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The Ultimate Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (healthier & dairy-free) | FoodieGoesHealthy.com

The Ultimate Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (healthier & dairy-free)

My older daughter has declared these the best muffins ever. The pumpkin muffins are so tasty that they are disappearing fast. My kids decorated the muffins for Valentine’s Day, but I don’t think that we’ll have any left for Valentine’s Day. I don’t mind that we’ll have to make another batch.

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Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Sauce

Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Sauce For Pasta, Fish, Chicken or Farro

Please don’t run away when you hear “Eggplant.” I used to run until I was introduced to this amazing sauce by Judy Lyness, my friend and fellow food blogger. I knew that any recipe that Judy recommended was going to be good since she makes really delicious food. This sauce is no exception; in fact, it’s divine. This sauce transforms pasta, fish, chicken or farro into a dish full of amazing flavor.

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dates, Pecans, and Cheese

This brussels sprouts salad is my new “go-to” salad. The shaved sprouts have a great crunch and are a welcome change from a salad with regular lettuce. Shaved, raw brussels sprouts are similar to the cabbage in coleslaw rather than like cooked brussels sprouts. I’m enjoying this salad and like the variety it’s adding to my cooking repertoire. Best of all, this salad is ideal for entertaining because it can be made days ahead (with the dressing on the side) and can sit out on a food buffet without getting soggy.

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Lighten Up Mac & Cheese | FoodieGoesHealthy.com

Make-Ahead, Homemade Mac and Cheese (lowfat, lactose-free)

Macaroni and Cheese is always a crowd-pleaser, especially with kids. Recently, I planned a holiday food buffet with sophisticated flavors and then decided to add this dish so I could please a wider range of palates. I wanted to make a dish lower in fat so the adults wouldn’t feel guilty having some too. I took a regular recipe and lightened it up.

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Homestyle, Crispy Potatoes from Rural Italy | FoodieGoesHealthy.com

Homestyle Crispy Potatoes Recipe from Cerasa Farm in Italy

Gemma’s potatoes are soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. It’s a simple recipe that satisfies my need for crunchy foods. With potatoes this good, who needs deep fried foods? I make similar potatoes, but Gemma’s are a notch better because they are crispier.

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Rugelach: Chocolate Chip or Apricot Walnut | FoodieGoesHealthy.com

Grandma’s Rugelach: Chocolate Chip or Apricot Walnut

I just had to have the rugelach recipe. So I bugged my friend, and she called her grandma right on the spot. With baby in one hand, my friend wrote down the recipe with the other. What we got was a list of ingredients and cursory directions, basically a vague outline of what to do. Hum, I thought, how was I going to make that?

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