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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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Pomodoro Pasta Sauce

Pomodoro Sicilian Pasta Sauce

Today we have a delicious and healthy pasta sauce recipe from one of our own members, Carl Anzelmo of Champaign! Bon appetit!

Pomodoro Sicilian Pasta Sauce

Ingredients:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, diced
4 (or more to taste) garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fresh or 1 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 medium carrot, finely shredded
2 – 28 oz cans peeled, whole San Marino tomatoes (crushed by hand with the juices reserved)
Salt to taste

Cooking instructions:

1. In 3 quart sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown (10-15 minutes).
2. Add thyme and carrots, cook 5 minutes more until carrot is quite soft.
3. Add tomatoes and reserved juice and bring to boil, stirring often.
4. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until the sauce is as thick as hot cereal. Season with salt.
5. Serve over pasta. (You can reserve 1 cup of pasta water to add to the sauce to thin as desired.)

Yield 4 cups.
Sauce can be cooked ahead. Good for 1 week in refrigerator, 6 months in freezer.

Football Party

Healthy Football Party Food

This week in food on social media, we gave you healthy and satisfying takes on some classic appetizer recipes that are perfect for your next big football party.

We started the week with Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream, a delicious meal in the palm of your hand for just 319 calories a serving.

Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream

 

Make these Crab Cake Sliders with Yogurt-Dill Sauce for a perfect combo of these classic dishes at just 387 calories per serving.

Crab Cake Sliders with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

 

Make these Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos for a tasty sharable plate this game day.

Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos

 

These Baked Brown Sugar Chicken Wings with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce satisfy your wing craving while cutting calories.

Baked Brown Sugar Chicken Wings with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

 

Also try them with this Creamy Ranch-Style Dip if you have to have that classic side.

Creamy Ranch-Style Dip

 

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos are an easy, scrumptious finger food you can make in advance of your big party, so you can enjoy the game without interference.

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos

 

Make these Turkey Zucchini Meatballs for a lighter take on a classic for your next football Sunday.

 

Turkey Zucchini Meatballs
Image and Recipe via Kim’s Healthy Eats

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