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Healthy Mushroom Recipes

Healthy Mushroom Recipes

This week, we’re helping you get ready for Thanksgiving with some healthy mushroom recipes that make the most of the fall-favorite ingredient.

First up is the perfect appetizer bite, Avocado Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms.

Avocado Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms
Image and Recipe via The Paleo Paparazzi

 

Looking for an easy and light dish to bring? Enter Slow Cooker Mushroom Soup.

Slow Cooker Mushroom Soup

 

Lighten up the classic or make a dish especially for the vegans in your life with Vegan Creamy Mashed Potatoes & Savory Mushroom Gravy.

Vegan Creamy Mashed Potatoes & Savory Mushroom GravyImage and Recipe via Vegan Huggs

 

If you’ve ever had a holiday meal disaster and had to resort to takeout, whip up tasty Shiitake & Oyster Mushroom Dumplings and be thankful for smoother sailing.

Shitake & Oyster Mushroom Dumplings
Image and Recipe via Blissful Basil

 

Still entertaining family? This Crustless Slow Cooker Spinach Quiche with mushrooms makes breakfast easy.

Crustless Slow Cooker Spinach Quiche
Image and Recipe via Everyday Wholehearted

 

Mix up your leftover go-to with this Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce.

Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

 

Get the whole family eating leftovers with this Leftover Turkey Mushroom and Pancetta Risotto.

Leftover Turkey Mushroom and Pancetta Risotto

School Lunches Done Right

Vantage Point: Eating Like a Grown-Up

With the holidays fast-approaching, I think fondly of my mother. She was a private and commercial cook for over 40 years and was very good about making our family eat balanced meals. Of course, she included my school lunches in that quest as well.

Like every kid, I wanted a lunch just like my friends’. Their menus consisted of:

  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Bags of chips
  • Carrots (only a few)
  • A Twinkie or Hostess cupcake

My mother had other ideas. Here’s an example of what my lunches consisted of:

  • Meatloaf sandwich
  • Cut-up celery
  • An apple or pear
  • A box of raisins

To a sixth-grader, this was so not cool. I pleaded and begged with my mom to change what she was putting in my lunches, to no avail. By high school, I was buying lunch, and she never knew what I ate.

Fast forward to my lunches as an adult. Most days, I eat leftovers from dinner the night before, which works out great because they are well-balanced meals. However, on those days when I am on-the-go out of the office, it’s a little bit more work to eat a balanced meal. I sometimes feel like I am channeling my mother, or she’s haunting me.

I think all of our tastes develop and get more complex as we get older. And with that, healthier eating gets easier, especially if we make the choice. I find myself making that choice by looking for places to eat where the food is served fresh, well-balanced, and healthy.

And every once in a while, I still find myself wanting a Twinkie or a Hostess cupcake, well…just because I can.

Joy Stanford is a community liaison with Health Alliance, serving Thurston County. She’s been involved with Medicare for 20+ years and truly enjoys it. She enjoys gospel, R&B, and country music, and she owns over 100 pairs of shoes.

Thanksgiving Desserts Done Right

Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

This week, we have some healthy Thanksgiving desserts for you to whip up for this week’s holiday celebrations.

These delicious Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are a crowd-pleaser.

Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Image and Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

This 5-Ingredient, No-Bake Vegan French Silk Pie will be a hit for the holidays.

5-Ingredient, No-Bake Vegan French Silk Pie

 

These Pumpkin Pie Cups help you keep portions under control.

Vegan & Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie Cups

 

Make these No-Bake Berry Tarts to bring a simple and gorgeous dessert to the party.

No Bake Berry Tarts with Cashew Cream

 

Lots of leftover sweet potatoes? Whip up a Sweet Potato Nice Cream Split.

Sweet Potato Nice Cream Split

 

 

Salted Caramel Pecan Pie Tarts are surprisingly good for you.

Salted Caramel Pecan Pie Tarts + Vitamix Giveaway! (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free)

 

This Spiced Hot Fruit Bake is perfect for the holiday season and chilly nights.

Easy Spiced Hot Fruit Bake {Gluten Free}

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Fighting Food Waste in Your LIfe

Fight Food Waste

Have you ever bought a bunch of groceries, only to have plans change and food go to waste? Fresh fruits and veggies that go bad in your fridge before you make that recipe or snack on them? Leftovers that you got sick of without finishing?

This is a problem millions of Americans run into every day, and it’s called food waste.

Food Waste by the Numbers

Right now, the world produces more than enough food to feed everyone, 17% more per person than it did in the early 1960s. And yet, in 2015, 42.2 million Americans faced hunger and trouble affording food.

An estimated 25 to 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste instead of being eaten. And when food goes into a landfill, it also produces a greenhouse gas that’s bad for the environment. All those lost groceries add up to about $165 billion lost every year.

Reducing your food waste can help you save money, and it’s good for the rest of the world. And the great news is it’s easy.

Shop Smart

  1. Prepare to shop. Have a plan and buy exactly what you need to at the grocery store .
  2. Make smart decisions at the store. Don’t stock up on a sale item if you know you can’t use it before it goes bad.
  3. Know yourself. Pay attention to how much of something your family really eats so you can buy the right amount. If you live alone, don’t buy fruit in bulk (unless you really love apples). If you hate cooking, don’t stock up on things that have to be cooked.
  4. Buy the odd-looking fruits and veggies. Many are thrown away because their size, shape, or color doesn’t look perfect, but they’re actually just as good.

Save at Home

  1. First In, First Out. When you unpack your groceries, make sure you’re putting the newest food in the back so older things get used first.
  2. Store food in the right place. Many foods will last longer if you know how to store them.
  3. Pay attention to what you toss. If you keep throwing away half of the spaghetti sauce you make, try freezing half of it or cutting the recipe in half.
  4. Think about expiration dates. Make sure you know how they work, and try to make meals that let you use up things that are closer to expiring.
  5. Use all of an ingredient. Whenever possible, use all of what you’re cooking with, like leaving the skin on potatoes. Use citrus rinds and zest to add flavor to sauces and desserts. And the skin and stems of most fruits and veggies are safe to eat and have extra nutrients that you need.
  6. Use your freezer. Freeze fruits and veggies you can’t use up before they go bad for easy smoothies. Store extras from recipes.
  7. Eat leftovers. Take them for lunch, skip cooking the next night, or freeze them for an easy dinner later.
  8. Share. Split a huge dish when you’re eating out or take home the leftovers for an easy meal later. If you made too much of a meal, bring a dish of it to family or friends.

A little thought can go a long way toward helping you reduce food waste in your home and save you money.

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Dinner Made Easy with Slow Cooker Recipes

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

This week, we made it easy to reach your eating resolutions with healthy slow cooker recipes.

First up is a Slow Cooker Poached Salmon that you’d never guess was this simple.

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon
Image and Recipe via The Kitchn

 

Slow Cooker Skinny Chicken Enchiladas are a bright and beautiful weeknight meal.

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

 

This Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is so good you won’t even miss the beef.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Image and Recipe via Global Dish

 

These Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Curry Bowls are better than your average winter stew.

Healthy Quinoa Chicken Curry Bowls

 

Make Paella, the Spanish classic, in your slow cooker for an easy date night.

Slow Cooker Paella
Image and Recipe via A Nutritionist Eats

 

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a tasty way to satisfy your gameday cravings.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Slow Cooker, Instant Pot)

 

This Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna also makes perfect leftovers.

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

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Sweet Potato Recipes

Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

This week, we featured in-season, holiday favorites, sweet potato recipes, to help you get ready for the big meal or use up leftover produce.

Always wanted to make the Perfect Sweet Potato Fries? It’s easy!

Sweet Potato Fries
Image and Recipe via Camille Styles

 

This Roasted Sweet Potato Soup makes a perfect and unique Thanksgiving appetizer.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup
Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes

 

Turkey and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is a tasty version of the classic comfort food.

Turkey and Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
Image and Recipe via Real House Moms

 

These Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins make a great snack, app, or weeknight dinner out of your leftovers.

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

 

Make this vegan and gluten-free Coconut Curry with Sweet Potato Noodles for an allergy-free holiday.

Coconut Curry with Sweet Potato Noodles
Image and Recipe via Food Faith Fitness

 

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans is an easy make ahead dish for the big game.

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

 

Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread is a wonderful November breakfast or treat.

Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread
Image and Recipe via Averie Cooks

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