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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…

How to make your jack-o-lantern last longer

From funny faces to scary skulls, there’s no limit to what you can carve into a pumpkin. Displaying your work is one of the Hallmark’s of Halloween. But that excited fall feeling quickly fades when your masterpiece becomes a mushy mess on the front porch. Of course you know your jack-o-lantern won’t last forever, but there are a few steps you can take to help keep your hard work intact for longer: Always buy your pumpkins from a local farm. Because it’s grown on-site, you can be sure your pumpkin has been spared the damage often done by careless shippers. Pick a good one. A long-lasting jack-lantern starts with a firm pumpkin. Avoid choosing a pumpkin that already has soft spots. Clean it well. Exterior: Before you start carving, load a spray bottle with one teaspoon of bleach and one quart of water. Spray and wipe the exterior surfaces first to remove any excess dirt and bacteria that could enter your pumpkin. Interior: Once…

Wake up with orange, carrot, ginger juice

Orange, carrot, ginger juice. It seems too simple to call this a “recipe” — it’s only 3 ingredients long! But if you’ve only been drinking orange juice in the morning, there’s room improvement. Orange juice’s hefty dose of vitamin C is great for some morning pep, but why not pair it up with other pro-health ingredients and get even more greatness per gulp? Ginger is known to fight against infections and alleviate muscle pain and soreness, nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy. It’s also known to have anti-inflammatory effects, help indigestion, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and it may even prevent cancer and protect against Alzheimer’s Disease. Carrots help prevent cancer, improve eyesight, boost immunity and control diabetes. Furthermore, fresh-squeezed juice gives you the most nutrition, so when possible, DIY. orange, carrot, ginger juice Serves 2 Ingredients 5 large carrots, washed 2 oranges, peeled 1 inch fresh ginger Directions Press all ingredients through a juicer. Pour and…

Basil Pesto with Almonds Ready in Minutes

When a recipe calls for an ingredient that requires a special trip to the store, I find it rarely gets made. That’s been the situation with me and pesto. Does anyone really have pine nuts handy? This recipe is great because the almonds easily substitute for pine nuts, and most of us have almonds stocked in the pantry. Just about any nuts will add a nice crunch, really. A medley of almonds, pine nuts, and walnuts would add great texture and flavor. Pesto is easy to jar and save all year, but enjoy it fresh, now that basil is growing abundantly in the garden. To make this recipe, simply add all ingredients to a food processor or high power blender, and pulse until ingredients are chopped finely. Pesto works well with chicken, vegetables, pasta, grilled sandwiches, Caprese salads and more. Pesto with Almonds Ingredients 3 cups packed fresh basil (or about 3 ounces)…

Garden Tuna Avocado Salad Wrap

If you’re not a fan of mayo, or if you’re trying to eat healthier, you’ll want to try this creamy substitute. Tuna salad wraps are a quick and tasty go-to dinner option anytime of the year, but if you’re making them with mayo and bread, you’re not exactly eating healthy. Try this recipe using avocado as a substitute and be well on your way to eliminating as many as 20 grams of bad fats from your meal. If you garden or keep lots of leafy veggies handy, this is also a great opportunity for a carb-swap out. Eliminate that processed bread or that heavy wrap, and use a large leaf of Swiss chard or Romaine instead. You’ll love the extra crunch it adds without adding any calories — A typically wrap can be as much as 150 calories, while a leafy green will only add about 10. Garden Tuna Avocado Salad Serves about 5…