On the Job: Smoky Roasted Butternut Squash Toasts with Manchego

This recipe for roasted butternut squash is so easy and healthy - roasted butternut squash gets put on toasted gluten-free bread and baked with just a little cheese. When people think of healthy finger food, cheese and butter are not necessarily the first things that come to mind. But my philosophy is always to eat a lot of good with a little bad. Healthy food is always best when you can’t tell it’s healthy. After all, you don’t want to be responsible for the one finger food tray that no one wants to pounce on even after 5 glasses of eggnog.

Last week I shared one of two healthy finger food recipes that I developed for President Cheese’s new site, these healthy stuffed mushrooms.

a big beautiful butternut squash recipe butternut squash about to be baked in the oven and then thrown on my smoky squash toasts roasted butternut squash about to be mashed on toast - my favorite seasonal vegetarian party appetizer sauteed onion or my roasted butternut squash recipe roasted butternut squash recipe - easy, quick, and gluten-free! an easy roasted squash appetizer with smoky spices and Spanish manchego cheese. The second recipe is a butternut version of my favorite squash toasts from Dan Kluger at ABC Kitchen. I serve mine on gluten-free bread and instead of slathering the bottom with ricotta, I top the squash mixture with a helping of gooey Président® Manchego and toasted pumpkin seeds. Continue reading

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The Balanced Diet: Healthy Baked Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Healthy Roasted Sweet Potato Recipe Baked potatoes always remind me of being 13 in the back woods of Vermont. Unlike most of my friends, I opted for a less traditional camp experience. Instead of learning the merits of Color War mascot design or how to flat iron your hair after a day at the lake, my camp had ponies and chores and non-Jewish girls.

At horseback riding camp, we rose every day at 6am to get the ponies from the paddock. We slept in tents and had to sometimes hike ½ a mile to use the bathroom “facilities,” unless you wanted to pop a squat outside in the middle of the night. And care packages were strictly prohibited, which made sense, considering all it took to ravage our living quarters was one precocious raccoon who understood the concept of Velcro.

sweet potatoes baked recipe - about to go in the oven and get topped with healthy turkey sausage, broccoli rabe, and cheddar cheese! easy baked sweet potato recipe - cutting them in half makes this so much quicker! healthy baked sweet potato recipe - quick and easy - with spicu turkey sausage and healthy broccoli rabe The food at Camp Catherine Capers was exactly what you’d expect. My most distinct memories are of the chocolate chip pancakes we got on Saturdays, which was the closest thing we ever got to sanctioned dessert. Our candy cravings were so great that the uber Catholic camp directors took to coercing the campers into attending church on Sundays by promising a dollar reward that could be spent at the penny store on black raspberry ice cream or 100 pieces of Sour Patch Kids. Obviously, without hesitation, I embraced Jesus for Jelly Beans. Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Is Me: Vegan Pumpkin Risotto with Rosemary

gluten-free pumpkin risotto recipe - quick, easy, and healthy! Risotto is one of my favorite dishes to teach in my cooking classes (along with paella and pilaf) because it’s gotten a bad rap over the years for being time intensive and difficult. Patience is definitely one of the key ingredients, and one that I rarely have in Sam’s Club sized supply. So luckily this vegan pumpkin risotto is as easy as risotto gets, using canned pumpkin instead of fresh to throw a bone to my laziest cooking self.

What makes risotto actually a rather great beginner dish is the stirring. For those who have more experience, this can be a meditative thing. But for those with insecurity at the stove, the fact that you can’t stir too much is rather helpful.

Vegan Pumpkin Risotto with Rosemary Quick Easy Pumpkin Risotto - the best meal idea if you're looking for something healthy and vegan! You can always sniff out an insecure cook by the number of times they feel compelled to poke, prod, or move the food in the pan. Have you ever seen the macho guy on the grill who moves the burgers every 2 minutes? And/or smushes them down with his spatula after each flip, as if to make sure every ounce of natural juices are leached out over the flames? Yeah. Continue reading

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Meatless Monday: Healthy Stuffed Mushrooms with “Creamed” Kale

Gluten-Free Mini Stuffed Mushrooms with dairy-free "Creamed" Kale and Manchego Cheese - a healthy, vegetarian appetizer recipe! Perhaps it says something about my continued stubbornness when it comes to table manners, but finger food is my favorite type of food.

I remember at family holiday parties my tendency to find the door that all the cater waiters come out of and post-up right outside of it. I’ve been known to embrace similar tactics in adulthood, especially at weddings, when come cocktail hour I’m hangry enough to pounce headfirst into a tray of crab cakes.

Cremini mushroom caps for my healthy stuffed mushroom recipe with "creamed" kale healthy sauteed kale for my gluten-free stuffed mushrooms I add white bean puree to sauteed kale for a healthy, gluten-free "creamed" kale. Amazing inside baked stuffed mushroom caps! My healthy, gluten-free creamed kale using white bean puree. It's vegan and gluten-free! I use it to stuff mushroom caps for an easy baked appetizer. Mini Healthy Stuffed Mushrooms with Kale and Cheese Manchego cheese top these easy stuffed mushroom caps. The best healthy holiday party appetizer recipe. But now that I’m gluten-free and try to eat a more balanced diet, there are fewer trays that I’m able to attack. Last holiday season, I found this to be an incredibly depressing reality of my new finger food loving existence. But it isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so long as you’re the one designing what goes out that swinging kitchen door. Continue reading

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Video: How to Heal Your Back Pain

How to Heal Your Back Pain // Jesse Cannone - Ways to Lose The Back Pain // Back Health Tips There are many aspects of my autoimmune disease that have made me feel like 29 going on 90. But more so than the inability to function on less than 8 hours of sleep, having to travel with several pill boxes on my person, and getting winded climbing a simple flight of stairs, what’s made me feel the most terrifyingly old is all the times I’ve thrown out my back.

Ironically, one of those times was last week as I was shooting photos of these banana birthday muffins. It’s ironic not just because it was a few days before I turned 29, but because I’ve had a Wellness Wednesday on back health on the schedule for over two months! Needless to say, the timing was eerily perfect. Continue reading

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Feeding Friends: Honey Roasted Carrots with Thyme

Honey Roasted Carrots with Thyme - oven baked with a hint of sweetness when cooked Last month I was out in the Hamptons for a wedding and got to do a little farm stand hopping on my way back to town. I love visiting summer hot spots in the off-season, especially places like Long Island which, when all the scene-iness is removed, is so full of local magic.

My friend Sarah took me to one of her favorite spots, Fair View Farms in Bridgehampton. We got to visit their pumpkin patch, shoot corn husks out of a massive launcher, and fill up our baskets with a boatload of carrots.

baked caramelized carrots with honey and thyme. perfect with these beautiful farmer's market baby carrots glazed carrots recipe with honey and thyme, roasted in the oven until candied and sweet beautiful farmer's market baby carrots before getting honey glazed. my favorite easy honey carrots recipe. honey glazed carrots right before getting roasted in the oven Sweet roasted carrots recipe cooked with honey and thyme. easy and delicious. I might have overlooked these beauties in favor of the four beautiful eggplant varieties (some which eventually became this), but Sarah told me that she’d been making honey roasted carrots all fall that were sweet as candy. So I made off with a bunch of perfectly imperfect multi-colored heirloom carrots and lugged them back to town with easy instructions on what to do with them. Continue reading

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