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Healthy Winter Meals Made EasyGetting healthy winter meals on the table in time becomes increasingly challenging as days get shorter and shorter, and we struggle to accomplish more with shrinking energy. And with temperatures dropping, grilling outside is not attractive… Heavier meals are also on the menu in order to help maintain body temperature and keep energy flowing. […]

Cranberry Tequila Margaritas

Cranberry Tequila MargaritasTraditionally considered a warm weather drink, margaritas have gained in popularity and are now enjoyed all year long. This holiday-friendly version simply requires a fun garnish to complement its appropriately seasonal splash of color.

Yield: 1 margarita
Total Prep Time: 5 minutes

3 oz tequila […]

Holiday Finger FoodsStill wondering what holiday party food to serve that will wow your guests? Fret no more: we’ve come up with yummy holiday finger foods that should inspire you to get in the kitchen and start cooking up a storm!

While it’s true that some recipes are easier than others, keep on the lookout for components like our orange-cranberry relish that can be made ahead of time.

Oh, and by the way, these recipes would make great Christmas party finger foods too! […]

A Toast to Pumpkin Drinks!It may surprise you to hear that next to apple, pumpkin drinks are some of the most popular fall alcoholic drinks.

Not entirely surprising, as they rely heavily on pumpkin spice spices, a winning combination of flavors which can be found in many seasonal comfort foods. […]

Fall apple drinksWhile fall automatically brings to mind apple cider, there are numerous other apple drinks you can make yourself in no time.

Enjoy the following recipes, from a simple harvest punch to all sorts of fall alcoholic drinks that are perfect for a fall dinner party. […]

Spicy Crockpot Cider

Spicy Crockpot CiderThis warm, spicy concoction is a delicious treat on a crisp autumn day. Take a minute or two to add the ingredients to your one pot cooker and before you know it, you’ll be serving up a special treat for everyone to enjoy.

Added bonus: your kitchen will be filled with the welcoming aroma of warm spices! […]

Thanksgiving leftoversWith Thanksgiving over and the mess cleaned up, you find yourself with a refrigerator full of Thanksgiving leftovers.

Sure, you can serve up the traditional holiday dinner once or twice, but by then, you’re ready for something different. The good news is that you won’t have to cook for a week or so. […]

Healthy Thanksgiving food ideasHave you been racking your brain trying to come up with healthy Thanksgiving food ideas with nothing to show for it?

Here are a few options to get you started so you can conjure up your own tweaks and make this holiday healthier for everyone. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild and create your own masterpieces. […]

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey DinnerIf you find yourself hosting your first family Thanksgiving meal this year, no doubt you’re feeling under pressure. No need to worry: a quick look at our Thanksgiving dinner recipes, and you’ll start decompressing.

Why? Because they’re full of time-tested tricks that enable you to accomplish the most with minimal effort – including three Thanksgiving casserole […]

Sausage-Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Sausage Stuffed MushroomsA guaranteed hit whether you’re hosting a lavish party or a simple lunch with the girls, but why not elevate dinner and surprise everyone with this super tasty appetizer?

For best results, select mushrooms with small to medium-sized caps. A mixture of baby Portobello and white mushrooms looks particularly attractive.

Just know that Portobello caps will add their own […]

Savory Brie and Pear Puff Pastries

Brie and Pear Puff PastriesFrozen puff pastry may be one of the most versatile convenience items on the market. When you have a package in your freezer, you can whip up rich savory appetizers, elegant main dishes, and even delicious buttery desserts in no time. The perfect combination of sweet and savory ingredients adds versatility to this dish: either serve as a decadent dessert or a rich appetizer by playing up either the savory or sweet elements. NOTE: Since this recipe only uses half a package of frozen puff pastry, you will have to use the remaining half within a day for another recipe – or simply double this one. […]

Easy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter

Slow cooker pumpkin butterAn unusual mix of sweet and savory flavors you can use as a sandwich spread or even to top pancakes – or add to Greek yogurt and homemade granola for a seasonal breakfast treat. Whether you spread it on toast, bagels, English muffins or croissants, you are guaranteed to fall in love with this pumpkin butter – and not just for the wonderful smell that will permeate your home! […]

Spicy Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker ChiliUsing a combination of spicy and sweet pork sausage rather than plain ground beef infuses this slow cooker chili with extra flavor. Use all spicy sausage to turn up the heat even more.

TIP: It is easier to break up the sausage into more even pieces prior to browning if you first get rid of the casing first. […]

Roasted Purple Potatoes and Golden Beets

Golden Beets and Purple PotatoesThe dark purple color of purple potatoes combines with the rich golden tones of the beets for a truly regal effect in celebration of our rich fall landscape. If you haven’t tried purple potatoes, you’re in for a real treat! These gorgeous culinary treasures are native to South America where they have long been cherished for their delicious flavor, disease resistance and ability to survive in harsh environments. […]

Seared Sesame Tuna with Mixed Greens

Seared Sesame Tuna with Mixed GreensMixed salad greens thrive in the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. Perfect paired with a hearty portion of seared sesame tuna steaks, this healthy salad is easy to make yet substantial enough for a light main dish. Alternatively, it can accompany either Blackened Broccoli or a seasonal soup for a more filling meal.

Asian Dressing:
2 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ cup grape seed oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar […]

Halloween Party SnacksWith Halloween being the first occasion to kick off the harvest season, what better than easy Halloween snacks for that party you’re planning.

Pumpkin soup and chili are all very nice, but Halloween finger food is much more fun and can be enjoyed whenever you’re feeling peckish. […]

Healthy Halloween Candy Apples

Halloween Treats for AdultsHalloween candy apples may be a popular seasonal treat, but that certainly doesn’t make them healthy.

All that red candied sugar covering a 95-calorie green apple turns what started as a healthy fruit into a 300-calorie liability. Not good for your weight or your teeth! […]

Thai Coconut Curry Soup

Thai Coconut Curry SoupPrep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Serves: 4

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
3-4 garlic cloves, minced […]

Fall dishes recipesNothing says comfort better than welcoming warm fall dishes redolent of the rich flavors and aromas associated with autumn. With summer activities less distracting and days getting colder, it is natural to want to spend more time indoors, so autumn is also the perfect time to seriously get into cooking. All sorts of seasonal foods and aromas beckon. Guess it’s time for some home cooking! […]

Creating easy one dish mealsWhether you have a family to feed or are looking for great meal ideas for one, the following easy one dish meals are sure to come in handy: not only do they save you time, but they also provide multiple servings out of each dish. Plus less dishes to clean is always a bonus.;)

The more often you cook these dishes, the more comfortable you will feel substituting ingredients and creating unique versions out of each of these meals. […]