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77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes Crazy schedules, long work hours, and tempting takeout menus make it tough to even think about cooking most nights during the week. Despite the inconvenience, firing up the stove or oven is almost always cheaper and healthier than ordering in or eating out. How about a compromise? Making dinner with a slow cooker — Crock-Pot is the go-to brand in the U.S. — is an easy way to get in all those vitamins and minerals without slaving over a hot stove for hours at a time. Most of these recipes involve mixing up ingredients and popping them into a slow cooker for a prescribed number of hours. Save even more time by starting some of these dishes overnight or first thing in the morning and reaping the delicious, healthy benefits later in the day. Breakfast 1. Tart apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and walnuts — what’s not to love? 2. Why not begin the day with a protein-rich superfood like quinoa? 3. This vegetarian burrito filling includes loads of vegetables, beans, and eggs. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Healthy Crunchy: Three Guilt-Free Snacks You Can Make at Home When I snack, I try to stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, but sometimes I want something with crunch, not the moist crunch of a carrot but the carb-filled crunch of a potato chip. When I get really desperate for a treat, I leave the pre-packaged snacks–with their fat, chemicals, and processed ingredients–on the grocery store shelves and make my own healthy snacks using natural ingredients that I usually have in my pantry. My taste in snacks runs from the very simple (baked tortilla chips) to the unusual (roasted okra). Microwave Potato Chips Ingredients medium russet potato parchment paper salt optional seasonings: chili powder, Creole seasoning, Old Bay seasoning, etc. Instructions Using a mandolin or v-slicer, slice one medium russet potato (peeled, if you like) as thinly as possible, taking care that all slices are the same thickness. Variations Salt and Vinegar Chips: Dip each potato slice into cider vinegar before putting it on the parchment paper. Number of servings (yield): 2

50 Tacos How to heat taco shells and tortillas: Hard taco shells: Bake 4 minutes at 350 degrees F, or microwave 45 seconds. Soft 6-inch corn or flour tortillas: Heat in a dry skillet or on the grill, 30 seconds per side, or wrap in foil and bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees F. You can also wrap in a damp towel and microwave 1 minute. 1. Ground Beef: Sauté 1 chopped onion and 2 minced garlic cloves in oil. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Photographs by David Malosh

Honey Mustard Chicken and Quinoa Salad So, how's everyone's summer going? Is everyone doing it up right? It's nearly the end of July, and I sincerely hope yours has included the following in a solid amount by now: lounge chairs, bodies of water, barbecues, cheeseburgers, sunscreen, watermelon, flip-flops, ice cream cones with rainbow sprinkles, and S'mores. Did I mention S'mores? Geez. Milk belly. We all know how much I enjoy main-dish salads in the summer that contain meat, grains, and veggies in a light and tangy dressing...a.k.a a giant bowl of health that tastes good. This one is no different. I'm not telling you to run out there and OD on the S'mores this weekend, but it's nice knowing you can undo some of the summer dessert damage with healthy, weeknight meals, ya know? Looking for more summer main dish salad recipes? Honey Mustard Chicken and Quinoa Salad Adapted from Foodness Gracious Serves 4 Ingredients: Preparation:

Lazy Weekend Dutch Baby Pancakes There’s something to be said for a lazy pancake breakfast on the weekend, however it’s usually lazy for everyone except the cook! Which, in my family, means me… While everyone else in the family gets to lounge about, drinking tea and reading in bed, if there’s to be a pancake breakfast it means that I’m usually working at a flurried pace in the kitchen, trying to get everything ready before hungry stomachs decide that they can’t wait and reach for Friday night leftovers or toast instead… Dutch baby pancakes (also called German pancakes – though this is not the same as Apfelpfannkuchen), are very different to the fluffier, cakier pancakes that are common in Western cuisine. Now, that’s definitely my idea of a lazy pancake breakfast! Dutch Baby Pancake (Slightly adapted from the recipe at About.com) Ingredients 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted 3 eggs 1/2 cup milk 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 1 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon salt 1. 2. 3. Serve however you wish!

Baked Wonton Tacos When I was a little kid, around every New Year’s, my mom and grandma would sit down and make Mandu {Korean version of potstickers or wontons} all day to make Teokguk {Korean version of wonton soup} and I’d just sit with them trying to help out. I remember trying to help out making my own Mandu, though not really successfully. Then my mom and grandma made their own mandu skins from scratch… And now… how grateful I am that I can get premade mandu skins so easily… although I think I should try and make my own skins sometime… It’s definitely on my to-do list. But until then, these premade wonton skins would do. I’ve been looking for ways to use these little yummies in different kinds of cooking. I’ve always used wonton skins for just wontons… Then I saw that you can use wonton skins for ravioli… So I thought there must be other ways to use the skins, too. When I saw that you can use wonton skins to make little tacos, I immediately experimented with the idea. Baked Wonton Tacos

A Tasty Recipe: My Granny's Chocolate Cobbler This week, Ree’s in Orlando, ditching the boots for a pair of flip flops. Right now, she’s either lost in Wally World, hiding in the bathroom, or clutching the bars of some insane ride and crying for her mommy. So we have another special guest filling in for this week’s Tasty Recipe post! Today, missamy takes over with a decadent chocolate dessert that looks almost too good to be true. If you remember Amy from her feature some months back, then you know you’re in for a wild and delicious ride. When I was invited to guest post here I was filled with glee and honored to have been asked to fulfill such a task. So when I saw this recipe, My Granny’s Chocolate Cobbler submitted by Tasty Kitchen member Susan Hawkins, I knew I had to give it a try. This cobbler reminds of a Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, like the one Ree once shared. The ingredients are simple. Begin with the flour in a mixing bowl. Next add the baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa powder and 3/4 of the sugar.

Growing Herbs Indoors Growing Herbs Indoors By Conrad Richter Herbs are hot or cool, depending on your choice of slang adjectives. Everyone seems to want to grow herbs these days. Herbs that Grow Well Indoors Not every herb likes indoor life. You can grow parsley in pots, but I prefer to bring in established plants from the garden at the end of the season. Unless light is plentiful, growth of most indoor herbs will slow or even stop during the winter, even with enough warmth. French tarragon and chives in particular benefit from a cool period. My mother, co-founder of Richters Herbs, grows herbs indoors in window boxes. How to Grow Herbs Indoors Herbs are sun worshipers for the most part. Provide light. Acclimate plants gradually. A plant that is adapted to abundant light often turns brown and drops leaves indoors. Rosemary is a case in point. Soil, fertilizer, and water. Many people incorrectly think that herbs grow better in poor soil. Watering is not a trivial matter with herbs. Pests and Diseases

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