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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Appetizer and Side Dish Recipes

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Do you have to bring a side dish for Thanksgiving? Did you put off picking out your recipe until the last minute? If you’re still searching for something fun (and healthy) to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, we have picked out several Thanksgiving Appetizers and Side Dishes that are sure to be crowd pleasers!

Loaded Sweet Potato Bites

Loaded Sweet Potato BitesGet the recipe from A Healthy Life For Me.


Parmesan Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks

parmesan crusted baked zucchini strips

Get the recipe from Closet Cooking.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Get the recipe from The Food Charlatan.


Fennel and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

fennel and pomegranate quinoa salad

Get the recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron.


Easy Garlic Herb Butternut Squash

easy garlic herb butternut squash

Get the recipe from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.


Feta & Herb Cantaloupe Truffles

Feta & Herb Cantaloupe Truffles

Get the recipe from The Fit Fork.


Grain-Free Homestyle Stuffing

grain free stuffing

Get the recipe from Mommypotamus.


Warm Harvest Salad with Honey Walnut Vinaigrette

warm harvest salad

Get the recipe from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.


Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole

sweet potato pecan casserole

Get the recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen.


Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

apple cranberry wild rice pilaf

Get the recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.


Creamy Broccoli Salad

creamy broccoli salad

Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy.


Chipotle Lime Grilled Corn

chipotle lime corn

Get the recipe from Life’s Ambrosia.


Gluten Free Stuffing

gluten free stuffing

Get the recipe from Officially Gluten Free.


Greek Feta, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Pistachio Truffles

feta tomato truffles Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.


Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites

cranberry brie puff pastries

Get the recipe from Well Plated.


Which of these recipes will you try?  Share with us @eatsmartscales.

Baked Spooky Pumpkin Doughnuts

These baked pumpkin doughnuts are fluffy, tasty and most importantly, easy to make! They would be a perfect treat to bake for a Halloween party.  This recipe makes about 18 doughnuts.

PRO TIP: Accurate measuring of ingredients by volume, leads to more superior tasting doughnuts! The tare feature on our EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale will help with all of your baking needs.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar (200 grams)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (60 grams)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (225 grams)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice (We used whole milk)
Optional topping:

Spooky sprinkles of your choice + cinnamon + sugar

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350F/176C.
Spray a doughnut tin with cooking spray, and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the butter and sugar.
Add in the egg, pumpkin puree, and vanilla until combined.
Mix in the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Add in the milk and stir all ingredients together into a smooth batter.
Spoon the batter into doughnut pan and distribute evenly.
Bake 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool on wire racks 5-10 minutes.
Makes about 18 doughnuts.

For the spooky topping:
In a new small bowl, melt ~ 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave for ~10 seconds or until melted. In a second bowl, mix together sprinkles, cinnamon and sugar (make the ratios according to your taste). Dip the top of the doughnut in the butter then immediately into the sprinkle mix. Set aside to let it dry. *For a healthier option, skip the spooky topping and eat plain*

NOTE: Store in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.

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Snickers Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge

This one of a kind fudge recipe has it all – chocolate, peanut butter and pumpkin! In between the two layers of creamy, dreamy fudge are chopped Snickers bars. Bonus: It’s easy to make!

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Prep time: 2 hr 20 min | Total time: 2 hr 20 min | Serves: 16 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1½ C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1½ C white chocolate chips
  • 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • ½ C creamy peanut butter
  • ½ C pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 C chopped snickers, divided (about 9 fun size bars, cut into 8 pieces each)
  • Sprinkles for topping, if desired.

Click here for preparation instructions.

About the author: Julie is a blogger at This Gal Cooks. She’s a Florida native, a wanderlust, a dark chocoholic, online shopping enthusiast and health and nutrition nerd. She lives in south Florida with her boyfriend Ken and their little gremlin dog Kahlua.

Creative Apple Recipes to Make This Fall

esp_awesome_apple_recipes_pinterestOctober is National Apple Month. Not only do they taste great, but apples are also praised for their numerous health benefits. When cooking or baking with apples, we tend to think of using them in dessert recipes, they are incredibly versatile and work well in savory dishes, too.  To help showcase their deliciousness, we have gathered up a variety of creative apple recipes you must try this fall.

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Barsapple-cinnamon-breakfast-bars-3

Get the recipe from The Lean Green Bean.


Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes
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Get the recipe from Boston Girl Bakes.


Appledoodle Cookies
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Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.


Apple Pecan and Feta Salad with Honey Apple Dressingapple-pecan-and-feta-salad-with-honey-apple-dressing-is-loaded-with-fall-flavours-and-is-sweet-crunchy-and-good-for-you-apple-salad-fall-healthy-vegetarian-2

Get the recipe from Jessica in the Kitchen.


Homemade Apple Chips
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Get the recipe from Simply Sissom.


Gluten Free Apple Bread
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Get the recipe from Natural Fit Foodie.


Kale and Apple Soupkale-apple-soup-3

Get the recipe from Floating Kitchen.


Make Ahead Apple Pie Oatmeal Smoothie
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Get the recipe from The Stay At Home Chef.


Maple Dijon Apple Cider Grilled Pork Chopsmaple-dijon-apple-cider-grilled-pork-chops-800-3683

Get the recipe from Closet Cooking.


Raw Apple-Cinnamon and Chia Breakfast Bowlapple-chia-bowl

Get the recipe from Blissful Basil.


Apple Cranberry and Almond Slawapple_cranberry_almond_coleslaw2

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.


No Churn Caramel Apple Ice Creamapple-ice-cream-48

Get the recipe from A Latte Food.


Healthy Apple Muffins (with Greek yogurt)healthier-greek-yogurt-apple-pie-muffins-the-crisp-topping-has-no-butter

Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.


Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops cider-glazed-pork-chops-by-delightfulemade-com-vert2-w-txt-710x1024

Get the recipe from Delightful E Made.


What’s your favorite fall recipe using apples? Share with us @eatsmartscales.

Strawberry Banana Quinoa Bran Muffins

Strawberry Banana Quinoa Bran Muffins

Guest recipe by CafeTerraBlog.com

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 25-30 min | Total time: 40-45 min | Serves: 9

At Café Terra, you will find many different muffin recipes, but the one that will always have her heart and tummy is this beauty. The recipe is not only healthy for you, it’s also easy to make- bonus! You can mix up the fruit and use whatever is in season. Now let’s grab a mug of coffee or the perfect cup of tea and sit to enjoy a Strawberry Banana Quinoa Bran Muffin together!

Ingredients:

2 cups wheat bran
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large banana mashed
1 cup hot water
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup cooked quinoa
6 oz container strawberry banana Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup finely chopped strawberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease Muffin pan with cooking spray.

In small bowl – mix together all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt. Mix chopped strawberries in flour.

In another small bowl – mix together wheat bran and hot water.

In medium bowl – mix together mashed banana, brown sugar, sugar, strawberry banana Greek yogurt, and cooked quinoa. Mix together flour mixture, wheat bran mixture, and wet mixture.

Spoon into muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on oven.

Enjoy!

Notes:

I used leftover cooked quinoa for this recipe. If you need to make quinoa, cook 1/2 cup quinoa in 1 cup water. You could use any flavor Greek yogurt and any fruit combination for this recipe, basically use what ever you have in your fridge at the time or what is in season!

About the author: Café Terra shares easy recipes, BBQ favorites, and her food experiences with new and old friends. You can always find a mug of coffee or tall glass of wine in her hand, and her partner in crime at her side (her husband of 19 years). If you want to keep up on their food adventures catch them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. Terra is also an author-entrepreneur and Terra Kelly. Plus, her and her husband run an online marketing business at Imagine B & T. Any questions you can email her at- healthyyou72@gmail.com.

Healthy Dinner Recipes You Can Make in 10 Minutes

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Do you want to make healthier choices for dinner, but you simply don’t have the time to put a meal together? After a long day at work, you could be left too tired think about cooking a big meal. However, it is possible to make a nutritious home-cooked meal for yourself in only 10-minutes. That’s less time than it would take for delivery to be at your door! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite quick and easy recipes so you can eat smart in no time.


Asian Steak Noodle Bowl
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Get the recipe from Meraki Lane.


Healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado
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Get the recipe from The Stay at Home Chef


10 Minute Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
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Get the recipe from Dashing Dish.


Whole Wheat Pita Chicken Alfredo Pizza
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Get the recipe from Tone & Tighten.


Chicken Tortilla Lettuce Wraps
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Get the recipe from Averie Cooks.


10 Minute Beef & Broccolini Bowls
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Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.


Tomato and White Bean Salad
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Get the recipe from The Cook’s Pyjamas.


Creamy Spinach Artichoke Hummus Pasta
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Get the recipe from Fooduzzi.


Healthy Broccoli Slaw Fish Tacos
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Get the recipe from Kim’s Healthy Eats.


Couscous Salad in Avocado Bowls
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Get the recipe from Kitschen Cat. 


Avocado Pesto Pastaavocado-pasta-sauce-111

Get the recipe from B.Britnell.


Do you have a go-to quick and easy dinner recipe? Please share it with us @eatsmartscales.

Grilled Pasta and Vegetables

Grilled Pasta And Vegetables

Guest recipe by CafeTerraBlog.com

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min | Serves: 4-6

Grilled Pasta? Since you can grill just about anything- why not pasta? This recipe uses fresh pasta that only takes about five minutes when boiled in water. It’s easy to make, uses your propane grill, and is extremely versatile to your palate. Take a trip to your local farmer’s market and grab your favorite vegetables- then bring it all together to enjoy some delicious Grilled Pasta and Vegetables!

Ingredients:

Cheese Tortellini (fresh pasta that needs to be quickly cooked)
Green, red, and yellow bell peppers (cut in 1 inch squares)
Medium sweet onion (Vidalia onion preferred) (cut in 1 inch squares)
One bunch of asparagus (cut in 1 inch pieces)
Sliced baby bella mushrooms
Fresh herbs chopped finely (I used thyme and rosemary)
One stick of salted butter (1/2 cup)

Directions:

This recipe used a propane grill and was set to high heat.
In a vegetable grill pan, cook the pasta for about five minutes, turning frequently. The pasta will get some grill marks with the slotted vegetable pan.

Place a cast iron pan or Dutch oven directly on grill, melt butter, add chopped fresh herbs, then add grilled pasta and prepared vegetables.

Cook pasta and vegetables together for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and with crunch.

This recipe will serve six if used as a side-dish, or four if a main dish.

Enjoy!

About the Author: Cafe Terra shares BBQ/Grilling recipes and more- that are perfect anytime of the year. When they are not cooking up something fun, you can find Terra and her husband over at their business site – Imagine B & T. Come on in – have a seat!

Healthy Picnic Recipes

ESP_healthy_picnic_recipes_pinterestThere is something fun about eating al fresco on warm summer days. However, it might be a challenge to come up with foods that are delicious, healthy and easy to transport. If you’re looking for inspiration beyond a sandwich and a bag of chips, we have found that balance with the following portable picnic recipes. They are easy to make, taste great and are sure to become your new go-to picnic items.


Strawberry Watermelon Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette
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Get the recipe from Giggles Galore.


Honey Lavender Lemonade
honey-lavender-lemonade Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.


Homemade Pico de Gallo
pico-de-galloGet the recipe from Coffee Cake and Cardio.


Spiralized Carrot Salad with Lemon Ginger Dressing
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Grilled Corn, Tomato Arugula Salad
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Sausage and Pineapple Party Bites
Sausage-and-Pineapple-Party-Bites-77Get the recipe from Noshtastic.


Pecan Grape Chicken Salad Sandwich
Pecan-Grape-Chicken-Salad-Recipe-2Get the recipe from Wishes and Dishes.


Southwest Chicken Salad
Southwest-Chicken-Salad-1Get the recipe from Catz in the Kitchen.


Spicy Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich
chickpea-avocado-sandwich-9065Get the recipe fromVegan Richa.


Fudgy Dark Chocolate Frosted Brownies
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Get the recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking.


Do you have a favorite picnic recipe that you want to share? Tweet it to us at @eatsmartscales.

Easy, Homemade Waffles

These homemade waffles take less than 15-minutes to prepare. They are perfect for weekend breakfasts.
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Recipe makes approximately 6 Belgian Style Waffles

Ingredients

2 eggs
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 + ¾  cups milk
½ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and stir until just mixed.
Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
Pour in batter, and wait until waffle iron indicates ready.
Top with your favorite fruit.
Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Cherry Chipotle Bars

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Guest recipe by CafeTerraBlog.com

Chocolate, no wait, double chocolate love. Yes, that is what we need- or want- for some. These bars provide three dimensions of flavors with each bite. As you bite down, your teeth will pass a soft fudgy layer, followed by a crunch from the chocolate crust. The third dimension, and the unique flavor, comes from No Ketchup’s Cherry Chipotle Sauce. These bars will not only make you dance with each bite, they will give you cold chills from the amazing flavors melting in your mouth. Who’s ready to enjoy a Double Chocolate Cherry Chipotle Bar?

Prep: 20 min | Cook: 55 min | Yield: 6-9 bars

Ingredients

For Crust:

1 3/4 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (7.5oz box of Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Chocolate Grahams ground finely)
1/2 cup ( 1 stick) salted butter, melted

For Brownie:

1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
1 3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle Sauce
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cooking spray on 9 x9 inch square pan, or line pan with parchment paper.

For Crust:

Note: Buy chocolate graham crumbs already ground up, or if in cracker form, grind in food processor.

In small sauce pot, melt down 1/2 cup butter. In small bowl, mix together melted butter and chocolate graham crumbs. Spread out evenly in prepared pan, and press down well.

For Brownies:

In a double boiler pan, (or use metal pan that will sit over medium sauce pot). Add one inch of water to pan, set stove top to medium-high heat. Add chocolate chips and butter to metal bowl, melt down, stir frequently.

In medium bowl, add white sugar, and eggs and with electric hand mixer, mix together for 2 minutes or until fluffy and smooth in appearance. Add Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle Sauce and mix for another 30 second. Then add in melted chocolate and butter into batter and mix for another 30 seconds. With spatula, fold in flour and baking powder.

Add the brownie batter on top of the chocolate graham crust, and spread the batter out evenly.

Bake brownies for 45-55 minutes depending on oven. You want the batter to have a more solid appearance, but still be fudgy in the center. Let cool.

Enjoy!

About the Author: Cafe Terra Blog is a sweet and savory food blog where there is something for everyone. It is a place where you can sit down, relax, and enjoy new recipes along with family favorites. Come on in – have a seat!

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