Healthy Football Party Snacks: Try Cauliflower Wings!

The only thing that usually comes between a true football fan and his or her high definition flat screen is a coffee table covered with high fat and high calorie munchies. But it doesn’t need to be that way. There are loads of game day snacks for those looking to punt the fat, but not the flavor. “Snacking away through four quarters of football can lead to overeating,” said Patricia Salzer, a regi... »

Enhance Pasta Night

Ravioli with Brown Butter and Asparagus Red Pepper Ravioli with Pan-Roasted Corn (Family Features) If you’re looking for new ways to enjoy the delightful flavors of veggies, you may find inspiration in unexpected places. Pasta provides the perfect backdrop for a medley of your favorite garden flavors, but you can take those dishes to a whole new level with a little update to your everyday meal. Bu... »

7 Frozen Treats to Make it Through the End of Summer

  (Family Features) As sweltering summer temperatures reach their final peak, it seems we’re all pining for a little chill. From frozen pops on sticks and shaved ice to ice cream sandwiches and smoothies, try these frozen, tasty treats, while you can still enjoy them in the sun. Raspberry Cheesecake Pops – Rich cream cheese and fresh raspberries combine to make a delicious frozen treat, reminiscen... »

Boost Back To School Success with These Breakfast Tips

Peach-Mango and Cereal Smoothie (Family Features) A daily breakfast leads to not only better overall nutrition, but better school performance as well. A simple breakfast at home or school can ensure that your child doesn’t start the day hungry. It also ensures that your child has the nutrients and energy he or she needs during the morning to concentrate on learning. Research shows that kids who ea... »

Beyond Avocado: 6 Fresh Toast Toppers To Love

(Family Features) Avocado might be in the spotlight, but it’s not the only produce topping you can pile on toast. From sweet corn to juicy red tomatoes, these six toast toppers – available at the farmer’s market and in CSA boxes – will liven up your apps, starters and snacks. Grill sweet corn – Swap out traditional bruschetta for a zesty and colorful pico de gallo featuring grilled sweet corn and ... »

Spaghetti Squash Tacos with Sweet and Spicy Pepper Salsa

by Nikki Dinki of the Cooking Channel’s Junk Food Flip Serves 4, makes 8 tacos I promise that your kids will really like the spaghetti squash filling, just make sure to use a chili powder that isn’t too spicy. And instead of the salsa top tacos with whatever are their favorite toppings. Sweet and Spicy Pepper Salsa The pepper salsa can be made ahead of time and is great on everything includi... »

Flourless Banana Pancakes

About a year ago my daughter introduced me to flourless banana pancakes, and I’ve been eating them ever since. I’ve shared them with just about everyone I know, and everyone seems to love them. Ingredients (serves 1) 1 ripe banana 1 egg ½ tsp. vanilla extract ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp. baking powder chopped walnuts (optional) Maple syrup, agave or honey (optional) Fresh fruits (optional) Inst... »

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Pudding

A fun and healthy dessert. See if your guests can figure out the secret ingredient! Ingredients: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (I didn’t add this) 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch of sea salt Raspberries, f... »

Cream Cheese Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is delicious and easy to make. You can use 3 to 4 cups of chicken broth instead of the water and boullion cubes. It is also fine with half as much cream cheese if you would rather it not be as rich. Ingredients: 6 tablespoons chopped onion 4 tablespoons margarine 6 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash 3 cups water 4 cubes chicken bouillon 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram 1/4 teaspoon grou... »

Warm Up to Veggie-Packed Soup

(Family Features) When the weather outside is frightful, we could all use a cozy soup for supper. A steaming bowl of Rustic Vegetable-Beet Soup provides instant comfort. The ease and convenience of Aunt Nellie’s pickled beets can’t be “beet”– no need to spend time peeling or pickling. This colorful mix of antioxidant-rich beets, sweet potato and carrots joins tender zucchini to create ... »

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