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Healthy Cucumber Recipes

Healthy Cucumber Recipes

July is the best time of year to find juicy, fresh cucumbers, so we had ways for you to use them in healthy cucumber recipes each day this week.

First up is a refreshing Cucumber and Strawberry Poppyseed Salad that will make a perfect lunch.

Cucumber and Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
Image and Recipe via With Salt & Wit

 

This Watermelon and Cucumber Smoothie is the perfect light summer snack or breakfast on a hot day.

Watermelon and Cucumber Smoothie

 

This Tomato, Cucumber, and Avocado Salad is great dish to take along to summer BBQs and gatherings.

Tomato, cucumber, avocado salad

 

Try making Cucumber Hummus as an easy and tasty summer appetizer.

Cucumber Hummus

 

If you love pasta, these Cucumber Noodles with Garlic Shrimp will be the perfect healthy, summer dinner for you.

Cucumber Noodles with Garlic Shrimp
Image and Recipe via Mommyhood’s Diary

 

Cucumber Vegetable Maki Rolls are a fun and refreshing meal for lunch or dinner.

Cucumber vegetable maki rolls

 

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Serving Up Healthy Pizza

Healthy Pizza

This week in comfort food, we wrapped up March with the ultimate in takeout, homemade and healthy pizza.

First up was a Four-Cheese Pizza that is rich and yet, only 370 calories.

Four-Cheese Pizza

 

Bacon, Tomato, and Arugula Pizza lets you indulge with everyone’s favorite meat and get your vegetables.

Bacon, Tomato, and Arugula Pizza

 

Make these Individual White Chicken Pizzas, and freeze the rest for your next weekend craving.

Individual White Chicken Pizzas

 

This Kale, Pepper, and Red Onions Pizza uses whole wheat pizza dough so it’s healthy from start to finish.

Kale, Peppers, Red Onions Pizza

 

Instead of having a salad on the side, pile the greens on top with this Prosciutto-Arugula Pizza.

Prosciutto-Arugula Pizza

 

These Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas use rotisserie chicken, so that this meal is easy anytime.

Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas

 

Fresh Tomato-Feta Pizza is light, tasty, and has your favorite pizza toppings, like olives.

Fresh Tomato-Feta Pizza

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Party Food Service

Healthy Party Food

We know that the final party of the year was coming up, so this week in food we gave you light party food recipes to get a jump start on your resolutions.

First up was advice on how to build the perfect Cheese Platter.

Cheese Platter

 

Try making this people-pleasing Caramelized Onion Spread for just 98 calories for your party.

Caramelized Onion Spread

 

Watch this video for an impressive Smoked Salmon Bite appetizer tonight.

Smoked Salmon Bite

 

Try this easy Pomegranate, Pear, and Goat Cheese Crostini as an appetizer or as a snack.

Pomegranate, Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini

 

Make these Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms for a fan favorite at just 48 calories.

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

 

This Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Fruit Dip seems decadent, but is actually made with Greek yogurt.

Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Dip for Fruit

 

Make these Spicy Shrimp Cakes with Corn and Avocado Salsa as an impressive appetizer or a light meal.

Spicy Shrimp Cakes with Corn and Avocado Salsa

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Christmas Treats

Healthy Christmas Treats

This week in food, we gave you healthy Christmas treats and desserts to make for your holiday and office celebrations.

First up was a quick 100-Calorie chocolate treat, Chocolate Peppermint Patties.

Chocolate Peppermint Patties

 

A batch of these Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars makes a great holiday gift.

Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars

 

This Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce is a lightened version of the classic.

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

 

Make these Maple Gingerbread Pots de Crème for a sophisticated take on holiday dessert.

Maple Gingerbread Pots de Crème

 

Make this homemade, moist and delicious Christmas Fruitcake for your celebrations.

Christmas Fruitcake

 

If you’re addicted to these Starbucks’ treats, these Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars will be your new go-to.

Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars

 

This Eggnog Cheese Pie with Bourbon Cream satisfies all of your holiday cravings at just 263 calories.

Eggnog Cheese Pie with Bourbon Cream

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Making the Most of Thanksgiving Leftovers

Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers

This week on social media in food, we gave you some Cooking Light recipes to make use of all of those Thanksgiving leftovers.

First up was Cranberry-Hoisin Turkey Buns, a tasty take on a Chinese sandwich.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

 

Try making these Spicy Turkey Soft Tacos with homemade mole sauce.

Spicy Turkey Soft Tacos

 

Try using up your extra sides and turkey with Roasted Squash Soup with Turkey Croquettes.

Roasted Squash Soup with Turkey Croquettes

 

If you’re looking for something lighter for dinner tonight, try this Asian Turkey Salad with your leftovers.

Asian Turkey Salad

 

Make this Roast Turkey and Prosciutto Pizza with your leftovers instead of takeout tonight.

 Roast Turkey and Prosciutto Pizza

 

Try these Jack Quesadillas with Cranberry Salsa for a spicy leftover meal or snack.

Jack Quesadillas with Cranberry Salsa

 

Make this hearty Turkey Mushroom Bread Pudding to use up the last of your holiday meal.

Turkey Mushroom Bread Pudding

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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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