October 2015

Top 5 Healthy and Delicious Halloween Party Snacks

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Halloween and Candy are synonymous—and we’re sure your kids will get enough of it trick-or-treating. When it comes to this year’s Halloween party, though, there’s a better, healthier way to feed your kids, friends, and fellow parents!

With our picks for the healthiest and most delicious Halloween Party Snacks, now you can throw a fun and kid-approved party with snacks that aren’t loaded with sugar! All of the recipes below are easy enough that your kids or even party guests can help you prepare them. Try one (or a few!) of these guiltless treats this Halloween: read more →

6 Ways to Make the Most of Fresh Fall Produce

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Apple Sauces Pancakes

October and its cooler weather often brings cravings for warm, homey, satisfying food. Your local farmer’s market or grocery store should offer many fall produce choices, but figuring out how to use them can be trickier. We’ve gathered a collection of recipes featuring fresh fall produce, including apples, kale, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, squash, pears, and cranberries. Use the recipes below to whip up easy and delicious dishes from breakfast to dessert:

  1. Applesauce pancakes These pancakes receive a bit of sweetness from the applesauce and are as fluffy as buttermilk pancakes. They are delicious served with sour cream and applesauce or topped with the traditional butter and maple syrup. Leftovers reheat well, so you might consider making a double batch.Applesauce Pancakes
  2. Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad with Toasted AlmondsIf you’ve ever wanted a “go-to” salad, this may be the one. It keeps in the fridge really well, so it’s perfect for making before a party or enjoying throughout the week. Even those who think they don’t like Brussels sprouts or kale go for this salad! The toasted almonds add texture and a bright vinaigrette ties it all together.Kale Salad
  3. Crispy Sweet Potato Fries If you’ve made fries with sweet potatoes before, they probably came out limp and floppy. This recipe introduces a new ingredient that helps crisp the potatoes for a tasty side. You can toss in your choice of spices to add as much or as little kick as you want.Sweet Potato Fries
  4. Roasted Apple and Winter Squash Soup This soup encompasses the best of autumn—sweet apples and savory squash are roasted with spices and herbs before being blended with chicken or vegetable broth. It’s a dairy-free, gluten-free, and low carb soup that is packed with flavor. The squash gives a wonderful creamy texture to the soup and it’s hearty enough to serve as a main course.Soup Bowl
  5. Apple Cider Pork Chops with Roasted Vegetables and Apple Cider Gravy The pork chops in this recipe are pan sautéed, so you get a great caramelization of the meat without drying it out. Meanwhile, autumn vegetables and apples are roasted in the oven for a simple side dish. A tangy gravy is quickly whisked up in the pork chop pan with apple cider and Dijon mustard, making this an easy meal to cook and clean up.Pork Chops
  6. Baked Pears with Cranberries and Pecans The smells of fall will fill your kitchen when you make these baked pear desserts. The addition of spices, cranberries, and pecans make it perfect to serve all season long. You can top the warm pears with Greek yogurt or ice cream for a bit of indulgence.Pears


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