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Festive Fall Recipe: Wild Rice and Turkey-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Posted by Alison Gallun

Sep 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Savory, guilt-free, in-season, delish. The perfect combo of protein, seasonal produce and savory flavors for the perfect, easy autumn dinner. 

Besides the weather, the changing leaves, the college football games (On, Wisconsin!) and the clothes—cozy sweaters and my favorite Juil boots— cooking in the fall is my favorite part of the season.

One of my favorite things to make is stuffed squash. Not only is it a crowd-pleaser, but it’s easy to make and is a flawless blend of healthy and delectable.

Although the original recipe called for purple rice and chicken, I made it with wild rice and ground turkey and loved it just the same.

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Avocado Bruschetta + 3 Fall Cocktails

Posted by Alison Gallun

Sep 5, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Here it is: the cocktail party holy grail. Four easy-to-make recipes that look and taste like you had them catered. 

Whether it’s a midday snack or a cocktail party with friends, this bruschetta should be on the menu. Of all the recipes I’ve ever made for my family and friends, this bruschetta has been unanimously voted ‘Best in Show.’ Not only is the flavor ahh-mazing, but it couldn’t be easier to make.

The crostini and balsamic reduction can be made a few days ahead of time, but the avocado and tomato topping should be made the day it will be served. Make sure to bookmark this, because trust me, this is definitely a recipe you’ll serve again and again. 

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Lighten Up: Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Posted by Alison Gallun

Aug 22, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Can you believe it? The first day of fall is already just one month away. Before we know it, we’ll all be pulling our warm sweaters out from the back of our closets and trading in our sandals for boots. It’s the time of the year when the local farmer’s market starts phasing out strawberries and sunflowers in favor of squash and sweet corn. 

When I was younger I used to dread the fall. You know, because fall meant school, and school meant homework, and who likes homework?

Luckily, I’ve done some growing up since then and realized that this time of year isn’t just a countdown until the first day of school, but a hybrid of the best things summer and fall have to offer. Having summer’s warm weather and fall’s savory flavors is a match made in heaven.

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Healthy Banana Oat “Anytime” Bars

Posted by Alison Gallun

Aug 8, 2014 9:31:00 AM

I can’t be the only person who intentionally buys too many bananas, and waits for them to get overripe just to have an excuse to make banana bread, right?? Only problem is that when I make a batch, I somehow find a way to rationalize eating the sweet treat for every meal until all that remains is an empty pan and a few crumbs.

Ever since I discovered my love for quinoa, and started incorporating quinoa flour wherever I could, I began experimenting with different flours, too. Oat flour, the main ingredient in these bars, can easily be made at home from rolled oats and brings in all the health benefits of oats, like stabilized blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, and a reduced risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

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The Best-o Pesto (and the 5 best ways to use it)

Posted by Alison Gallun

Aug 2, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Serve it to me tossed with pasta or as a spread… Or just give me a spoon and a tub of it plain. Is there anything not to love about pesto?

With a busy schedule, it’s hard for me to find ways to make delicious food with wholesome ingredients on a regular basis. That’s likely part of the reason pesto could be its own food group in my diet. 

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The Healthiest (and Tastiest) Turkey Burger

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 26, 2014 8:27:29 AM

Now that summer is in full swing, it seems like everyone I know is firing up their grill every night and making some delicious dinner that wafts throughout the entire neighborhood. As much as I love a good bratwurst (a summertime staple for a born and raised Wisconsin girl like me) or a juicy cheeseburger (Wisconsin? Cheese, duh.), I’m a big fan of a tasty turkey burger, too. And let’s face it, there’s nothing as rewarding as finding a great, healthy recipe that doesn’t compromise taste for calorie count, am I right?           

Besides being a more heart healthy option, turkey burgers have a lot more selections in the potential flavors you can use, and allow for a lot more recipe twists, toppings, and tastes. Whether you want a southwest inspired burger, or a Mediterranean turkey burger, like the one below, the options for mix-ins and garnishes for turkey burgers really are limitless.

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Overnight Oats: A Breakfast Life-Hack

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 19, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Breakfast: the most-important meal of the day. When was the last time you ate a real breakfast? I’m talking about a well-balanced, nutritious and delicious way to start the day, not a meal-replacement shake and a handful of cereal. 

Breakfast: The Dream

I love when movies and commercials show a well-groomed family sitting around a table, calmly enjoying homemade pancakes, fluffy eggs and fresh-squeezed OJ and chatting about what they’ll do at work or school that day. Sounds nice, but I’m pretty sure that only happens in mythical, far away lands with endless hours in the day. 

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Hydration Nation: Recipes to make your water a little sassier

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 12, 2014 8:30:00 AM

How many of us actually drink as much water as we’re supposed to? I know I struggle with it. Everyone is different, but a good rule of thumb is to take your weight (in pounds) and divide it by two, which gives you the number of ounces you should be drinking daily. On top of that, you should be drinking 6-8 ounces more for every 30 minutes you spend sweating. That’s a lot of water. But reaching for a glass of water instead of a soda or coffee can have huge benefits on your health.

Health Benefits of Hydration:

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Sweetening Up the Rainy Day Blues

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 5, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Rain, rain, go away…” I remember singing over and over again when I was younger and stuck inside during a rainy summer day. After waiting all year long for summer to come along, the last thing I wanted was to be stuck inside because of the rain. Luckily, the great indoors has so much to offer, too. Why not use the day to make some tasty (and healthy) treats that you and the kids will both love?

We all know how important it is to establish healthy eating habits in children in order to help them develop into well-nourished adults. Few of us realize that teaching them to like healthy foods is far more important that teaching them to eat healthy. It’s natural for kids (and adults, too) to like foods that are sweet, salty and savory, but healthy foods can be all of these things. I know, I know, it seems like a joke, but yes, even sweets can be healthy.

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Watermelon Salad and Sangria – A 4th of July Treat!

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jun 26, 2014 8:55:00 AM

Fireworks, flip-flops and fun. Is there anything not to love about the Fourth of July? (Correct answer: Nope!) Wherever you go, you smell barbeques, hear laughing, and see the sky light up with fireworks. From the backyard to the park down the road, everyone gets together to eat, drink, and be merry in the long-awaited sunshine. Whether you’re hosting this year’s festivities or going elsewhere, why not make a delectable dish that’s as easy to make as it is to eat?

I came across this recipe in Melia Marden’s cookbook, Modern Mediterranean, and loved its refreshing, summertime flavors. Take it to your holiday hangout and everyone will be returning for seconds, and maybe thirds! Depending on the size of your Fourth of July shindig, you can increase the size of this recipe as many times as needed.

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