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Baked Oatmeal Cups

Created by: Nellie Tracy, Butter With a Side of Bread

With four kids, my mornings are very hectic and I don’t have much time to prepare a healthy breakfast for my family. I love this recipe because you can make it ahead of time, and reheat each oatmeal cup within seconds. I think they taste wonderful plain, but you can also top them with some Greek yogurt and/or fruit!

Basil and Strawberry Infused Chia Seed Water

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

The new year is here and it’s time to make those resolutions! One of mine is always to give my body food and drinks that make me feel good, and water is always at the top of that list. Here is one of my favorite recipes to spice up plain water and get in the habit of drinking it a little bit more.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

This snack is a lighter swap for any game day celebration that offers those familiar buffalo flavors with a fraction of the calories. I paired my spicy and flavorful buffalo cauliflower bites with a rich and creamy blue cheese dressing as well as some cool, crisp celery sticks that helped mellow the heat from the hot sauce.

Braised Winter Vegetables

Roast a big batch of winter’s best veggies and enjoy serving them in a variety of ways. Best yet, skip most of the peeling and chopping by purchasing ready-to-cook squash, carrots and Brussels sprouts in the produce section.

Southwest Chicken and Rice Bowls

Created by: Nellie Tracy, Butter With a Side of Bread

I have found that the best way to eat lighter throughout the week is to prep some of my meals ahead of time so that they are ready to go in the fridge. When something is ready to eat, you’re more likely to grab it, rather than other less healthy options. This recipe is very simple and versatile so you can add additional veggies if you like.

Creamy Chicken Soup

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

This is the time of year I love to cook big meals. That’s why I’m especially fond of hearty soups. Not only do they incorporate lots of fresh veggies, but they are so comforting and satisfying. This soup is also a perfect freezer meal because you can double or triple the batch and then just freeze what you don’t plan on eating that night for another day.

Easy Lunch Bowl Combinations

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Lunch bowls are a great go-to for lighter eating, and you can prep them at the beginning of the week for so many different combinations. Use this variety of grains, proteins, vegetables and toppings to mix and match for lunch throughout the week to come. Your veggies can be cooked or raw – it’s up to you!

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Eggplant Parmesan Quinoa Casserole

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Most of this flavorful and filling Eggplant Parmesan Quinoa Casserole can be prepared a day or two beforehand, making it the perfect light and quick dinner idea for a busy weeknight. Just give the eggplant a quick sauté, layer the casserole with the already prepared quinoa and cheese filling and simply pop in the oven!

Light Breakfast Hash

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Swap out the traditional bacon and egg breakfast for this light breakfast hash that’s full of sweet potatoes and nutrient-filled greens. It only takes a few minutes to make and is a great way to start your day off with a boost. Best of all, you can make enough for your entire family in the same amount of time it takes to make one serving.

Italian Chicken Bake

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

This Italian chicken bake has just five simple ingredients, but tons of flavor! I use canned diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning to give the chicken lots of great flavor and moisture. The chicken cooks in the tomatoes, so it stays super moist and creates its own sauce. You can serve it over pasta or with bread so you have something to scoop up all that goodness.

Overnight Oats

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

For me, a new year means new goals and lifestyle adjustments to get back on track after the holidays. Meal planning has always been a great way to stick to my diet and make the best possible food choices available. One of my favorite breakfasts is overnight oats.

Simple Spaghetti Carbonara

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Savory and comforting, Spaghetti Carbonara is a tasty choice for a weeknight (or weekend) meal. It comes together very easily and it’s ready in almost no time. The egg sticks to the noodles, making them extra filling while the bacon, garlic and parsley add the flavor.

Thai Chicken Burrito Bowls

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

The great thing about these Thai Chicken Burrito Bowls is that you can swap in whatever suits your own taste buds. I happened to use broccoli and red peppers, but you could also use snap peas, baby carrots, or green peppers, etc. Also, you can change out the chicken for pork, beef or even shrimp.

Winter Pimm’s Cup

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

By the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, we’ve all had our proper fill of holiday sweets and party drinks. This year I wanted to create something a little on the lighter side, but still incorporate those wintery flavors. This Winter Pimm’s Cup is a twist on a summer time favorite and is perfect for sipping.

Cookie Dough Truffle Footballs

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

These delicious cookie dough truffles use an egg-free recipe that you don’t have to worry about eating raw. Even better, they’re a great way to make your food match your party theme. On game day, everyone is used to cheesy dips and comfort food, so surprise them with these football shaped desserts.

Corn Dip

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Are you hosting a party for the big game? This hot corn dip is a great party recipe and sure to be a crowd pleaser while watching your favorite team play. It’s made with a variety of cheeses, corn and green chilies. Sprinkle some chili powder on top before serving and you have a tasty appetizer to serve your guests.

Harissa Hummus

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

When I’m getting sucked into a good football game, I reach for anything that I can dip a chip into. Homemade hummus is a crowd pleaser, and a healthful snack or appetizer option for friends and family.

Honey-Soy Chicken Wings

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

It wouldn’t be game night without a plate full of wings! But isn’t it time to break away from the same old wings and try something new? For a delicious twist on the original, try these tasty honey-soy chicken wings. Serve them as an appetizer at your next game night gathering and people will be begging for more.

Skinny Cheesy Corn Dip

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Game day is all about the food, and usually it’s heavy, fattening and high in calories. But it doesn’t have to be! This cheesy corn dip is delicious and light, while keeping the same sweet, creamy, flavor we all love.

Potato Poppers

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Football wouldn’t be complete without some good eats. Change up the traditional jalapeno popper by making these creamy potato poppers instead. No fork necessary! Since they can be prepared ahead of time, they are perfect for entertaining. Enjoy them cold, or reheat them for maximum flavor.

Slow Cooker Chili

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Slow cookers are great when hosting a party to watch the big game. Setting the slow cooker on first thing in the morning and having hot chili ready by the time guests arrive helps save time and allows me to focus on other tasks. This slow cooker chili recipe is as easy as it gets!

Southwest Breakfast Poutine

Chilaquiles, meets poutine, meets breakfast. This smash-up recipe combines the best of each – salsa verde, fries and cheese curds, topped with a fried egg.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

Sausage and veggies in a creamy sauce, topped with eggs, cheese and a crispy layer of tater tots – breakfast is served.

Savory Ham and Cheese Waffles

A savory take on a breakfast staple, these ham and cheese waffles are even more delicious served with a fried egg on top.

Apple Pie Pull Apart

Apple pie is appropriate for breakfast in this delicious, flaky pull apart bread and it comes together easier than pie.

Honey Pepper Bacon

Sweet and smoky with peppery heat, this upgraded bacon is the perfect breakfast side.

Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

Traditional mac & cheese gets an upgrade when gnocchi stands in for pasta in this cheesy baked dish.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

A complete meal in one dish – chicken, pasta, bacon, tomatoes and spinach with a creamy ranch sauce baked to bubbling perfection under a layer of gooey cheese.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Take your favorite appetizer – spinach artichoke dip – and turn it into dinner with this lasagna recipe.

Pan Fried Chicken Cutlets with Spicy Honey

Thin pieces of chicken are lightly breaded and pan fried until golden and crispy and finished with a drizzle of spicy honey. Try them on a biscuit with a few pickle slices for a delicious chicken sandwich.

White Chicken Chili

Chicken, white beans and peppers in a light creamy broth spiked with cumin and chiles.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This quick and easy chicken soup is a great way to use up leftover chicken and get dinner on the table in no time.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Everything great about buffalo chicken wings rolled into meatballs. Great as an appetizer or making buffalo meatballs sandwiches.

Coffee and Donut Milkshake

Dessert, breakfast or breakfast dessert? Whatever you call it this combination of coffee ice cream and donuts is delicious.

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

New Year’s Eve is a time to gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting a big party or looking for a quick recipe to enjoy in the comfort of your home while the ball drop, this recipe makes a great appetizer for New Year’s Eve.

Ginger Pear Gin Fizz

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

The New Year is a wonderful holiday for celebrating with friends and family, and I have a few New Year’s traditions I’ve been in the habit of following through on each year: sharing resolutions, making a big feast and creating a signature cocktail to enjoy throughout the evening.

Kir Royale

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

A New Year’s Eve celebration just isn’t complete without a sip or two of champagne! This recipe is a great one that pleases champagne lovers and champagne skeptics alike. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Homemade salads aren’t very exciting unless you have the right combination of toppings. Plain lettuce and dressing is no fun, but this Mediterranean Chopped Salad is full of flavor with feta cheese, Kalamata olives, Persian cucumbers and more. Toss it together with a homemade Greek dressing and you’ll be eating healthier in no time!

Oven Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

If you’re entertaining guests this New Years’ Eve and want to keep the menu healthful yet filling, oven-baked chicken with a side of roasted root vegetables is a great main dish. Preparing this recipe is very simple! The chicken comes out tender, flavorful, and is a great option for kicking off the New Year on the right foot.

Rock Candy for your NYE Party Drink

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year, and to get excited about the year to come. Sparkling cider is a go-to party beverage on New Year’s, but I thought it would be fun to add some pizzazz and extra fizz to the party drink.

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Stacy's Pretzel Thins

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

This quick and delicious spinach-artichoke dip may just be the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve, whether you’re hosting a get-together with friends or welcoming the New Year quietly at home. The hot, cheesy goodness of this dip is even more scrumptious served alongside Stacy’s Pretzel Thins.

Caprese Frittata

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

This Caprese Frittata is a twist on classic caprese salad flavor – tomato, basil and mozzarella – that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. You can even make it ahead the night before and reheat in the morning!

Chicken Tortilla Pie

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

This tortilla pie is made with chicken, black beans and corn, using a spring-form pan to layer it all together. It’s almost effortless, and supremely tasty. Plus you can spice it up as much as you like!

Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

There are several things in life that I have a maximum 30-minute attention span for: working out, cleaning and cooking dinner on a weeknight. My reasons are fairly obvious for the first two items on my list – I participate in these activities out of necessity only.

Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

I couldn't help but snatch up a bunch of the apples that were in season this past fall. Kroger had – and continues to have – a beautiful supply of apples. I splurged on a couple of bags so I could have a fun and affordable holiday tablescape.

Mint Yogurt Dip

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

After indulging on decadent food and drink over the holidays, it’s natural to want to cut back in the eating department for the new year. Many of us incorporate some sort of healthy eating New Year’s resolution into our habits, even if it only holds up for a month or two. I prefer to be optimistic in my goals.

Orange Glazed Boneless Pork Chops

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I'm always trying to find a solution to the classic family dinner dilemma – making a dish my kids will enjoy and one my husband and I will enjoy, too. I tend to look for recipes I can adapt for my one picky eater and the palates of the rest of the family. It can be really challenging. I often pick a favorite flavor and use it as a starting point to create something healthy with a taste everyone will enjoy.

Quick and Easy Protein Energy Balls

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

I am a huge fan of “healthy” protein snack bars, and I typically grab a few every time I’m at the store – the downside is that this is an expensive habit. I set out to find a comparable snack, and love that this one is made with stuff most of us already have in our cupboards!

Potatoes Rosti

A great side dish for lobster and seafood, these simply dressed red potatoes also go well with prime rib, or as a brunch potato.

Blueberry Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake is heavenly topped with fresh blueberries or an extra dollop of blueberry jam.

Fabulous Fruit Salad

Dried apricots, figs and nutmeg add a new twist to this fruit salad, and the sugared lemon syrup ties it all together.

Three Potato Hash

This mixed potato hash is sure to become a new breakfast favorite. Experiment with different spices to make it unique each time.

Mock Mimosas

Poured in a fancy flute, this drink is perfect for toasting!

Irish Macaroni & Cheese

This three-cheese mac and cheese topped with crispy breadcrumbs will always be the hit of the party.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Get your dinner party off to an elegant start with this simple bacon-wrapped scallop appetizer.

Kale Caesar Salad

Using kale for this classic salad makes it extra healthy – and delicious!

Sesame Ahi Tuna

Succulent Ahi tuna is quick to prepare and served in many fine dining restaurants.

Champagne Cocktail

This classic cocktail is a snap to make, and it looks lovely with a lemon twist!

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