25 Homemade Snacks for Pets

Cooking homemade snacks for pets is one way to show them how much we love them! Here are 25 homemade snacks for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and hamsters. Homemade Pet Treats via @tipsaholic #pets #treats #homemade #dogs #cats #petfood


25 Homemade Snacks for Pets
Cooking homemade snacks for pets is one way to show them just how much we love them! Whether you have a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a hamster, or a bird, you’ll find a snack or two (or three!) in this list that your sweet pet will love!

Homemade Dog Snacks

Dogs are omnivores, just like us humans, and they benefit from a balanced diet of meat and plants. Of course, a treat here and there won’t hurt and they’ll love you all the more for it!

Mutt Loaf

This homemade dog snack is similar to a human’s meatloaf, but it’s for dogs! It includes healthy vegetables, such as carrots, peas, and parsley, and a whole lot of minced beef. Give your dog a slice or two a day for a balanced snack.

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Frozen Pupcakes

This is a great treat for the hot days of summer. What dog doesn’t like peanut butter? This homemade snack for dogs includes peanut butter, yogurt, and banana and makes delicious frozen cakes for your dog to nosh on.

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Homemade Dog Treats to Beat Bad Breath

If your sweet pup has bad breath, try these homemade dog snacks that include fresh parsley and fresh mint to improve his breath so he can lick your face all he wants!

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Apple Cinnamon Dog Training Bits

These delicious little treats are great for training your pup!

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Frozen Strawberry and Blueberry Yogurt

This homemade dog snack is very easy to make and only requires three ingredients! To make things more fun, find ice molds in the shape of bones so your yogurt treats will look just like what’s pictured below.

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Crunchy Carob Dog Treats

Dogs don’t do well with chocolate, but carob is perfectly healthy for them! Make these crunchy carob dog treats for fun dessert treat.

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Sweet Potato Chews

Sweet potatoes are full of great nutrients for both people and dogs. Make these homemade sweet potato chews for your pups with some cinnamon and olive oil!

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Homemade Cat Snacks

Cats are carnivores, which means that they do well on a diet mainly of meat. Keep that in mind when making your cats homemade snacks and give them tasty treats that include meat.

Tuna Crackers

Have plenty of canned tuna in your pantry? Grab some to make your cat these homemade tuna crackers! The link will also take you to a several homemade cat snack recipes.

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Salmon Cat Treats

These cat treats are similar to the previous one, but they’re made with canned salmon. These treats are also a little more moist with the inclusion of milk and an egg.

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Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats

Include catnip in your homemade cat snacks and your cats will go crazy over them!

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Cat Grass

Grow your own cat grass for your cat to snack on to help with digestion.

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Kitty Kisses

Combine wet cat food with catnip to make these cute little kitty kisses for your kitty! Warning: some reviewers say that the smell isn’t all that great when you cook them, but it seems like cats love to eat them!

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Cheesy Cat Treats

If your cat loves cheese, he will go gaga over these cheesy cat treats made with cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese!

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Tuna and Cheddar Cat Crisps

Combine the two most popular cat snacks, tuna and cheddar, to make this crispy cat treat. The link will also take you to a recipe for pumpkin bacon dog treat!

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Kitty’s Moist Morsels

Ground beef or turkey, cheese, and catnip all come together to make these tiny tasty meatballs for your feline companions. In the picture below, you can find the meatballs in the upper left corner.

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Homemade Rabbit Snacks

Rabbits thrive on vegetables and fruits and they should eat a lot of fresh hay and grass.

Organic Bunny Treats

These little treats are made with rolled oats, dried alfalfa powder, baby food carrots, and baby food banana! Limit these treats to two a day.

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Katie’s Smack Snacks

Combine lots of parsley with rabbit pellets, along with a carrot and a banana and rolled oats, to make these little snacks for your pet rabbit!

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Chalko Tasties

These little balls make great treats for rabbits and are more heavy on the bananas and carrots than the previous recipes for homemade rabbit snacks.

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Frozen Fruit Treats

Give your rabbit a frozen fruit treat when it’s hot outside! Halved frozen grapes are great and easy. Putting cut-up fruit in water and freezing them in an ice cube tray is another delicious way to cool them down.

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Homemade Hamster Snacks

In the wild, hamsters eat a diet of grains, seeds, vegetables, and insects, so try to give your pet hamster a similar diet.

Hammy Quiches

Grate two or three vegetables (try broccoli, celery, and cucumber) to make one cup worth of grated veggies. Put your veggies in a baking cup and pour a beaten egg over it. Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes and then give small pieces to your little hamster!

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Hamster Treats

To make these hamster treats, cover a small piece of bread or dog biscuit with peanut butter and then press Cheerios cereal pieces, bird seeds, sunflower seeds, and vegetables all over it. A great way to give your hamster the seeds he loves!

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Homemade Meals for Lucy the Hamster

Just for fun, check out this crazy good series of a hamster named Lucy eating the tiny meals that her chef makes her! Great photos and includes many good meal ideas for a hamster.

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Homemade Bird Snacks

Whether you have a bird at home or consider the birds in your backyard your pets, you and your aviary friends will enjoy these homemade snacks for birds.

Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders

These cute little bird feeders are great to hang outside on a tree or inside your cage. You can make these with a couple of cookie cutters and a young kid or two!

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Blueberry Sweet Potato Parrot Treats

Your bird will love this homemade snack that’s made of a flour mixture, sweet potato, and blueberries. You can switch things up by using pumpkin or butternut squash instead of the potato and add vegetables.

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Festive Feast for the Birds

This homemade snack for birds can be hung outside or inside a cage and is full of nuts and fruits that birds love. Your kids can help make these bird treats and they also are very pretty for humans to look at!

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Bird Muffins

These little muffins include dried fruit, dried coconut, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, apple sauce, and baby food sweet potatoes along with frozen vegetables – all very healthy and tasty food choices for your bird pets!

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For more ideas for your furry ones, check out 8 Best Products for Dogs and Cats and 9 Ideas for Organizing Your Pet Supplies.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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26 Amazing Ravioli Recipes You Need to Try

You’ll love this list of 26 delicious ravioli recipes - some use pre-made ravioli, others use homemade dough, two are paleo, and two are actually desserts! 26 Amazing Ravioli Recipes You Need to Try via @tipsaholic #ravioli #pasta #recipes #italian #raviolirecipes


26 Amazing Ravioli Recipes You Need to Try
If you love ravioli, you’ll love this list of delicious ravioli recipes that you can make in your own kitchen. Some of the ravioli recipes listed below use pre-made ravioli, while others will show you how to make homemade ravioli from scratch. And just for fun, there’s also a couple of unique ravioli recipes at the end: dessert raviolis and raviolis made with ingredients other than pasta. Happy ravioli eating!

Pre-Made Ravioli Recipes

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce

Grab a bag of pre-made butternut squash ravioli and top it with a decadent brown butter sauce with sage and toasted walnuts. You’ll think you’re at a restaurant, but this recipe only takes around 15 minutes to make!

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Crock Pot Ravioli

Throw your favorite pre-made ravioli, frozen, into a slow cooker and add all the ingredients of this recipe and you’ll have a great meal at the end of the day without any extra work. Easy!

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Crispy Ravioli

Hosting a big party? Try serving up this crispy ravioli recipe with warm marinara sauce! You can prepare everything the day before, fry up the ravioli an hour before, and just enjoy yourself at the party while everyone serves themselves.

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Ravioli with Sauteed Asparagus and Walnuts

Incorporate your vegetable side, like the asparagus in this ravioli recipe, with your ravioli dish and you’ll have a complete meal! This recipe also includes a delish butter lemon sauce to bring it all together.

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Ravioli with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Sauce

Chop up sun-dried tomatoes and combine that with basil, cream, and parmesan cheese to make a tasty sauce that will elevate your favorite pre-made ravioli.

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Cheesy Baked Ravioli Casserole

You can make this hearty ravioli casserole the night before and just pop it in the oven when it’s time to eat dinner.

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Cheesy Ravioli and Italian Sausage Skillet

Yes, it’s another ravioli recipe with “cheesy” in the title! Cook this meal in one big skillet and you’ll get a delicious dinner with minimal clean-up.

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Shrimp Scampi Ravioli

This delicious shrimp scampi ravioli recipe is perfect for a special date night in with your loved one!

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Corn and Chipotle Ravioli

Who says ravioli has to only pair with Italian ingredients? Try this unique ravioli recipe that brings in Mexican flavors: corn, chipotle, zucchini, and Oaxaca cheese. Yum.

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Mini Meatball & Ravioli Soup

If you’re feeling chilly, try this easy mini meatball ravioli soup to warm up!

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Homemade Ravioli Recipes

Goat Cheese Raviolis with Blistered Sugar Plum Tomatoes and Hefeweizen Marinara

This homemade ravioli recipe is a good one to read first because it details out exactly what you need to do to make ravioli and the equipment that’s useful to have. And there’s beer in the marinara sauce, which makes it perfect for beer lovers!

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Ravioli with Goat Cheese and Spinach Filling in Parmesan Cream Sauce

Goat cheese and spinach is a delicious combination; try it in this ravioli recipe! This recipe uses a ravioli mold, which could be a great buy if you think you’ll make lots and lots of homemade ravioli for future dinners!

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Goat Cheese and Sweet Pea Stuffed Beet Ravioli with Mint and Walnut Pesto

And here’s another ravioli recipe that includes goat cheese, yum! But this ravioli recipe is unique in that it uses roasted beets in its ravioli dough. The results are visually beautiful!

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Colored Ravioli

If you enjoyed the bright color of the beet ravioli in the previous recipe, you’ll love all the colored ravioli (7 colors!) in this recipe for homemade ravioli.

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Lobster Ravioli with Champagne Cream Sauce

This is a truly exceptional homemade ravioli recipe that would be perfect for a romantic cooked dinner for your significant other or a special holiday dinner. This recipe also includes a trick that helps you know whether the ravioli dough needs to be kneaded some more or if it’s done.

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Taleggio Ravioli with Garlicy Butter Kale and Mushroom Sauce

Have you tried Taleggio cheese, a semi-soft Italian cheese? Here’s a great recipe to try it with! The sauce alone is so good, with all its butter, kale, wild mushroom slices, and toasted pine nuts!

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Mushroom Ravioli with Garlic Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Here’s a great vegan ravioli recipe! The filling is made of raw cashews and lots of mushrooms, very healthy and filling!

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Crab Ravioli with Lemon Butter

This crab ravioli recipe uses wonton wrappers, which might be a easier way to make your own ravioli.

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Pear and Cheese Ravioli

A sophisticated take on ravioli, this recipe combines pears and two kinds of cheese for a delectable meal.

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Roasted Mushroom Ravioli with Thyme and Garlic Scapes

If you love the taste of roasted mushrooms, you’ll definitely appreciate this beautiful ravioli recipe.

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce

This pumpkin ravioli recipe doesn’t include a recipe for the ravioli dough, so use another recipe for your dough. But the pumpkin mix is so good and there are also some handy tips on how to make ravioli with a three-year-old!

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Sweet Potato Ravioli with Kale Pesto

This gorgeous (and very healthy) ravioli recipe is unique in many ways – the ravioli dough is made with chia seeds, the pesto is made with kale, and the stuffing includes no cheese but lots of pine nuts.

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Dessert Ravioli Recipes

Chocolate (Dough) Ravioli

Ravioli made with chocolate dough and stuffed with mascarpone cheese and fresh mint? So good. This dessert ravioli recipe will impress your guests at your next dinner party!

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Chocolate (Stuffed) Ravioli

Here’s another dessert ravioli recipe, this time with wonton wrappers as the ravioli dough and stuffed with chocolate, cream cheese, and sugar.

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Pasta-Free Ravioli Recipes

Chicken and Spinach Paleo Ravioli

Who says you have to give up ravioli dinners if you adopt the paleo (or primal) lifestyle? Try this inventive ravioli recipe that uses yellow squash instead of pasta and includes a filling of ground chicken, mascarpone cheese, spinach, and basil.

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Spinach and Ricotta Zucchini Ravioli

Here’s another ravioli recipe that uses a squash, this time zucchini, to replace the pasta.

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Are you as hungry as I am after all that? For more family-friendly recipes, don’t miss 9 Unique Pizza Recipes That Take You Beyond the Pepperoni.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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25 Easy Paleo Freezer Recipes

Freezer meals are so convenient to have on hand for busy days and late nights! Try these easy 25 Paleo freezer recipes that are both healthy and delicious. 25 Easy Paleo Freezer Recipes via tipsaholic.com #paleo #freezer #recipes #food #paleofood


25 Easy Paleo Freezer Recipes
Freezer meals can be so convenient to have on hand, especially during the busy seasons of our lives. If you’re expecting a baby or approaching a busy sports season for your kids, here are 25 Paleo freezer recipes that are healthy, delicious, and easy to put together.

Want to try out the idea of freezer meals, but not sure how? There are several ways you can enjoy the convenience of freezer meals. You could put aside one day to make freezer meals for the whole month and just worry about vegetables for your meals, or spend a couple of hours per week to make freezer meals for the whole week. If you just want a few freezer meals on hand for nights you don’t feel like cooking or extra busy days, you could make these dishes for dinner and make double or triple and then freeze the rest.

1. Lemon Caper Tilapia Packets

Tilapia is such a great fish — it’s economical and it has a simple taste that allows you to pair pretty much anything with it. And it’s quick to cook! Whip up these lemon caper tilapia packets and cook a couple for dinner. Freeze the rest in your freezer for another day.

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2. Chelo Kebabs

Pair these chelo kebabs with cauliflower rice and an easy cucumber yogurt salad for a light dinner or lunch. Again, you could make a whole bunch of kebabs, eat some, and freeze the rest.

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3. Baked Sweet Potato Tots

This is an useful freezer paleo recipe to have, especially if you have kids. These baked sweet potato tots are great for snacks and are very kid-friendly. They could work very well for a side dish for your dinners as well. This recipe includes cheese, so it’s more of a primal recipe than a paleo one.

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4. Lemon Garlic Dump Chicken

Dump everything in a plastic storage bag and freeze. It’s that easy. Then you can either thaw the bag in the refrigerator the night before and cook the lemon garlic chicken on the day of your dinner. You could even throw the frozen meal in a slow cooker if you didn’t have the time to thaw it.

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5. Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples & Sweet Potatoes

Double or triple this slow cooker paleo freezer recipe and you’ll have several meals in the freezer ready for anytime! The apple and sweet potato combination is perfect for cooler days! To make it paleo, swap out the brown sugar for honey or coconut sugar.

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6. Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

There are only four ingredients for this paleo freezer recipe! Put them all in a freezer bag and stick it in your refrigerator. To save even more time, try making a few freezer bags of the slow cooker beef brisket and freezing them all. Thaw overnight and then put the ingredients in a slow cooker for a hearty dinner.

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7. Stuffed Italian Meatball Salad

Cook a batch of meatballs and freeze them in single servings. Meatballs are easy to heat up and will go with any vegetable side. They could also work great as a quick snack! This delicious meatball recipe includes cheese, so if you don’t eat dairy, just eliminate that from the freezer recipe.

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8. Bacon & Kale Breakfast Casserole

This great breakfast casserole doesn’t have to be eaten for breakfast, although facing busy mornings will definitely be easier if you have this stocked in your freezer. Try this paleo freezer recipe for lunch or dinner. You could also cut up the casserole into individual servings in small freezer bags for even more convenience.

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9. Freezer Mashed Garlic Cauliflower

Mashed garlic cauliflower is a great vegetable side dish that will go great with practically any meat dish. It’s easy to thaw in the refrigerator and heat up in a saucepan, so this paleo freezer recipe is perfect to grab out of the freezer when you’re all out of vegetables. Plus, it’s easy to make in the first place since the slow cooker does most of the work for you.

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10. Crockpot Sausage & Peppers

Love the classic combination of sausages and peppers? You’ll enjoy this paleo freezer recipe that’s easy to prepare and even easier on the tongue. Pair it with mashed cauliflower for a great dinner!

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11. Honey and Orange Beef Kabobs

A good marinade can easily make a great freezer meal. This marinade goes well with beef – simply cut up your beef, marinate the beef overnight, and then thread them on bamboo skewers and freeze in freezer bags! This link also takes you to five more marinade recipes that are perfect for paleo freezer recipes.

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12. BBQ Stud Muffins

Ground beef muffins are easy to mix, cook, and freeze. Just reheat when you want to eat! If you have more than one muffin pan, you could make a whole bunch of these beef muffins and nosh on them for a quick lunch or dinner.

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13. 5 Ingredient Salsa Chicken

Do you have a favorite salsa? Dump it in the slow cooker with chicken to make shredded salsa chicken that’s flavorful and will go great with almost anything. Enjoy your chicken in paleo tortillas, lettuce wraps, salads, and soups.

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14. Primal Meatloaf

A very simple meatloaf recipe that’s tasty and perfect for the freezer. Cook a loaf (or two), slice, and then freeze. Go to the link for the recipe and you’ll also find lots of good advice for paleo freezer meals (don’t miss the comments) and links to some more great recipes.
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15. Basic Marinara Sauce

Whip up a large batch of this marinara sauce, freeze in freezer bags, and thaw as needed. You’ll like this recipe if you want to avoid the jarred sauces that might contain too much sugar and/or salt.

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16. Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Cooked shredded chicken is an excellent meat to have on hand at all times in your freezer. You can throw it in soups, tacos, salads, and many more easy dishes. This paleo freezer recipe is similar to the salsa chicken recipe above, but it’s great for people who don’t like spicy food or want a simpler taste for more flexibility in how they use shredded chicken in meals.

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17. Slow Cooker Beef Roast and Carrots

Throw all the ingredients of the beef roast in a plastic freezer bag and freeze it. Thaw it overnight and dump everything in a slow cooker. So easy. This paleo freezer recipe is a good one to try because it includes a vegetable side (carrots) so you’ll have a complete meal with one recipe. If you want another vegetable side, how about a fresh salad?

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18. Balsamic Roasted Chicken Thighs

If you see chicken thighs on sale, grab them and make this great and easy freezer paleo recipe. Chicken thighs are economical, juicy, and just plain tastier than the ever-popular chicken breast.

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19. Grain Free Chicken Cordon Bleu

Instead of breading on the chicken, this freezer chicken cordon bleu recipe uses smashed pork rinds! The recipe includes cheese, so it’s more primal than paleo, but this is a great spin on a very familiar dish. Cook completely and then freeze for later.

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20. Bulk Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are easy to cook, but they can take some time to prepare and cut up, especially if you include hard-to-cut vegetables such as butternut squash. Take some time to cut a whole bunch of vegetables, freeze them in one layer on a large baking sheet, and then divide them into freezer bags and freeze. When it’s time to eat, simply mix them with your choice of fat and seasonings and roast them!

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21. Lemon and Olive Chicken

If lemon and green olives sound like a great combination to you, try this Mediterranean-style paleo freezer recipe! This recipe makes 8 servings, so you could cook it all in one evening and freeze half, or double or triple the recipe for even more freezer meals.

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22. Spaghetti Squash

You could roast several spaghetti squashes all at once and freeze a batch for future recipes. So easy!

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23. Paleo Freezer Breakfast Meals

This is a great way to get a great breakfast in even when your mornings are always rushed. The formula is pretty basic: cook up shredded vegetables and a meat and then pack them in plastic freezer bags. Take one out, heat it up, add eggs, and you’ve got a great and filling breakfast in minutes.

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24. Fig Balsamic Chicken

The addition of dried figs to this freezer paleo recipe makes it extra-special!

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25. Mexican Pulled Pork Shoulder

Pulled pork is so versatile – you can put them into tacos, on top of rice or cauliflower rice, in a salad, or in an egg scramble. The options are limitless! A note: this recipe uses four pounds of pork, so if that’s too much for you to cook all at once, you could split this up into two freezer bags or even four freezer bags, depending on how many servings you need for your meals.

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Here’s a clever tip to save space: freeze your food in parchment-lined glass containers. Once frozen, pull out the food and put it in a freezer bag. Put the glass container back in your cabinets and you’re done! See more instructions in this video.

For more paleo recipes, check out 5 Tasty Super Bowl Paleo Recipes and 6 Delicious Paleo Desserts.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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10 Eggplant Recipes Everyone Will Love

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10 Eggplant Recipes Everyone Will Love
Eggplant parmigiana is a delicious and traditional dish that everyone knows, but it’s not the only way to cook eggplant. If you’ve been looking for new ways to cook the purple vegetable that will please everyone at your dinner table, look no further. Try these 10 yummy eggplant recipes!

Eggplant Pizzas

Pizza is a crowd pleaser, so everyone from the adults to the kids will definitely enjoy this eggplant pizza recipe. And it’s gluten-free and vegetarian, making it even more attractive (and accessible) to all kinds of eaters.

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Eggplant Gratin with Herbs and Creme Fraiche

This gorgeous eggplant recipe is somewhat similar to eggplant parmesan, but it uses creme fraiche instead of ricotta cheese or mozzarella and includes fresh herbs. The result is a lighter dish but just as satisfying.

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Eggplant Involtini

Perfect for holiday dinners or special family gatherings, this eggplant recipe is a bit involved but you’ll have fun stuffing and rolling up the eggplant slices and listening to your dinner guests ohh and ahh over the finished dish.

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Roasted Eggplant with Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta

This is another vegetarian and gluten-free eggplant recipe that would be perfect for a light and healthy lunch or as a side for dinner.

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Roasted Eggplant with Seasoned Potatoes

Make this easy eggplant recipe as a side dish or add it to a frittata. Both hearty and healthy, this recipe shines when you add fresh herbs and lemon zest.

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Almond Crusted Baked Eggplant

Have you tried chinese eggplant? This great eggplant recipe gives you a reason to try the thinner variety of eggplant. Try making it for your next sports event gathering!

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Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds and Goat Cheese

Warm salads, such as this one, pair beautifully with goat cheese. As you eat, the goat cheese will spread all over the salad thanks to the heat. Crunchy, smoked almonds finish off this salad nicely.

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan Boats with Sausage

Scoop out the flesh from your eggplant halves to create boats for this fun and delicious eggplant recipe! This recipe uses white eggplant, which sounds very intriguing, but you could use any type of eggplant in its place if you can’t find the white variety at your local grocery store.

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Vegan Tacos with Eggplant, Asparagus, and Black Beans

What veggies do you use in your tacos? These unique vegan tacos include eggplant, asparagus, and black beans cooked in Mexican spices. If you’re not a vegetarian or a vegan, you could replace the black beans with chicken.

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Eggplant, Kale, Tomato, & Bacon Panini

If you like a good panini sandwich, you’ll love this great take on a BLT. This eggplant recipe is perfect for a special lunch or a light dinner.

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Now I’m really in the mood for some eggplant. Too bad I don’t have any in the fridge right now — off to the grocery store I go! Let us know if you try any of these recipes!

For more vegetable recipes, check out 7 Healthy and Easy Vegetable Side Dishes and 10 Flavorful Acorn Squash Recipes.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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8 Simple Valentine’s Day Dinner Classics


Take the hassle out of your Valentine's Day by spending a romantic evening at home making and eating one of these classic, simple Valentine's Day dinners! 8 Simple Valentine's Day Dinner Classics ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #easy #valentines #dinner

 

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Valentine’s Day can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth when it comes to finding a good restaurant. Everything is crowded, noisy, and wait times can be lengthy! Take a break from the mayhem this V-day and instead spend a romantic evening at home preparing and eating one of these eight classic but simple Valentine’s Day dinners. Each one has less than ten ingredients (give or take a spice), all of them easy to find in your local grocery store. And with short cook times, you’ll have plenty of your evening left for more romantic endeavors!

 

Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

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Seafood always makes for a classy dinner, and this creamy pasta recipe will hit the spot for any pasta-lover. The recipe uses refrigerated linguine, but a dry pasta of your choice works too – just cook it as directed and add your shrimp to the pot in the last 3-4 minutes.

 

Oven-Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Using shortcuts like Italian seasoning and a store-bought sauce make this special dish quick and easy without sacrificing taste. A crispy artisan bread and a roasted vegetable or two will round things out nicely.

 

Maple Glazed Salmon

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This simple salmon is perfect for a meal that fills you up without leaving you feeling bloated the rest of the evening – because there’s nothing that kills romance quite so quick!. You can choose to make the pickled vegetables or leave them out, but they do make a nice addition to this dinner!

 

Seared Steak with Onions and Gorgonzola

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A steak can make for an especially decadent meal, especially with additions like caramelized onions and gorgonzola! Follow this simple guide to get the perfect steak at your desired “doneness.”

 

Oven-Baked Fajitas

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If you enjoy Latin flavors there’s nothing better than the sizzle of a fajita! This recipe makes it easy to get your fajitas on the table by baking your meat and vegetables. You can stick with chicken or get even fancier by using steak! Serve it up with corn or flour tortillas and a little salsa and sour cream.

 

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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A crisp layer on the outside and a melty cheese center make chicken cordon bleu a go-to romantic dinner. Keep things easy using boxed bread crumbs and cutting chicken breasts in half before pounding them thin.

 

Pork Tenderloin

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A special cut of meat makes any dish more fantastic, and a seasoned rub will ensure yours is packed with flavor. Serve it with vegetables and a baked or mashed potato and gravy for a full plate.

 

Vegetarian Lasagna

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For the vegetarian couple (or a couple looking to be more health conscious), this vegetarian lasagna is a great Valentine’s dinner. Mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach add textures and flavors even a meat-lover could appreciate.

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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8 Easy, Healthy Snacks and Their Benefits

8 Easy, Healthy Snacks and Their Benefits, tipsaholic

 

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We all know it’s better to snack on almonds than peanuts, or pick up a banana instead of potato chips.  But why?  If you only have a few minutes to grab healthy snacks, which ones should you grab and why are some better than others?  If you want to encourage healthy eating habits in your family, here are some simple, no-stress ideas.  Grab an easy snack and arm yourself with all their health benefits!

 

1. Trail mix – All trail mix is NOT created equal.  Make it yourself, and you know for sure what health benefits you’re getting!  Use a variety of nuts and seeds for vitamins A, C, E, and K, iron, zinc, magnesium and antioxidants.  Add dried fruit for more vitamins and antioxidants, as well as calcium and fiber (but watch portion sizes as they can be loaded with sugar).  Healthy grains can add fiber and keep you fuller longer.  Toss it all with different spices and seasonings and your trail mix will go from boring to gourmet!  For a complete low-down on mixing and matching healthy options in custom trail mix concoctions, click the above link!

 

2. Cracker and Tuna Sandwich - Make sure to use a multigrain cracker – such as a low sodium triscuit or crisp bread.   Healthy grains keep you full longer without eating large portions and are full of fiber and minerals.  Two big bonuses of tuna?  It’s brain food and it’s protein!  It also reduces your risk of stroke and some cancers.  It can lower cholesterol and triglycerides and it’s good for your heart.

 

3. Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Granola - Portable and easy to make, these “sandwiches” are full of healthy protein, thanks to the nuts.  Almond butter is a healthier version of peanut butter, with healthy fats, high fiber content, vitamin E and magnesium and calcium.  Granola contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, iron, fiber and calcium.  Health benefits include energy boosts, weight loss, lower cholesterol, cognitive ability and anemia prevention.

 

4. Avocado Toast – This yummy snack is packed with flavor and a little kick!  The avocado is a power food – it’s chock full of vitamins (E, K, B, C) and folates.  They’ve got a ton of potassium, and are loaded with healthy fat and fiber.  They can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  Olive oil can prevent heart disease, inflammatory diseases and different types of cancers.  It has even been known to counter the effects of aging.  Multigrain bread is packed with fiber and complex carbs, which is great for energy.  It also contains magnesium and essential fatty acids.  All of this can help fight infections, illness and add in tissue reparation, along with helping with metabolism.

 

5. Kale Chips - If you’re craving something super crunchy and bad for you – AKA potato chips – try these instead!  Kale boasts tons of vitamins and minerals – A, C, K, plus iron, copper and potassium.  It also has a bunch of protein packed away and is low calorie.  It’s been shown to help prevent diabetes, cancer and heart disease.  It also aids in digestion, and if that’s not enough, it makes your bones, hair and skin uber healthy!

 

6. Cucumber Roll-ups with Greek Yogurt - These delicious looking roll-ups are the perfect afternoon snack!  Cucumbers have vitamins to spare – K, B, and C – along with potassium and copper.  They’re full of antioxidants and also have unique properties that protect against chronic illness.  They can reduce your risk of cancer, support heart and digestive health and can help manage stress.  They fight inflammation, freshen your breath and protect your brain!  Plus, they are amazing to help you stay hydrated.  Greek yogurt is full of vitamin B, potassium, calcium and protein.  Plus there’s probiotics to aid in digestive health.  Turkey is rich in protein, iron, zinc and potassium.  It’s a lean meat and low in fat.  It can lower cholesterol levels, boost metabolism and strengthen your immune system.

 

7. Skinny Green Popcorn - You can turn soya beans into a delicious, popcorn-like crunchy snack with some seasonings and baking!  Soya beans, AKA edamame, has some key nutritional elements – namely fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals and phytosterols.  Edamame aids in digestion and lowers cholesterol levels.  It can help prevent certain cancers and diabetes.  It also boosts your energy.

 

8. Fresh Fruit Pops – If you’ve got a sweet tooth and can’t ditch the sugary snacks midday, try these frozen treats!  They have only two ingredients – your choice of fresh fruits and coconut water!  Fresh fruit – as we know – is full of vitamins (tons!  A, E, D, C, K, B!) and minerals (potassium, magnesium, zinc!) and the coconut water has lots of nutrients too, like potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium.  Put these together?  It’s like a power house.  These pops can aid in weight loss.  They can help with healthy digestion, lower blood pressure, boost your hydration and give you healthy skin.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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8 Healthy Baking Substitutions

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Let’s face it, when you’re trying to be healthy baked goods are a serious pitfall.  Who can deny a delicious, gooey brownie every now and then?!  If you love to bake, or more important, if you love to eat baked treats, you don’t have to suffer through denied cravings.  With a few easy tweaks here and there, your baking will be much healthier and better for you and your family.  Best of all, these healthy baking substitutions are delicious and will leave your sweet tooth satisfied!

 

1. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Black Beans

Why: It may seem odd, but black beans are a great swap for regular white flour.  They make your baked goods gluten-free and add some extra protein to your diet.

How to do it: Rinse and drain your black beans as per normal, then use a food processor or blender to make a black bean puree.  Use a one to one ratio – one cup of black bean puree for one cup of flour.  This is best in brownies.

 

2. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Wheat Flour

Why: This may seem like a no-brainer, but wheat flour contains grains which add fiber and helps to prevent heart disease and diabetes.

How to do it: For every cup of white flour, substitute 7/8 cup of whole wheat flour.  It’s a great substitute in nearly any baked good you can think of.

 

3. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Nut Flours (almond flour, etc.)

Why: It’s gluten-free, adds protein and minerals, and adds a slight nutty flavor.

How to do it: Almond flour is a lot heavier than regular flour.  A blend of almond flour and wheat flour is a good way to go, and it’s good to add it in 1/4 cup increments.  If you use only almond flour, increase your rising agent (like baking soda or powder) by 1/2 tsp for every cup of almond flour.  This works well in nearly everything, especially cookies, sweet breads and cakes.

 

4. Ingredient: Vegetable Oil or Butter

Substitution: Unsweetened Applesauce

Why: It’s just a touch sweet without any of the fat.  There’s a bunch of added vitamins and minerals, too.

How to do it: When making a recipe, swap out 1/2 the fats (oil and butter).  If you can’t tell the difference, you can increase the amount of fats you swap the next time.  This works really well in muffins and sweet breads, and can also be good in boxed cake mixes.

 

5. Ingredient: Butter

Substitute: Avocado

Why: Avocados are chock full of vitamins and minerals – with more potassium than bananas!  The subtle flavor blends in well without much added difference and they’ve got lots of healthy fats – unlike butter.  Plus, the consistency of both is relatively similar which makes them a good substitute.

How to do it: Peel and cut your avocado, then use a food processor or blender to puree it.  Use about 1 cup avocado puree for each cup of butter, though it may take a bit of trial and error to perfect.

 

6. Ingredient: Heavy Cream

Substitute: Evaporated Milk

Why: Evaporated milk has the same consistency as cream, but contains less than half the fat!  That’s reason enough to swap, but also consider the benefits of being able to keep it on-hand in your pantry instead of having to run to the store every time you need it.

How to do it: This is a simple one to one swap – so one cup evaporated milk for every one cup of cream.  This works well in creamed sauces, custards, etc, but doesn’t have the same consistency when whipped.  Not that it can’t be done, but it’s definitely not the same whipped!

 

7. Ingredient: Cookies, Oreos, Nilla Wafers, etc.

Substitution: Graham Crackers

Why: Graham crackers have the same consistency and texture as cookies, which makes them the perfect substitute.  Use reduced fat graham crackers and you’ll cut the fat in half!

How to do it: Use this substitute for pie, tart and bar crusts.  You can also use it instead of cookies crushed up as a garnish.

 

8. Ingredient: Milk chocolate, Chocolate candies (like M&M’s)

Substitutions: Cacao Nibs or Dark chocolate flakes

Why: Cacao nibs contain a healthy dose of antioxidants and are less processed than milk chocolate morsels.  They have less sugar and less calories.  They can be a bit difficult to find in some stores, though, so opting instead for dark chocolate morsels or flakes has the same effect (just not quite as un-processed).

How to do it: Just swap exact amounts.  They can be used in anything you use chocolate candies or milk chocolate in – melted for ganache or frosting, added to cookies, cakes and muffins, sprinkled on top of different baked goods, spread into bars, the possibilities are endless.

 

This infographic is a great quick reference while you’re elbow-deep in a recipe!

 

Take a look at these 10 healthy snacks that are sure to satisfy your cravings!  And you won’t want to miss these healthy food blogs for lots of great recipes and ideas!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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6 Breakfast Power Foods

 Amp up your energy and keep hunger at bay by starting your day with one (or more!) of these 6 breakfast power foods. 6 Breakfast Power Foods ~ Tispaholic.com #health #breakfast #powerfoods

 

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One of the best ways to wake yourself up and build your energy for the day is by eating breakfast. But don’t run out the door with a pastry or just a cup of coffee – the energy you get from simple carbs and caffeine is only momentary. Start your day off right by choosing one or two of these breakfast power foods that will get you through to lunch and give your health a boost along the way.

 

1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is packed with Omega 3s and fiber and is a filling, gluten-free breakfast. If you’ve avoided it in the past because you’ve had one too many bowls of clumpy mush, try learning the best way to prepare it. Better Homes and Gardens has some great tips. And if you’re not a fan of plain old oatmeal with sugar, try one of these tasty oatmeal recipes!

 

2. Bananas

A banana is the perfect on-the-go breakfast if you’re running late in the morning. Packed with potassium that helps keep blood pressure in check and fiber for your digestive tract, it can be carried out (in its own “to-go wrapper!”) or added to a smoothie.

 

3. Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt has gained popularity over the last few years for good reason. Protein and calcium make it a breakfast power food and its versatility doesn’t hurt either. Use it as a dip for fruit, add it to a smoothie, top off a breakfast casserole, or eat it on its own. While plain is best due to its low sugar content, stirring in fruit or a teaspoon or two of honey can add the flavor you crave.

 

4. Eggs

We all know eggs are a good source of protein, but did you know they also contain vitamin D? And don’t let rumors of cholesterol scare you away from eating the yolks. Studies have shown that consuming yolks in normal amounts, despite their cholesterol content, does not have a negative affect on your cholesterol. Try these tips for cooking great eggs if you need a little help!

 

5. Berries

Antioxidants galore! Any berry is sure to be a breakfast power food, but among the best and most readily-available are blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Eat them with Greek yogurt, throw them in a smoothie, or stir them into a bowl of oatmeal for a real super-breakfast.

 

6. Nut butters

Peanut and almond butters are full of protein and healthy fats that will help keep you satisfied and your energy up until lunch time. Spread them on toast or bagels or use them as a dip for apples or bananas. And if you’re in a hurry, a handful of almonds is a great alternative. You can find nut butters in your local grocery store or get them online.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Healthy Snacks That Will Satisfy Your Cravings

When you're hungry, do you grab something convenient and maybe not so healthy? No more -- here are 10 healthy snacks that are tasty and easy to prepare! 10 Healthy Snacks via @tipsaholic #snacks #healthy #food #recipes 10 Healthy Snacks That Will Satisfy Your Cravings

When you find yourself hungry between meals, do you grab something convenient and maybe not so healthy? No more — here are 10 healthy snacks that are tasty, easy to prepare, and will satisfy you until your next meal! Some of the healthy snacks listed are paleo-approved, so there’s something for everyone here.

1.Candied Almonds

Nuts are very filling and will keep you full for longer periods of time than empty carbs. Almonds are one of the best nuts to eat thanks to their nutritional content. My favorite way to eat almonds is to roast them with a little honey and cinnamon. This recipe also includes ginger, brown sugar, and salt. You could adjust the seasonings to find the perfect combination of flavors.

2. Parsnip Chips (Paleo)

Who doesn’t like to eat chips for a snack? But they aren’t as good for our waistlines or hearts. Try making parsnip chips — they’ll give you the starch you’re craving for, but they’re much healthier. The recipe says to fry them, but you can always bake them after tossing them in olive oil. You’ll need a mandoline slicer for the best results, but a sharp knife and a steady hand should be fine; your chips might be less crunchy, though.

3. Nori Wraps (Paleo)

Nori wraps aren’t just for sushi! Use them to make wraps — add vegetables, meat, and anything else you like in your wraps. This recipe uses smoked salmon, avocado, fresh basil, and cucumber, which sounds really delicious! You could swap out these ingredients for practically anything, from shrimp to mango. Just make sure you include some protein and fats to make your healthy snack filling!

4. Ricotta and Tomato Toast

Ricotta isn’t only for lasagna and it’s actually a good protein to eat, but just be sure to grab the part-skim version. Make this easy ricotta mix, spread it on a toast, and enjoy it with a slice of fresh tomato. This could be a healthy snack or a pretty appetizer!

5. Peanut Butter, Strawberry, and Banana Quesadilla

This healthy snack recipe reminds me of a crepe stuffed with nutella and banana, but healthier, of course! The roasted strawberries in this recipe are a delicious addition. You could easily use almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.

6. Hummus and Avocado Toasts with Roasted Tomatoes

Hummus and avocado is very good combo, if you haven’t tried it already. Add a roasted tomato on top and a toast on bottom and you’ve got a great, healthy snack! If you’re in a hurry, a slice of fresh tomato or jarred roasted red pepper would do the trick.

7. Avocado Heirloom Tomato Toast with Balsamic Drizzle

Yep, this is another healthy snack that includes avocado. Avocado is an excellent, healthy fat and is so satisfying. This snack is similar to the previous recipe, but it doesn’t include hummus and adds balsamic reduction. Short on time? Just drizzle balsamic vinegar right on the toast, it’ll still taste good and tangy!

8. Sweet Potato Chips (Paleo)

Again, you’ll need a mandoline slicer to make these chips crispy, but I always cut them with a knife and end up with soft but, oh so good sweet potato chips. Try them with guacamole.

9. Roasted Chickpeas

If you haven’t tried them, roasted chickpeas are a tasty snack that will remind you of popcorn. This recipe roasts canned chickpeas in the oven, but you could easily cook them in a skillet at medium heat until they’re nicely browned and ready to nosh on.

10. Paleo Banana Bread

Banana bread isn’t normally considered as a healthy snack, but this one is! I love this banana bread recipe because it’s so easy to make. Just throw everything in a food processor, blend, and then pour in a muffin tin or a bread loaf. I recommend turning this into mini-muffins, because it’s much faster to cook and a mini-muffin (or two) is the perfect size for a quick, healthy snack.

Add some of the above healthy snacks to your grocery shopping list and you’ll never find yourself hungry without anything good (and quick) to snack on. What are your favorite healthy snacks? I’m always looking for great healthy snacks for me and my family, so share ‘em!

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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10 Delightful Hot Drink Recipes for Cold Nights

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The nights are getting colder and colder and that means it’s time to break out the hot drinks! After a long and busy day, there’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing with a steaming hot drink and good conversation or a good story. Here are 10 delicious hot drink recipes that you’ve just gotta try for the coldest of nights.

1. Caramel Apple Cider

This is a comforting drink that’s pretty easy to make. All you need is apple cider, caramel topping, whipped cream, and a few minutes to whip up this sweet hot beverage.

caramel apple cider

2. Coffee with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many health benefits, so this hot drink is both healthy and delicious. Make it with a immersion blender, a counter-top blender, or a milk frother to better blend the coconut oil into the drink. You could drink this in the morning, but I love a good cup of coffee after dinner.

Coconut Oil in Coffee

3. Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a traditional remedy for a cold, but it’s truly a good hot drink to enjoy in cold weather. This recipe combines your preferred alcohol with honey, lemons, apple cider, earl grey tea, and cinnamon sticks.

Hot Toddy

4. Pumpkin Spice Steamer

This hot drink requires only two ingredients and is so simple to prepare! Try this one if you’re a fan of pumpkin but you don’t really like pumpkin lattes, or if you just want to flop on the couch already and want something easy to make.

pumpkin spice steamer

5. Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

This is another pumpkin hot drink, but it’s a little more involved than the previous one. But it’s so good! And it’s perfect for fall parties or a delicious hot drink after a big Thanksgiving dinner.

Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

6. Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

Here’s another hot drink recipe that will work great for a big party. The best part is that all you need to do is put in the ingredients, which include cranberry juice, apple cider, and fresh cranberries, in the crock pot and let it get nice and hot. It’ll make your home smell heavenly and your guests can serve themselves–the drink will always be hot without you having to do any extra work!

Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

7. Hot Coconut Cream Pie

Forgo the dessert after dinner and enjoy this sinful hot drink instead! It’s pretty easy to make as well; you just toss in all the ingredients into a mug and pop it in the microwave. If you’d prefer not to nuke your drinks, you can just as easily heat it up in a pot.

Hot Coconut Cream Pie

8. Wassail

Try this exceptional holiday drink and you just might add it to your list of favorite hot drink recipes for parties and special guests. A combination of apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, and spices make up this unique version of hot apple cider.

Wassail

9. Khmer (Cambodian Coffee)

Hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk is so good. If you haven’t tried this combo yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s easy to make and fun to drink.

Khmer

10. Hot Tang

Love citrus and hate coffee? Try this unusual hot drink recipe that includes the Tang we all know and love with cinnamon and cloves.

Hot Tang

Warm up your winter nights with these great hot drink recipes. What other hot drink recipes do you love for cold nights? Oh, and don’t miss these 25 Great Hot Chocolate Recipes!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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The Truth about Apple Cider Vinegar

The Truth about Apple Cider Vinegar

tipsaholic title divider - apple cider vinegarApple cider vinegar is an ingredient in many home remedies and some people recommend a dose or two of the vinegar daily for many health benefits. But is apple cider vinegar really that good for you? Here’s what you need to know about apple cider vinegar before trying it for yourself!

1. There is not much scientific evidence that shows the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not good for you.

It’s important to realize that there are not very many studies being done on apple cider vinegar and other natural remedies. Therefore, it’s hard to say whether apple cider vinegar is truly beneficial because there’s not a lot of strong evidence for it, but on the other hand there’s not much evidence against it either. It’s unfortunate that this is the reality; wouldn’t it be great if more scientists were studying natural remedies? But as long as a health remedy is not harmful, you can experiment on yourself and see what works and what doesn’t work for you, as long as you talk with your doctor before you try anything new.

2. There is some evidence that apple cider vinegar may lower blood sugar levels.

Elevated blood sugar levels are bad for people with type 2 diabetes, but people who don’t have diabetes still can get health problems from high blood sugar levels, such as certain chronic diseases. A common recommendation for keeping blood sugar levels stable is to avoid refined carbs and sugar. However, consuming apple cider vinegar may also improve blood sugar levels as well as improving insulin sensitivity, as shown in several studies.

3. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Many people have claimed that taking a daily dose of apple cider vinegar has helped their health in a myriad of ways. These health benefits include:

  • Clearing up sinus infections and other infections in the body
  • Getting rid of kidney stones
  • Improving sleep
  • Relieving constipation and other digestion problems
  • Fighting overall inflammation and arthritis
  • Removing moles, warts, skin tags, acne scars, and age spots
  • Soothing bug bites
  • Healing cold sores
  • Reducing dandruff
  • Easing sunburns
  • Reducing mucus
  • Lessening allergy symptoms
  • Reliving acid reflux

Will apple cider vinegar work for you in the same ways? Every human body is different, so there’s only one way to find out: try it for yourself.

4. It is generally recommended that you should only consume organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar if you want to reap the health benefits, but there is no proof that it’s “better” than regular apple cider vinegar.

Some studies suggest that it’s actually the properties of vinegar that give you all the health benefits, so you would probably get the same benefits if you took a daily dose of a different type of vinegar, such as balsamic vinegar. Again, experiment with the various types and see what works for you.

5. A daily dose of apple cider vinegar is usually one tablespoon in a big glass of water, at least as a starting point.

Some people recommend that you increase the dosage slowly over time to build up to 2 or 3 tablespoons per day if you find the increased dosage beneficial to your health.

6. Don’t drink apple cider vinegar straight-up because it can harm your body.

The vinegar is so acidic that it can damage your tooth enamel and your esophagus.

7. Apple cider vinegar capsules probably don’t work as well.

You might want to avoid the acidic taste of apple cider vinegar by taking capsules, but many capsules are very questionable in their contents and some of them might not even contain apple cider vinegar at all.

If you’re curious about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and want to try it for yourself, here are 5 delicious drinks to make your daily dose a more enjoyable experience.

Do you take apple cider vinegar? How has it helped your health?

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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15 Mouthwatering Soup Recipes

Feeling cold during the fall and winter seasons? Warm up your tummy with a delicious soup! Try all of these 15 great soup recipes during this cold season via @tipsaholic #soups #recipe #soup 15 Mouthwatering Soup Recipes

One of the best things about enduring a cold and windy day is warming up your tummy with a delicious soup! Try these 15 delicious and satisfying soup recipes throughout the cold season.

1. Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana

This is a great soup and so easy to make. Best of all, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to freeze and save for lazy winter days.

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2. “Creamy” Crockpot Chicken and Tomato Soup

Just throw frozen chicken right into the slow cooker when you make this soup and it’ll come out moist and easily shreddable. Enjoy it on a bed of spinach and a few slices of avocado on top.

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3. Paleo Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon

You’ll use a lot of bacon in this soup recipe and you’ll enjoy every spoonful that comes with crispy bits of delicious bacon. This thick soup recipe is also really good with sausage if you prefer that.

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4. Roasted Corn Chowder with Lime

If you like the taste of roasted corn, you’ll fall in love with this soup. You can make this soup recipe with chicken or tofu, but just don’t forget the lime or the cilantro.

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5. Black Bean Soup

This soup recipe could be just another black bean soup if it wasn’t for the sweetness of the sweet potato, along with the cocoa and honey, that gives it an unique flavor.

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6. Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese and Walnut Toasts

Try this soup recipe that combines cauliflower with butter, onions, cream, and parmesan cheese. The blue cheese and walnut toasts elevate this soup into a fancy meal.

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7. Lasagna Soup

Yes, this soup recipe is really lasagna in soup form, complete with a dollop of ricotta cheese on top. Don’t skip this one!

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8. Creamy Tomato, Basil, Parmesan Soup

Tomato and basil soup is a classic, but this soup recipe also includes carrots and celery for even more veggie power.

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9. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

This soup recipe includes all the goodness of chicken enchiladas, only in soup form. I love to top my bowls with a squeeze of lime and a few shakes from my favorite hot sauce.

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10. Shrimp Bacon and Corn Chowder

Shrimp and bacon in a soup sounds kinda fancy, but this soup recipe is so simple to prepare and so good to eat.

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11. Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup

Make this healthy soup in less than 30 minutes and make it creamy with Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream.

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12. Italian Wedding Soup

Assemble the meatballs while the soup simmers and make it simpler by cooking the meatballs right in the soup.

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13. Hearty Beef Soup

Red wine, chunks of beef, and hearty vegetables all combine to make this beef soup recipe that’s perfect for the coldest of winter nights. Enjoy it with a glass of wine and a crackling fire!

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14. Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

This delicious and exotic soup takes only 15 minutes to make. If you can’t find lemongrass stalks at your grocery store, try this lemongrass paste.

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15. Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, try this lemon chicken orzo soup recipe instead of the usual chicken noodle soup. It’s perfect to make when you’re not feeling well, since it only takes 30 minutes to whip up.

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All this soup talk has me thinking about my next big bowl of soup! What are your favorite soup recipes?

For more recipes that are perfect for fall and winter, check out 10 Flavorful Acorn Squash Recipes and 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes!

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe

 

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On Christmas morning, the last thing you want to think about is what you’ll make your hungry brood for breakfast!  With a little advanced planning, breakfast can be a special Christmas crowd-pleaser without any added stress.  Making the same breakfast every year can be a fun tradition the whole family looks forward to.  So take a look at these holiday breakfast ideas and plan your menu now!

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe

 


Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe1. Pecan Pancake with Caramel Apple Topping, My Recipes – This version of the classic pancake is actually made as a pan-baked jelly roll, instead of individual cakes.  It cooks up much faster with less effort, making it ideal for serving 6 or more people.  All the flavors combine to make a sweet winter treat.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe2. Mock Egg Souffle, The Dating Divas – This dish has all the look and taste of a fancy soufflé, but goes together more like a casserole.  You make it the night before, but can prep it even before that!  Makes the morning simple, since all you have to do is bake it.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe3. Eggnog French Toast Casserole, Babble – Combine flavors of the holidays with classic french toast in casserole form and you’ve got one exciting breakfast!  French toast is a favorite, and it’s much more crowd-friendly when made as a casserole.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe4. Christmas Breakfast Strata, Back To The Book – This is an eye-catching dish that tastes amazing to boot.  Gruyere cheese, sundries tomatoes, and spinach take this yummy strata from your average egg breakfast to a holiday feast!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe5. Christmas Breakfast Skillet, Creamy Crunchy Sweet – This mouth-watering skillet is a hearty, savory breakfast option.  Prep takes only 10 minutes, then you just sit back and let it bake while you open presents!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe6. Cranberry Orange Breakfast Bread, The Lady Behind the Curtain – A yummy alternative to pastries or cinnamon rolls, this recipe is sure to be a hit!  Tastes of the season combine in a sweet bread that takes less time to make than cinnamon rolls or sticky buns.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe7. Three Bears’ Porridge, bugaboo, mini, mr & me – Think porridge is plain old ordinary breakfast slop?  Think again.  The rich and creamy vanilla porridge is topped with fruit filling (or fresh fruit) for a delectable morning meal your family will beg for.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe8. Cream Cheese Filled Wreath, My Recipes – This is a delicious nod to the classic pine bough wreath.  It’s a make ahead recipe you can start over 24 hours before you eat it, which is nice when you expect a hectic morning.  The vanilla icing with light sugar sprinkle look and taste amazing.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe9. Hashbrown Casserole, Ezra Pound Cake – On a cold morning, there’s nothing like wonderful, warm comfort food, and this casserole is just that.  Cheese, butter, potatoes all in a creamy sauce.  Your family will swoon.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe10.  Blueberry Maple Breakfast Bake, Simply Recipes – This is yet another make ahead breakfast.  It’s lighter fare than some other french toast bakes, and the berries add a nice pop of fresh flavor.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe11. Italian Brunch Torte, Taste of Home – This torte is an amazing blend of savory flavors from Italy, including ham, salami, provolone cheese, parmesan cheese and red peppers.  Mix in some Italian seasoning, put it between crescent rolls, bake it up and you’re family will be amazed with this delicious concoction.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe12. Creme Brûlée French Toast, Better Homes and Gardens – Yes, it’s another french toast recipe.  This one is reminiscent of indulgent creme brûlée dessert, and better yet, you make it in the crockpot!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe13. Aebilskivers, Rad Megan – Here’s a traditional Danish treat seems a bit like donut holes – only ten times better.  A rich, buttery flavor and powdered sugar topping ensure that these won’t sit on the table for long.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe14. Baked Berry Oatmeal, David Vale Fitness – If you’re looking for a breakfast with all the flavor and warmth of heavier comfort foods without the added calories, try this delicious version of traditional oatmeal.  It’s oatmeal, but fancy enough that your family will request is on holidays!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe15. Pull-Apart Sticky Buns, The Yummy Life – What do you get when you combine the delicious flavor of sticky buns with make ahead convenience?  A Christmas breakfast miracle, that’s what!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe16. Wonton Breakfast Cups, Cooking With Mel – Cute and bite-sized, these little creations are a happy combination of savory flavors and crisp wonton wrappers.  Bake them up for a healthy take on wontons.  They’re perfect for customization as well, since you can add just about anything you like to eat with eggs into the recipe.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe17. Cranberry Scones, Two Peas and Their Pod – Scones are classic holiday fare, especially when they’re stuffed with cranberries.  These are a lighter option than glazed breads and gooey buns.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe18. Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce, Ezra Pound Cake – This is no ordinary bread pudding.  This is delectable, warm, creamy goodness.  You can make the sauce ahead and whip the pudding up day of.  Combine to wow the crowd.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe19. Breakfast Biscuit Sandwiches, Delish – Topped with eggs, cheese, country ham and jam, these are some biscuit sandwiches that put restaurant variations to shame!  Make the flaky, buttery biscuits well ahead, then put the sandwiches together in the morning.  Easy and delicious!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe20. Monkey Bread Muffins, My Baking Addiction – Your plain Jane monkey bread gets an overhaul in this recipe!  You’ve got all your favorite tastes, gooeyness and fun of the bread in individual portions.   You can have them from bowl to table in less than 30 minutes, so you can savor them while focusing on other Christmas matters!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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Top 10 Tips for Planning and Organizing Thanksgiving Dinner

Don't let hosting Thanksgiving dinner stress you out. Here are the Top 10 Tips for Planning and Organizing Thanksgiving Dinner ~ Tipsaholic.com #thanksgiving #dinner #planning
 

10 Essentials for planning Thanksgiving Dinner

If you have plans to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, you’re probably wondering where to begin. The amount of “to-dos” on your list can be overwhelming and you certainly don’t want to leave anything out! Start here with our list of ten things you need to do to plan and organize the best Thanksgiving dinner ever.

 

1. Make a guest list and get a head count

Invitations need to be extended early if you want certain friends and family to make an appearance. Make a list and start making phone calls and sending emails as soon as possible, and make sure you ask guests to RSVP by a certain date so you can get a final head count.

 

2. Plan your meal and make assignments

Once you know how many guests you’ll have, you can start planning your meal. If you’re planning a potluck be sure to contact your guests and ask what they’ll be bringing, or give them an assignment so you’re sure to cover all the Thanksgiving classics. You’ll want to let everyone know how many people will be coming so dishes can be prepared accordingly.

 

3. Make a grocery list and plan your shopping

Gather the recipes you’ll be using and make a grocery list from them. Plan to buy as many items as you can in advance to be sure that you won’t be hunting for something at the last minute. Some items may need to be purchased closer to Thanksgiving day, so make note of these for a final shopping trip.

 

4. Plan your table and décor

You may want to plan something special for your supper table and holiday decorating, or you may need a few more place settings for the amount of guests you’ll have. If you’re not sure where to start, these simple Thanksgiving tablescapes are sure to inspire you! Add any decorations, dinnerware, and other special items to your shopping lists.

 

5. Make a cleaning and decorating schedule

A cleaning and decorating schedule will be your best friend in the weeks leading up to the big meal. You’ll want to make room in your freezer, arrange for guests who will be staying with you, and complete any DIY decorating projects in advance. Plan to have fresh linens, fully-stocked bathrooms, and plenty of room for all the food!

 

6. Complete your shopping

Make your shopping trips as simple as possible. Have your lists at the ready and take some helpers if needed. You may want to delegate the shopping to a trusted family member if you need to complete other tasks. Make sure your freezer, refrigerator, and pantry are clean and ready for the abundance of Thanksgiving items.

 

7. Plan “busy activities” for kids and adults

The last thing you want is boredom at your fabulous Thanksgiving bash! Come up with some simple crafts, games, or other activities for any children you’ve invited, and make sure there are a few things for the adults to do too, just in case. If you feel out of your element in the entertainment department, you may want to ask a friend or family member to take over this task. Check out Pinterest and other websites for ideas.

 

8. Make a D-day schedule

This may be the most important part of your Thanksgiving organization! When it comes to final preparations, you’ll need a master list for things like what to defrost and when, what to cook and when, what needs to be set up, what needs to be cleaned last-minute, and when guests will be arriving. Ask for help if needed, especially when it comes to the most important tasks like cooking the turkey, making the gravy, and setting the table. You may also want to set out an appetizer or start guests off with something to drink while you finalize everything.

 

9. List last-minute preparations

You can make these things a part of your D-day schedule by placing them at the end. This part of your list should include things like carving the turkey, setting out the gravy, pouring drinks, lighting candles, turning off the oven, reheating pre-made side dishes, adding dressings to salads, and more. Once you’ve got those things under control, be sure to take a breath and enjoy the meal with your guests – you’ve earned it!

 

10. Take it easy after dinner!

Hopefully the stress you may have felt leading up to the meal has abated and you can look forward to dessert. You may need to do a few more things like slice pies or whip a cream topping. Chances are you’ll have many willing hands to help clean up once the food has been eaten. Be sure to wrap up leftovers as soon as possible (within two hours is best). More than anything, take time to sit and enjoy friends, family, and your time together on this wonderful Thanksgiving day!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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