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Low Sugar Orange-Ginger Cranberry Sauce

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…

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples with Maple and Thyme

Add some color to your plate with this pretty and delicious side dish of Braised Red Cabbage and Apples!  *Updated September 29, 2020. Originally published October 2012.  When people think of cabbage, they often think about recipes for stuffed cabbage or cole slaw. As much as I love stuffed cabbage, it’s not the quickest recipe to make. To enjoy the flavors…

How to Keep Family Dinner Fun

Now that family meals are happening more than ever, learn how to keep family dinner fun and engaging day after day! This post was written in partnership with the FMI Foundation in support of Family Meals Month. As always, all opinions are my own. This page contains affiliate links. See below for full disclosure statement. Happy National Family Meals Month!…

Nicoise Pasta Salad

Take the classic French salad for a spin with this quick and easy Nicoise Pasta Salad. A perfect weeknight dinner the whole family will love! Originally posted December 2016; updated September 2020. This page contains affiliate links. See below for full disclosure statement. Do you recognize this pasta dish? I posted a similar picture of it in one of my…

Veggie Quinoa Bites

Gluten-free and nut-free Veggie Quinoa Bites are packed with protein and fiber, making them a perfect addition to your children’s lunchbox. *Originally posted August 2014. Updated September 2020. This page contains affiliate links. See below for full disclosure statement. Back to School Meal Prep This time of year is especially crazy with the summer winding down and getting the kids…

Corn & Basil Cakes with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Savory corn & basil cakes speak summer. They’re great as a side dish or the main attraction, and especially delicious when cooked on the grill. *Originally posted September 2013. Updated July 2020.* This page contains affiliate links. See below for full disclosure statement Reasons to Love Corn I love corn, especially during the summer when it’s fresh off the cob….

Poached Salmon Salad with Peaches

Looking for a light, easy, and no-fuss dinner for those hot summer nights? This Poached Salmon Salad with Peaches fits the bill! *Originally published July 2012; Updated July 2020* This page contains affiliate links. See below for full disclosure statement. Every summer I try to come up with dinner ideas that are not only nutritious and delicious, but also easy…

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