Entries by Amie Valpone

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Healthy Autumn Apple Pistachio Crisp

UPDATED November 1st, 2017 Here’s a healthy new take on traditional Fall fruit crisps—the sugar is reduced and replaced with orange juice and the usual whipped cream or ice cream is replaced with Greek yogurt. It’s also a great chance to teach some cooking basics to your kids—they can help with the measuring and assembly […]

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Oven Roasted Chili Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts—cousin to cabbage—are cute, little green balls of good-for-you veggies. Some are intimidated by Brussels sprouts’ strong flavor but we say, embrace it! SELECTING THE BEST SPROUTS Use color as an indicator of freshness when choosing sprouts. They should be bright green with no dark, curled leaves. Avoid sprouts with a strong, sulfurous smell […]

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Mid-Winter Treat: Let It Snow Cones

Need a light dessert to cleanse your palate after a heavy meal? Go for a naturally flavored shaved ice. With so many hot, spiced dishes, a shaved ice is just the cooling counterpart you need to soothe your tummy and freshen your mouth. This simple shaved ice recipe combines ingredients that are most likely already […]

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Kids Corner: Rise ‘n’ Shine Oatmeal

Do you usually have breakfast from a drive-thru or instant oats in single serve packages? These on-the-go foods are total diet killers—empty calories lacking in nutrition that will leave you hungry just an hour later. Start breakfast at home or even the night before to avoid any health blunders. Slow-cooked oats, such as steel-cut or […]

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Kids in the Kitchen: Nutritious Avocado Bites

Any reason to use avocados is a good enough reason to make these avocado quinoa bites. They are dairy-free, gluten-free, and chock full of fresh vegetables: spinach, tomatoes, onions, avocado, parsley…and healthy proteins. This recipe combines several ingredients native to Central and South America. CALLING ALL KIDS! Kids will love helping out in the kitchen […]

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Heathy Starts: Grain-Free Flax Apple Granola

To start your morning right, or just for healthier snack throughout the day, here’s a new take on the granola classic. FLAX APPLE GRANOLA Serves: 4 Ingredients 1/3 cup coconut oil, heated ¼ cup honey 2 TSP sugar 2 cups salted peanuts, chopped ¾ cup ground flax seeds ½ TSP ground cinnamon 1/6 TSP ground ginger 1/6 TSP […]