Three Simple Brunch Recipes

When you’re planning a brunch for a large group of people, it can be difficult to make sure that everything is done at the same time. Creating large portions of each dish so that everyone can serve themselves makes things much more convenient, and it makes it so that you can sit down and enjoy the meal as well. Here are a few easy-to-serve brunch recipes to try this weekend:

Eggs with Tomato on Toast
To make this sophisticated brunch dish, simply bake the tomato sauce and the egg yolks in a large skillet. When you’re ready to serve, place the skillet on the table and allow guests to serve themselves onto a piece of warm toast.

Potato Chip Frittatas
A creative and accessible take on the beloved frittata, these delicious Spanish creations use potato chips instead of the usual toppings. Bake them in the oven and you’ll have enough frittatas to serve 6 people.

Grapefruit Buttermilk Donuts with Candied Zest
These homemade donuts are anything but your usual glazed dozen. Made with rich buttermilk and flavored with tart, refreshing grapefruit, they’re so delicious that all of your guests will love them, and the recipe is large enough to serve everyone.

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Creative Vegetable Recipes

Even if you recognize their numerous health benefits and their daily necessity, it is often difficult to think of creative and flavorful ways to prepare veggies. These unique vegetable recipes might just inspire your creativity:

Asparagus With Lemon Sauce
Ideal for any meal that needs a refreshing zest of flavor, lemon sauce on asparagus makes the vegetable simply delicious. With just a few household ingredients that are low in fat and calories, you can create an elegant side dish to pair with chicken, fish or other main courses.

Creamy Squash Soup With Shredded Apples
Turn an otherwise intimidating squash into a hearty and flavorful soup for the fall and winter seasons. This simple recipe combines squash with apples, pumpkin pie spice and other spices to create a truly original soup with only 4 grams of fat per serving.

Grilled Romaine Lettuce With Caesar Dressing
If you’ve never tried grilling romaine lettuce, you’re in for a real treat with this fast and easy recipe. Grilling the hearty lettuce gives it a smoky, charred flavor, while topping it with a light Caesar dressing balances it out with a delightfully creamy finish.

For more creative and healthy vegetable recipes, visit the NIH website here.

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5 Vegetarian Recipes That Are Way More Than Just Tofu

Just because you're a vegetarian doesn't mean you have to exist solely on plain tofu and vegetables! There are a wide variety of colorful dishes that are also meat-free, and they certainly don't lack taste. If you’re a vegetarian (or even just a healthy eater!) who loves to prepare creative, flavorful meals, these meatless recipes will be a welcome addition to your recipe box.

Pappardelle with Mushrooms [Cooking Light]

Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wraps [Cooking Light]

Eggplant Parmesan [Cooking Light]

California Barley Bowl [101 Cookbooks]

Summer Vegetable Curry [101 Cookbooks]

4 Tips for the Perfect Pour of Wine

Pouring wine is more than just tipping a bottle over a glass. Certain wines need to breathe before drinking, and pouring the right amount is essential. Check out these four great tips for pouring the perfect glass of wine.

  • Not all wines are served cold, so be sure to keep bottles at the correct temperature before pouring. White and sparkling wines are best served between 40—50 degrees Fahrenheit; full-bodied whites and light, fruity reds, 50—60 degrees Fahrenheit; full-bodied reds and Ports, 60—65 degrees Fahrenheit. Invest in a thermometer to be sure you have the right temperature.
  • Give the bottle a quick taste test before serving. This will give you an idea of its temperature and familiarize yourself with what you're pouring.
  • The right glass gives the wine room to open up its flavors. Tulip-shaped glasses are ideal and be sure they are clean, as musty or grimy glasses can ruin a wine flavor.
  • If serving a red wine, pour it into a decanter first to let it sit for an hour before serving. The full flavor of the wine will be evident on the first sip.

How to Serve Wine 101 [Wine Inspector]
Organic Wine Serving Tips [Frey Wine]
25 Tips on How to Serve Wine [Bauduc Blog]

Kick Stress to the Curb!

Whether you're feeling stressed because of work or school, finances or family, kids or pets, we could all use some tips on how to step back and relax.

Lifehacker.com has some awesome "stress busters" that can help you alleviate some unnecessary stress that can build up.

A couple examples include:

-Fixing your posture
-Eating to avoid blood sugar dips and turn your bad mood around
-Laughing out loud
-Exercising, even if it's minimal
+ More!

Check out the rest here and start turning that frown upside down!

Happy Presidents’ Day

Remembering the courage and vision of past and present leaders, we honor and share the spirit of Presidents' Day together as a nation.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing everyone a day filled with fun and happy memories!

Fun DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Struggling to find a last minute gift for Valentine's Day? We found a website that has a whole list of fun, adorable gift ideas for that special someone.

As a special bonus, these gifts are all homemade so not only will you save some money, you will make your loved ones feel extremely special!

With ideas like heart-shaped soap and embroidered love notes, you're sure to find the perfect idea!

Click here for more ideas!

Learn to Balance Calories for a Healthier Lifestyle

Counting calories is one of the most frustrating things about any diet, but it’s a necessary step for losing weight. If you want to learn how to properly balance the calories you consume without feeling like you’re constantly scrutinizing the foods you eat, these simple tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help.

Carbohydrates, fats and proteins all contain calories, and they’re all necessary parts of a balanced diet. A calorie is a unit of energy supplied by food, but unfortunately it can cause you to gain weight if you eat too many of them. Once you balance the number of calories you eat with your physical activity level, that’s when you’ll start to lose weight.

Being in “caloric balance” means that you’re eating the same number of calories that your body is using, and it's a desirable state once you meet your goal weight. This online guide can show you how to determine if you’re in caloric balance, and it can also show you how much physical activity you should get each day based on this scale. Visit the CDC's Balancing Calories website to learn more!

Balancing Calories [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

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Spice Up Your Diet With These DASH Recipes

Any dieter will agree that healthy foods aren’t always the most exciting. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (or DASH) eating plan aims to incorporate convenient, tasty meals into your healthy diet, using only accessible ingredients that you likely have around the house. This NIH website offers a number of DASH-friendly recipes for every day of the week.

Here are three recipes you'll find there:

Chicken Salad
Just like the summer picnic favorite, this zesty chicken salad can be spread on sandwiches or placed on a bed of lettuce. Unlike its fattening counterpart, DASH’s chicken salad recipe contains less than 200 calories.

Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce
Whether you follow a meat-free diet or not, this delicious spaghetti sauce tastes great over pastas or on other Italian dishes. It also contains only 479 mg of sodium per serving, significantly less than other sauces.

Chicken and Spanish Rice
A traditional dish with a zesty kick of flavor, this Spanish rice recipe contains much less sodium than other versions. By substituting brown rice for regular white rice and adding a variety of vitamin-rich vegetables, this fast and easy recipe can help you stay on track with healthy eating as well. 

To find the full week’s worth of DASH recipes, visit the NIH website here.

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