Simply Healthy Recipes

Greek Couscous Bowls
Greek Couscous Bowls

 

Eat healthily.

Feel good.

It’s that simple.

 

Healthy Breakfast Ideas:

Start your day off on the right track by fueling your body with nutritious, protein-packed food.

Nut Muesli

Enjoy this nutty muesli with your favorite seasonal fruit. Creamy banana slices, juicy berries, and crisp diced apples are all delicious additions.

Poached Egg & Avocado Toast

Mashed or sliced, you can’t go wrong when avocado is involved. Salt brings out all the lovely flavors so no skimping!

 

Light Meals:

These meals may feel nice and light in your belly but they’re definitely not light in flavor.

Colorful Veggie Lettuce Wraps

Veggie lettuce wraps are perfect for a fun, light lunch. Include some tofu, salmon, or cooked, shredded chicken breast in on the action for a tasty protein boost.

Spicy Sweet Potato & Green Rice Burrito Bowls

Prep this healthy meal at night then enjoy for lunch the next day… or dinner if you’re a busy bee.

 

Guilt-Free Desserts:

You don’t have to ignore your sweet tooth. Keeping both her and your body happy is possible! Whew.

Healthy Salted Caramel Cups

These luscious treats are vegan and free of refined sugar. Plus, they only require 4 ingredients!

Minty Berry Antioxidant Sorbet

Enjoy this refreshing fruity sorbet for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. All of its sweetness comes from the fruit, so make sure your frozen berries were picked at their peak aka real ripe.

 

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Apps, Cocktails & Hangover Recipes

Buttered Mushroom, Sage Pesto & Goat Cheese Sourdough Toasts
Buttered Mushroom, Sage Pesto & Goat Cheese Sourdough Toasts

 

Eat.

Drink.

And cure your hangover.

 

Appetizers:

Go ahead, fill up on apps. The new year isn’t here quite yet anyway…

Saucy Meatballs

These saucy guys are a little tangy, a little sweet, and very flavorful. They’ll disappear real quick, so grab a few for yourself before they’re gone! Serve on cocktail forks to minimize sticky fingers.

Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts

Spicy nuts are the ultimate snacking material. Whip up a double batch because it’s hard to stop munching once you’ve started.

 

Beverages:

Aka holiday survival liquid.

White Christmas Mojito

This tropical drink is delicious any time of the year. Don’t forget to garnish with bright, juicy pomegranate and refreshing mint! (We highly recommend stirring up a large vat of the stuff… because why not?)

Blood Orange Negroni

Negronis pack a hefty punch, soo obviously this citrusy drink is a real winter winner.

 

Hangover Recipes:

So maybe you drank a bit too much… the least you can do is make your tummy a little happy. Not a boozer? Quesadillas and migas are darn good regardless of your current state.

Kimchi Quesadillas

These cheesy quesadillas are both satisfying and on the healthy end of the spectrum. Kimchi is good for your gut after all! And cheese is good for your taste buds.

Tex-Mex Migas

Make a big pan of migas when your soul (and body) needs a little soothing. This tasty dish comes together in practically no time so consider hangry outbursts avoided.

 

Looking for more inspo? We’ve got plenty of recipes just for you.

 

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Savory Holiday Dishes

Skillet Cranberry Roasted Chicken
Skillet Cranberry Roasted Chicken

 

These savory holiday dishes will make you all holly jolly.

Just be sure to save room for dessert!

 

Holiday Grains:

Carbs are always welcome on our plates (and consequently in our bellies), especially during the holiday season.

Wild Rice with Roasted Grapes & Walnuts

Juicy roasted grapes add a pop of subtle sweetness to this satisfying pilaf-style dressing. (Swap in veg broth to make it vegetarian.)

Crispy Brown Butter Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Caramelized Mushrooms & Goat Cheese

This cozy dish is the perfect combo of sweet and savory. Creamy goat cheese adds a nice tang. Don’t skimp on that butter!

 

Holiday Vegetable Sides:

You’ll be going back for seconds if these veggie sides are involved in your merrymaking.

Roasted Beets

Roasted beets are pretty darn low-maintenance. Just season liberally with salt and fresh ground black pepper then dig in. Enjoy these guys hot out of the oven, room temp, or chilled.

Delicata Squash with Miso-Maple Butter

Delicata squash is naturally sweet with a tender skin that you can eat! No need to peel and risk chopping off one of your precious digits.

 

Holiday Potatoes:

You say potato, I say gimme now!

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

It’s hard to go wrong with ooey gooey cheesy potatoes. Diced ham adds a nice punch of flavor. Leave out the ham to make this dish meatless, or invite some bacon in on the fun if you’re feeling a bit naughty. (The nice list is overrated.)

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

This crowd-pleaser makes darn good leftovers but there’s a good chance you won’t have any to tuck away for later.

 

Want more holiday cheer? See all of our deliciously festive recipes.

 

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Holiday Treats

Easy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge with Salted Bourbon Sugar
Easy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge with Salted Bourbon Sugar

 

Naughty or nice…

Everyone deserves some sugar.

 

Holiday Sweets:

Trying to cut back on sugar? Do yourself a favor and wait until the holidays pass.

Pumpkin Chai Snickerdoodles

These fluffy, moist snickerdoodles have some holiday flair. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk and then have another cookie. (It’s a vicious–but yummy–cycle.)

Peppermint Brownies

These fudgy brownies are packed with peppermint extract, mint chips, and candy canes! Oh so festive.

 

Irresistible Alcohol Infused Desserts:

Drink your booze and eat it too.

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Chocolate and red wine are meant to be together, so clearly this cake is a winner. Wash it all down with a glass of wine. Because why wouldn’t you?

Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels

Enjoy these apple pie stuffed treats while warm… with a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream of course.

 

Yummy Homemade Holiday Gifts:

Feeling generous? Gift the special people in your life delicious treats. Plan on making extra because you’ll definitely want some for yourself.

Soft Caramels

You only need a handful of ingredients to whip up mouth-watering homemade caramels. Finish each caramel with a sprinkle of fancy schmancy salt to take these babies to the next level.

White Chocolate Bark

This easy, pretty dessert is a thoughtful hostess gift. Or keep it all to yourself! Feel free to swap in your favorite dried fruit and nuts. Almonds + dried cherries would be a tasty combo.

 

Looking for more sweet ideas? Hop on over to our seasonal recipe collections page.

 

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Brunch Time

Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake

 

Rise and dine.

Mimosas are mandatory.

 

Savory:

Start your morning off with a big ole breakfast fit for a king or queen. You can always visit the sweet dishes come brunch round two.

Monte Cristo Waffle Strata

Serving up a big crowd? This recipe is both impressive and hearty. You get a lot of savory going on with just a hit of sweet. Life’s all about balance, right?

Broccoli, Cheddar & Spinach Frittata

Some of us just don’t get jazzed about sugary breakfasts. Cheesy eggs is where it’s really at. Throw some veggies in there and call it healthy. Serve this guy with whole grain toast and a refreshing glass of OJ… spiked with Prosecco of course.

 

Pancakes:

These loaded pancakes are anything but ordinary, so grab your pure maple syrup along with your appetite and get cooking.

Big Apple Pancake

This puffy pancake is indeed big, but you won’t want to share. It does make great leftovers if you’re cooking for yourself and can’t manage it all in one sitting–cold pancakes are quite delicious, in case you were wondering.

Rum & Cranberry Pancakes with Butter Rum Syrup

Boozy breakfasts are the best breakfasts. Pour rum in your batter and over the top of your mouth-watering flapjacks. It’s the holidays, after all. (Don’t worry, this recipe won’t relegate you to the naughty list.)

 

Pastries:

Breakfast or dessert? Who really cares.

Caramel Apple Toaster Strudel

Buttery, flaky puff pastry is stuffed with tender caramel apples. You bet there’s vanilla cream cheese icing involved! A tall glass of milk is highly recommended.

Homemade Croissants

Because homemade is always better. Enjoy these tasty croissants fresh out of the oven when they’re nice and warm. There are a several options for fillings (cinnamon sugar, pumpkin, chocolate peanut butter, Nutella!) if you want to earn breakfast bonus points.

 

Want to keep your brunch game going strong? See our full collection of breakfast and brunch recipes.

Turkey Day Leftovers

Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo
Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo

 

Cook up an extra large feast.

And enjoy those turkey leftovers.

 

Breakfast:

Skipping breakfast is never an option, especially when you have precious Thanksgiving leftovers waiting for you.

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

This spiced quick bread is packed with canned pumpkin and fresh (or frozen) cranberries. Sounds like a tasty breakfast or snack to us! Turn a few slices into french toast for a real treat.

Turkey, Smashed Avocado, Cranberry,  Brie & Mashed Potato Waffle Melts

Now that’s a mouthful! Standard turkey sandwiches step aside. Enjoy this hearty melt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. (Don’t forget the egg.)

 

Bowls:

Tuck into one of these cozy bowls. Congee and chili are both guaranteed to warm your soul. (Which is particularly necessary come Black Friday.)

Turkey Congee

Simple and comforting. You only need a handful of common ingredients so excuses are irrelevant.

Turkey Chili

Freeze any leftover chili and enjoy later when you’re low on time and energy. Simply thaw the frozen chili in your fridge and reheat on your stove. Cheddar cheese is a must!

 

Light:

Burgers and nachos are light?! Well, that depends on how much you load them up (and how many lucky peeps you decide to share with, or not.)

Quinoa Burgers

These vegan, gluten-free burgers are packed with flavor, really. Not a vegan or gluten-free individual? Go ahead and use what ever stuffing you have on hand.

Turkey Nachos

Nachos are very accepting when it comes to leftovers, so feel free to include your favorite toppings in on the fun. Fresh guac is a good place to start.

 

Still have leftovers hanging out in your fridge? We have more tasty ideas for you. Or, type up to 3 ingredients into our nifty Use Up Leftovers tool and BigOven will tell you what you can make!

 

9 Common Thanksgiving Fails + Easy Fixes

 

We’ve all been there… undercooked poultry, gloopy potatoes, less-than-pretty pumpkin pie…

Yes, Hannah Montana, everyone makes mistakes, but there are easy fixes that can save your rear.

Or at least help cover-up some Turkey Day kitchen flops.

1) Oops, turkey’s still frozen

Take the wrapped bird and plop it in your kitchen sink. Fill the sink with cool (not hot!) water. Be sure to change out the water every 30 minutes–it takes 30 minutes per pound to thaw that sucker. Immediately cook your turkey once it’s completely thawed. Phew.

2) Raw turkey

Carefully cut the turkey into pieces, keeping the legs and breasts whole. Place your sliced up turkey on a baking sheet in a 375 degree oven. Check on your bird every 15 minutes until the internal temp of the turkey is 165 degrees or until the juices run clear. Serve it up!

3) Dry bird

Douse that thing with lots of gravy, plus make your mashed potatoes more creamy and buttery. Or slice up the turkey, put the meat in a pan with stock, then slowly simmer to introduce plenty of moisture. Did we mention butter?

4) Gluey mashed potatoes

Fix em up (or simply hide the problem).

Option one: create a well in the center of the potatoes, add a generous pat of butter, then sprinkle a bit of paprika right on top. Presentation is key, especially when your taters aren’t texturally on point.

Option two: spread your potatoes in a baking dish then sprinkle with breadcrumbs and Parmesan. The pleasant crunch of the breadcrumbs paired with melty cheese will distract guests from the camouflaged layer of goo.

5) Lumpy mashers

Lumpy potatoes call for a strainer or sieve. Things are going to get a bit messy, but you’ve probably dirtied about 37 dishes/utensils/gadgets already, so what’s one more added to the pile? After your potatoes get some strainer action, serve them up with dollops (plural) of butter for additional creaminess. Bonus points if you use browned butter.

6) Gravy shortage

You should always whip up a boatload of gravy. Quadruple your recipe… you can freeze leftovers if necessary. Otherwise, get creative and add a few glugs of wine or stock to stretch out your gravy supply.

7) Cracked pumpkin pie

Just add a generous dollop of whipped cream on top. Voila! Everyone knows it’s the taste that matters most. (Besides, who’s going to turn down pie?)

8) Overcooked veggies

Add some crunch and extra flavor with toasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts!), bright lemon zest, olive oil and fresh herbs. And let’s be real, no one is actually excited about the veggies anyway.

9) Cold turkey

To keep your Turkey Day feast nice and warm, have some chicken stock simmering on the stove or lots of hot gravy on hand. Ladle over the turkey, potatoes, and stuffing to add moisture and heat. Problem solved!

 

And remember…

Create a schedule and plan ahead. Prepare dishes in advance to reduce stress Thanksgiving day.

And if you somehow manage to burn your whole kitchen down, there’s always Chinese food.

 

 

Thanksgiving Potato Recipes (and Gravy!)

Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary & Garlic
Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary & Garlic

 

Potato, Potahto.

Either way, don’t forget the gravy!

 

Mashed Potatoes:

Traditional mashed potatoes are hard to beat (not literally, duh). Smother them in gravy and you’re good to go.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese & Sour Cream

Cream me up, Scotty. Garnish these decadent potatoes with fresh Italian parsley for a pop of flavor and color. (A couple pats of butter never hurt anybody… )

Classic Mashed Potatoes

All you need is four ingredients! Heat your milk for easy mashing, and brown your butter for bonus points. Your taste buds will thank you too.

 

Sweet Potatoes:

We’re thinking your Thanksgiving table needs both mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. Carbs are clearly welcome over here. Invite these homemade yeast rolls while you’re at it.

Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Maple Butter

Drink that bourbon maple butter, we won’t judge. (Because we’re doing the sameeee thing.) If you’re a fan of bacon, you know what to do.

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

Gooey mallows are optional… toasted pecans and ground cinnamon are not. Hello crunchy, creamy heaven!

 

Gravy & Sauces:

Too much sauce? Nope. You never want to run out of gravy, so whip up a quadruple batch.

Baked Cranberry Sauce

Bake this zesty cranberry sauce a week in advance, then simply spoon it into a fancy schmancy glass bowl when you’re ready to dig in.

Turkey Gravy

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without rich, flavorful gravy. Douse everything on your plate with the stuff because this special day only happens once a year, and plate presentation ran out the door with your sister’s Tinder boyfriend once he met the fam.

 

Need more more Turkey Day inspo? Hop on over to our Thanksgiving Advice Center.

 

Not sure what size turkey to get, how long you should thaw the thing, or how long to cook it? Utilize our handy dandy turkey calculator.

 

Sooo when should you head to the grocery store, and can you cook dishes ahead of time? We got you covered.

Thanksgiving Recipes & Tips

Famous Pumpkin Pie
Famous Pumpkin Pie

 

Plan your Turkey Day feast now.

Kick back and relax (with a beverage or two) later.

 

Mains:

Get your protein on the table no sweat.

Herb & Butter Roasted Turkey

This turkey is extremely moist and flavorful, thanks to butter, butter and more butter. It is the holidays, so you might as well go big or go home. Or in this case, it’s perfectly acceptable to go big then go home and take a nap.

Tangy Honey Glazed Ham

Turkey not your thing? Fill your plate with sweet and tangy honey glazed ham instead. Just be sure to save room for some sides! Don’t worry about your dessert stomach… he’s always prepared for pie.

 

Sides:

Back that main up with robust sides… we all need somebody to lean on. (Turkey included.)

Roasted Root Vegetables

Roast up your favorite fall veggies. Not a fan of celery root? Throw in some more carrots or diced Granny Smith apples instead. Don’t forget to season your veggies up real good. Salt will help bring them out of their shells. (No one wants a dish shy in the flavor department.)

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

We get all mushy about this wild stuffing. Douse it with mushroom gravy for the ultimate vegetarian side.

 

Desserts:

Give your dessert stomach the attention she deserves.

Salted Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Sugar and booze all in a buttery, flaky crust? Dreams do come true. And that turkey tryptophan hasn’t even kicked in yet.

French Pear Tart

Finish off your gourmet meal with this classy and fabulous French pear tart. Serve with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to seal the food coma deal.

 

Looking for more Thanksgiving inspiration? Head on over to our Thanksgiving Advice Center.

 

Not sure what size turkey to get, how long you should thaw the thing, or how long to cook it? Utilize our handy dandy turkey calculator.

 

Sooo when should you head to the grocery store, and can you cook dishes ahead of time? We got you covered.

 

Put Your Leftover Halloween Candy to Work

 

Halloween is behind us once again, and now you have truckloads of candy on your hands.

Of course you’re going to sneak nearly all of it a few pieces when the kids/fido/bae isn’t looking, but what to do with all of that leftover sugar?

We’ve got you covered with over 40 mouth-watering candy transformation ideas.

 

 

Because wasting is not an option, and no one wants to be bored and gain a few extra pounds + cavities.

 

Looking for something on the savory end of the spectrum? Here are some fall favorites and cozy soups.