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You want your hungry family to enjoy healthy and delicious meals, but you’re not a short order cook and you don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen. With a little planning and guidance, you can feed your family balanced meals that everyone — kids and adults — will love.

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Add some zest and spice to a Thanksgiving classic with this lower-sugar, vegan, and gluten-free Orange-Ginger Cranberry Sauce. *Updated November 2020. Originally published November 2012* Cranberry sauce is a staple on most Thanksgiving tables, and it certainly was in my house growing up – who else has memories of jellied canned cranberry sauce jiggling around on a plate in a perfectly…

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