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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 cranberries 2 Medium red delicious apples (cored-leave skin on) 2 Cups of frozen raspberries (slightly thawed) 2 TBSP of orange marmalade 2 TBSP of sugar Directions: 1. Combine fresh cranberries and apples in food processor and pulse until finely chopped 2. Add raspberries, or...
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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 diced 4-5 medium cloves of fresh garlic peeled and left whole ½ cup of milk 1/3 cup of butter 2 tbsp. fresh chopped chives Directions: 1. In large pot boil potatoes and garlic cloves until potatoes are soft but not mushy 2. Drain pot...
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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 milk 2 large eggs 1/3 cup of sugar 4 Tbsp. arrowroot 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp. maple syrup 1 Tsp. ground ginger ½ Tsp. salt ½ cup chopped walnuts for topping Coconut cream or whipped cream for topping Directions: 1. ...
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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 onion 1 cup thinly sliced celery 2 Tbsp butter or olive oil 3 lbs asparagus trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces (reserve a few tips for garnish) 6 cups of chicken broth 3 large eggs 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 Tbsp minced fresh dill Directions: 1....
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Fresh Pumpkin Salsa

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

Flour-less Banana Bread
​Ingredients: 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 3 medium ripe bananas  2 large eggs 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruit (optional) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Lightly grease a 9x5 inch pan Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and mix i...
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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 avocados 4 fresh eggs salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon chopped chives, cilantro, ...
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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 apple 3 tbsp almond butter 3-4 tsp shredded unsweetened coconut Directions: 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.&n...
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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 pieces 2 tbsp cultured buttermilk (or non-dairy milk, such as almond milk) 1 large egg 1/8 tsp each of the following herbs/seasonings: garlic powder...
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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 berries 3 Tbsp local honey 10...
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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 Salad Add 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 ...
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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. ...
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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 carrots 1/2 cup thin sliced green onion 1/2 cup corn kernels 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp. warm hon...
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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 ...
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Summer Corn Salad

Summer Corn Salad
Ingredients: ​ 5 tsp. olive oil - divided ​ 1 t bsp. 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 cheese Preparation: 1. In a small bowl whisk together 4 tsp. of olive oil...
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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 onion Herb Vinaigrette: 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp diced fresh rosemary 1 tbsp diced fresh thyme 2 tbsp diced fresh flat leaf parsley ¼ cup diced fresh chives 2 tbsp stone ground mustard 1 tbsp honey ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup olive oil salt and pe...
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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 eggs 2 large egg w...
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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 ...
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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 mustard Preparation: Combine all ingredients in blend...
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