A homemade edible gift is always a thoughtful gesture, whether it's destined for a spot under the Christmas tree or to be toted along to a party as a hostess gift, but it's no secret that most take a fair amount of time and foresight to prepare. Still, that's no reason to abandon the idea entirely. If you're pressed for time, turn to this fast yet festive fix: za'atar spiced nuts. Not only are they a nice reprieve from the onslaught of holiday sweets and decadent treats, but they also can be made (cooling included) in only about an hour, so you can get on with the festivities at hand. Get the easy recipe.
Enjoy the aroma of apple pie baking in your oven without the floury mess or the hundreds of buttery calories by whipping up a batch of homemade apple cinnamon fruit leather.
This might be one of the easiest snacks you'll ever make, and aside from saving calories, you'll also save money since a fruit leather costs around $0.50 to $0.75 — these are only $0.19 per serving.
Few people have a mandoline and even fewer have a dehydrator, but both of those pieces of equipment are not absolutely necessary to make apple chips.
Dipping the apples in lemon juice enhances the flavor and helps prevent the apple chips from completely oxidizing.
Before baking, sprinkle cinnamon or other spices of your choice atop the apples. As the apples cook, your kitchen will smell like apple pie is baking.
The dehydrated apple chips are an easy edible gift for those who err on the side of healthy but crave a seasonal snack.
One glimpse of this za'atar-oil-flecked beauty and I knew I had to try it as soon as possible, so off I set to the store with hopes that my search for a packet of za'atar — a Middle Eastern spice blend comprising oregano, thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac — wouldn't be found futile. Thankfully, Spicely came to my rescue, no specialty store required; it even came in a conveniently smaller package to boot, a boon to those looking to waste less in the kitchen.
And to answer the burning question: yes, this soup was everything I wished for and more. Well-balanced, velvety smooth, and aesthetically appealing thanks to a swirl of za'atar oil, this tangerine-hued soup is a real winner.
Make this juice recipe your new main squeeze for Fall. It contains this season's superstars: apples, celery, and of course, beets. This deep red juice will get you into the Holiday spirit and keep you feeling healthy all season long.
Learn how to make this beet juice recipe after the break!
With cooler temps and darker mornings waking us up in the morning, a cold bowl of cereal just won't do. We deserve something warm, wholesome, and satisfying.
If you're bored with your basic bowl of oatmeal, then whip up a batch of this gluten-free quinoa bake featuring soft, cinnamon-spiced apples; plump raisins; and crunchy almonds. Enjoy yours plain or with a few spoonfuls of creamy Greek yogurt (three ounces adds about 70 calories).
Protein- and fiber-packed quinoa is just the thing to fill you up, kick-start your metabolism, and keep hunger at bay for hours. And the best part is that you can make this hearty breakfast bake ahead, so you'll have breakfast made for the next six mornings.
This recipe couldn't be easier to make — you don't even have to precook the quinoa. Just pour all the ingredients (that you probably already have in your kitchen) in the baking dish, and cook for an hour. Your house will smell like an apple pie factory! Store leftovers in the fridge, microwave a piece in the morning, and breakfast is served! Keep reading to see this 269-calorie quinoa bake recipe.
For an adorable autumnal twist on the usual pancake recipe, whip up these delicious apple ring pancakes. Slice fresh apples — any variety will work — and dip them in oatmeal pancake batter. We're talking more fruit, more fiber, and fewer calories.
They cook just like regular pancakes and the apples soften slightly, so when you take your first bite, the apple is slightly crisp, but oh so warm and juicy. There's the perfect amount of sweetness — no need for calorie-crazy maple syrup. These were topped with golden raisins and sliced almonds, but you can use any kind of fresh fruit, chopped nut, applesauce, or a dollop of Greek yogurt.
Keep reading to learn this simple 57-calorie pancake recipe.
For people with a gluten allergy or celiac disease, there are plenty of delicious breakfast options that won't leave you feeling deprived. When you first eliminate gluten, the whole process can feel a little overwhelming. Luckily, there are a ton of healthy and hearty breakfast options for a gluten-free diet. Here are some of our favorite recipes!
You might think it's a crime not to see a bowl of homemade mashed potatoes on your Thanksgiving table, but traditional recipes don't offer much nutritionally. For a vitamin A boost and a side dish that's so full of fiber, it can help you feel fuller so you eat less, make this year's mash with sweet potatoes instead.
Mashed sweet potato recipes are often sweetened with maple syrup and cinnamon, but this one uses a spicier calorie-free kick with cumin and cayenne instead. And not just for their fabulous flavor, both cumin and cayenne help with digestion — something we could all use after a huge Thanksgiving feast. Cumin also offers iron for energy and boosts immunity, and the capsaicin in cayenne stimulates secretions that help to clear mucus from your nose and congestion in your lungs.
Made without any butter or butter substitutes, this side dish will please your vegan-loving friends as well as those trying to watch their waistline — it's only 157 calories per serving. Keep reading for this savory sweet potato recipe.
Pumpkin pie sounds healthy — I mean, it's made from pumpkins, right? — but the crust is mostly butter and white flour, and the cream in the filling is high in saturated fat. Your heart will love you if you whip up this version, which is completely raw, vegan, and gluten-free. Did I mention it tastes good, too?
You'll never go back to regular crust again after taking a bite of this one made with almonds, cashews, dates, raisins, and coconut. It's irresistibly packed with sweet, nutty flavor and a satisfyingly soft and chewy texture unlike any boring buttery crust you'll ever have.
The filling is made with uncooked pumpkin, and for those of you weirded out about eating raw pumpkin, it tastes slightly sweet with a little crunch, similar to a mild-tasting apple. The banana adds some natural sweetness, and the spices make it taste like the holidays.
At 302 calories a slice, it beats the 316 for a traditional slice, plus it offers more fiber, less cholesterol, and much less sodium.
Keep reading to learn how to make this simple pie that'll have your egg, milk, and flour pumpkin pie-loving friends ooing and ahhing.