and by the way, we’re going to my parents on Christmas Eve.”  I also suffered through many uncomfortable family dinners in return for a big slice of cheesecake. In the past I even used foods to butter up my husband so he would eat healthier. I hid cauliflower in mozzarella sticks, spinach in pizza sauce, and avocado in brownies. 

Fortunately, through recovery, I learned to question my motives and set healthy boundaries: each person should get to choose his or her own food. As a result, I eat the foods I love, and since no one else likes my uber healthy dishes, I don’t have to share. This one they all love. 

The Best Brown Butter Sauce EVER


  • 1 Stick of Butter (real butter, not oleo, or margarine)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons of FRESH sage, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Put all of the ingredients in a saucepan and melt on medium-low heat. Let the butter simmer, stirring occasionally until the butter starts to brown. Browned butter is life changing. Just keep an eye on it because black butter is bad. I drizzle this butter over steamed butternut squash, broccoli, and mashed potatoes. It is also great on turkey or chicken. It’s so good, that I have been known to eat it plain straight from the saucepan. Plus, butter is healthy. Per Dr. Axe, butter is: 

  • An excellent source of vitamins A, D, E, and K
  • Rich with manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium, a powerful antioxidant
  • A perfect blend of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats
  • Is a source of good cholesterol



Pam is the author of Co-dependent In The Kitchen, and she's a contributing editor for Recovery Guidance. She's a recovery advocate who likes long walks on the beach and chocolate.

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