Healthy Comfort Food Ideas for the Holidays

November 1, 2017 2:04 pm

Who says that you have to gain a few pounds over the holidays? Your favorite comfort food recipes can easily be adapted to include healthier ingredients, and everyone at your holiday gathering is sure to appreciate the lower-calorie versions of these delicious dishes!

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast. Lucky for your Thanksgiving dinner plans, turkey is already a lean, healthy meat. This recipe for a cranberry glazed version can be served with a wild rice pilaf instead of other carb-heavy sides.

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes. Whether you're vegan yourself or you're planning on entertaining vegan guests, this scalloped potatoes recipe is made sans dairy but full of flavor.

Caramelized Onion & Brussels Sprout Galette. For that all-important Christmas Eve breakfast or day-after-Thanksgiving brunch, this galette is a wonderful choice that's a bit healthier than the usual French toast or pancakes.

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake. Replace your usual pumpkin pie with this pumpkin cheesecake made with light whipped topping and light cream cheese. Best of all, it doesn't require any baking!

Mashed Celeric & Potato Casserole. The addition of celeric lightens the load of your usual mashed potatoes, as well as adds a bright flavor that's accented by fried shallots on top.

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New Pumpkin Recipes to Add to Your List of Favorites

October 2, 2017 11:04 am

What are your favorite pumpkin recipes to make in the fall season? Whether it's pumpkin pie or a fragrant loaf of pumpkin bread, there's a lot to love about this delicious fall ingredient. Here are just a few new pumpkin recipes that you might want to try out this Autumn season!

  • Pumpkin Cake Donuts. Instead of leaving the house on a chilly weekend morning to head to your favorite donut shop, why not bring the donuts to you? Make your own moist, sugar-topped pumpkin cake donuts with this simple at-home recipe — no donut fryer required!
  • Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars. Looking for a simple dessert recipe to take along with you to a fall potluck or dinner party? These chocolate chip pumpkin bars include the best of both dessert worlds: pumpkin and chocolate!
  • One Pot Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta. Want to try your hand at savory pumpkin cooking? This creamy, comforting pasta dish is a perfectly surprising fall meal for dinner at home.
  • Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte. Stick to your spending budget while also cutting down on calories and artificial ingredients by making your own PSL at home!
  • Homemade Pumpkin Butter. You already love apple butter, so why not try your hand at pumpkin butter? With just a few simple ingredients, you can make something to spread over warm toast or even can and give to friends as a gift.

Share your favorite fall recipes in the comments!

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9 Ways to Start the School Year Off Right!

September 22, 2017 2:33 pm

Back-to-school season has come and gone, but you might still find your family feeling a bit in between when it comes to getting on a set schedule. If your kids are having trouble sticking to a routine, getting their work done or finding time for all of those extracurriculars, these smart tips might help.

  1. Create a calendar. Instead of committing things like doctors appointments, practices and rehearsals to memory, get them on a physical calendar that everyone in the home can see.
  2. Eat healthy. It may be difficult to sit down together for a meal some nights, but making sure that your whole family is eating healthy will help everyone to feel more energized, concentrate in school and get a restful night's sleep.
  3. Communicate with each other. Staying connected will help you to learn how your family members are feeling, if the kids are stressed out and avoid confrontation.
  4. Lay out clothes ahead of time. Avoid the morning rush by laying out outfits, backpacks and other school supplies the night before.
  5. Stay social. Keep kids happy and healthy by planning regular play dates with their new school friends.
  6. Get them engaged. If your kids aren't very outgoing, joining a club or extracurricular activity may help them to make new friends.
  7. Talk to their teachers. Forge a relationship with your kids' teachers to stay in-the-know about their study habits and social skills.
  8. Get to bed early. A full night's sleep is important for everyone in the family, from the oldest to the youngest.
  9. Have fun! While it may seem overwhelming at times, it really helps to plan a fun family activity or a movie night to keep things lighthearted and fun.

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