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Thanksgiving Dinner

Healthy Thanksgiving

Save these healthy Thanksgiving tips and recipes we shared on social media this week, and always be prepared. You can also find healthy recipes year-round on our Pinterest!

Cooking fires double on Thanksgiving Day! Make sure you have a smoke alarm in your home, and that it is tested regularly.

Make sure you thaw your turkey safely, in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in a microwave oven, to keep it out of the temperature range where it grows bacteria!

If you’re baking things ahead, or making the bird on the big day, make sure you check on the oven regularly and use timers.

Don’t leave the kitchen unattended while your burners are going, and avoid loose sleeves while over the stove.

After your guests leave tonight, make sure you check the house to ensure all candles or fires are out. Start packing up leftovers within 2 hours.

Make sure you removed all the stuffing from the inside of your turkey, and store the two separately.

Don’t leave leftovers in their serving dishes with plastic wrap or foil coverings, transfer them to smaller, airtight containers.

Leftovers in your fridge are good for 3 to 4 days. If you have a lot, freezing leftovers is a great option, and they will keep for 3 to 4 months.

First, we had a savory recipe for Maple-Cider Brined Turkey with Bourbon-Cider Gravy.

Maple-Cider Brined Turkey with Bourbon-Cider Gravy

 

And Ciabatta Stuffing with Chesnuts and Raisins to go inside.

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chesnuts and Raisins

 

If you want something that will wow your guests, make this Truffled Pommes Anna instead of mashed potatoes.

Truffled Pommes Anna

 

And try this light Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms that is only 173 calories.

Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms

 

 

Make these delicious Meringue and Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes this holiday and skip the marshmallows.

Meringue and Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

 

And whip up this Cranberry Sauce with Apple Cider with ingredients you already have on hand.

Cranberry Sauce with Apple Cider

 

Got leftovers? You can make this Sweet Potato Buttered Rum Flan with your leftovers and things in your pantry.

Sweet Potato Buttered Rum Flan

 

You can never have too many recipes for your leftover turkey. Try this Mexican Turkey Stew that won’t remind you of your holiday meal.

Mexican Turkey Stew

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Thanksgiving Desserts

Healthier Thanksgiving Desserts

This week in food, we gave you healthy Thanksgiving desserts, with plenty of pumpkin, that will be perfect after your big meal, or all holiday season long. And don’t forget to check our Pinterest for more desserts  and Thanksgiving recipes.

First up, is Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies you can make ahead and keep on hand for the kids.

Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Image and Recipe via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

 

Double-Cherry Upside-Down Cake is a delicious holiday twist on a classic.

Double-Cherry Upside-Down Cake

 

If pecan pie is your weakness, try this Bourbon-Pecan Tart with Chocolate Drizzle to end your meal.

Bourbon-Pecan Tart with Chocolate Drizzle

 

Try this Pumpkin Pound Cake with Buttermilk Glaze for a lighter pumpkin dessert fix than the traditional pie.

Pumpkin Pound Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

 

If you prefer cheesecake to pie, try making this No-Bake Cheesecake with Pecan Caramel for your holiday dessert.

No-Bake Cheesecake with Pecan Caramel

 

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving must. This year, try this lighter Vanilla-Bourbon Pumpkin Tart.

Vanilla-Bourbon Pumpkin Tart

 

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, try serving it with this healthier Coconut Whipped Cream.

Coconut Whipped Cream

 

Make these decadent, individual Chocolate Chunk Bread Puddings this season.

Chocolate Chunk Bread Puddings

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Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers for the Holidays

Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

This week in food on social media, we gave you easy, delicious recipes for Thanksgiving appetizers to help you start planning your holiday menus.

First up was Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta, which you can prepare in advance of the big meal.

Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

 

Clams Casino with Pancetta is decadent and satisfying, but just 61 calories apiece.

Clams Casino with Pancetta

 

Ricotta, Gorgonzola, and Honey Spread is a perfect, easy appetizer for your holiday meal.

Ricotta, Gorgonzola, and Honey Spread

 

Guests can dip into luscious Warm Cranberry-Walnut Brie while you finish cooking.

Warm Cranberry-Walnut Brie

 

Make Loaded Sweet Potato Skins, a hearty holiday appetizer that could substitute for the classic side.

Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
Image and Recipe via Sally’s Baking Addiction

 

Keep a basket of Honey-Almond Focaccia on the table as a tasty pre-meal snack.

Honey-Almond Focaccia

 

Potato-Apple Latkes are a perfect recipe for an appetizer or to save for Christmas breakfast.

Potato-Apple Latkes

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Enjoying Soups

Healthy & Hearty Soups and Stews

This week in food on social media, we gave you hearty and delicious soups and stews to keep you warm this holiday season.

First up, for Meatless Monday, we had a healthy version of an Italian classic, Chickpea Tomato Minestrone.

Chickpea Tomato Minestrone [with vegan option]

 

This light Broccoli Chicken Noodle Soup will hit the spot on chilly evenings.

Broccoli Chicken Noodle Soup

 

Craving Mexican food on a chilly night? Try curling up with this Chicken Avocado Lime Soup!

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classy

 

If you’re looking for a hot, hearty meal you can throw in the crockpot and leave, try this Slow-Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew.

Slow-Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew

 

This Loaded Mashed Potato Soup gives you all the flavor of the classic, but with only 200 calories per serving.

Loaded Mashed Potato Soup

 

Light and refreshing Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a go-to the next time you’re sick.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

 

Perfect for your fall pumpkin fix or as a holiday appetizer, try this Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup.

Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Fried Pumpkin Seeds

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Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween Treats

This week in food, we featured healthy Halloween treats each day that would be perfect for a party or just for the family.

First, we featured a recipe for Black Cat Sandwich Cookies which are just 156 calories per serving, but surely a smash with your kids.

Black Cat Sandwich Cookies

 

Try these honey-based, homemade Caramel Apples for a lighter Halloween classic.

Caramel Apples
Image and Recipe via 101 Cookbooks

 

Consider all the chocolate-covered fruit possibilities for a healthy treat for your kids this holiday. Start with these Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices.

Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices
Image and Recipe via Deliciously Yum

 

Pair with this Candy Apple Punch for a fruity snack.

Candy Apple Punch

 

Make this Caramel Popcorn for a lighter version of a Halloween classic at just 126 calories per serving.

Caramel Popcorn

 

These Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies are a delicious and easy treat at just 102 calories a serving. Spin up a batch today.

Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies

 

Try this fluffier Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie for a great end to a Halloween dinner party at just 274 calories per serving.

Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

 

This Pumpkin Pie Pudding will be good this holiday weekend or all November long, with just 288 calories.

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

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Halloween Party Treats

Healthy Halloween Party Food

We were still getting you ready for Halloween this week on social media with some healthy, and sometimes spooky, Halloween party foods. Follow us on Pinterest for lots of other great recipes.

Wow your kids and their friends with this super creepy watermelon brain.

Creepy Watermelon Brain
Image and Recipe via Instructables.com

 

Try Candy Corn Fruit Cups for your guests as an easy and festive dessert.

Candy Corn Fruit Cups
Image and Recipe via The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife

 

Don’t toss the slime from your pumpkin carving! Make Toasted Pumpkin Seeds 3 Ways.

Pumpkin Seeds 3 Ways
Image and Recipe via 101 Cookbooks

 

Skip the processed candy corn, and make fun and healthy Candy Corn Popsicles instead.

Candy Corn Popsicles
Image and Recipe via Healthy Kid Fuel

 

Every party needs a dessert! Try Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes.

Take the “Fright” Out of Halloween Night with our Recipe for Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Making Healthy Candy for the Holidays

Healthy Candy for Halloween

This week on social media, we kicked off a food theme for the rest of October that will get you ready for Halloween. This week is with ways to have your candy, and eat it too, with healthy candy recipes.

Check out our Pinterest board Healthy Candy for even more healthy recipes.

We started off with Homemade Tootsie Rolls, which are easy and delicious!

Homemade Tootsie Rolls
Image and Recipe via A Cozy Kitchen

 

Try these healthier Homemade Peanut Butter Cups as a tasty Reese’s replacement.

Healthier, Homemade Peanut Butter Cuos
Image and Recipe via Mother Nature Network

 

Whip up these delicious Butterfingers for a healthy version of your crunchy favorite.

Homemade Butterfingers
Image and Recipe via Detoxinista

 

Most licorice is made from wheat-flour, so today we’re giving you a gluten-free Twizzlers knock-off that everyone will love.

Gluten-Free Twizzlers Knock-Off
Image and Recipe via Gluten Free on a Shoestring

 

These homemade, Light 3 Musketeers Bars are worth the extra work!

Homemade 3 Musketeers Bars

Homemade {hot-chocolate} Three Musketeer Bars

 

Update this Halloween classic with smoky-sweet Chipotle Peanut Brittle at just 133 calories.

Chipotle Peanut Brittle

 

Try making Homemade Almond Joys this Halloween for a lighter treat.

Homemade Almond Joys
Image and Recipe via Pastry Affair

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