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Healthier Holiday Desserts: 2 Recipes to Try

The holidays are hectic enough. Minimize your time spent in the kitchen by trying these recipes for a four-ingredient peanut butter cookie and dairy-free pie crust.

Turkey tacos
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Rethink Thanksgiving Leftovers with These Recipes 

Leftovers are nice, but after a few meals of Thanksgiving turkey, it might be time to spice things up. Here are some delicious ways to do that.

Vegan Thanksgiving spread from Detroit Street Filling Station
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Vegan Thanksgiving: Metro Detroit Restaurants, Food Trucks With 2023 Holiday Menus

Detroit area vegans rejoice! There’s a long list of metro Detroit and Michigan restaurants offering 100% plant-based Thanksgiving meals.

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Best and Worst Ways to Cook a Turkey 

There are so many different ways to cook a turkey. Let’s look at some of the best - and worst - ways to get this big bird onto your holiday table.

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“Jarcuterie” and Individual Serving Ideas at Your Next Tailgate 

Events like tailgating look different during the ongoing pandemic. Individual servings are a great way to reduce germs when groups are dining together.

Tailgating taco bar
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Looking for Healthy Tailgating Food? Try a Taco Bar 

A tailgate taco bar can consist of a mix of purchased, pre-prepared ingredients and a few easy-to-make recipes at home. We've got you covered on both fronts.

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No-Cook Tailgate Recipes to Make for Game Day

A delicious part of football season is the tradition of a tailgate spread on game day. We've got you covered with these recipes.

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3 Healthy Labor Day Party Dip Ideas

Whether you’re using them with crisp veggies to whole-grain crackers, dips can add tang and flavor to your spread.

Southeast Asian Mother Making Sandwich For Her Son Breakfast
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3 Actually Healthy Sandwich Ideas

Check out these healthy sandwich ideas that will elevate any lunch.

Delighted man spending time on the picnic
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Picnic Food Ideas for Hot Weather 

Picnics and summer go hand-in-hand. Here are some picnic food ideas for hot weather.

Fourth of July
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4 Small Plates for the Fourth of July

If you are looking for food ideas for your Fourth of July celebration, we’ve got you covered – from grilled sliders to a refreshing dessert.

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5 Healthy Picnic-friendly Foods

Check out Shanthi’s surprising must-haves for your best sunny day. Plus, some fun and healthy food options.

Farmers Market
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Maximizing Farmers Market Finds with Seasonal Vegetable Recipes

If you’re looking for delicious meal ideas using the summer crops, check out these tried and true recipes.

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Best of Shanthi’s Summer Recipes 

If you are looking for some menu inspiration, consider some of Shanthi's favorite summer recipes.

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Healthy Grilling Recipes for Your Memorial Day Menu

Skewers are a great option to mix meats and veggies, and are easily customizable to an individual’s preference. Try one of these skewer pairings.

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3 Delicious Salads with Seasonal Greens

Salads don’t have to be boring. By using a variety of creative ingredients and dressings, you can build a delicious salad that is tailored to your tastes.

Mother's Day mocktails
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3 Brunch Mocktails for Mother’s Day

Raise a glass to the mothers in your life and enjoy a refreshing mocktail in their honor with these three delicious options.

latin couple cooking mexican sauce together in their kitchen at home in Mexico city
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Healthy, Fresh Cinco de Mayo Recipes

As we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, consider these easy reicpes, which put a fresh spin on Mexican-American cuisine.

A parent chops vegetables for their child's school lunch.
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A Week of Healthy, Easy School Lunches

Need inspiration for balanced school lunches? These easy options have all the nutrients kids need and some take just a few minutes to make.

Mature Woman in Garden
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3 Vibrant and Nutrient-packed Spring Recipes

Spring brings an abundance of fresh, locally grown produce in Michigan. Here are three recipes featuring fresh produce.

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Three Healthy Cabbage Recipes

Incorporating cabbage into your diet can provide numerous health benefits. Here are three healthy cabbage recipes to try.
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Three Ways to Use Canned Tomatoes

Want to switch up the way you use canned tomatoes? Try these three easy and budget-friendly recipes.

Stuffed mini peppers
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Healthier Big Game Recipes

Here are some healthier big game recipes that will score big with your guests.

Young couple cooking at home and celebrating Saint Valentine
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Cooking as a ‘Love Language’: Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

Many people express love for their family and friends by making food for them. Here are three plant-forward, heart-healthy dishes that deliver love.

Date Night Easy Tomato and Garlic White Wine Pasta
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Date Night Easy Tomato and Garlic White Wine Pasta

This simple pasta dish consists of fragrant garlic in olive oil and sweet cherry tomatoes reduced down to a delicious sauce.

Smiling young woman reading greeting card while sitting on floor with cheerful little siblings with bouquet of flowers during mother day
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Ideas and a Recipe for Celebrating Mom in a Healthy Way

Mother’s Day is all about letting moms know how much we appreciate them. Here are some creative and meaningful ways to celebrate Mom, together or apart.

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Healthy Holiday Menu

You can get the proper nutrition and have a flavorful meal at the same time. Here’s a healthy holiday menu for you to use at your next gathering.

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Vegetarian and Vegan Dishes for Your Summer BBQ

Have barbecue plans this summer, but count yourself vegan or vegetarian? Here's a list of dishes you can bring to the festivities to spread the veggie love.

Michigan beer dinner
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Plan a Healthier Michigan Beer Dinner

Looking for a fun dinner party idea? Make these Michigan beer recipes and send your guests home happy!

Fall vegetarian meals
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9 Meatless Meals to Try This Fall

Eggplant, kale, squash and pumpkins are all in season right now. We have vegetarian meals you can easily make for the fall season.

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Change Up Burger Night With These Six Different Meats

You aren’t stuck using beef for all of your burgers. These six different options will help you create healthier, tastier patties.

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Healthy school lunches that your kids will love

This is the time of year when the school year starts to wind down and you find yourself at a loss for new, healthy, packable lunch ideas. Don’t just resign…

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