Don’t miss out on the classic dessert of the season. Make this easy pumpkin bread any day of the week and eat it on its own or make into a luxurious french toast.
1 (15 oz.) can Food Club® pumpkin puree
4 Food Club® eggs
1 cup Food Club® vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups Food Club® white sugar
3 1/2 cups Food Club® flour
2 tsp. Food Club® baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease loaf pan well.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, eggs, vegetable oil, water, and sugar. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. In a separate medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda and all seasonings. Add the dry ingredients mix to the wet ingredients in 3 parts. Mix well and evenly distribute into 2 loaf pans.
Though brussel sprouts are commonly thought to be the grossest vegetable, this simple recipe will convince you otherwise. Simply half the brussels, season them, bake them in the oven and voila! You have the perfect vegetable side-dish to any meal.
1/2 lb. Brussel Sprouts
1 tbs. Olive oil
Pinch of Salt and Pepper
Line a baking sheet with tin fol and set oven to 350 degrees.
Wash, remove bitter outside and cut each brussel sprout in half. Add olive oil and salt and pepper- mix thoroughly.
Bring on the comfort produce. As the chill of November sets
in, I find myself craving hearty soups, casseroles, and roasts to warm me, body
and soul. My produce needs to be just as hearty and comforting. Luckily, the best
produce available right now at your local grocery store makes for perfect
Pop ‘em in your oven to transform those crisp, juicy apples into tender, sweet comfort food. Perfectly caramelized apples on a warm winter salad; savory skillet pork chops with apples and cabbage; baked apples filled with crisp and gooey oats; ice cream warmed to the perfect silky consistency atop fresh-from-the-oven, crisp apple pie… I could go on and on but you get the idea. Honeycrisp, braeburn, and jonagold are traditionally the best baking apples but follow your recipe’s directions if they call for a specific apple.
and slightly bitter when raw but, properly cooked, beets become decadently
rich. Due to their deep color, beets have become increasingly popular in
chocolate desserts, adding to the rich taste and color of the chocolate. More
traditionally, try beets in a soup like a warm borscht, atop a salad, or simply
roasted and seasoned as a side. Roast beets also make a wonderful addition to
cheese or charcuterie boards and pair especially well with creamy white cheeses,
like feta or goat. Don’t forget, if your beet comes with a healthy set of
greens on the top, sauté them for a delicious addition to any meal.
can eat them raw, boiled, steamed, roasted, or grilled but my favorite way to
prepare Brussels sprouts is stir-fried. Golden brown with that perfect crisp
and just a hint of smoky flavor, stir-fried Brussels sprouts are easy to
prepare. Start by trimming the stems (but not too high or the sprout will fall
apart) and remove any damaged outer leaves. Next, I half my Brussels sprouts
lengthwise and toss in oil, then adding salt and pepper (along with any other
spices you like). To cook, heat a pan over medium or medium-high heat, placing
the Brussels sprouts, cut side down, in a single layer on the pan when warm. Cook
until the cut side turn golden brown and slightly charred (about five minutes).
Finally, add a tablespoon of water and stir-fry until the sprouts are tender
(about two minutes).
Few things nourish quite like creamy, naturally-sweet
pumpkin or squash. Pumpkin is more than just an ingredient in indulgent pies
and cookies or the caramelized, melt-in-your-mouth roasted variety. Pumpkin is
incredibly versatile and can add seasonal flavor and nutrition to a variety of
dishes. This week, we’re dedicating an entire post to prepping and cooking your
pumpkin, along with creative ideas like pumpkin mac and cheese. Mac and Cheese
with pumpkin? Seriously!?! Yep! For my blue box fans out there, prepare
according to the instructions and stir in a half cup of puree at the end. For a
more gourmet option, you can find scratch recipes that incorporate ingredients
like nutmeg or sage to enhance the seasonal flavors.
The Halloween season is here and kids are bursting with delight. The thrill of a scary story, the spooky décor transforming our homes and neighborhoods into macabre fantasy lands, becoming anything you want with the aid of a simple costume, going door-to-door and filling your bucket with candies like a pirate fills a chest with treasure, and doing it all surrounded by friends and family…what’s not to love? There’s still that child in me that tries to discover that Halloween magic anew each year. Now that I’m an adult, however, there’s also a pragmatic dietitian in me and these two parts struggle to get along. The child in me says give the trick or treaters the full-size candy bar (because those were always my favorite houses) but the dietitian in me recognizes that most kids already get too much sugar (causing or increasing the risk of numerous health problems).
As the argument rages inside me, I remind myself that
Halloween has redefined itself nearly every generation. When trick or treating
first started in the 30’s, the most common treats were homemade confections,
fruit, nuts, or toys. By the 50’s, candy manufacturers were beginning to
capitalize on the holiday and Bazooka Bubble Gum, M&M’s, and Almond Joys found
their way into children’s buckets. In the 70’s the homemade sweets that started
the tradition were now labeled as taboo and individually wrapped candies were
almost exclusively given to trick or treaters. Since then, the candy selection
has changed, with new flavors and brands coming and going, but we’re long
overdue for a significant shift. It’s my hope (and I think both the kid and
dietitian in me agree) that better-for-you snacks can be that next shift –
foods that are still treats for children (get those raisins and toothbrushes
out of the lineup) but aren’t loaded with sugar like traditional candy.
As you incorporate better-for-you snacks (non-food items can
work great too) remember that variety is key. There isn’t one universally
appealing option (one of the reasons for variety packs even among candy). To
help you find the perfect treats, we’ve compiled a list of less-sugary snacks
and non-food items you can find at your local grocery store. While none are
quite as affordable as a fun-sized candy bar, there are many options that won’t
break the bank and you can have the satisfaction of knowing you’re contributing
to the health of our children (while still pleasing them with a treat).
Treats for under $1
Halloween Toys – the seasonal aisle has a wide
range of Halloween toys for less than a dollar (selection varies by store,
while supplies last).
Blue Diamond 100 Calorie Packs – nothing but
good, nutritious almonds here in a small convenient package.
Kind Kids Granola Bars – roughly half the sugar
of a fun-sized candy with whole grains and fun packaging, this is my pick for
Kind Bar Minis – your favorite fruit and nut
bars in a small (and affordable) package with a quarter the added sugar of a
typical fun-sized candy.
Z Bar Protein – not my first recommendation due
to the higher sugar content (about the same as a fun-sized candy) but it is
balanced with a fair amount of protein and fiber.
Goldfish Crackers – 0 g sugar and a fair amount
of protein, goldfish are a good option and available in single-serve bags.
Clementines – more fun than raisins especially
if you decorate them like pumpkins; while clementines might be viewed as a
treat by some, be sure to offer other options.
Treetop Applesauce Pouches – with no fruit juice
concentrate added, these one of the healthiest fruit squeeze pouches.
Treats for under 50¢
Halloween toys – while options are more limited
in the sub 50¢ range, you will find a few items like spooky pens or vampire
fangs (selection varies by store, while supplies last).
Stickers – check out the greeting card aisle
where you’ll find a variety of sticker packs that you can break into individual
sheets to give away.
Stretch Island Fruit Leather – boasting no added
sugar and 100% real fruit ingredients, they also have a low price tag when you
buy them in multipacks.
Smartfood Popcorn –single-serve packs are
available, providing a fair amount of fiber and protein with no added sugar and
a reasonable amount of fat and sodium.
Corn Nuts – another good whole-grain corn option
with no added sugar and a reasonable amount of fat and sodium.