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The best 10-minute shareable snack: Apple Nachos

Apple Nachos are love at first bite! A deconstructed caramel apple with no dipping required — it’s just slice and drizzle. Fun recipe to share. These cold, winter nights can test even the most cheerful among us. During the darkest months of the year, I’m embracing hygge, a Danish word that means doing things to foster a sense of coziness, contentment and well-being. How to pronounce hygge I’m not Dutch, but this two-syllable word, hygge, …

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The best things to see and do in Merida, Mexico

A trip to Merida, Mexico is filled with delicious Yucatan flavors and the nicest people. Looking for a winter retreat? I found mine in Merida. The sunny weather was perfecto! And the tacos? Oh, so good! I lost track of how many I ate. Yucatan is the northeastern state of Mexico. About 3 hours west of Cancun, Merida is the capital of Yucatan. Merida’s claim to fame Hennequin is Merida’s claim to fame. What is …

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How to make a Mushroom Goat Cheese Dutch Baby your family will love

Mushroom Goat Cheese Dutch Baby is easy to make and protein rich with no-added sugar. Pancakes aren’t just for breakfast. Add a green salad and it’s a great dinner. What is a Dutch Baby A Dutch Baby pancake, sometimes called a German pancake, is a puffy, family-sized hybrid pancake. It is similar to a popover because the thin batter puffs in the oven and seems to “pop over” the sides. Usually. Sometimes there is less puff …

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The omega-3 guide to the best fish + easy tuna piccata toast

Start the day with an easy healthy breakfast recipe and the benefits of fish: omega 3 fats and protein in this heart and brain healthy Tuna Picatta Toast!  Like a fish takes to water, I’m taking to fish for breakfast. Yep, I said fish. I like that it’s not sweet, the protein is lean, the fats are healthy, and there’s deliciousness in every bite. How much fish to eat I’m not the only fish aficionado. …

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The best things to eat, see, and do in Portland, Maine

Favorite things to do in Portland, Maine Image you’re in the airport shuttle headed to your hotel. The shuttle is clean. The driver tells you how much he likes the city, some good restaurants and things to do. Then tells you how much he likes his job and the hotel, your home for the night. No, it’s not a dream. It really happened. The Portland Regency Hotel & Spa was the destination and the shuttle …

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The best crazy good cracker is this Apricot Pecan Crisp

Seeds, nuts and dried fruit make the best crackery crispy things you want to eat. Apricot Pecan Crisps are what I call them but I’m pretty sure you’ll call them “those yummy crackers!” I’m a member The Recipe Redux food blogger group. Each month they challenge us to develop a recipe based on a theme. This month is quick breads. Great theme because in this season of busy, anything quick is a time life saver. What’s a quick bread? …

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Walnut Mushroom Lasagna Rolls, food that helps you live best

Walnut Mushroom Lasagna Rolls are a satisfying solution for a meatless meal with foods that deliver healthy dividends. A vegetarian recipe, this is a fresh spin on a classic recipe, that’s good enough for company and easy to make ahead. “Thank you for making it OK to eat.” I gave a nutrition talk and afterward a woman approached and said, “Thank you for making it OK to eat.” Her words surprised me, moved me and have haunted me …

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Mushroom Ravioli, Squash and Browned Sage Butter

Heat and eat with a mushroom ravioli, cooked squash and a sage-infused brown butter. Even squash naysayers will be tempted by this restaurant-quality vegetarian meal. Use frozen squash or canned pumpkin and this meal is ready in less than 30-minutes! As fall approaches, gardening in Wyoming is quickly coming to an end, but I intend to enjoy these flavors for as long as I can. I’m in packrat mode as I squirrel away the remains of the day. I’ve made tomato jam, plum jam, …

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Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine

Welcome to one of the most popular LiveBest recipes! Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine is a healthier version of alfredo – lower in calories but not flavor. Use stems for flavor and to reduce food waste, this is a stealth health recipe!  pretty awesome cauliflower Despite what you may think, there’s more to cauliflower than Ranch dressing. Carey Polis, Bon Appetit agrees: “You know what’s actually pretty frickin’ awesome? Cauliflower.” Yep. The humble cauliflower seems to be upstaging Brussels Sprouts as …

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Best ways to boost your digestive health

Filled with delicious flavors from mango and chiles, this high protein, high fiber, vegetarian Black Bean Quinoa Salad is a favorite from my fiber challenge! Good digestive health is a topic many of us are interested in. From reducing bloat, to going #2, to improving our gut bacteria, we’re looking for fiber in our food. Health benefits of fiber Fiber has powerful health benefits. It is best known for helping to keep food moving smoothly and …