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Healthy Pre “Trick or Treat” Meals

Healthy Halloween

If you’ve got school-aged children, Halloween can be a very hectic (and sugar-filled) day. Make sure that your kids have bellies filled with a good and healthy meal before they head out for an evening of trick-or-treating. We’ve pulled together a nice collection of easy, healthy meals that you’ll be happy to serve them. From slow cooker recipes, to casseroles to make earlier in the day, to  skillet meals, you’re sure to find something new and delicious to try!

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Springtime Frittata & 4 Tips for Making it Perfect

One of my all time favorite dishes to make is a frittata! I love the fact that I can substitute almost any combination of herbs, vegetables, and cheese that I have on hand and it always turns out great. Since asparagus is in season and readily available in my crisper drawer right now I decided that I had to try a variation of my frittata including our favorite springtime veggie.

You may not be new to making frittatas, but here are a few tricks that I have learned along the way that have helped me to master the art of the frittata:
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Mighty Minestrone Soup

Gluten-free, vegan minestrone

Never underestimate the power of a humble bowl of vegetable soup.

On bone-chilling winter days, nothing says comfort like a steaming bowl of warm broth and vegetables. A treasure-chest of nutrients, this easy minestrone soup packs loads of vitamins and minerals into every spoonful. If, like me, you’re continually making an effort to incorporate more fresh produce into your diet, than you’ll definitely want to add this nourishing one-pot meal to your arsenal!

With colds and flus spreading like wildfire through our communities this time of year, we have all the more reason to support our immune systems with megawatt nutrition so that our bodies can combat whatever bug comes their way. Vegetables are the foundation of an immune-boosting diet.

Let’s take a look at a few of the vegetables you’ll find in this soup and just what it is that they do for our bodies:
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Comforting Chicken Pot Pie & the Benefits of Coconut Oil

As I mentioned last month, one way I simplify my life (as a family who sometimes goes for weeks without eating out) is by making double batches of everything. Leftovers are a beautiful thing :-)

At this time of year, when it’s cold (and often snowing) outside, I love to make a double batch of chicken pot pie. Chicken pot pie was one of the first comfort foods I made as an adult. I have fond memories of cooking chicken pot pie in our first townhouse, the winter after we were married. It felt so cozy.

I still get that cozy feeling every winter making chicken pot pie for my family. Only now I make it much healthier. One way I make it uber-healthy is by using coconut oil in the crust. Have you heard that coconut oil is unhealthy? It’s a common misunderstanding. Dr. Mercola explains how this misunderstanding happened here: Is Coconut Oil REALLY Healthy?

Keep reading for more tips and recipes from The Balanced Platter…

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