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Travel Tips For Turkey Day

by in Food Safety, Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 23, 2010
Lunchbox
Tools of the Trade: Use heat and ice packs to maintain temps as you travel.

A friend or family member asks you to chip in a dish for Thanksgiving dinner — now what? This can get tricky, especially if you’ve got a long car or train ride ahead of you.  Here are some things to consider before you decide what to tote along.

Thanksgiving potlucks: What to bring and how to bring it »

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 17, 2010

vegetarian chili

Growing up with a vegan chef (my mother), I’ve had the most wonderful vegetarian Thanksgiving experiences.  She’d load the table with creative dishes made from seasonal fruits and veggies, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. We’ve put together vegetarian (and even some vegan) options for Thanksgiving day — and you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy them.

Get our mix-and-match menu »

Thanksgiving Desserts: Vegan Pear Tart

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 17, 2010
Dana's Vegan Pear Tart
Dana's Vegan Pear Tart

I don’t follow a vegan diet, but find myself experimenting with all kinds of vegan recipes, just because they’re delicious. Instead of the classic apple desserts this Thanksgiving, try another seasonal treat in this simple and rustic tart.

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Healthy Debate: Should You Go Organic This Thanksgiving?

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2010
Herb-Roasted Turkey
Should You Go Organic or Conventional With Your Bird?

For my family, the Thanksgiving meal is all about digging into to a seasonal bounty of  our favorite foods. While I may be able to find many turkey day must-haves organically produced, they come at a much higher price. Do I need to go for broke this holiday?

Our take: Are organic turkeys and produce worth the high price tag?

Healthy Swaps: Thanksgiving Fare

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, November 9, 2010
Homemade Mashed Potatoes - By Bobby Flay
Instead of buying instant potatoes, make your own lighter mashers.

Shopping for the right Thanksgiving ingredients can make all the difference.  Simple changes can cut down on calories, sugar, fat and preservatives without compromising flavor. As you hit the market to pick up your Thanksgiving fare, think about making these swaps.

Make these healthy Thanksgiving swaps »

Make Your Own Pie Crust

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, November 8, 2010
Paula's Sweet Potato PIe
Homemade Pie Crust

There’s something extraordinary about pastry. It’s the perfect combination of crisp, delicate, flaky and tender. Ready-to-bake versions from the store promise convenience but you can make your own in a matter of minutes. Something this special deserves a homemade touch — make yours now and freeze it for Thanksgiving.

Why make your own? Plus, recipes to try »

Top 5 Scary Halloween Treats to Avoid

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, October 26, 2010

halloween candy bucket

It’s virtually impossible to avoid sugar during trick-or-treat season. Sweet treats can be part of a healthy diet, but some are more spooky than others — pass on these 5 types of candy and you’ll be off to a smart start.

See all 5 treats to avoid »

Spotlight Recipes: Homemade Treats

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, October 25, 2010
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls

Sweet treats abound throughout Halloween season. Our handmade goodies may not be sugar-free, but they sure will stand out – they are made with real ingredients and have that homemade touch.

Recipes to Try:

Pumpkin Caramels
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Chocolate-Dipped Fruit
Chocolate Dipped Clementines
Dark Chocolate Bark

Menu: A Labor Day Grill-Out

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, September 6, 2010
Vegetarian Grilling Menu
Grilled Portobello Burger

Fire up the grill and celebrate the end of the summer with these healthy favorites. Calling for rain? Don’t fret. You can always bring the cookout indoors.

Get our mix-and-match healthy grilling menu »

Spotlight Recipes: Fun & Easy For July 4th

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, June 29, 2010
Smoky Corn on the Cob
Smoky Corn on the Cob - Photo by Con Poulos/FN Magazine

Roll up your sleeves and dive into a seafood fest this holiday weekend. Whether you’ll be celebrating in the sand, poolside, or indoors, these recipes can’t be beat.

Crowd-Pleasing Main Courses

Kitchen Clambake
Lobster Rolls
Mustard Roasted Salmon
Grilled Shrimp with Chili Cocktail Sauce

Simple Sides

Yellow Trio Salad
Smoky Corn on the Cob
Tomato Salad with Herbs

Festive Desserts

Mixed Berries with Limoncello
Angel Food Cake and Berries

Beat-the-Heat Beverages

Iced Tea
Make Your Own Margaritas
Summer Cocktails

More healthy ideas for the 4th

Tell Us: What’s your go-to July 4th recipe?

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