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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


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


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


Making Fall Treats

Healthy Fall Treats

This week on social media in food, we brought you some fall treats that are perfect for the weather and won’t hurt your diet.

Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest and look at our Healthy Desserts board for lots of healthy treats!

Our first recipe was a perfect substitute for the cinnamon-apple donut addict, especially for those of us close to Curtis Orchard in Champaign. Try making these Cinnamon Apple Rings with their apples once in a while instead and skip the dough.

Cinnamon Apple Rings

fryday: cinnamon apple rings


Try this Fresh Ginger Cake with Candied Citrus Glaze. This peppery twist on 7UP pound cake is just 284 calories a serving.

Fresh Ginger Cake with Candied Citrus Glaze


Try these Baked Apple Pie Fries for a delicious treat that’s a serving of fruit without the fat of piecrust.

Baked Apple Pie Fries
Image and Recipe via Averie Cooks


Use pantry staples and fresh vanilla bean to make these Vanilla Bean Shortbreads with just 101 calories a serving.

Vanilla Bean Shortbreads


Make this classic Swedish treat, Apple Kuchen, with just 251 calories per serving.

Apple Kuchen


Pumpkin lovers will love this Double-Ginger Pumpkin Flan. With just 224 calories, it won’t hurt to indulge this fall.

Double-Ginger Pumpkin Flan


Make this Maple-Walnut Apple Crisp for a yummy, comforting classic at just 208 calories a serving.

Maple-Walnut Apple Crisp


Healthy Tailgating Without the Fat

Healthy Tailgating Recipes

Football season is upon us! And this week in food on social media, we helped with healthy tailgating and cutting calories.

First up, from Men’s Fitness’s list of 10 healthy tailgating snacks, try this Salsa and Black Bean Guacamole Dip with Baked Lentil Chips.

Salsa and Black Bean Guacamole Dip with Baked Lentil Chips


If you love having chili on a chilly tailgating day, we have the best turkey chili for you.

Best Turkey Chili


Today we have Eating Well’s lightened version of Chili con Queso for your next tailgate.

Chili con Queso


Make these Honey and Beer Glazed Chicken Skewers for an easy-to-carry tailgating treat. Much better for you than a hotdog!

Honey and Beer Glazed Chicken Skewers


Try these Shrimp and Bacon Deviled Eggs, at just 83 calories, for a healthier tailgating bite.

Shrimp and Bacon Deviled Eggs


Make this Spicy Black Bean Hummus for game day. Only 148 calories.

Spicy Black Bean Hummus


Make these delicious Barbeque Pork-and-Coleslaw Hoagies on the grill for your next tailgate.

Barbeque Pork-and-Coleslaw Hoagies


Fall Favorites

Healthy Fall Favorite Recipes

Fall is fast approaching, and this week in food on social media we gave you some hearty recipes fit for the season.

First up was Beef and Butternut Chili that takes some time, but is worth it for the rich 308 calorie meal.

Beef and Butternut Chili


Try this recipe for Apple and Rosemary Pork Roulade, only 181 calories a serving.

Apple and Rosemary Pork Roulade


Bucatini and Mushrooms is a recipe with rich fall flavors that doesn’t hurt your diet at just 393 calories.

Bucatini and Mushrooms


Try this take on a classic and make French Onion and Apple Soup, just 254 calories a serving.

French Onion and Apple Soup


Serve with Savory Baked Apples, a new take that brings this recipe from dessert to main course.

Savory Baked Apples


Save this Ciabatta French Toast with Warm Apple Maple Syrup for special Saturday morning breakfasts all fall long:

Ciabatta French Toast with Warm Apple Maple Syrup


Make Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions for a delicious 240 calorie meal.

Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions


Make Beef Filets with Mushroom Sauce and Parmesan Popovers for a tasty 405-calorie Sunday dinner.

Beef Filets with Mushroom Sauce and Parmesan Popovers


Make Ahead Meals

Healthy Make Ahead Meals

This week in food on our social media, we had easy recipes that you can make ahead of time and freeze for your busy fall schedule.

First, this Pork and Herbed White Beans recipe is a savory soup that is perfect for your fall and winter recipe collections, and it’s only $2.37 per serving.

Pork and Herbed White Beans


This Sausage-Stuffed Manicotti makes pasta good for you at just 292 calories.

Sausage-Stuffed Manicotti


Freeze these Sweet Potato & Black Bean Empanadas for a tasty 209-calorie meal.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Empanadas


Watch this Cooking Light Magazine video for Spicy Turkey Meat Loaf with Ketchup Topping.

Spicy Turkey Meat Loaf


For a cookie dough you can make a giant batch of and freeze, try these yummy Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies.

Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies


At just $2.49 per serving, Green Chile Chili is good for your waist and  your wallet.

Green Chile Chili


This Beef and Guinness Stew is a hearty meal you can make ahead and freeze for later

Beef and Guinness Stew