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Guiding our children to become the best versions of themselves and our future leaders is a big job. It is also one of the most joyful and rewarding experiences of my life.

Susan Arthur
President, The ABCs of Everything, LLC
MA, Counseling Psychology

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Fresh Cranberry Relish
An easy no cooking required cranberry sauce!Ingredients:1 Bag of fresh cranberries2 Medium red delicious apples (cored-leave skin on)2 Cups of frozen raspberries (slightly thawed)2 TBSP of orange marmalade2 TBSP of sugarDirections:1. Combine fresh cranberries and apples in food processor and pulse until finely chopped2. Add raspberries, orange marm...
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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish for any holiday feast!Ingredients:2-3 lbs. of russet potatoes peeled and diced4-5 medium cloves of fresh garlic peeled and left whole½ cup of milk1/3 cup of butter2 tbsp. fresh chopped chivesDirections:1. In large pot boil potatoes and garlic cloves until potatoes are soft but not mushy2. Drain potatoes – d...
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Spiced Pumpkin Pudding

Spiced Pumpkin Pudding
​Ingredients:2 Tbsp. coconut oil (for greasing ramekins)1 ½ cups pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling)1 cup full fat coconut milk2 large eggs 1/3 cup of sugar4 Tbsp. arrowroot2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon2 Tbsp. maple syrup1 Tsp. ground ginger½ Tsp. salt½ cup chopped walnuts for toppingCoconut cream or whipped cream for toppingDirections:1. Preheat oven t...
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Asparagus And Dill Avgolemono Soup

Asparagus And Dill Avgolemono Soup
​Ingredients:1 1/3 cups of finely chopped leek (white part only)3/4 cup of finally chopped onion1 cup thinly sliced celery2 Tbsp butter or olive oil3 lbs asparagus trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces (reserve a few tips for garnish)6 cups of chicken broth3 large eggs1/4 cup fresh lemon juice2 Tbsp minced fresh dillDirections:1. In a large ...
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Fresh Pumpkin Salsa

Fresh Pumpkin Salsa
Ingredients:2 sugar pumpkins, diced into 1/2 in cubes2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped2 jalapeños, diced (remove seeds to make a less spicy salsa)1 red onion, diced1 clove minced garlic1 medium sweet onion, diced1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil1/4 Tsp cinnamon 1/4 Tsp cu...
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Flour-less Banana Bread

Flour-less Banana Bread
​Ingredients:2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats3 medium ripe bananas 2 large eggs1/4 cup pure maple syrup1 tsp baking soda1/2 cup chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruit (optional)Directions:Preheat oven to 350 degreesLightly grease a 9x5 inch panAdd all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and mix in any addi...
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Baked Eggs In Avocados

Baked Eggs In Avocados
Avocados are a great healthy fat and their trendiness isn't going anywhere anytime soon! Try this easy breakfast for a protein packed, healthy fat breakfast. Try adding a complex carbohydrate like sweet potatoes for a well rounded meal.Ingredients:​2 ripe avocados4 fresh eggssalt and pepper to taste1 tablespoon chopped chives, cilantro, basil ...
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Almond Butter Apple Rings

Almond Butter Apple Rings
These apple rings make a great after school snack and don't contain any added sugars!Ingredients:​1 medium Gala apple3 tbsp almond butter3-4 tsp shredded unsweetened coconutDirections:Remove apple core with an apple coring tool. Slice the apple crosswise into 8 thin rings, about ¼ inch thick. Spread each apple ring with almond butter. Spr...
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets
​These chicken nuggets are baked instead of fried for a healthy alternative to one of kids favorite meals!Ingredients:1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts - cut to bite sized pieces2 tbsp cultured buttermilk (or non-dairy milk, such as almond milk)1 large egg1/8 tsp each of the following herbs/seasonings:garlic powderdried ...
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Homemade Fruit Snacks

Homemade Fruit Snacks
These easy homemade fruit snacks only have four ingredients and are just as delicious! Plus they are healthier for you and your family. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!​Ingredients:​1 1/3 cup of fresh citrus juice - use orange for sweeter or lemon for more sour, etc.1 1/3 cup fresh or frozen berries3 Tbsp local honey10 Tbsp...
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Simple Healthy Lunch Ideas

Simple Healthy Lunch Ideas
A healthy lunch is an important part of every school day. If you're looking for some new lunch box selections try these simple healthy additions that are delicious and easy to prepare. Quinoa SaladAdd your kids favorite meats, cheeses and veggies to plain quinoa and toss with a light vinaigrette.Kabobs on a stick Everything is more fun to eat on a ...
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Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars
Ingredients:​1/2 cup safflower oil​1 pound rolled oats​1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut​1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds​2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds​1/2 teaspoon coarse salt​1/2 cup golden raisins​1/2 cup safflower oil, plus more for baking dish​2/3 cup honey​1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract​5 egg whites Directions:1. Preheat oven to 350 deg...
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Greek Yogurt Slaw

Greek Yogurt Slaw
Try subbing Greek yogurt for the traditional mayo in this light and refreshing summer coleslaw recipe. INGREDIENTS: ​4 cups of shredded cabbage - use a mixture of green and purple for more color.1 cup shredded carrots1/2 cup thin sliced green onion1/2 cup corn kernels2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar2 Tbsp. warm honey1 Tbsp...
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Summer Vegetable Frittata

Summer Vegetable Frittata
Try our Summer Vegetable Fittata with whatever leftover vegetables you have on hand. It's a great, healthy recipe to throw together on any morning!Ingredients:​6 large eggs​½ cup milk​1 Tbsp. olive oil​½ cup diced squash​½ cup dices peppers​½ cup sliced mushrooms​¼ cup minced onions​1 Tbsp.minced basil​2 oz. grated cheese​salt and pepper to tastePr...
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Summer Corn Salad

Summer Corn Salad
Ingredients:​5 tsp. olive oil - divided​1 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice​¼ tsp. salt​1 ½ cups of fresh corn off the cob​1 ½ cups halved cherry tomatoes​½ cup chopped cucumber​¼ cup chopped onion​2 tbsp. copped basil​1 hot pepper diced​¼ cup crumbled feta cheesePreparation:1. In a small bowl whisk together 4 tsp. of olive oil, lemon or lime juice, ...
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Herb Vinaigrette Potato Salad - Mayo Free

Herb Vinaigrette Potato Salad - Mayo Free
Ingredients:5 lbs baby red potatoes​3 hard boiled eggs - diced​1/4 cup minced red onionHerb Vinaigrette:2 garlic cloves, minced1 tbsp diced fresh rosemary1 tbsp diced fresh thyme2 tbsp diced fresh flat leaf parsley¼ cup diced fresh chives2 tbsp stone ground mustard1 tbsp honey¼ cup red wine vinegar¼ cup olive oilsalt and pepper to tastePr...
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Banana Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Banana Cinnamon Overnight Oats
​Overnight oats have been a big hit the last couple of years simply because A) they are delicious and B) they are incredibly easy to make! These banana cinnamon overnight oats only require a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Mix everything up before you go to bed and in the morning you will have a tasty, nut...
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Healthy Green Eggs & Ham!

Healthy Green Eggs & Ham!
If you've ever wondered what the green stuff is in Dr. Suess's famous green eggs and ham, I'm about to tell you and guess what? No, it's not food coloring, it's healthy pesto sauce! Try this easy recipe with the kiddos that the whole family can enjoy. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.Ingredients:​2 large eggs2 large egg whit...
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Popcorn Trail Mix

Popcorn Trail Mix
This trail mix recipe is so easy to prepare with just 4 ingredients. You can also mix in whatever dried fruits, nuts or seeds you like best. Create your very own combination for a slightly sweet, slightly salty, majorly delicious popcorn trail mix!Ingredients:6 cups ​popcorn - homemade or from a bag (not the microwavable kind dr...
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Balsamic Blackberry Vinaigrette

Balsamic Blackberry Vinaigrette
​This dressing comes with a twist! Fresh blackberries add sweetness to this Dijon, Balsamic vinaigrette. Let us know if you like it in the comments section below!Ingredients:​1 cup of ripe blackberries​1 Tbsp. honey​2 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar​2 Tbsp. olive oil​¼ Tsp. salt​½ Tsp. Dijon mustardPreparation:Combine all ingredients in blender and mix well...
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