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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Almond-Curry Noodles

There’s something eternally comforting about a plate of pasta. Just looking at it sitting in front of you, don’t you immediately feel all warm and fuzzy inside? I know I do, which is precisely why I wish that pasta was the healthiest food on earth so that I could eat it every single day with no regret. Unfortunately, it’s loaded with carbs and it’s not an eat-it-everyday food.

The good news? Some brands of gluten-free pasta are actually better for you than the traditional varieties. Take quinoa pasta for example. Made exclusively with quinoa flour, it’s got more protein and more nutrients. Makes you feel a little better, right?

Not to fear, I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeve to make the ultimate pasta dish healthy.
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Getting Ready for Fall: Butternut Squash and Apple Salad

It may feel like we’re still in the middle of Summer, but Fall is just around the corner. And with Fall comes cooler weather, winter squash, and some of my favorite comfort recipes. My favorite Fall ingredient is Butternut Squash mainly because it’s delicious, but also because it is incredibly good for you providing:

  • Anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fat
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial properties
  • Blood sugar regulation

So I though I’d share one of my favorite Fall recipes with you. This Butternut Squash and Apple Salad is actually served cold, so it’s a perfect transition salad as Summer fades into Fall.

And it’s simple to make, which is a blessing this time of year with school starting and schedules filling up. Simply roast butternut squash cubes, onions, and garlic in olive oil.

Leave it out to cool, and then add apples, fresh herbs, and a few other magical ingredients.

Mix together and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Then serve with a side of protein. Meat eaters, this pairs well with chicken or fish. Vegetarians, my favorite addition is a side of white beans. I also love mixing garbanzo beans right into the salad.
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Baked Quinoa and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers

Back to school means schedules are changing and activities are ramping up. And it’s more important than ever to prepare meals that are easy, enticing, and healthy for your family. When the school year starts I always consider these things when planning meals for the week:

1. Which recipes can I double for leftovers, alter for another meal, or freeze for later?

2. How can I pack nutrient-dense ingredients into one-dish meals?

3. What can I prepare ahead of time so that I can have the meal on the table in less than 30 minutes?

These Baked Quinoa and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers fit all of those requirements.

The quinoa can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for days.
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