How Not to Totally Blow Your Diet at Your Super Bowl Party

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Football fan or not, you’re probably going to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. And more than likely, there’s going to be copious food and drinks involved.

Whether you’re hosting a bash at your place or crashing a friend’s party, here are my foolproof tips — plus a few recipe swaps — for keeping to your healthy-eating goals on track. Read more »

MAKE: Cheesy Cauliflower Risotto with Mushrooms

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

Cauliflower is finally getting its moment in the sun, if you haven’t noticed. From pizza crusts to hummus to chocolate milkshakes (Really!), cauliflower is turning up everywhere lately.

I typically just roast it like broccoli—olive oil, salt and pepper in a high-heat oven—but when I came across a recipe for risotto that used chopped cauliflower instead of Arborio rice, I was intrigued.

You see, although “Arborio” sounds fancy, it’s really just a starchy, short-grain white rice. It’s fairly devoid of nutrients and high in empty calories—things, of course, that cauliflower is not (*cough 27 calories per cup cough*).

Tucking into a big, healthy bowl of warm and creamy comfort food on a cold weeknight? Yes, please, and in just about 30 minutes to boot. Roast up some chicken or fish, and dinner is served.

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What to Eat This Week: 5 Delicious Dinners Made from Pantry Staples

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The other day, I cleaned out my kitchen cabinet and realized that I’ve been stock-piling pantry staples like I’m living in an episode of The Walking Dead or something. Seriously. I had like nine cans of beans, five boxes of pasta, and three jars of forgotten peanut butter. Because, well, it’s just so easy to forget about the food living in your pantry.

So, if you’re anything like me, your pantry could probably use some spring cleaning, and that’s exactly what this week’s recipes are made for: Here, five recipes that turn your forgotten pantry staples—stuff like beans, tuna, pasta, peanut butter, rice, canned tomatoes, coconut oil and more—into delicious, healthy dinners. Happy cooking!

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RECIPE: Light and Fluffy Winter-Veggie Frittata

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

I’ve officially reached my limit on revelry. Although wine and cookies every night sounds like an excellent idea, my body needs a major break. This breakfast represents my re-entry to healthy living in the new year, and as I write this I’m feeling better already.

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The Insanely Easy 15-Minute Dessert to Try This Holiday Season

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Photograph by Becca Boyd

When it comes to dessert, I’m a bit of a traditionalist (i.e. I don’t want bacon in my cookies, thank you very much), and what’s more traditional this time of a year than an apple pie? While I could attempt a low-fat or gluten-free pie crust to impress you, I’m sure I’d be hard-pressed to come up with a recipe that tastes as good as the real deal, and that just doesn’t work for me.

So in the vein of my crust-less pumpkin pie from last month, I decided that the most sensible route would be to forge on with the elemental ingredients; after all, the velvety smooth, sweet and tender filling in an apple pie is the best part. Agreed?

This dessert is quick and easy enough for a weekday after-school snack but elegant enough for company. Experiment with different spices or purchase some cinnamon gelato to really up the ante. Best part? You’re just 15 minutes away from this new, lightened up classic.

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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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Make: Gluten-Free Molasses Spice Mini Pumpkin Pies

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Photograph by Becca Boyd

You can put pumpkin in just about anything, but for me the classic pumpkin pie reigns supreme. While pumpkin pie is naturally packed with fiber, vitamin K and vitamin A (thank you, pumpkin!), the crust has always been a head-scratcher for me. I mean, when it comes to pie, there’s just no way around a buttery, fat-filled crust—or is there?

My latest creation was a revelation, you guys. I simply removed the crust all together, put my pies in ramekins, and topped them with a dollop of whipped cream. The outcome—a crustless, gluten-free mini pie—actually presents more elegantly than the regular kind, and no one will think you’re serving a “healthy” dessert. That can be our little secret.

If you’re hosting the Thanksgiving this year, feel free to make these up a day ahead (I like my pumpkin pie chilled). If not, offer to bring dessert. You’ll happily and guiltlessly nosh while accepting praise from your adoring public.

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Make: Protein-Packed Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger and Cilantro

Asian Chicken Salad | Photograph by Becca Boyd

Asian Chicken Salad | Photograph by Becca Boyd

Okay, you’ve made it past Halloween. Sure, you ate one too many Reese’s, but you’ve ditched the rest of the candy stash and are ready to get back on track. Of course, now Thanksgiving is around the corner, which could pose another looming threat by claiming what’s left of your self-discipline and leaving you helplessly shoving Christmas cookies in your mouth as you watch the scale tick upward.

Resist! Fight back! Do it by dialing up the health factor on every meal within your control. Soups, big salads and lean protein should be all that’s coming out of your kitchen until Thanksgiving Day, or what I like call “My Annual Excuse to Eat Lots of Pie Day.” This chicken salad will get you there. Flavorful and packed with protein, it’s great in a pita but one step healthier over mixed greens.

Hang in there—you can do it!

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