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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.

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
Image and Recipe via Half-Baked Harvest


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.

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
Image and Recipe via Bren Did


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

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

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.

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

Healthy Valentine's Date Recipes

Healthy Valentine’s Date Recipes

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

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

Image and Recipe via Pure Wow


These easy Braised Short Ribs will melt in your mouth.

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.

Chicken & Quinoa
Image and Recipe via Body Rock


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.

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.

This Tagliatelle with Blue Mussels is perfect for date night.

Tagliatelle with Blue Mussels
Image and Recipe via The Girl Loves to Eat


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
Image and Recipe via Wholefully


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

Raspberry Yogurt Tarts
Image and Recipe via The Cookie Rookie


Make this super quick Chicken Thighs Marsala for Two.

Chicken Thighs Marsala for Two
Image and Recipe via The View From Great Island


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

Cacao Mousse and Raspberry Parfaits
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.

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

Bistro Roast Chicken
Image and Recipe via My Recipes


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

Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce
Image and Recipe via My Recipes


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

Pomegranate Duck
Image and Recipe via Eating Well


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

Coconut and Basil Steamed Mussels
Recipe via My Recipes
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 on 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 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!


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!