Start the Day off Right

Whole Wheat & Flax Waffles
Whole Wheat & Flax Waffles

Skipping breakfast is just not an option.

Instead of stuffing your hand into that box of uber sugary cereal, whip up something a bit more healthy and a lot more tasty.

 

Chocolatey:

Dreams do come true.

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

Pretty much a milkshake that can pass as breakfast. Now that’s doing it right.

Brownie Batter Peanut Butter Swirl Oatmeal

Dessert for breakfast! Chocolate and peanut butter lovers will be in a darn good mood after wolfing down this bowl of decadence. Did we mention it’s pretty healthy too? No it’s not opposite day.

Chocolate Superfood Granola Bars

Take one of these treats with you when you’re running low on time. Make that two. Two bars please.

 

Savory:

Perhaps sweet just ain’t your thing, so go the savory route instead. We promise you won’t regret it.

Toast with Refried Beans & Avocado

Avocado toast with an extra hit of protein. You don’t need to convince us.

Black Bean Breakfast Bowls

This protein packed bowl will surely get you through the morning until lunch hour hits. If not, pack one of these granola bars.

Scrambled Eggs with Lox (Smoked Salmon)

Serve this creamy concoction on top of a perfectly toasted slice of whole grain bread. And then promptly make yourself another.

 

Fruity:

The middle ground between chocolatey and savory. Although you could always add chocolate…

Whipped Berry Porridge

Basically a really pretty smoothie served in a bowl. Grab a large spoon!

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

More dessert for breakfast! And quite possibly breakfast for dessert. It’s hard to stop.

Healthy Apple Muffins

These muffins are indeed healthy. Enjoy a couple with a small bowl of lowfat plain yogurt and fresh fruit. A generous smear of almond butter never hurt anybody…

 

Looking for more healthy recipes? Get ideas for light meals and guilt-free desserts.

Feel Good About What You’re Eating

Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Salad with Hula Ginger Vinaigrette + Wonton Crisps
Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Salad with Hula Ginger Vinaigrette + Wonton Crisps

 

The holidays are over (for now), so that means it’s time to get back on track.

Whether you made a resolution to eat better or just want some flavorful recipes added to your repertoire, we have a few ideas for you.

 

Healthy:

Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. Whip up these dishes and see (err taste) for yourself.

Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake

A much healthier version of the popular takeout dish. We think it tastes better too. Now that’s a win win situation.

Huevos Rancheros with Avocado Salsa Verde

Just another excuse to consume perfectly cooked eggs and creamy avocado. Plus, there’s a little cheese going on.

Simple Poached Salmon

Finish your beautiful piece of salmon off with a hit of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Then dig in.

 

Nutritious:

Get those vitamins and minerals in your system! You’ll feel like a million bucks after noshing on greens, lean protein, and healthy fats.

Broccoli, Chickpea & Avocado Pita

More avocado please! Green never looked so delicious.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowls

Everything tastes better in a bowl, including zesty shrimp. Enjoy for lunch or as a light dinner. (Try to refrain from drinking the Greek yogurt dressing.)

Lentil & Mushroom Ragu

Skip the meat. This vegetarian ragu is hearty and flavorful thanks to earthy mushrooms. Serve over whole wheat pasta for bonus points.

 

Light:

Burgers sure taste great, but man they can weigh you down. Enjoy a lighter meal and avoid that guaranteed food coma.

Hawaiian Chicken Noodle Bowls

A tasty way to conquer the food pyramid and get a little kale in your life. Tangy, sweet pineapple truly makes this dish special.

Lentil & Spinach Curry

This super simple curry is perfect for busy weeknights. Or for when you just don’t feel like actually cooking.

Easy Ratatouille

Veggies, veggies, and more veggies. Reward yourself with a little freshly grated Parm right on top.

 

Looking for more healthy recipes? We’ve also got you covered for breakfast and dessert.

 

Nurse That Hangover the Right Way

Peanut Butter Acai Bowl
Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

 

Sooo maybe you enjoyed yourself a little too much last night and happened to overindulge in the alcohol department.

Once you manage to roll out of bed, head to the kitchen and whip up a little snack to help ease your pain.

Soothe your stomach, kick that headache to the curb, nourish your body, and heal your soul.

Or something like that.

 

Soothe:

Before you reach for the meds, whip up a pot of oatmeal or a smoothie au naturel.

Oatmeal with Apple, Blueberries & Chia Seeds

What’s more comforting than a warm bowl of oatmeal? Chia seeds and fresh fruit add a boost of nutrition.

Kale-Ginger Detox Smoothie

Ginger helps settle unhappy tummies. And we all know kale is uber healthy. (Although it won’t quite make up for that entire cheese platter you demolished last night.)

Coconut Water Smoothie with Berries

Hydrate yourself with tropical coconut water to make that pounding headache disappear. Throw some fruit in there for an extra refreshing experience. The spinach will blend right in.

 

Nourish:

Get some good stuff back in your system. (Peanut butter counts.)

Peanut Butter Banana French Toast

Potassium is your friend, and peanut butter makes life better in general. Allergic to peanuts? Swap in almond butter or even tahini with honey.

Spinach Omelet with Parmesan

Protein and dark leafy greens! This omelet is super simple, so you won’t have to use up what little energy you have in the morning.

Veggie Quesadillas with Eggs, Spinach & Beans

Protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals… this healthy veggie quesadilla has it all. Plus cheese of course. Don’t completely deprive yourself. Cheese = calcium, anyway.

 

Heal:

Disney princess Band-Aids in recipe form.

Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry

Yup, more ginger. This dish is slightly more substantial without being too greasy or heavy.

Ramen Miso Soup with Mushrooms & Bok Choy

Ramen is a classic hydrating hangover cure. Step up your game by adding probiotic-rich miso.

Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls

Kimchi is pretty darn good for your gut. Now’s the time for a fresh start so fill up on those probiotics.

 

Looking for more hangover helpers? We’ve got your back.

 

Feast Mode

Pineapple Glazed Pork Roast with Bacon Wild Rice Stuffing
Pineapple Glazed Pork Roast with Bacon Wild Rice Stuffing

 

Feast your eyes on these holiday recipes.

Life is all about balance, so fill your plate with a little bit of everything.

And don’t forget to quench your thirst.

 

Main Dishes:

Go big or go home. Just try to save some room for dessert! Plus more dessert.

Tangy Honey Glazed Ham

This sweet, tangy ham is a classic. Serve with decadent scalloped potatoes and crisp green beans.

One Pan Turkey & Potatoes with Gravy

Nothing is wrong with easy…. and this easy main dish is beyond mouth-watering. Plus, one pan = less dishes!

Maple Glazed Salmon

Perhaps you want to switch things up a bit. This flavorful salmon is a guaranteed home run. It’s pretty too!

 

Veggies:

A little bit of green is nice. To balance out all the protein, cheese, carbs, and sugar, of course.

Baby Spinach & Roasted Beet Salad

Fresh spinach, juicy oranges, earthy beets… now that’s a winning combo.

Garlic Shiitake Green Beans

Green beans with attitude. Did we mention there’s bacon involved?

Kale with Pomegranate & Avocado

Healthy never tasted so good. We recommend adding more avocado, simply because you can never have enough cado.

 

Grains:

Cookies count! But fill your belly with a little more savory first.

Baked Squash Mac & Cheese

Cheesy and impressive. And cheesy. Very cheesy.

Risotto

Stir up a pot of creamy risotto. Seconds are required. Thirds are expected. And fourths are definitely acceptable.

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Indulge your wild side. Nope, we’re not talking about downing 10 too many festive cocktails, but it is the holidays…

 

See even more jolly holiday recipes over here.

Running behind with the whole present thing? Whip up a yummy homemade holiday gift.

12 Things to Do with Fruitcake (Besides Eat It)

Ahhh fruitcake. No one seems to want it, yet thousands find themselves with the questionable substance in their possession every year around the holidays. If you’re unable to muster up enough courage to force the cake down, we have a few ideas regarding alternative methods to put the undesirable baked good to use.

  1. Pass it off

    12 Things to Do with Fruitcake (Besides Eat It)

    Hello regifting. Such a classic and easy way to get rid of anything that you don’t want. Why trash the fruit-studded, alcohol infused stuff when you can force it upon some unsuspecting, innocent soul?

  2. Sit pretty

    Is your face a little too close to the tabletop? Place a loaf of fruitcake on your chair before taking a seat. Problem solved. If you’re feeling extra bold take your fruitcake along with you to the theater. You never know when a NBA retiree is going to plop down right in front of you. (We recommend hiding the cake in your purse or satchel upon entrance.)

  3. Build those muscles

    12 Things to Do with Fruitcake (Besides Eat It)

    So maybe you ate 94 too many cookies. Turn that arm flab into fab by doing a handful of fruitcake lifting reps each day. Bonus points if your fruitcake contains nuts. They add some weight!

  4. Fuel the fire

    You don’t need to be a boyscout to get a cozy fire going. Simply chuck your alcohol soaked fruitcake in the fireplace, strike a match, and you’re set. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.

  5. Step up

    Are you a little too short? In addition to using your fruitcake as a booster seat, fruitcake can be utilized as a step stool in order to reach the highest shelf and finally see for yourself just how much dust has collected on top of your refrigerator. The abominable snowman won’t be needed to top your tree either.

  6. Play fetch

    12 Things to Do with Fruitcake (Besides Eat It)

    Fido managed to lose his tennis ball. Again. Not to worry, toss your fruitcake in the backyard and he’ll surely retrieve it… maybe. Or better yet, he’ll bury it in the neighbor’s yard.

  7. Defense

    Often times burglars take advantage of the holiday season when tempting gifts are lying around everywhere. If you happen to catch an intruder sneaking around, bop him atop the head with that dense fruitcake then call the cops. You should have a bit of time before he comes to… fruitcake can be pretty hefty.

  8. Drop anchor

    Find yourself drifting off at sea? Whip out your fruitcake and use that (somewhat) edible brick as an anchor. The fish probably won’t even touch it. Otherwise we would recommend using it as bait.

  9. For the birds

    12 Things to Do with Fruitcake (Besides Eat It)

    Why waste perfectly good plain bread crumbs on the birds when you can toss them fruitcake that you’ve been trying to get rid of for years? Birds probably get tired of regular ole bread anyway. It’s a win win situation so go ahead and pat yourself on the back and make some new feathered friends… or foe.

  10. Book it

    Perhaps your bookshelf has a little extra room and your scandelous murder mysteries won’t stay standing. Simply shove that fruitcake in there and you’ve got a DIY bookend. How resourceful.

  11. Let’s talk about it

    If anything fruitcake is an excellent converstaion starter. Perhaps you’re stuck next to Great Aunt Sally at some holiday party and have literally nothing to say. But wait! You can certainly bond over how vile fruitcake is. There is only a .0037% chance Great Aunt Sally actually enjoys the stuff, so you should be safe.

  12. Take a load off

    You’ve had a long day, so naturally the couch is where you end up. Prop your feet up on a loaf of fruitcake for ultimate relaxation.

 

Are you somewhat intrigued? Bake up a fruitcake for yourself and give it a try. Who knows, you might end up taking a fancy to the holiday cake… it is soaked in alcohol, so how bad can it really be?

 

See more holiday recipes over here.

Bring On the Sugar

Hot Chocolate Pudding
Hot Chocolate Pudding

 

Why hold back?

Starting January 1st, you can drink all the green juice you want until Valentine’s Day hits.

Meanwhile, have some sugar.

All the sugar.

 

Holiday Sweets:

Treat yourself. And everyone else around you. It’s the holidays after all.

Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Why wouldn’t you want to smoosh your thumb into cookie dough over and over again?

Sugar Cookie Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

These impressive treats will disappear fast. Serve with tall glasses of milk.

Apple Crumb Cake

For when you need a break from cookies.

 

More Holiday Sweets:

Can’t stop won’t stop.

Slice ‘n’ Bake Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

These cute cookies are especially festive.

Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

A sophisticated dessert that you’ll want to eat for breakfast.

Butter Pecan Frosted Fudge Brownies

Sometimes regular brownies just won’t do. Add even more sugar, and your problem is solved.

 

Alcohol Infused Desserts:

You’re already noshing on sugar, so you might as well add a few splashes of booze.

Vanilla Cognac Crepes

Stuff these delicate crepes with your favorite filling. Fresh whipped cream is always a good choice, but you can’t go wrong with ice cream.

Boozy Coconut Cream Pie

Light like a cloud, with an extra something something.

Red Wine Poached Pears

A sophisticated (and somewhat healthy) way to get a little tipsy. Count us in!

 

Craving even more sugar? We’ve got you covered.

 

Yummy Homemade Holiday Gifts

Coconut Macadamia Nut Granola
Coconut Macadamia Nut Granola

 

Wrap these gifts quick!

Before you accidentally eat them.

No matter how carefully you unwrap then rewrap, someone’s going to find out.

 

Cookies:

It’s hard to beat homemade cookies! As we all know, something special happens when sugar and butter join forces.

Icebox Shortbread

These sturdy beauties ship well, so go ahead and send your second grade pen pal a big box of holiday joy. Fold in your favorite dried fruit, nuts, or chocolate for some extra pizzaz.

Chocolate Crinkles

Perfect for all of those chocolate lovers out there. Recommended serving size = at least 5.

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

Healthy enough for breakfast. Kind of. Serve with tea or coffee… or hot chocolate because why the heck not.

 

Candy:

Cookies are nice, but candy is slightly more impressive. If you’re the indecisive sort, no one’s stopping you from making both…

Peppermint Marshmallows

Float a couple of these bad boys in a rich cup of hot chocolate. Or whip up a festive wintertime s’more! The opportunities are nearly endless.

Soft Caramels

Impressive and delicious. Politely encourage chatty Aunt Phyllis to chew on a couple of these when you need a few moments of silence. You’ll both appreciate it.

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Take out all of your holiday related stress on those candy canes when you smash them up real good before gently folding them into the melted white chocolate. Bonus: this recipe only requires three ingredients!

 

Mixes:

Stir a few ingredients together in a cute jar with some instructions and you’re good to go. If your giftee appreciates a good challenge, feel free to leave out the instructions.

Chai Tea Mix

Not everyone loves dessert, so save the cookies for yourself and wrap up some chai tea mix instead.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

So much better than the stuff from the store. Include some marshmallows and candy canes if you’re feeling extra generous.

Molasses Cookie Mix

Some people need a little prodding. This cookie mix should do the trick.

 

Looking for more tasty gift ideas? We have plenty.

Holiday Appetizers & Drinks

Red Beet & White Bean Hummus
Red Beet & White Bean Hummus

 

‘Tis the season for snacking and drinking.

Thanksgiving was just the warm-up, so you should know the drill by now.

Make room in your belly and grab a glass of cheer!

 

Holiday Appetizers:

Bring on the small bites! These appetizers are perfect party material.

Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry

Crispy bacon, gooey cheese, and warm carbs all in one. In other words, a good way to get on that naughty list.

Sweet Potato Hummus

Serve with pita chips, carrots, bell peppers, or just spoon the stuff straight into your mouth when no one is looking.

Coconut Shrimp

It’s hard to stop after inhaling just one of these crispy, tropical bites. Yep, whip up a double batch.

 

Holiday Cocktails:

You’re going to need something to wash down all that yummy food.

Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margaritas

Not your typical margarita, but we’re definitely okay with it.

Hot Buttered Rum

What exactly is buttered rum anyway? All you need to know is that it’s dangerously good.

Christmas Sangria

This festive cocktail counts as a serving of fruit, so drink up!

 

Holiday Beverages:

These tasty drinks are alcohol-free. But you can always add a hefty splash of rum.

Hot Apple Cider

Serve this classic beverage in an extra large mug with a couple cinnamon sticks. The smell alone is enough to elicit drool.

Holiday Eggnog

Dunk your cookies right in there… and leave a glass out for Santa if you’re feeling especially generous.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Just another excuse to consume Nutella. Don’t forget the fresh whipped cream! And chocolate shavings if you’re trying to go all out, which you should.

 

Keep the party going with more holiday eats and sips.

 

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

Leftover Thanksgiving Panini
Leftover Thanksgiving Panini

 

Get creative in the kitchen and put those leftovers to work.

Because boring is never okay.

Don’t have any leftovers?

Impressive.

Or sad, take your pick.

 

Breakfast:

Food, food, and more food! You’re on a roll, so why stop now?

House of Blues Sweet Potato Hash

Add some perfectly scrambled eggs plus toast to this equation and you’ve got yourself a complete breakfast. Enjoy a slice of pie for breakfast dessert. Yeah that’s a thing.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame

Not your average Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich. You know what they say… when in doubt, put an egg on it. And cheese, lots of cheese.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Would you believe us if we said these zesty muffins are better than cupcakes? Well they are. (It’s that magical glaze!)

 

Lunch & Dinner:

Perhaps breakfast doesn’t sound too appealing. Just work up an appetite and go straight for lunch (or dinner if you really overdid it the night before).

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

Creamy, flavorful filling. Buttery, flaky crust. Are you convinced yet?

One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie

Cheese makes life better. This creative (and utterly delicious) dish takes advantage of leftover turkey and gravy… plus creamy avocado and polenta, gooey cheese, lots of spices, and black beans for an extra protein kick.

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

A classic strategy to use up all that turkey. You can’t go wrong with comforting noodle soup! Make a big batch and freeze the leftovers to enjoy later on. If you’re going the freezing route, leave out the noodles to avoid the whole mush factor. Simply add fresh noodles after you thaw and reheat the soup.

 

Treats:

In our minds, dessert is hardly optional. Your dessert (and drink) stomach will appreciate these sweet recipes.

Cranberry Orange Margaritas

This fall rita is the perfect combo of sweet and tart. Not a fan of tequila? Use vodka instead.

Leftover Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

That’s right. Throw a fat slice of pie in the blender with a generous scoop of ice cream and get ready to experience an epic brain freeze… it’s near impossible to stop drinking this shake. Don’t forget to top the whole thing off with whipped cream!

Clean Eating Sweet Potato Brownies

Hide some mashed sweet potato in chocolatey brownies for a healthy(ish) treat. We promise you won’t even know the difference.

 

Hardly make a dent in those leftovers? See more Thanksgiving leftover ideas.

Easy Peasy Thanksgiving Recipes

Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie
Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie

 

If “cooking” is a foreign term to you, and you rarely set foot in the kitchen, contributing a dish or two for Thanksgiving is probably the last thing you want to do.

Before you resort to canned crans and store-bought pie, let us share a handful of super simple recipes and tips to make your life much easier and cooking very possible.

At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts.

“A” for effort, you know?

Then you can always whip out that can… and bring some booze.

 

Main Dishes:

Cooking up a big hunk of meat may seem a little intimidating at first, but we believe in you! As long as you remember to thaw the turkey (if frozen) and don’t completely forget about your meat in the oven, there’s not much else that can go wrong. (Just keep telling yourself that.)

Basic Roast Turkey

Embrace everything basic! Including your turkey. Remember to test the turkey temp (165 F) in the innermost part of the thigh, then let the thing rest (tented in foil) for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. (The temp will continue to rise a bit after you pull it out of the oven.) Need some help choosing which size turkey to purchase, figuring out how long it needs to thaw (if frozen), or how long to cook the thing? Hop on over to our handy turkey calculator.

Roasted Turkey Breast

Not feeding a crowd? A simple turkey breast will do. Unless you want turkey leftovers for a month… all to yourself. Hey that’s not a bad idea.

Perfect Prime Rib

Turkey isn’t everything. If you’re not feeling the bird, try your hand at prime rib instead. All you really need is patience.

 

Sides:

Although this lighter baked sweet potato casserole with maple toasted marshmallow sounds pretty amazing, some of us don’t have the time (or experience) to make that edible masterpiece reality. These simple sides are still tasty and a bit more manageable. (If you love a challenge, go ahead and make the casserole… you won’t be disappointed.)

Basic Boiled and Mashed Potatoes

Butter makes everything better. True fact.

Fresh Green Beans

Don’t bother with traditional green bean casserole. Cook green beans until crisp-tender then season, season, season and serve.

Mom’s Stuffing

Make mama proud! Not quite as simple as mashed potatoes, but you got this. You can always dump on the gravy…

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. What more do you want?

Cranberry Sauce

Sugar, water, cranberries, done! Almost as easy as cracking open that can.

Easy Turkey Gravy

What’s Thanksgiving without gravy? If you can follow instructions, you can whip up a smooth, rich gravy in no time. Just try not to get too creative.

 

Desserts:

There’s always room for dessert!

Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie

If you buy the crust, pumpkin pie is actually quite doable. Just mix up the filling, pour it in the crust, then bake! Cool your pie on a wire rack so it doesn’t get soggy.

Apple Crisp

No one has to know that this dessert requires minimal effort. Bake until golden and bubbly, then serve warm. You can make the crisp ahead of time and simply reheat it in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes right before serving… with vanilla ice cream.

Baked Apples

A homemade dessert with only 3-ingredients?! Dreams do come true. Serve warm with whipped cream for a real treat.

 

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