Microwave Spaghetti Squash with Sage-Browned Butter and Toasted Walnuts

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~ This fantastic recipe for Microwave Spaghetti Squash is easy enough for weeknights, but impressive enough for Thanksgiving dinner and holiday suppers! With a great microwave technique that cuts down on cooking time, and only 5 simple ingredients (plus those freebies, salt and pepper), this easy side dish recipe is a total … Continue reading

6 All-Time Best Healthy Side Dish and Vegetable Recipes

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Very Best Healthy Recipes Series: Part 6 ~ Vegetable recipes and side dishes? They’re often the last thing you think about when you’re planning a meal, right?!? Not with these droolworthy ideas! These 6 deliciously easy recipes are off-the-charts popular – definitely the superstars of any meal! ~ What do you think of first when you’re … Continue reading

Easy Kale and Quinoa Tabouli Salad

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~ Just a few simple ingredients yield bold, bright flavors in this Easy Kale and Quinoa Tabouli Salad! With the addition of super-nutritious kale and the swap of protein-packed, gluten-free quinoa instead of the traditional bulgur wheat, this delicious spin on tabouli salad has all the flavors and textures you love, … Continue reading

Christmas Salad with Citrus-Champagne Vinaigrette

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~ A vibrantly beautiful salad that’s truly fit for a celebration! You can even shape it like a gorgeous Christmas wreath for a showstopping, edible centerpiece! Pretty greens are studded with crunchy pistachios, sweet and tangy pomegranate arils, and juicy oranges. Topped off with a sprinkling of creamy goat cheese … Continue reading

Easy 7-Layer Chicken Taco Salad

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~ This showstopper 7-Layer Chicken Taco Salad takes those potluck-classic layered salad recipes to whole new heights (literally!). Piled high in a trifle bowl, it’ll be the “Oooooh … who made that?” hit of the picnic, but we’ve got shortcuts and make-ahead tips to ensure that it’s quick and simple, too! … Continue reading

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

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~ All the great flavors of buffalo chicken dip, in a satisfying tortellini pasta salad! It’s perfect as a main dish salad, or as a hearty side for picnics, cookouts, tailgating and potlucks, and it’s sure to win raves every time you make it! Plus, it’s easy to prep ahead and can even … Continue reading

Easy Cranberry Sauce with Apples, Pecans and Pineapple (5 Minutes and No Cooking!)

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~ An all-time, family-favorite cranberry sauce recipe – perfect for Thanksgiving and the holidays! It’s so quick and easy, and bursting with wonderful sweet-tart flavors and great texture! Plus, it takes just a few moments in your food processor and can even be made in advance! ~ Do you remember last week, … Continue reading

53 Best Thanksgiving Recipes (All the Side Dish Recipes You’ll Ever Need!)

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When it comes to a perfect Thanksgiving dinner, we love a big, delicious feast as much as the next guy (or, well, the next gal …)But we love two other things even more:1) Spending time with our families, and2) Having no regrets after that big, delicious meal!Are you with us … Continue reading

Salad with Goat Cheese, Pears, Candied Pecans and Maple-Balsamic Dressing

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Thanksgiving Salad (Perfect for Holidays … or Any Day!) ~ An incredibly delicious, yet really easy salad recipe! Absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving and the holidays … but quick enough for busy-night family dinners, too! ~ In all this big, wide world, I have two absolute-favorite leafy green salads. (You’ll notice I … Continue reading

17 Spook-tacular, Healthy Halloween Treats, Snacks and Beverages

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Halloween is a notoriously UN-healthy holiday. Overflowing treat bags brimming with chocolate bars, suckers and gummy candy … But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are plenty of fiendishly fun foods that are actually healthy, too! We’ve got oodles of great recipes for you from some of our favorite, really creative … Continue reading

Easy Homemade Applesauce (With a Deliciously Healthy Twist!)

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~ You’ll be amazed! This easy applesauce uses only a tiny amount of added sugar! Super-nutritious dates stealthily add plenty of rich sweetness, and also pair perfectly with the cinnamon and vanilla to create loads of delicious fall flavor! ~ I love dates! A romantic night out with my hubby always makes me … Continue reading

Hearty Fruit and Nut Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing

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~ A refreshing fruit and nut salad with a luscious Greek yogurt dressing. Filled with hearty grains and loaded with protein, and so quick and easy! It’s perfect at summer picnics, but also at fall potlucks and Thanksgiving … delicious as an exciting twist on overnight oats, but also a … Continue reading

Easy, Healthy Chicken Salad with Quinoa, Tomatoes, Lemon and Basil

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Judy’s Quinoa Salad ~ This gorgeous salad is perfect as a main course, or as a hearty side! Fabulous served warm or totally chilled, it can even be adapted for vegetarians. So easy and incredibly delicious – it’ll quickly become a favorite at picnics and at dinner! ~ Let’s take a little walk. Down … Continue reading

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

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~ The perfect middle ground between creamy coleslaw and tangy vinegar slaw, this much healthier version is delicious with barbecue and a super-easy make-ahead! ~ It’s no secret that Gretchen and I love healthy salads. And definitely no secret that we love Greek yogurt. So you know this was inevitable. … Continue reading

Easy Grilled Polenta with Fresh Mozzarella and Balsamic Tomatoes

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~ A super-easy appetizer or side dish! Packaged polenta is grilled (or broiled), topped with creamy mozzarella, and heaped with balsamic tomatoes and basil. ~ Even though the official first day of summer isn’t for a few more days, Father’s Day always (always!) seems like summer. Mother’s Day is definitely … Continue reading

Kale Chopped Salad with Berries and Freekeh (or Quinoa)

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~ An easy, vibrantly delicious salad featuring kale, blueberries, dried cranberries, walnuts and feta. Perfect with freekeh or quinoa. Loaded with healthy superfoods, yet so good no one will even notice that they’re eating something this incredibly healthy! ~ At least as far as we’re concerned, this is actually called “Celebration … Continue reading

Mediterranean Confetti Quinoa Salad

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~ A healthy, beautiful and wildly delicious quinoa salad! Quinoa and confetti greens are accented with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, pine nuts, cheese and a fabulous balsamic vinaigrette. ~ I’ve been making various versions of this salad for years, and it’s always, always the showstopper. As in, everyone at the party … Continue reading

Roasted Green Beans with Balsamic-Browned Butter

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~ Your family will be licking the plate! Yes – it’s that good! This recipe for Roasted Green Beans with Balsamic-Browned Butter maximizes big flavors from roasting the beans, and from just a tiny bit of indulgently delicious browned butter. Perfect when you’ve got a bumper crop of summer beans, and … Continue reading