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Kale, Spinach, Pear Lemonade

This is not your ordinary lemonade. It’s far from being summer right now, and with all of these holiday cookies floating around, a healthy dose of fruits, veggies and vitamin C might be just what you need. There’s no refined sugar in sight, yet the pear, apples and touch of honey add just the right amount of sweetness, and the cucumber will keep you feeling refreshed. Kale, Spinach, Pear Lemonade Serves 1 Ingredients 1 bunch kale 1 handful spinach 2 large lemons, peeled 2 Granny Smith apples (or any apple will do in a pinch) 1 medium pear 1 tsp honey Directions Run all ingredients through juicer. Stir in honey. Serve immediately. Enjoy! Also see, 7 things millennials are changing about the food industry.   Stick to your healthy diet and lifestyle with groceries from everybodycravespantry.com, where shipping is always free. Follow us on Instagram.

Gingerbread crepes are tasty alternative to weekend pancakes

Crepes are a tasty alternative to Saturday morning pancakes. And what’s better? They only take about 20 seconds to make each one, so in no time you have stacks of crepes ready for everyone to dress up with their favorite toppings. It’s December, so gingerbread-flavored everything is in full swing. These crepes are Christmassy in taste without being too sweet. (For added sweetness add fruit and yogurt.) The whole wheat flour makes them slightly healthier than your go-to pancake recipe, so no shame in adding a bit of additional maple syrup. And clean up is next to nothing, since all ingredients get whipped up in a blender. Enjoy everyone’s favorite taste of the season, gingerbread, in crepe form. Crepes Makes about 8 crepes Ingredients 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup low fat milk (or your favorite milk product) 2 eggs 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1/4 teaspoon…

Brie, cranberry and pecan stuffed mushrooms holiday appetizer

You can never have too many simple and tasty appetizers up your sleeve. These delicious stuffed mushrooms are impressive at any gathering, but are easy enough to whip up for yourself on a weeknight. They’re warm, filling and have just the right about of sweetness, creaminess and crunchiness to satisfy your cravings. Brie, cranberry and pecan stuffed mushrooms Ingredients 12-18 large white mushrooms or mini Portobello mushrooms 1/4 cup dried low-sugar cranberries 4-6 ounces of creamy Brie, cut in small cubes 3 tbsp pecan pieces 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Fresh cracked black pepper Directions Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Wipe mushroom caps with a damp cloth or remove dirt or residue, then carefully remove the stem. Brush mushroom caps with olive oil and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with pepper. Stuff each pepper with several cubes of brie, cranberries and…

Spicy cranberry and pomegranate, brie crostini bites

Crostini literally means “little toasts.” But don’t let that simple translation fool you into thinking this is some bland breakfast. These tiny bites bring big flavor to the party. The sweet pomegranate seeds pair perfectly with the tart cranberries, creamy brie, crunchy baguette and just the right amount of kick from a jalapeño pepper. (You can leave out the pepper if you must, but you’ll miss out on that delicious sweet heat.) It’s the closest thing to appetizer perfection that can come out of your kitchen this holiday. Cranberry and pomegranate Crostini Crostini Ingredients 1 quality baguette, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp salted butter, melted 8 ounces of brie cheese, softened Cranberry Relish Ingredients 1 pound fresh cranberries, rinsed 1 cup sugar 3/4-1 cup pomegranate arils or seeds 1 jalapeño pepper (adjust according to your love of spice), finely chopped Directions Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a…

Molasses sandwich cookies with eggnog buttercream

Molasses cookies are a holiday must-have, and for most households, so is eggnog. Combine these two classic Christmas season flavors into one delicious sandwich cookie. The sweet, creamy frosting pairs perfectly with the dark molasses and warm winter spices. If you’re looking for a cookie everyone knows and loves, but you want to add a unique twist, this might just be your winner. Plus, who doesn’t love a cookie where you technically get two! Molasses cookies with eggnog buttercream Makes about 24 sandwiches Cookie Ingredients  2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp ground ginger 1/4 allspice 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper 1 1/2 sticks of butter, room temperature 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup molasses, non-blackstrap 1 egg 1/2 cup white sugar for rolling cookies, in small bowl Icing Ingredients  6 tbsp butter, room temperature 2…

Italian roasted veggies make for simple vegetarian, vegan meal

I first had roasted tomatoes at a wedding where they served this veggie blend family style, surrounding a tender roasted chicken. The way the crinkled tomato skin slipped off and the insides burst made them oh-so craveable. I skipped most of the meat and loaded my plate with these flavorful veggies. Sure, they’re a great accompaniment to your favorite protein, but I like this dish all on its own. This combo is entirely too easy to prep for how delicious it is. Just wash the veggies to remove any dirt, and you’re almost done. I buy the bagged cauliflower to save time breaking off the florets myself. And it’s up to you if you slice the mushrooms or leave them whole. Onions are really great in this mix too. Just chop up one medium onion and add in with all the other veggies. (Baking time might need to be adjusted a few minutes longer.) Italian Roasted Veggies Ingredients…

Cranberry, spinach pinwheels make a perfect holiday appetizer

These cranberry tortilla pinwheel wraps are a perfect holiday appetizer. They’re just bursting with festive color. Red cranberries pop against the creamy white cheese and dark green spinach. The flavor is a perfect blend of sweet and savory, and they’re filling, too. If you need to feed a lot of people, these will help you get there. For a little crunch, try them with the addition of walnuts, too! Cranberry, Spinach Pinwheels Serves 4 as an appetizer  Ingredients  2 large spinach tortillas 1 package cream cheese (8 oz.), room temperature 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1 cup baby spinach leaves, loosely packed 3/4 cup dried low-sugar cranberries 1/4 cup green onion, thinly chopped 1/4 cup walnut pieces (optional) Directions Wilt spinach by zapping in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. Spinach will shrink in size and should be easy to stir with other ingredients. If spinach is still too fresh, microwave another 10-20 seconds. In…

Vegetarian carrot, ginger soup with lemon

There is no such thing as too many soups when the weather get cold. And an quick and easy soup with minimal ingredients that’s also full of flavor? I’d eat a big bowl every week. This carrot ginger soup with lemon is perfect on it’s own or sprinkled with croutons. It’s also the perfect accompaniment to a brie grilled cheese topped with banana pepper rings or smeared with pepper jelly. Okay, mouth watering. Let’s get to it!… CARROT GINGER SOUP with Lemon Makes about 4 bowls Ingredients 1/2 stick salted butter 2 medium onions, chopped 1 1/2 pounds carrots (6-7 large carrots), sliced thin 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 1/2 inches of fresh ginger, minced (plus more if desired) 3 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock for non-vegetarians) 1 cups water 1/2 lemon Salt and pepper Directions Melt butter over medium heat in large pot. Add onion and sauté about 5 to 8 minutes. Stir occasionally until the onions…

10 Naughty hot chocolate recipes for adults

When winter arrives, it’s time for thick socks, cozy blankets and nights cuddled up on the couch with giant mugs of spiked hot chocolate. Almost all of these recipes are pretty simple to make, and yours don’t have to look Pinterest perfect. They just have to taste great and help you smile a little more through the coming cold months. The key is to making them taste fantastic is starting with quality chocolate in the first place. Drop that processed supermarket pouch with mini marshmallows right there! It’s full of brown powder, but that’s hardly the rich chocolate you crave when the temperatures dip. Treat your self to the real deal. After all, why use kid hot chocolate mix for these delicious adult drinks? You pay your bills. You’re an adult. You’ve earned it. Red Wine Hot Chocolate Rich red wine. Devilishly dark chocolate. It’s the ultimate decadent hot chocolate. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/72057662768436582/ Tequila spiked…

Mellow yellow squash, apple, strawberry, turmeric juice

For some reason, it never occurred to me to juice squash. But as I scrambled for veggies to fill my juicer this morning — and saw my limited selection — I considered how delicious squash juice actually might be. I rinsed it off and tossed it down the juicing chute, and in seconds I was sampling the sweet, subtle flavor of squash juice. Squash is loaded with vitamin A, which is great for eye health and immunity. The vitamin C is great for faster healing and keeping skin firm and youthful. And the potassium helps muscles, blood pressure and aids in stroke prevention. Potassium is also an electrolyte, so it helps to maintain the balance of fluid in the body like a sports drink. Of course, these aren’t the only nutrients found in squash. They have many other essential and non-essential nutrients, but it’s just a glimpse of how, juicing squash can be a great nutrient boost to…