Carrie Underwood takes a tip from her grandma to make the holidays complete Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Most people would probably agree that the best tasting foods come out of their grandmothers’ kitchens.

Even country star Carrie Underwood can agree with that.

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The CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and mother of 1-year-old Isaiah Michael Fisher happens to know a thing or two about playing host during the holidays. And, one way that she’s been able to make guests happy is by borrowing a handy tip from her nana.

“I won’t make recipes that have 20-plus ingredients,” Carrie says in the Holiday Recipes special edition issue of People Magazine. “You think of the best foods that your grandma made, and you know she didn’t do that. She didn’t have complicated, strange ingredients or weird spices you’re never going to use again. Just keep it simple. It’s the best tasting stuff, too.”

Although Carrie’s grandmother’s recipes come to mind when she’s cooking, she still keeps it healthy. Since she is vegan, she turns those traditional dishes into a veggie lover’s dream, and they are still yummy!

“I’ll take a lot of holiday favorites and make them vegetarian,” she said. “I’ll use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make the stuffing. I like to make casseroles — sweet potato casserole is a favorite of mine.”

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Carrie also says that she does all of the prep work the night before she cooks. That way half of the meal making is already done the next day.


Even though Carrie can put together a delicious meal, her greatest talent lies in making good music. That’s why she’s been nominated for not one, not two, but four awards in this year’s Rare Country Awards. Carrie is in the running for Female Artist of the Year, Story of the Year, Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year and Tour of the Year. Winners will be announced Dec. 15.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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