By now we’re two weeks into winter (and counting down the seconds until spring), so hopefully your freezer is packed with comforting meals that are ready to be reheated at a moment’s notice. If not, that’s okay — there’s still time to prepare a bevy of cozy dishes to have on hand for upcoming snow days. These easy, make-ahead casseroles are perfect for nights when the idea of heading out to the grocery store is simply unfathomable. It’s hard to believe, but each recipe contains under 500 calories per serving. And they don’t skimp on the creamy, cheesy layers that make a casserole a casserole, either. Find out what tricks you can use to lighten up the quintessential winter comfort food.
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At first glance, this may just look like your average vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. But it’s so much more than that. I’ve enhanced the classic to make a snack cake worth talking about.
Sticking to a healthy-eating resolution can be tough. Eating kale salad every day or putting a ban on cookies isn’t realistic (or fun). A year of smoothies, however, is a challenge we happily accept. Instead of dwelling on foods that you shouldn’t be eating, make an effort to incorporate more seasonal, good-for-you ingredients into your diet. Blending them into a refreshing frothy drink is an easy and delicious way to reach that goal.
We’ve got satisfying smoothie recipes for every month this year. Below is what you can look forward to for breakfast in the next few months. Scroll through the full calendar here to get all 12 recipes. January’s refreshing Green Smoothie is a great way to kick off 2016, but we wouldn’t blame you if you were already craving July’s Blueberry-Almond Smoothie. (Yay for frozen fruit!)
Though it originated in Italy, Nutella has become a celebrated staple right here in the U.S. Made from a combo of hazelnuts and cocoa powder, Nutella can be paired with just about anything. Read on to discover our best Nutella recipes for all-new ideas on how to use this craveable spread.
Hazelnut-Chocolate Icebox Cake
Take a make-ahead dessert to the decadent level with this chocolatey icebox cake from Food Network Magazine. Silky layers of vanilla-mascarpone whipped cream and chocolate-hazelnut whipped cream separate the chocolate graham cracker layers, which become soft after absorbing the moisture from the cream.
The New Year is here, and with the arrival of January 1 likely comes a healthy-eating mindset as well. But no matter how strictly you plan to adhere to your resolutions, chances are you’re not willing to compromise on flavor — or the time it takes to prep a meal. Enter Food Network Kitchen’s fast-fix chili to save the day.
Every bit as hearty as a beefy main dish, this Weeknight Two-Bean Chili gets its heft from a duo of beans and a welcome punch of bold, smoky flavor from a combination of chili powder and Chinese five-spice powder. All it takes is a few minutes of simmering to bring the flavors of the tomato-based chili together, while a bed of brown rice and a topping of cheddar cheese when serving rounds out the meal and offers the decadent bite you crave. Since this good-for-you chili can be on the table in only 30 minutes, it’s a go-to pick on hectic nights when supper can’t come soon enough.
So you’ve hopped on the resolution bandwagon and vowed to eat more responsibly in 2016. After all that holiday excess, we don’t blame you. But it doesn’t mean you have to eliminate dessert from your diet entirely. For someone with sweet tooth like mine, that would only result in a disastrous leftover-holiday-cookie binge on day two. Instead, allow yourself to indulge in responsible, restrained portions of the sweet you crave most — whether it be chocolate, gummy candy or crème brulee. Read more
Do your New Year’s resolutions include some form of better-for-you eating? The Kitchen‘s co-hosts introduced a doable idea this morning: the Meatless Monday effort, which promotes meat-free eating one day each week. Here on FN Dish, we participate in the measure every Monday by sharing new, approachable recipes that, while vegetarian, are full of the bold, fresh flavors any carnivore would crave. Check out some of our past comforting picks, like gooey mac and cheese, baked eggs and veggie burritos, and read on below to see how Jeff Mauro, ever the meat lover, ditched the beef burger for a beet-based one.
Made with a hearty filling of ground beets, crunchy walnuts and chewy brown rice, Jeff’s easy Beet Burger with Citrus-Caper Aioli is seared until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, just like a traditional beef patty. He swaps out the classic bun in favor of a lighter alternative — cool, crisp Bibb lettuce leaves, which serve as cups that can be topped with the beet burger and a dollop of his creamy, tangy aioli laced with orange juice.
Winter break is just long enough to fall out of good eating habits, so seize the first weekend of 2016 as a chance to prepare a batch of healthy lunches to usher in the new year. When mapping out a meal plan, look for recipes that are quick but balanced — preferably ones that freeze well and yield large batches. If you’re making lunch for the whole family, it can be tricky finding dishes that pique everyone’s interest. With that in mind, we’ve got a versatile lineup of soups, wraps and more that will carry you through a week of wholesome eating, whether you’re packing a lunchbox for your elementary school-aged kid or your own office lunch hour.
If there’s any day that might start with the symptoms of a hangover, it’s tomorrow: the night after New Year’s Eve. In preparation for tomorrow’s wake-up call, plan on a breakfast start that will ease you into 2016, no matter how you’re feeling. There might not be any scientific evidence that food actually cures a hangover, but these recipes for filling hangover breakfast sandwiches and made-for-morning comfort-food casseroles (plus probably some coconut water and ibuprofen) will put you on the road to recovery after a night of indulgence.
This is my very favorite gluten-free cake base. I use it all the time. I’ve made it into lovely layer cakes, Boston cream pie, perfect petit fours and every upside-down fruit cake that you can imagine. The key to its perfect tender, buttery crumb is almond flour — my secret weapon for gluten-free baking.