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National Goat Cheese Month

National Goat Cheese Month

It’s National Goat Cheese Month, and a little goes a long way in these satisfying, healthy goat cheese recipes.

First up is an Avocado, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Toast that’s great for breakfast or lunch.

Avocado, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Toast

 

This pretty pinwheel Chicken with Goat Cheese and Arugula will impress guests:

Chicken with Goat Cheese and Arugula
Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes

 

Whip up gorgeous Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta for a light summer pasta dish.

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta.

 

Lighten up lunch by going meatless with an Avocado, Cucumber, Goat Cheese Sandwich.

Avocado, Cucumber, Goat Cheese Sandwich
Image and Recipe via EatGood4Life

 

This beautiful Sopressa Pizza with Pesto and Goat Cheese is better than your Friday night takeout. 

Sopressa Pizza with Pesto and Goat Cheese
Image and Recipe via Naturally Nutritious

 

Beautiful Roasted Beetroot Salad with Goat Cheese & Walnuts is the perfect summer side.

Roasted Beetroot Salad with Goat Cheese & Walnuts
Image and Recipe via The Cook’s Pyjamas

 

Impress your loved one with this rich Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese.

Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese

Healthy Date Recipes for Date Week

It’s Date Week, which makes it the perfect time to make the most of this versatile fruit. These healthy date recipes are a great way to lighten your favorite sweet treats.

First up are easy, flavorful Orange Walnut Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates, which are the perfect party bite.

Orange Walnut Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates
Image and Recipe via The Well Floured Kitchen

 

Looking for a healthy breakfast perfect for your family’s sweet tooth? Try these No-Sugar Apple Cinnamon Healthy Muffins.

No-Sugar Apple Cinnamon Healthy Muffins

No Sugar Apple Cinnamon Healthy Muffins

 

This Easy Grain-Free Cinnamon Date Granola is perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Easy Grain Free Cinnamon Date Granola

 

Vegan Mini Powdered Donuts are some of the healthiest donuts you’ve ever had.

Vegan Mini Powdered Donuts

 

These Hemp & Pumpkin Seed Oat Bars are great for busy afternoons.

Hemp & Pumpkin Seed Oat Bars
Image and Recipe via Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen

 

Make Spiced Pumpkin Loaf with Dates and Pecans for a warm winter treat.

Spiced pumpkin loaf with dates and pecans

 

Cookie Dough Brownies you don’t have to feel guilty about are less than an hour away.

Cookie Dough Brownies Vegan, Gluten-free & Sweetened With Dates

Healthy Valentine's Date Recipes

Healthy Valentine’s Date Recipes

This week, get ready for a romantic date night in with delicious, showstopping, healthy Valentine’s date recipes.

You don’t have to have meat to indulge with this beautiful Ratatouille.

Ratatouille
Image and Recipe via Pure Wow

 

These easy Braised Short Ribs will melt in your mouth.

Braised Short Ribs

 

Your loved one doesn’t need to worry about this Cheater’s Skillet Paella. It only helps you cheat at cooking paella.

Cheater’s Skillet Paella
Image and Recipe via Pure Wow

 

Beautiful Chicken & Quinoa can help you lighten up date night eating.

Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinners For Two!

 

You don’t have to go out to get great ramen with this simple Rotisserie Chicken Ramen.

Rotisserie Chicken Ramen
Image and Recipe via Pure Wow

 

Skip the buttery dinner out with these Shrimp Scampi Zoodles for Two.

Shrimp Scampi Zoodles for Two

 

Make this Cornish Game Hen to blow your loved one away this Valentine’s Day.

Cornish Game Hen
Image and Recipe via Bakers Royale

Be Mine with Valentine's Day Recipes

Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes

This week, we’re featuring some healthy Valentine’s Day recipes that are perfect for your big date night.

First up is a surprisingly easy Surf and Turf for Two.

Surf and Turf for Two

Surf and Turf for Two

 

This Tagliatelle with Blue Mussels is perfect for date night.

Tagliatelle with Blue Mussels

 

Make comfort food at its finest with Homemade Salisbury Steak for Two.

Homemade Salisbury Steak for Two
Image and Recipe via Food Fanatic

 

These Grilled Blackened Tuna Steaks are tasty and good for you.

grilled blackened tuna steaks.

 

These Raspberry Yogurt Tarts make a scrumptious dessert for your healthy Valentine’s Day.

Raspberry Yogurt Tarts

 

Make this super quick Chicken Thighs Marsala for Two.

Chicken Thighs Marsala for Two

 

Whip up these easy Cacao Mousse and Raspberry Parfaits for a healthy Valentine’s Day.

Cacao Mousse and Raspberry Parfaits

cacao mousse and raspberry parfaits

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Healthy Dinner Dates

Healthy Dinner Dates

Valentine’s Day was fast approaching this week in food, so we helped you make healthy dinner dates for date night.

First up is a stunning (vegetarian) Ratatouille for two.

Ratatouille (Confit Byaldi)

 

Try this entire French-inspired menu, featuring Bistro Roast Chicken, for your Valentine’s Day.

Bistro Roast Chicken

 

This Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce is quick and much healthier than the steak house.

Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce

 

Try this memorable menu, featuring Fennel-Rosemary-Crusted Lamb, for this Valentine’s.

Fennel-Rosemary-Crusted Lamb

 

This fancy Pomegranate Duck is perfect for your romantic, homemade dinner date.

Pomegranate Duck

 

It’s not too late to plan a special date. Try this Lobster Menu for two that’s sure to impress.

Lobster Dinner

 

These Coconut and Basil Steamed Mussels are impressively elegant, but still just 308 calories.

Coconut and Basil Steamed Mussels

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Wedding Day

Kick Wedding Stress to the Curb

Wedding Stress

Stress (including wedding stress) can cause headaches, high blood pressure, and much more.

Planning a wedding is a happy, fun time, but it’s also very stressful. I’m getting married this August, and wedding planning has been one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done. I’ve been lucky, though, because my fiancé, Shane, has made planning a wedding a partnership, not a solo gig for me. If you feel like your fiancé isn’t helping enough, or might wrongly assume you want to call all the shots yourself, speak up right away to get everyone on the same page.

I hope these tips help you keep your sanity while planning your wedding.  They’ve definitely helped me keep mine!

Plan according to a timeline.

When I began my planning, I went to a chain bookstore and bought a planning book. It was nothing terribly fancy, just something that offered a timeline and helpful hints.

The planner helped reassure me that I wasn’t forgetting something or waiting too long to do it. You don’t need to spend money on a book or planner to stay organized, but I think it’s important to find or create some kind of timeline to keep you on track.

Knock out the big things first.

Once you tell people you’re engaged, the next words out of everyone’s mouth (after congratulating you) are, “When’s the big day?”

First things first, pick a date and create a guest list, even if it’s a rough one. You’ll need this info when you seek out ceremony and reception sites. The sooner you can find (and hopefully book) a ceremony site, reception site (if different from the ceremony site), photographer, bakery, and band or DJ, the better. The rest, like wedding colors and flowers, will begin to fall into place after that.

Shane and Kristy
(Photo Credit: Seth Carpenter) Shane and Kristy pose for an engagement photo at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet, Ill.

Another big thing to keep in mind is the honeymoon (if you’re taking one). If you’re traveling somewhere out of the country, you’ll want to make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get your passport if you don’t already have it and to shop for deals. Booking our honeymoon is where Shane excelled. He kept his eye on deals for the flight and hotel to make sure we got the most out of our money. He also laid out options he found as to when and where we would fly out and when we would return. I recommend shopping around a bit to get the best bang for your buck.

I’m also glad to have Assist America on my side to lessen the stress of being out of the country. Assist America can help me get medical referrals, replacement prescriptions, hospital admission,s and much more, no matter where I’m at in the world. Visit HealthAlliance.org to learn more about Assist America.

Take a break.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the details involved in wedding planning. Even if you have a small bridal party and guest list, there are still a lot of details. I don’t think I realized the scope of it until I started planning.

In my moments of immense wedding stress, when the planning ride was getting bumpy and I wanted to scream, I took a break. I told myself I wasn’t going to think about it for the next couple of days. After that time off, I jumped right back on the wedding planning horse for a calmer ride.

Ask for help.

Although this is true for most stress, it especially rings true in wedding planning. If you’re struggling with any part of the planning, for example, finding a band/DJ, let someone know. You shouldn’t suffer in silence! Your significant other, bridal party or parents are usually happy to help. That’s what they’re there for!

Delegate.

This tip goes along with asking for help. As hard as it can be to let go, you don’t need to do everything yourself. Surely you can find a few things to hand off to someone else, no matter how large or small the detail. Again, your bridal party, fiancé, parents, and future in-laws are usually more than happy to help out.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be less stressed about your wedding. Best wishes to all the soon-to-be brides and grooms out there!