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Dishing Up the Best Ingredients for a Healthy Lifestyle
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Pico de Gallo and Guacamole

My go-to recipes for these versatile condiments! Guacamole (Printable PDF Version) Makes about 3 ½ cups Ingredients 4 ripe, fresh avocados 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ½ small sweet white onion, minced 2 ripe Ro...

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Recipe Rescue: Dessert Dips

Posted by Leia Flure - Desserts Snacks

Try these delicious sweet dip recipes to lighten up your get-togethers. Cookie Dough, Chocolate Hazelnut, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Key Lime Pie -- serve with graham crackers, cubes of angel food cake, and fresh cut up fruit! __________________________________________________________________ Healthier Chocolate Hazelnut Dip...

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Healthy How-To: Soft Baked Pretzels

Posted by Leia Flure - Snacks

Raise your hand if you've got a case of cabin fever! As we slowly add more daylight and inch toward springtime, I've been craving one of my favorite ballpark snacks -- soft pretzels. Sure, I could swing by the mall for a jumbo pretzel saturated with butter and salt. But it's healthier and just plain more fun to make them at home, especially on cold days when you're cooped up inside....

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Recipe Rescue: Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach artichoke dip sounds healthy, but does it live up to the name? Not so much. Sure, spinach and artichokes are on the ingredient list, but the dip is really more about the creamy, gooey cheese than veggies. My philosophy is that if you're going to indulge, why not get some extra nutrition? I've taken this fat-laden favorite and made spinach the star player, with plenty of cheesy deliciousnes...

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Healthy How-To: Pita Chips

Pita chips are the perfect vehicle for all sorts of dips. They're super easy to make at home, so why not? Start with 6" whole grain pitas. Using kitchen shears, cut them into pieces and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet prepped with nonstick spray....

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Recipe Rescue: Buffalo Chicken Dip

It's December, and along with the possibility of snow, we can expect a flurry of holiday get-togethers. Naturally, I'll be tackling party favorites in the next several Recipe Rescue posts! I'm starting off with Buffalo Chicken Dip. Although this dip packs in satisfying protein, the fat and calories can add up with multiple servings and when you dip with chips. It only takes a few simple tweaks to...

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Recipe Rescue: Apple Donuts

Apple donuts - the quintessential fall-time treat. But donuts, no matter what their flavor (even if they have fruit!), are typically high in fat, sugar, and calories. Fried and smothered in sugar or glaze sure makes them delicious, but you can get your donut fix without all the extras. No need to take a trip to the apple orchard or bakery - try this baked apple donut recipe that comes together as...

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Healthy How-To: Tortilla Chips

Posted by Leia Flure - Snacks

Tortilla chips are a mainstay in Mexican restaurants and home kitchens alike! They're the perfect vehicle for all kinds of dips - salsa, guacamole, French onion, spinach artichoke, the list goes on and on. Problem is, tortilla chips are usually fried and salted, making them high in fat, sodium, and calories. Cut down on sodium, fat, and calories plus boost the fiber by making your own...

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Recipe Rescue: Jalapeno Poppers

Football season means appetizers galore. Get your next viewing party "popping" with these flavor-packed, crunchy Bacon & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!) Ingredients: Jalapeno peppers Cream cheese Egg Breading Wr...

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Healthy How-To: Tots and Nuggets

The kids are back in school, so what better time to make over everyone's favorite cafeteria classics? Fried finger foods like chicken nuggets and "tater tots" are high-fat and not the best choice for growing brains and bodies. (Not to mention for adults watching their weight.) Our faux-fried versions find a happy medium between good nutrition and kid-friendly fun! (Scroll to the bot...

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Healthy How-To: Funnel Cake

Posted by Leia Flure - Desserts Snacks

It's state fair season! If you can't make it out to the fairgrounds and need a funnel cake fix, you can have it any time of year with this healthier alternative. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!) Basic Funnel Cake Ingredients: Butter/oil Water Salt...

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Healthy How-To: Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks are always a crowd pleaser, but with that fried cheesy goodness comes a lot of fat and calories. Here's a healthier version that's a delicious option to serve at parties or just make when you need a fix. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!) Typical Recipe: R...

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Recipe Rescue: Blueberry Muffins

A muffin makes a quick and easy breakfast when you're in a rush, but oversized baked goods can set you on the path for poor eating the rest of the day. Make your own muffins at home to save calories AND cash. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!) Original Recipe Ingredients...

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