Immune-Boosting Recipes

Turmeric Golden Milk Tea
Turmeric Golden Milk Tea

 

Take care of yourself.

And your taste buds too.

Because no one enjoys drippy noses and being stuck in bed.

 

Mains:

Fill up on the good stuff. (You can still inhale something sweet later.)

Broccoli & Orange Miso Pasta

Those little green trees are packed with vitamins, and who can say no to pasta? Whole wheat spaghetti is a great source of fiber, which helps keep everything moving.

Citrus Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Take a quick trip to the tropics and enjoy the benefits of citrus (Vitamin C for your immune system!) while enjoying some healthy fats (thank you salmon and creamy avocado).

Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Miso

More avocado please! Plus fresh ginger, garlic, spinach and loads of other healthy ingredients. “Healthy” and “delicious” can exist in the same sentence.

 

Light:

These recipes are perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Or anytime of day, really.

Udon Miso Noodle Soup

Salty, savory miso takes this broth up a notch flavorwise. And fermented foods introduce beneficial bacteria to your system. P.S. Slurping noodles is acceptable behavior (in the comfort of your own home, that is).

Spicy Carrot & Ginger Soup with Harissa

A little spice is always nice, plus ginger is good for your gut! Treat yourself to some warm pita while you’re at it… happy people are healthy people.

Turmeric Lime Cauliflower “Rice”

We know, real deal rice is hard to beat, but this zesty, flavorful cauliflower “rice” is pretty darn good too. (Popular powerhouse turmeric is on the scene of course.)

 

Refreshing:

Maybe you’re not feeling a full on savory affair. So treat yourself to something a little sweet and refreshing.

Beet & Berry Detox Popsicles

Yes these pops are pretty… and tasty, and healthy! Fruit and veggies all in one cute package. Win win win.

Matcha Yogurt Cooler

Probiotic-rich yogurt is another ingredient that will please your tummy. Matcha is full of antioxidants, so clearly mixing the two together is a grand idea. Enjoy this creamy beverage for breakfast or as a hearty snack.

Golden Milk Overnight Oats

Overnight oats and golden milk made friends. (No surprise there.)

 

Who wants to get sick? No one, duh. Stay on the healthy train and whip up a few more immune-boosting recipes.

Fill Your Plate with Some Comfort

Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed Peppers

 

And then go back for seconds (and thirds).

Because these comfy dishes will fill your belly and heart with warmth.

 

Cheesy:

Bring on the melty, gooey cheese! And throw some carbs in there while you’re at it.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Fried Cheese Curds

If you think broccoli soup is boring, think again. (Cheese curds are magical.)

One-Pot Chili Mac

Eat it straight out of the pot to avoid as many dirty dishes as possible.

Easy Lasagna Stuffed Burritos

Two cheesy favorites in one. No complaints over here.

 

Cozy:

Enjoy these dishes in a living room fort under lots of soft blankets. No really, do it.

Fried Green Tomato BLT

Not your average BLT. Throw some avocado in there for an extra treat.

Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizzas

Toppings on a cracker is just not okay. This right here is a real deal pizza.

Crockpot Sweet & Sour Pomegranate Short Ribs with Creamy Mascarpone Polenta

Patience is indeed a virtue. So have some patience, then reward yourself with a bowl of flavorful, tender short ribs nestled on top of decadent polenta.

 

Sweet:

Skip dessert?! Never.

Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

A giant, warm chocolate chip cookie baked into a buttery pie crust. Yes please! (And don’t forget the vanilla ice cream.)

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This tropical cake is moist in the best way possible. We had to say it.

No Yeast Strawberries & Cream Cinnamon Rolls

A fruity cinnamon treat fit for dessert or breakfast… or breakfast and dessert.

 

Looking for more comfort? We have a bunch of recipes just for you.

Winter Winter Chicken Dinner

Creamy Champagne Chicken
Creamy Champagne Chicken

 

It may be dark and cold outside.

But these cozy winter recipes make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

 

Dig In:

Swimsuit season is still far far away. (Just keep that in mind.)

Turkey Pesto & Garlic Meatballs

The leftovers are fantastic… but there probably won’t be any.

Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

No need to dirty more dishes. Eat your din din straight out of the squash itself!

Cider Glazed Chicken

Sometimes your plain Jane chicken needs just a little something something. We’re digging this sweet and savory flavor combo.

 

Grab a Bowl:

Everything (yes everything) tastes better out of a bowl.

Beef Stew

Simple and hearty. Feel free to garnish your bowl with a sprinkling of fresh herbs before going to town. Italian parsley is always a good choice.

Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Chili

This chili is packed with protein and veggies! For times when you don’t feel like chowing down on a big ole pot of beef and beans.

Thai Pomegranate Chicken Noodle Soup

Not your average chicken noodle soup. Bright pomegrante seeds add a pop of color and a burst of sweet-tart flavor. We’re definitely on board.

 

Eat Your Veggies:

After just one bite of these recipes, we won’t have to tell you twice.

Jamaican Cabbage Salad

Yes cabbage can be exciting too! Serve with your favorite messy sandwich or even in your favorite messy sandwich.

Lemony Roasted Potatoes & Broccoli

Get some green in your life. Potatoes and broccoli go hand in hand. We won’t judge if you dump on a little extra Parm.

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower is the best cauliflower. And garlic just makes everything better.

 

Looking for more winner winter recipes? We got your back.

We All Love Food

Raspberry Fools with Honey Butter Croissants
Raspberry Fools with Honey Butter Croissants

 

So dig in!

And share with someone you care about, if you want.

(Just remember, dogs aren’t allowed to wolf down chocolate.)

 

Appetizers & Drinks:

Get the party started with some cheese and booze.

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

A little sweet, a little bubbly, and always blushing. We’re clearly crushing on this cocktail.

Goat Cheese, Honey & Fruit Crostini

Feel free to pile on your favorite fruit. Berries, pears, apples, and figs are all lovely. (Skip the banana, perhaps.)

Crab Cakes with Lemon Herb Aioli

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Oh, and there’s citrusy, herby aoili for some dunking action.

 

Mains:

Whip up one of these flavorful entrees for your main squeeze.

Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobellos

More cheese! And this cheese situation is melty, gooey perfection.

Ragu Alla Bolognese

Serve this flavorful sauce over spaghetti, then slurp it down Lady and the Tramp style.

Seared White Wine Scallops

Drink your wine and eat it too. A little butter and garlic never hurts.

 

Desserts:

The moment we’ve all been waiting for.

Chocolate Cheesecake

And the cheese keeps coming…. in cake form this time, with lots of chocolate.

Red Velvet Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Molten chocolate never gets old. Don’t burn your tongue in all the chocolate lava induced excitement!

Chocolate Berry Tart (GF, Vegan, Paleo)

This dessert is pretty much healthy, so go ahead and enjoy the leftovers for breakfast… if there are any leftovers, that is.

 

Looking for more romantic treats? We have plenty options.

 

The Big Game

Garlic Butter Pizza Pull Apart Bread
Garlic Butter Pizza Pull Apart Bread

 

No matter what team you’re rooting for this Super Bowl, these recipes will be sure to score you some major points.

Now that’s a win-win situation.

 

Cheesy:

Ooey gooey cheese please! With a side of carbs, of course.

Easy & Quick Chicken Quesadillas

It’s hard to beat “easy” and “quick.” Especially when cheese is involved.

French Fry Cheese Pizza

Because plain cheese pizza isn’t nearly epic enough.

Ham & Cheese Sliders

Serving size = the entire pan. Just kidding, this is not fantasy football.

 

Meaty:

If you haven’t already filled up on cheese, get some protein in your life.

Adobo Chicken Wings

We understand, sometimes you need to get down and dirty. Don’t forget the moist towelettes.

Heart Healthy Turkey Chili

Worried that this chili sounds too healthy? Douse your bowl with cheese and sour cream. Problem solved.

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Pozole

Let your slow cooker do allll the work while you kick back and relax. Enjoy an ice cold beer while you’re at it.

 

Snacks:

Football and snacks go hand in hand.

Avocado Hummus

Give your hummus a facelift. Then dunk some toasty pita right in there.

Sweet Cornbread

Honey, this cornbread is begging for a good butter smothering. Or a dip in your overflowing bowl of chili.

Black Bean Salsa

Black beans and corn make a great team. Tortilla chips think so too.

 

Want more game day inspo? We have plenty more recipes for you.

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.