25 Easy Paleo Freezer Recipes

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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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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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10 Delightful Hot Drink Recipes for Cold Nights

10 Delightful Hot Drink Recipes - Tipsaholic


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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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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!

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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!

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10 Unique Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has special types of food that most people eat, but there are lots of different ways to prepare each dish. Stuffing is a Thanksgiving staple. Try one of these 10 Unique Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving - Tipsaholic.com #stuffing #recipes #thanksgiving

 

Stove Top may be easy, but this year impress your family and loved ones by whipping up a unique, delicious stuffing recipe. There’s no reason this Thanksgiving dinner staple should be bland and boring. Here are 10 stuffing recipes for you to try.

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1. Cheesy Spinach Stuffing

This recipe adds fresh, antioxidant rich greens to a typically carb-heavy dish. Now you have a few extra calories to put towards a second slice of pie.

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2. Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing

The combination of sourdough bread and delicious mushrooms make this stuffing light and moist. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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3. Olive Bread Stuffing with Fennel

Olive bread and fennel make for a contemporary, sophisticated dish. If you can’t find olive bread at a regular grocery store, consider visiting your local bakery or specialty supermarket. You can also use this recipe to make your own olive bread.

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4. Sausage, Apple, and Brie Stuffing

Nothing beats the smooth flavor of warm brie cheese combined with savory sausage and crisp apples. This recipe is sure to be a hit at the dinner table.

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5. Bacon-Cornbread Stuffing

Have you ever tried cornbread stuffing? Your family will ask for this tasty, easy recipe long after Thanksgiving dinner is over.

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6. Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Bacon and Pecans

Cranberries add a touch of sweetness to this wild rice stuffing. You’ll find this dish is as beautiful as it is delicious.

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7. Tortilla Chip Chorizo Stuffing

If you want to surprise your guest, this Mexican-inspired stuffing recipe is as unique as they come. It will be even better as leftovers when served with these turkey tacos.

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8. Savory Orzo Stuffing

For those who aren’t huge fans of traditional stuffing, consider using Orzo pasta as an alternative to bread crumbs. Sage makes this particular recipe especially flavorful.

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9. Celery, Apricot, and Pecan Stuffing

Planning to make a pecan pie? Buy some extra pecans to include in this stuffing recipe, which also features celery and apricots.

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10. Quinoa Stuffing

Not only is quinoa high in fiber, protein and other important nutrients, it’s also gluten free. This recipe is a great option if you or any of your guests have a gluten intolerance or are vegetarian.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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10 Flavorful Acorn Squash Recipes

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes 10 Acorn Squash Recipes

Have you tried acorn squash yet? They aren’t very expensive and will add a lot of vitamin A and C to your meals. Acorn squash is also versatile! Try these 10 acorn squash recipes for your next dinner… or breakfast or lunch.

If acorn squash is new to you, here’s how to prepare it.

Roasted Parmesan Acorn Squash

Roasted vegetables are always so good and acorn squash is no exception to this rule. Slice your acorn squash into moon-shaped slices and enjoy them roasted with grated Parmesan cheese. This is a pretty kid-friendly side dish, which is a big bonus!

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5 Ingredient Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is so tasty, it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients to cook a delicious side dish, as evidenced from this recipe that only uses five ingredients. Even though the recipe description says it’s for breakfast, its also delicious for lunch or dinner!

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Acorn Squash Fries

Everybody loves french fries, but they don’t always need to be made with potatoes. So many starchy vegetables can be turned into tasty fries and acorn squash is one of them!  Try this acorn squash recipe and then try these other healthy fries.

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Acorn Squash Paleo Wraps

If you’re looking for a good gluten-free or paleo recipe for wraps or tortillas, this is a great one. What’s more, this recipe only requires two ingredients. Enjoy them as Mexican tacos, lunch wraps, or alongside a steamy bowl of chili.

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Rice and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

Instead of serving rice and a vegetable side with your main dish, why not combine your rice and vegetable sides into one delectable package? If someone in your family doesn’t like acorn squash, just serve them the creamy rice stuffing mix. Problem solved.

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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Acorn Squash

When you combine two vegetables to make one vegetable side, you get two sets of nutrients and plenty of leftovers for lunch that week. This recipe is a great example of that and it’s made even better with the addition of chopped dates, walnuts, and a savory sauce of rosemary, mustard, and apple cider vinegar.

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Balsamic Glazed Acorn Squash

This is a pretty simple recipe but still tasty with the help of balsamic vinegar. This easy acorn squash recipe would work equally as well for a family dinner or a big Thanksgiving dinner. Gotta love recipes that you simply chop, season, and throw into the oven!

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Baked Acorn Squash Rings

This exciting acorn squash recipe was created as a healthy replacement for onion rings by covering acorn squash rings with bread crumbs and coconut flakes. Crispy, yet tender inside, what a beautiful combination.

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Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Winter squashes can be turned into creamy, thick, and delicious soups. This acorn squash soup recipe is made with sweet potato, coconut milk, and garam masala, which is a great combination for a fall soup that warms you up as it gets cooler outside.

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Acorn Squash Pie with Apples

We can’t forget dessert, can we? Yes, acorn squash can be turned into a yummy dessert that screams fall. Instead of making pumpkin or sweet potato pie again this year, why not try an acorn squash pie? This recipe uses sliced apples as a replacement for a pie crust, but you could still use one when you bake yours.

It’s amazing to see just how many different ways to prepare acorn squash there are. Is this list missing any great acorn squash recipes? Share your favorite recipes with us!

“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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12 Spaghetti Squash Recipes

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Spaghetti squash is a wonderful winter squash that resembles pasta when cooked. You can simply swap out pasta with spaghetti squash for your favorite pasta recipes, but why not also try some of these 12 spaghetti squash recipes?

 

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If you like simple and fresh spaghetti dishes with tomato and basil, you’ll like this spaghetti squash recipe. Try roasting your spaghetti squash ahead of time to make this dish even easier to make.

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This recipe uses the spaghetti squash themselves as your bowls so you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time thinking just how delicious your dinner was. To make this recipe faster to cook, try using your favorite jarred pasta sauce.

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Shrimp, dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and tomatoes all in one dish? So very healthy, especially when you sub out noodles for spaghetti squash. Up the nutritional value of this spaghetti squash recipe by adding extra vegetables.

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Love pesto? Try this spaghetti squash recipe that also includes peas and chicken. And it’s so easy and quick to make, especially when you cook the chicken and squash ahead of time.

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Spaghetti squash is delicious, but it can be too light for a main meal unless you add meat and cheese. This recipe uses white beans to make it more filling and thus would be a great vegetarian main dish. It also uses feta rather than the usual mozzarella or Parmesan, which gives the dish a nice kick!

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There’s all sorts of pizza crust recipes out there now, so naturally there’s a pizza crust that’s made with spaghetti squash! It won’t taste like a regular crust, but it’ll still be good and be a great base for you to create a pizza on. Try one of these pizza recipes with this crust!

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This is another spaghetti squash recipe that would work great as a vegetarian main dish, thanks to the portobello mushrooms. I love how the mushrooms act as the pizza crush for this dish. You could add your favorite pizza toppings to make this recipe even better.

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Buffalo chicken recipes tend to include a lot of cheese and hot sauce… and this recipe fulfills that expectation. It’s just a tad bit healthier with the spaghetti squash, but it’s still creamy and delicious, just the way you like your buffalo chicken dishes.

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All the staples of southwestern cooking are included in this spaghetti squash recipe: jalapeno peppers, red bell peppers, black beans, corn, cilantro, and more. Forget the tortillas and try this recipe! Add chopped avocado on top for even more deliciousness.

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Sometimes you just get that craving for take out, like pad thai. But who knows what’s really in those paper containers? Make your own pad thai and make it even better for you by using spaghetti squash instead of rice noodles.

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Many spaghetti squash recipes require that you roast the squash before you actually put together the dish, but all you need to do with this recipe is to cut it in half and throw it in the slower cooker with the other ingredients. Perfect for busy days!

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This delicious spaghetti squash casserole is a true people pleaser. I’ve made this one several times and everyone, from 3-year-olds to foodie snobs, have told me how much they enjoyed it. Try it soon; it just might make your weekly rotation!

 

Since spaghetti squash can last a long time in your refrigerator or pantry (from 1 to 3 months), go ahead and stock up on it so you can try some of these spaghetti squash recipes! Have I missed anything on the list? Let us know!

 

“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 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes

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No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without the cranberry sauce. However, you can do a lot more with these tart berries than just make the seasonal side dish. Juicy and tart, cranberries will lend a robust flavor to traditional desserts. Plus, they are considered a superfood rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Here are eight cranberry inspired dessert recipes for you to try this fall.

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1. Cranberry Pear Tart with Almond Cream

This tart is both elegant and delicious. Pears and cranberries complement each other to provide the perfect bouquet of subtle, delicious flavor.

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2. Cranberry Bliss Cookies

If you’ve ever tried a cranberry bliss bar at Starbucks you’ll definitely want to make these copy-cat cranberry bliss cookies. Plus, who can resist cream cheese frosting?

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3. Cranberry Pie

Combine the tart flavor of cranberries with a light, flaky crust to make a scrumptious, albeit less commonly made, pie.

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4. Cranberry Brie Bites

These cranberry brie bites are the perfect mixture of savory, tart flavor. Serve them as an appetizer or bite-sized dessert.

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5. Orange-Cranberry Yogurt Loaf

Your family will devour this loaf as soon as you pull it out of the oven. This sweet bread is a perfect morning side or post-dinner dessert.

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6. Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

These muffins are the perfect after school snack or post-dinner treat. Plus, they are healthier alternative to cake or cookies.

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7. Mini Cranberry Apple Pies

These bite-sized pies will be a hit at your next office party or family get-together. Sprinkle Turbinado sugar before baking for an extra-special touch.

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8. Cranberry Gingerbread Scones

These scrumptious scones marry two holiday-favorite ingredients. You’ll love the unique flavor combination.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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12 Tummy-Pleasing Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes

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Before you reach for the cold cereal again, try mixing up your mornings with a delicious bowl of warm oatmeal. But don’t just settle for the same old milk and brown sugar combination – instead try one of these 12 oatmeal breakfast recipes, sit down at the table, and take a moment to appreciate a real breakfast treat.

 

1. Vanilla Spice Oatmeal

A tasty, basic oatmeal, this one can be cooked up on the stove in just ten minutes when using old fashioned oats. Vanilla and nutmeg are the key flavors here but raisins, cinnamon, and brown sugar complement the dish. Not ready to cook it up on the stove? Use instant oatmeal and follow the note at the bottom of the recipe!

 

2. Apple Pie Oatmeal

Use a tart Granny Smith apple to bring a little zing to your morning with this oatmeal! The recipe uses almond milk for a vegan-friendly take, but cow’s milk or water may be used instead. Sweeten your breakfast with pure maple syrup or a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar.

 

3. Peach Cobbler Oatmeal

A healthier version of dessert that can be eaten for breakfast? No objections here! Use fresh peaches for the best possible results and add a bit of vanilla if you like the extra flavor. Milk may also be added at the end for a creamier oatmeal.

 

4. Baked Berry Oatmeal

If you need breakfast for a crowd, a baked oatmeal is the way to go. Stir your wet and dry ingredients together separately, then layer with your berries and bake in a two quart dish. Breakfasters will go crazy for this flavorful morning delight!

 

5. Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal

This oatmeal is also called “Elvis’ Oatmeal” over at The Oatmeal Artist because the ingredients relate to one of The King’s favorite eats – a PB & Banana sandwich! Combine the simple tastes of vanilla, cinnamon, and banana and add peanut butter for a nutty depth of flavor.

 

6. Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal

Gluten free and vegetarian, this oatmeal gets the royal treatment with a swirl of cream cheese after the cooking process. Load up on the blueberries if you like to start your morning off sweetly.

 

7. Double Chocolate Oatmeal

Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast? Indulge with this oatmeal recipe and a small sprinkling of chocolate chips! Omit the egg whites if you’re not concerned with getting the extra protein. Top things off with some sliced banana or a dollop of peanut butter if you’re feeling creative!

 

8. Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

There’s more than one way to feed a craving – try this cinnamon roll oatmeal the next time you’re in the mood for sweets! The simple oatmeal base with a tasty brown-sugar topping and creamy glaze will take your breakfast to the next level without so many of the calories.

 

9. Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

These make-ahead breakfasts will come in handy on mornings when everyone’s in a rush. Follow the recipe for whichever flavor sounds best to you (or create your own!) and shake it all up in a mason jar to rest overnight. By morning, you’ll have a palatable grab-and-go breakfast.

 

10. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

A warm, smooth pumpkin pie oatmeal on a chilly autumn morning will certainly hit the spot. Use plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie spiced) and add your own mix of pie spices to taste. For an added bit of yumminess try topping your cooked oatmeal with brown sugar and placing it under the broiler for a minute to caramelize.

 

11. Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

Mix up the simple strawberry compote and add the vanilla cream drizzle this recipe calls for and you’ll be in breakfast heaven. Stir them into the cooked oatmeal of your choice whether it’s steel cut, old fashioned, or instant, and dig in!

 

12. Banana Bread Oatmeal

Banana bread oatmeal is another breakfast version of a favorite treat and you’re sure to go back for seconds! Yogurt makes a creamy addition to this recipe and the fresh bananas and pecans are perfect for boosting that banana bread taste.

 

Looking for more great breakfast recipes? Try these 10 breakfast syrups to liven up your pancakes!

 

Featured image via Mother Thyme.

 

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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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7 Healthy and Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

7 Healthy and Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

7 Healthy and easy vegetable side dish

Sometimes we take the time and energy to plan our main dishes, but forget to plan for our vegetable sides… and we fall back on the same boring vegetable sides that we’re so tired of. No more! Here are 7 healthy and easy vegetable side dishes that you can prepare fast so you can focus your cooking energy on your main dish!

Easy Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

So many people despise brussels sprouts, but they probably haven’t tried this recipe. Any vegetable tastes better roasted rather than steamed and this is certainly true of brussels sprouts. Add a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar along with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and you’ve got yourself an easy vegetable side dish that even your kids will like.

Garlic Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

Like mashed potatoes, but don’t like how full it makes you? Try mashed cauliflower with garlic, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Just mash it with a food processor and serve! It goes really well with meatballs and sauce or meatloaf or any heavy meat dish. The best part? You can even make it ahead of time and just heat it up when you’re ready to eat!

Honeyed Carrots

Honey and carrots is a beautiful food marriage, when done right. This recipe combines fresh garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh parsley, butter, honey, and olive oil to create a beautiful dish of honeyed carrots. After a couple of minutes in a pan, you’ve got yourself an easy vegetable side dish ready to go!

Garlic Portobello Mushrooms with Pecorino Romano

Cooked portobello mushrooms taste awesome when they’re cooked to the point that their moisture has all evaporated, as evidenced by this great recipe. After you slice and cook the mushrooms with garlic, salt, and pepper, pile the steaming hot mushroom slices on a plate and grate pecorino romano cheese over it for an easy and delicious vegetable side.

Parmesan Zucchini and Corn

Made in only 10 minutes, this vegetable side of zucchini and corn is easy to make and so satisfying to eat. With the addition of dried herbs (basil, oregano, and thyme) and a fresh herb (cilantro), this easy veggie side goes great with a main dish of chicken or fish.

Caesar Green Beans

This green bean recipe is made easy with the help of a bottled Caesar salad dressing and made even more delicious with grated parmesan cheese on top. Doesn’t that sound like something that kids would like?

Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Whenever I see fresh asparagus in the grocery store, I always pick it up because I know I can prepare it in just a few minutes for a great vegetable side dish! This delicious recipe shows you how. All you need is a lemon, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Toss everything on a foil-lined baking sheet and cook for a few minutes and enjoy!

A beautifully prepared vegetable side dish is a delicious addition to a main dish and it’s even better when you can cook it with minimal effort. What are your favorite easy vegetable side dishes?

For more easy recipes, check out 8 Quick and Easy Portable Breakfast Ideas and 3 Savory and Easy Sweet Potato 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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12 Delectable Fall Desserts

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Fall is fast approaching!  That means cooler weather… and all the scrumptious desserts that come with it!  Pumpkin, pear, cherry, apple, cinnamon; the flavors of fall offer a myriad of dessert options.  That old standby, pumpkin pie, is sure to be a hit with friends and family, but if you’re looking to revamp your fall dessert repertoire we’ve got some great ideas for you!  Don’t dump the old classics – everyone craves a good cinnamon apple crisp with vanilla ice cream from time to time – but slip a new treat into your rotation or try it out for a fall gathering to sweeten things up.  These 10 delectable fall desserts are sure to become fast favorites!

 

1. Pumpkin Pie Cake – bugaboo, mini, mr & me:  If you love the flavor of pumpkin pie but want to try it in a new way this dessert is a must!  All the flavor is there, wrapped up in a moist and flavorful cake and topped with delicious homemade whipped cream.3

 

2. Poached Gingered Pears in Chocolate Sauce – Pham Fatale:  This dessert seriously ups the fancy-factor!  No one will believe just how easy it is to make them.  Lemon, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg create a medley of tasty goodness while a dark chocolate sauce is the grand finale.600

 

3. Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars – McCormick:  Though cinnamon is front and center in this super delicious, super easy to make bars, you’ll love the warm, gooey caramel.  Throw in some pecans, vanilla and brown sugar for a completely sweet-tooth satisfying dessert.Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars.ashx

 

4. Cherry Kuchen - Food Family Finds:  Speaking of easy to make, try this moist and delicious sweet cherry kuchen instead of cherry pie.  You’ll love how simple it is and how deliciously everything combines.  There’s no competition between flavors – making this a must-try.Cherry-Kuchen-Cake-Recipe

 

5. Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz:  If you’re a chocolate-lover, this dessert is sure to please!   Whip up the light and fluffy semi-sweet mousse and combine with pomegranate juice, topping with whole pomegranates.  It’s fun marriage of fall flavors.dark-chocolate-mousse1

 

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts - Very Best Baking:  These great mini tartlets are an incredible addition to any fall buffet!  With a crunchy crushed gingersnap base and spiced cream cheese filling you can top these off with whipped cream or sour cream and drizzle on some semi-sweet chocolate for a delectable alternative to pie.28492lrg

 

7. Roasted Pear Dessert – Two a Healthy Life:  If you’re looking for something sweet but still light and healthy, look no further.  Whip this dessert up in a jiff, using fresh halved pears, fig jam and goat cheese.pear001b

 

8. Caramel Pecan Hand Pies – The Cafe Sucre Farine:  It doesn’t take much to make these adorable mini pies!  Pecan pie is a staple of fall, and these little hand pies are sure to be a hit with everyone, especially the kids.  They’ve got all the goodness of the real thing, and they look amazing, too.IMG_9858

 

9. Pear and Dried Cherry Crisp With Walnut Streusel - Once Upon a Chef:  For an easy dessert that takes little time and minimal effort but packs all the punch of combined pear and cherry flavors, this dessert is a go-to!  With an incredible streusel topping, this crisp is a homey comfort food you won’t want to miss.Pear-and-Dried-Cherry-Crisp-with-Walnut-Streusel2

 

10. Pear Right-Side Up Cake – Lunchbox bunch:  Not only is this tart beautiful to look at, but it packs all the flavor you could want in a fall cake.  Mandolin-sliced pears top this super moist cake.  It’s completely vegan.  Even better?  It’s low-fat!pear-cake-1

 

11. Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars – Two Peas and Their Pod:  This is not your ordinary apple crumble.  The crumbled crust is moist like cake, while the apples filling combines all the fall favorites – nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, vanilla – along with a rich salted caramel sauce.  These bars will turn heads!salted-caramel-apple-crumb-bars

 

12. Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle – Rachel Ray:  Trifle’s not just for strawberries, pound cake, cheesecake and other summery fixings!  This trifle is perfect for your fall table with pumpkin mousse, ginger, and cinnamon.  Layer it up with crumbled gingersnaps and top with cream.  Cloves and dark rum deepen the rich fall flavors.l_R180346

 

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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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7 Ways to Teach Kids in the Kitchen

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Children are constantly looking for opportunities in which to expand their independence. Parents are constantly looking for ways to help their children grow and develop knew knowledge. If you’re wondering how to fill both of those needs, look no further than your own kitchen! There are many things you can do to make your kitchen friendly and inviting for kids. Bring your little chefs into the kitchen today and check out these 7 tips for encouraging new skills and independence while planning, preparing, and serving family meals.

 

1. Invite kids to help in meal planning and grocery shopping

Rather than just writing everything down yourself, why not involve the kids in the meal planning part of your month? Kids definitely have an opinion when it comes to the food they like to eat, and making compromises on your end – such as chicken nuggets and fries every other Wednesday – is apt to make them more likely to compromise when it comes to that green bean casserole you keep trying to get them to eat!

Sit down together and make a list of everyone’s favorite meals. Talk about the food groups and how each meal is best if it has lots of color and a variety of foods. Help them select foods from each group to make up each meal, then make your grocery list based on the meals you have created. Kids are great at helping find and retrieve shopping list items while in the grocery store too! Involve them in as many ways as you can.

 

2. Give them choices when it comes to snacks and lunches

Encourage kids to take the lead on their snacks and lunches by creating “stations” in your kitchen that set healthy boundaries while also allowing for individual choice. A basket full of healthy snacks in the pantry is a great option for when children come home hungry from school. Another idea worth considering is a “build-your-own-lunch” station. You can provide the sandwich fixings and lunchbox essentials, but allow the kids to choose and create a lunch all their own from those options.

 

3. Provide them with their own set of (safe) kitchen tools and an apron

What could be more fun than having your own set of tools when it’s time to help mom or dad in the kitchen? Kids will love having their own special utensils, bowls, and an apron. Try this fantastic set – it’s got everything those little hearts could desire.

 

4. Invite them to cook with you

There are many things children can help with when it comes to preparing food. Depending on a child’s age, mixing, pouring, cutting, and measuring are just a few of the skills that can be developed. If you need some ideas for age-appropriate tasks kids can complete in the kitchen, check out this infographic from Cooksmarts. If you want a few great ideas for simple foods you can make together, try these kid-friendly recipes.

 

5. Give them the reins for dinner once a month

Whether it’s macaroni and cheese from a box, peanut butter sandwiches, or something bold and adventurous, just go with it! The kids will love having the freedom to choose what, when, and how to get food on the table. If they ask for help or want to give you an assignment you can join in as “sous chef.” If they don’t seem to need you, be sure you still stick around to supervise and always follow safety rules for tools and appliances.

 

6. Consider growing a small garden

Showing kids where their food comes from and teaching them how to be part of the process is a great way to get them interested in new foods and trying new things. If you don’t have the room for a garden plot, growing herbs in old soup cans or keeping a tomato plant on the porch can bring just as many benefits. Not sure what to grow? Try a few of these ideas for plants you can grow indoors if you’re really stumped! Allow children to help plant, feed, and water your little garden, then show them the many ways you can use your homegrown “ingredients” in everyday family cooking!

 

7. Teach kids how to set the table and serve themselves

Every kid has seen the table set, but not every kid has learned to set it. Teach them the basics of table-setting etiquette – it will give them something to think about the next time they sit down to a nice meal! If you like, you can spend time making a simple table-setting placemat like these made from construction paper, or this one created from dollar store placemats.  And don’t be afraid to let children serve themselves in the right settings. There might be a few spills and plates piled high with Jell-O, but often children just need opportunities to show you what they’re capable of!

 

Did you enjoy learning ways to teach kids in the kitchen? Looking for more great ideas for kids? Try these tips for raising kids who love learning!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

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.