3-Ingredient Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Ok, so this past Thanksgiving I made a lot of sweet potato casserole…and had a lot of sweet potato left. I thought…hm what to do? What about Norman! That’s my precious Basset Hound. Why can’t he indulge as well right? This recipe is so easy and your furry friend will love you for it!

-Mel

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, diabetic friendly, dog friendly, anti-inflammatory

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Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Thanksgiving leftovers have to be one of my favorite things about the holiday, especially when I’m lucky enough to snag some turkey! As you know, I love soups and this is in my top 3 along with Zuppa Toscana. I was inspired by Panera’s version of this soup, but you don’t have to feel guilty with this recipe. If you want to reduce cooking time, remember to soak wild rice for about 8 hours or overnight. It’s staying pretty cool out, so sit back by the fire and have a bowl of this yummy goodness this week!

-Mel

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy,

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Pumpkin Bread

I’m on Thanksgiving break and wanted something that I didn’t have to feel guilty about eating. I know that for the rest of the week, my family and I will pretty much be indulging! And since many of you know, I am obsessed with pumpkin; I wanted to create a healthier version of pumpkin bread. My recipe does not contain a lot of fat and has less sugar. I replaced a lot of the fat with unsweetened apple sauce and Greek yogurt (this gives it the moisture). My recipe contains some brown sugar, but some of the sweetness also comes from the apple sauce and a touch of organic honey. It’s also made with organic whole wheat flour. Feel free to add a glaze if you wish. I love this bread with just a dab of butter…it is bread after all, not cake (wink, wink). My family really enjoyed these fall flavors and says it tastes even better since Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

Health Tips: kidney-friendly, kid-friendly, lower fat

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow Streusel Crunch

I can’t believe the holidays are already here, and Thanksgiving just around the corner! It is definitely the time to indulge, but I actually think that there are many opportunities to share tasty dishes while also keeping it wholesome and healthy, especially with the season’s produce. Sweet potatoes are a favorite of many, and they are packed with vitamins and nutrients. Why not kick it up some and be a little bad since this glorious vegetable is so good!? Even if you’re not a big fan of sweet potatoes, this will change your mind! Share this dish with your family and friends this week!

-Mel

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, anti-inflammatory, kid friendly

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Quick-Four Ingredient Chicken

My family and I had a lot to do this evening. I needed something I can make quickly. So, thank you Rachael Ray for coming up with such quick and easy meals. This one was done in less than 30 minutes! This dinner was not only quick, but it looked fancy-shmancy (Rachael calls this type of dinner, a “fancy fake-out”). I will use this recipe to entertain with in the future. And with the holidays coming up, you might want to keep this recipe around. It’s simple, yet elegant.

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Lasagna Rollups with Italian Turkey Sausage and Veggie Ragu

I was inspired by the Pioneer Woman for this recipe while watching her freezer meal episode and thought, what a clever idea, especially with how busy it is during the holidays. This recipe is so much fun and so practical at the same time because you’ll be able to enjoy, while also storing extra for later at the same time! I don’t have kids, but I think they would have a ball rolling these up with you! I added Italian turkey sausage for some extra substance and flavor, but you can also definitely keep it vegetarian.

-Mel

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, kid friendly

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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Pumpkin, pumpkin, “how do I love thee? Let me count the ways….” Yes, I’m obsessed with pumpkin! And it’s pumpkin season! If you are a pumpkin junkie like me, then you will “fall” for this pumpkin oatmeal recipe, inspired by Lisa Lillien (aka Hungry Girl). It’s filling, super healthy, and oh, so delectable!

Health tips: Low fat, vegetarian, heart healthy, anti-inflammatory, *diabetes-friendly, kid-friendly

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Sriracha Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

Ok, you must be thinking…Tofu, why? Is it good? Yes, it’s really delicious, and good for you. If you’ve ever doubted tofu, this recipe will change your mind! For those new to tofu, it’s a solid, healthy, soy-milk based protein also known as bean curd. When fried, it gives you the substance and bite of something similar to a meat. My husband Dane absolutely loves this recipe because it’s full of flavor and frying up the tofu makes it crispy and so yummy. Hey, I know it’s frying, but you have to reward yourself since all these ingredients are so healthy right? =) This recipe is also very flexible, if you don’t like tofu, you can substitute it for a lean meat, and you can pretty much throw in any leftover veggies you have in the fridge.

-Mel

Health tips: Low fat, vegetarian, heart healthy, anti-inflammatory, diabetes-friendly

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Croutons

It rained yesterday! There was an actual chill in the air! You know what that means…comfort food season! My sister and I are going to take the recipes we all love and make them healthier. I’m starting off by taking a gut-busting food and turning it into a healthy soup. So when it gets a little chilly outside, make my chicken pot pie soup with pie crust croutons…it’ll warm your soul 🙂

 -Tammy

Health tips:  diabetes-friendly, kidney-friendly, kid-friendly

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Warm Ravioli and Arugula Salad w/ Shallot Dijon Vinaigrette

This is one of my favorite recipes I found on eatingwell.com! It’s simple, clean and so very tasty. Yum Yum. You can enjoy the cozy flavor of ravioli but it’s also very light with the peppery arugula greens mixed in. Enjoy it as a potluck dish, a side, lunch or light dinner. Leftovers eaten cold the next day are delicious as well!

-Mel

Health tips: Low fat, vegetarian, heart healthy

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