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Feastie Friday: Post-Halloween Detox! 17 Healthy Recipes to Combat Candy Overload

October 31st is the only day it's socially acceptable to run around your neighborhood with a scary mask on, carrying a fake scythe and a pillow case full of candy. Test the theory - try it next Monday. After the pillowcases and plastic pumpkin buckets and other candy-carrying-devices have been emptied and the candy consumed (or hidden), it's time to detox from the candy and sugar overdose. We're big fans of Halloween candy (candy in general), but if you're feeling a little over-nougated after this week, try one of these 17 healthy recipes to combat candy overload after Halloween. Full of vegetables and lean proteins, these recipes are great anytime, but if you need some help getting back on track after the Butterfingers and M&Ms, we're here to help. We've even included a few healthy desserts! 

1. Healthy Fall Salad from The Skinny Fork
Healthy Fall Salad from The Skinny Fork
Photo from The Skinny Fork

 

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash

This is the easiest, tastiest, most satisfying dinner I've made this fall (okay, so fall just started, but still). If you're a purist and always make your own marinara sauce, this may feel like "cheating", but I'm totally fine with that - and you can always use your own homemade sauce instead of the jarred variety in this recipe. This cheesy baked spaghetti squash is the ultimate healthy comfort food - the top is ooey gooey cheesy melty, but underneath you've got some major veggie action hiding. And there are only 4 ingredients - super easy weeknight meal. This was so good I'm making it again tonight - and probably tomorrow night, too (hey, if the jar of marinara is already opened...). Served with a crisp green salad, this is a great, filling, comforting, tasty, healthy dinner. And leftovers aren't so shabby, either - after dinner just scoop out the remaining squash and refrigerate - reheat the next day and you've got lunch. Voila. So easy, so cheesy, so good. 

Feastie Friday: 13 Festive Halloween Recipes

Halloween is around the corner - have you carved your pumpkin yet? Better yet - have you planned the menu for your Halloween party or get-together? Psst. If you're into the whole homemade candy thing, check out our Feastie Friday from last Halloween. Good stuff. But this year, in an effort to expand our horizons, we've rounded up 13 festive, fun Halloween recipes - not just candy! Whether you're planning a party or just want to snack on some fun holiday treats, these recipes will get you into the holiday spirit. 

1. Halloween Mummy Potatoes with Meatballs from Once Upon a Cutting Board
Halloween Mummy Potatoes with Meatballs from Once Upon a Cutting Board
Photo from Once Upon a Cutting Board

 

Tomato Basil Garlic Marinara from Fresh Tomatoes

This post may be a bit late - I know summer is officially behind us - but just in case you have a precious few tomatoes lying around, I thought I'd share this tomato basil garlic marinara from fresh tomatoes. There's one farm near us that still has fresh tomatoes for sale - I went over there a week or so ago and picked up a few pounds of their "sauce" tomatoes. For this sauce, you don't need anything fancy - just fresh, ripe tomatoes. This is the perfect sauce for pouring over your favorite pasta, and it's great on flatbread pizza or thin crust pizza with a few slices of fresh mozzarella. It's also great on grilled vegetables (pour it over some grilled portabella mushrooms, yum) or chicken breast - in other words, it's a great basic, flavorful, healthy, sauce. And it's great for freezing! I've got a few jars of this in my freezer - busting out a jar of this in the middle of winter is such a welcome treat. Flecked with bits of fresh basil and garlic, sweet and savory and tangy, this is a great sauce. So if you can get your hands on a few tomatoes, make this sauce and freeze some for later - once February hits and there's not a tomato in sight, you'll thank me I promise! 

Feastie Friday: 17 Reasons You Should Be Eating Butternut Squash

Watch out - we're still on a squash kick. Just in case you needed more reasons to eat butternut squash - we've rounded up 17 fantastic recipes featuring the glorious gourd. Packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and lots of other good-for-you things, it also happens to be equally delicious in both sweet and savory dishes. Pumpkin may be the darling of the autumn season, but butternut squash deserves just as much attention. It's easy to cook, inexpensive, healthy, delish - the perfect fall food. So here are 17 of our current butternut favorites - everything from cake to pancakes and pizza - try something new and jump on the butternut bandwagon with us. 

1. Butternut Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Icing from The Pastry Affair
Butternut Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Icing from The Pastry Affair
Photo from The Pastry Affair

 

Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt

This is comfort food. Pure and simple, healthy and filling, comforting - comfort food at its very best. It's easy to make and fills your house with the most incredible smells, and talk about leftovers - this tastes even better the next day. I tried this mujadarra from Food52 for the first time at my friend Emily's house - I'd never even heard of it before, let alone tasted it. It was magnificent. So simple yet so wonderful - so many incredible flavors coming together in one dish. One batch of this was enough for us for dinner for 2 nights, plus some light lunches. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your house - this just calls for some pantry staples and spices and a few fresh fridge items, nothing fancy. Which is interesting, because it tastes fancy. Even if this recipe looks like something you wouldn't normally eat, I encourage you to try it - The Mr. was a bit iffy at first (he's not a huge fan of lentils or beans, says they're "mealy" but whatever), but he now calls this one of his all-time favorite meals. This is wonderful for a special occasion dinner or you can double (or triple!) it and serve it at a dinner party. When I have the time I'll make this as a weeknight dinner - the onions take quite a while to caramelize perfectly, so it's not the best choice for when you come home late and want a quick dinner on the table. It's more for those days when you have some time, aren't in a big hurry, and want to relax and enjoy the process of making your dinner and the incredible aroma of this dish cooking. Have I talked it up enough? Try it. 

Feastie Friday: 21 No Bake Pumpkin Desserts to Make This Weekend

It's pumpkin madness right now - it feels like every shelf in every store is stacked with pumpkin-flavored goodies. But why buy store-bought, pre-made, processed pumpkin treats when you can whip some up yourself at home? And what if we told you that every single one of these recipes is no-bake? Instant gratification! Some do need freezing or fridge time or a short stint on the stove, but no baking dishes and no ovens needed. We've rounded up 21 no bake pumpkin desserts that you should make right now - this weekend. Pies, tarts, cakes, ice creams, cookies - every pumpkin-y treat imaginable.  

1. No-Bake Pumpkin Tart with Maple-Pecan Whipped Cream from Daydreamer Desserts
No-Bake Pumpkin Tart with Maple-Pecan Whipped Cream from Daydreamer Desserts
Photo from Daydreamer Desserts

 

Broccoli "Pesto" Pasta

Now that summer is officially over, I've been having a hard time finding fresh basil around here. Basil pesto is a favorite in the summer - The Mr. can't get enough of it. He will literally put it on everything - eggs, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, pasta, crackers, cheese (yes, slices of cheese), veggies - everything. Since I didn't make enough pesto this summer to freeze for winter (BIG mistake oops), I thought I'd try a non-traditional pesto with a more winter-y veggie - broccoli! I found this recipe for amazing incredible broccoli surprise sauce (yes, that's the actual title of the recipe) from Tea & Cookies and thought I'd give it a go. It's awesome! It's not anything like traditional pesto to be sure, but it's good all the same. And healthy - this adds a nice dose of veggies to your pasta in a fun, flavorful way. I served it over penne, but any pasta will do - whatever shape floats your boat. 

Feastie Friday: 11 Healthy Alterna-Spaghetti Recipes

Spaghetti - major gluten/carb fest. If you're watching your carbs or can't tolerate gluten, then traditional spaghetti isn't the wisest choice. However, there are a bunch of creative alterna-spaghettis that are even more fun than the original, and far healthier. Spaghettis made from squash, zucchini even black beans, and topped with pretty much any sauce you can imagine. Like cheesy alfredo, marinara and meatballs, even Mexican style. So we've rounded up 11 healthy alterna-spaghetti recipes so you can get your gluten-free, low-carb spaghetti groove on.  

1. Lightened-Up Spaghetti Squash Alfredo from Chocolate & Carrots
Lightened-Up Spaghetti Squash Alfredo from Chocolate & Carrots
Photo from Chocolate & Carrots

 

Buffalo Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers

The Mr. and I were simultaneously craving burgers and hot wings, and this is what happened. My favorite turkey burger recipe is a great standby - we always have a few in the freezer - but neither of us are a fan of bone-in chicken and so the wing thing wasn't going to happen. So what to do - add blue cheese and hot sauce to the burger! But ONLY Frank's hot sauce - I can't imagine getting that "Buffalo" flavor with any other hot sauce. So I poured it into the turkey mixture and then again over the cooked patties, crumbled on some blue cheese, and voila! Buffalo blue cheese turkey burgers. Obviously I'm not the first person to make this burger - there are tons of them floating around - but this is a riff on my favorite turkey cheeseburger, and I think it's incredible. They were so juicy and tangy and the perfect amount of spicy and cheesy. Mmm. I'd recommend serving these on a nice toasty brioche bun, but I used what I had, which was a deflated little white whole wheat bun. But no matter, because the star of this dinner is definitely the spicy cheesy burger. Serve with celery and carrot sticks with blue cheese dressing on the side - or even sweet potato fries. 

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