Who would’ve thought mashed sweet potatoes could get any better? You get all the flavor and a fun new look when your favorite creamy orange spuds are spun into bite-sized blossoms in this easy recipe. Simply drop dollops onto a sheet to make freeform flowers, then bake for crispy outer edges and melt-in-your mouth mash deliciousness inside.
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Q. I keep seeing recipes that call for nutritional yeast. What is this ingredient and is it healthy?
A. Powdery in texture and savory in flavor, nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, and vegans have been gobbling it up for years as a pasta topper, condiment and cheese sub. But you don’t have to be a vegan to say yes to yeast; this high-protein, low carb and low calorie product is arguably much healthier than your ordinary grated cheese. Dairy free, nutritional yeast also is free of gluten, sodium and fat. Read more →
Bars are your best bet for protein on the go: no messy powders to mix, cups to fumble with or questions about how much you’re getting. They come in every flavor imaginable, and the price is usually right. But there is one drawback. Next time you unwrap a store bought bar, take a look at the label. Chances are, you can’t pronounce all the ingredient names. And if you try to count them? It’s pretty likely you’ll reach 10, if not 15 or 20.
Buttercup squash is the adorable dark-green vegetable that’s often mistaken for a small pumpkin. Yet, it tastes nothing like a pumpkin. This winter squash is more nutty and a whole lot creamier. It’s also loaded with nutrients, including vitamins A, B and C plus calcium, potassium, protein and fiber. After baking and mashing the squash, you’ll add even more protein and fiber for a powerhouse pancake breakfast that’s sure to keep you satisfied for hours. Read more →
Coconut flakes make a great snowy topping for holiday cupcakes. They’re also good for adding tropical taste to your favorite baked goods. But did you know that if you blend them long enough, those stringy little strands transform into something creamy, smooth and spreadable? Coconut butter doesn’t have to come from a jar! Follow this recipe to make your own, then turn it into a decadent candy bark studded with cranberries and cacao.
If it’s true that “it’s what’s inside that counts,” these stuffed chicken breasts are done just right! Hearty, quartered artichoke hearts and tender baby spinach are blended with low-fat cottage cheese for a flavorful and good-for-you filling. Bake until golden brown and enjoy a protein- and nutrient-rich dish that beats ordinary, boring chicken dinners any night of the week.
Ever made fudge without sugar? Here’s your chance to give it a try. This easy-peasy, pudge-free fudge is naturally sweetened with honey and spice, so you don’t need that added sugar. And, you won’t miss it. The pumpkin and peanut butter punch it up with a flavor you won’t find at the candy store. Read more →
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