Learn What to Do with Your Weird CSA Veggies at This Local Cooking Class

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If you’ve stared long and hard at your weekly CSA box and wondered, What the heck does one do with a big bag of sunchokes/winter squash/lacinato kale?, only to give up and let the veggies go bad before throwing them away on trash day, you are not alone. But never again, friends! The lovely people at Full and Happy (the same folks behind the Yogi’s Table) have teamed up with Philly Foodworks to bring you the CSA Prep School—a cooking class designed to help you master the art of cooking with your CSA share. Hallelujah!

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The Only Holiday Appetizer Recipe You Need: Creamy Baked Feta Dip

Low-calorie baked feta dip | Photo by Becca Boyd

Low-calorie baked feta dip | Photo by Becca Boyd

This is the time of year when it feels like every weekend has a new kitchen assignment; you’re either making an appetizer or baking a dessert for the latest round of holiday parties. For those of us who are trying to keep their diet in check, consider this week’s recipe a wonderfully delicious opportunity for healthy eating.

Warm and creamy with a flavor punch from the tangy feta cheese, this dip seems wonderfully indulgent (but isn’t—really!) and presents beautifully with brightly colored veggies. It also comes together faster than you can say, “Where’s the punch?”

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10 Inspirational Healthy-Eating Quotes That Won’t Make You Cringe

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Finding a healthy-eating quote that doesn’t inspire a cringe (á la “Keep calm and control your portions”) or cause you to cower underneath your kitchen table in fear (I’m looking at you, #EATREALORDIE), is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. And this is a serious shame because who couldn’t use a good-humored healthy-eating quote as a friendly reminder every now and then? Especially the week after Thanksgiving.

But not to fear, friends: You don’t have to resort to any of the many awful “Keep calm and …” quotes for inspiration quite yet. We searched high and low through the virtual haystacks that are Pinterest and Instagram to supply you guys with enough non-cringe-worthy healthy eating inspiration to cover your fridge, plus the occasional “treat yo self” quote (because balance). Enjoy!

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What to Eat This Week: Thanksgiving Detox Dinners

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If you’re anything like us, you did a bang-up job stuffing yourself silly on Thanksgiving. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, of course. We wholeheartedly endorse the occasional calorie splurge, especially on days when family and friends come together to share a meal. I mean, you don’t want to be the sour puss in the corner shoveling a plateful of undressed lettuce, do you?

But as with all good things, the splurge must come to an end, and when it does, it’s time to return to your regularly scheduled program. If you’re feeling like you need a little jolt to, um, reset your system, we’ve got you covered. This week, your meal plan is full of foods that will help you detox and digest all that fat and sugar from your Thanksgiving feast. We’re talking light, veggie-loaded meals that’ll make you feel clean from the inside out. Check out our recipe picks below.

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What to Eat This Week: 5 Ridiculously Easy Dinners

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If you’re anything like me, you’re saving all of your cooking energy for Thanksgiving, when you plan on whipping up the most-talked about pecan pie on planet Earth. Smart, very smart. But hey, you’ve still got to eat, right? So to make sure you’re well fed, while still exerting the least amount of energy possible, we’ve rounded up five delicious and filling recipes that take very little effort to prepare—and they’re healthy to boot! Who says you can’t have it all? Happy cooking, friends!

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5 Philly Pinterest Boards That Are Making Us Hungry for the Holidays

Broccoli fennel soup from Philly's With Food + Love

Broccoli fennel soup from Philly’s With Food + Love // Recipe link below.

We’re just about to enter the season of eating, two back-to-back holidays that feature a big meal with all the trimmings (and then some). Plus, when you figure in all the holiday parties and cookie swaps you’ll inevitably be roped into over the next few weeks, you can safely assume you’ll be eating for, well, pretty much a month straight.

While I would never preach total eating abstinence (Please. Have you met me? This girl loves to eat.), I would encourage you to go the pot-luck route when you can. Why? Because bringing a dish or two to a holiday gathering gives you at least some control over what you shove down your gullet. Bring, say, a giant green salad, and you can load up on your contribution while simply sampling from everyone else’s.

To give you some fresh ideas for foods that are festive, delicious and good for you, we turned to our trusty Philly friends over on Pinterest. These are locals who fill our feed with eats we’d be proud to bring to a pot-luck meal. The whole oh-hey-this-food-is-good-for-you thing can be our little secret.

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What to Eat This Week: Spectacular Slow-Cooker Meals

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Winter has officially settled in, it seems. Not that I’m complaining: I love this time of year. The sweaters. The cozy blankets. The crackling fires. Most of all, the warm, filling, delicious slow-cooked meals.

The glorious thing about a Crock Pot is this: It’s like having a personal chef at your beck and call. I mean, you have to do a tiny smidgen of work in the morning,  but the payoff is a piping hot meal ready to be eaten at the end of the day. What a lot of people don’t realize is that you can make more than stews and stringy roasts in a slow-cooker. Here, we found five recipes just dying to be made this week. And actually, depending on how many mouths you’re feeding, you may not have to make all five; slow-cooker leftovers are the best leftovers.

Happy cooking!

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5 Awesome Fitness and Foodie Things We Wish Were in Philly

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Midpoint Greenway in Minneapolis | Photo via Flickr user Tony Webster

Don’t get me wrong: I love Philly. This city of ours boasts tons of my favorite fitness and foodie stuff that you can’t find anywhere else—I mean, hellooo, runs on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, and HipCityVeg. But every now and then I come across something that sounds so, so awesome and realize that, even with all the wonderful stuff we do have, we don’t have that. And then I begin pining for it. So I figured I’d share some of the things I’m pining for with you guys, so we can pine for them together. Here, five fitness and foodie things in other cities that we wish would pop up in Philly.

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