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Spice Up Your Next Pizza Night With these Kid-Approved Recipes

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Having picky eaters at home can make it tough to add pizzazz to your weekly dinner menu. These revamped pizza recipes are quick, easy and kid-approved. And did we mention delicious? They will have you and your little ones coming back for seconds, or maybe even thirds. Now THAT is amore.

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Pizza Quesadillas

Mexican food and Italian food are like, the greatest things ever. They’re even greater when they come together as one as a Pizza Quesadilla. Eating this will make you feel like Hannah Montana because you get the Best of Both Worlds!

Make sure you have handy

  • Tortillas (For a healthy spin, use whole wheat or gluten-free option!)
  • Marinara pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

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Now let’s do it

  • Start by coating your pan with a non-stick spray. Then, turn your stove up to medium heat.
  • Add your tortilla to the pan. On half of the tortilla, spread an even coat of sauce.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella on top. Don’t be afraid to be generous with it. The cheesier, the better!
  • Gently fold the tortilla in half to form the quesadilla. Cook evenly on both sides until it browns slightly.
  • Now it’s time to serve. Cut the quesadilla into fourths and serve with a side of marinara sauce to dip!

Muffin Tin Pizza Bombs

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Now it’s really about to get creative. These stuffed pizza balls made in a muffin tray are just as fun to make as they are to eat!

Here’s what you will need

  • One pound of pizza dough
  • Marinara pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Grated parmesan cheese

It’s go time

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and by coating your muffin tray with a layer of non-stick spray.
  • Break off one-inch pieces of dough and roll into balls. Flatten the dough with the palm of your hand.
  • Add a dollop of marinara to the flattened dough, and top with a pinch of mozzarella cheese.
  • Add any other pizza toppings to your pizza bomb, get creative with it. Variety is the spice of life!
  • Pull the edges of the dough upwards and pinch together to form your bomb, and place in your greased muffin tray.
  • In a bowl, melt 2 tablespoons of butter to a liquid. Season with pinches of garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and grated parmesan cheese. Mix together and drizzle on top of the bombs.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, and serve with a side of marinara sauce.

Mangia! Pizza night just got epic.

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Thanksgiving Brunch Essentials

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While the main focus of Thanksgiving is often dinner, who said you can’t ball out for brunch? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all! These delicious brunch recipes will give you the fuel to stay in the kitchen all day. Whether you’re feeling sweet or savory on Thanksgiving morning, these recipes will be sure to satisfy you!

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Apple Cider Mimosa

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What’s brunch without a mimosa? Exactly. Get into the holiday spirit with this autumn twist on the classic cocktail. It’s super easy to make and it is crisp and refreshing.

What You Will Need

  • Champagne
  • Apple Cider
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Caramel
  • (Optional) Apple slices to garnish

Let’s Get Started

  • Pour about 1/8 cup of caramel onto a paper plate, and let it spread evenly.
  • In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp of cinnamon and sugar.
  • Dip the rim of a champagne glass into the caramel. This will act as a “glue.” Then, dip the rim into the cinnamon and sugar mix. Aesthetic is everything, people!
  • Fill the champagne glass about half-way or three-quarters of the way with apple cider, and top with champagne.
  • Garnish with an apple slice on the rim.

Pumpkin Challah French Toast

New York Times

It’s Thanksgiving people! No frozen waffles or box pancake mix today. This french toast uses challah bread, which is a traditional Jewish bread. You’ll never want to go back to using your average loaf of bread for French toast after using challah. It’s soft, fluffy, and oh so delicious!

What You Will Need

  • Challah loaf, cut into slices
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Maple syrup

Let’s Get Started

  • In a mixing bowl, mix the eggs, milk. cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Slice by slice, coat the bread in the mixture on both sides.
  • Place a skillet on your stove on medium heat. Melt the butter until it bubbles to ensure your slices will not stick.
  • Add the slices to the skillet and cook for two minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown.
  • Once finished, serve with maple syrup and enjoy!

Egg Casserole

McCormick

Our mouths are watering just thinking about this warm, cheesy brunch dish. Who said eggs had to be boring? This casserole has all the goods in one place-Eggs, cheese, meat, hash browns. Wanna keep it light? Substitute egg whites and turkey bacon! It’s every breakfast fanatic’s dream.

What You Will Need

  • Bacon strips
  • 4 hash browns
  • 1 1/2 dozen eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Let’s Get Started

  • Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees.
  • Cook 4-5 slices of bacon and hashbrowns in a skillet. Once finished, set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper.
  • Grab a 13×9 inch casserole dish and pour in your egg mixture. Add bacon and hashbrowns to the top.
  • Cook for 45 minutes and let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Bon apetit!

You will definitely be thankful you tried these recipes!

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Smoothies To Cleanse Your Thanksgiving Sins

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Nothing feels worse than the sense of guilt associated with pigging out on Thanksgiving. With endless appetizers, drinks, huge meals, a million side dishes, and desserts, most of us leave our festivities with a bad case of “food baby,” or belly bloat. It’s not permanent! The best thing to remember is that one day of extravagant eating will not kill you, so don’t beat yourself up over it. In fact, consider it a reward for surviving 2020.

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Luckily, with each new day comes a fresh start. Get right back on track on Black Friday by fueling up with superfoods, and by drinking plenty of water. We know what you’re thinking, fruits and veggies aren’t always the most fun to eat but hear us out. Smoothies.

The best part about smoothies is that they require minimal effort while simultaneously being packed with nutrients! Just throw all of your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth! If it’s too thick, add more of your liquid ingredient! Pour into a cup and sip away!

There are plenty of smoothie recipes that not only are delicious but nutrient dense! Here are some of our favorites!

Spinach Smoothie

Downshiftology

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango
  • 1 1/4 cup of coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 of an avocado

Green smoothies also come with plenty of health benefits! Green smoothies are known to help improve digestion and even help boost immunity. Count us in!

Kale Smoothie

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 avocado

Kale yeah! Kale has so many great benefits. It has plenty of vitamin C, can lower cholesterol, and it is high in fiber. This smoothie is so tasty and has plenty of tropically flavored ingredients.

Golden Detox Smoothie

Favorite Family Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water

This smoothie is a little less daunting than a green smoothie, because it’s totally fruity and tropical. Did we mention it’s golden color is absolutely gorgeous? The perfect way to add some sunshine to your morning!

Acai Smoothie

Food Channel

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen acai packet
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Not only is acai filled with antioxidants and insanely nutrient-dense, this smoothie also contains chia seeds. These seeds are small but mighty. They are high in both fiber and protein, making them helpful in aiding weight loss.

Peanut Butter Smoothie

Good Housekeeping

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Ice

Though this smoothie isn’t exactly fruit-heavy but is sure is packed with protein! Between the almond milk, peanut butter, and chia seeds, this smoothie is perfect for that post-Thanksgiving workout, or if you are simply having a sweet tooth but are trying to keep it healthy!

Bottoms up!

You will be sure to feel incredible after trying any of these smoothies.

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5 foods that help boost your serotonin

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Ah, serotonin…that stuff that flows in our brains and tries to make us “happy”.

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Studies have proven that serotonin levels can have an major impact on our mood and behaviors. The chemical is often linked to better health and feeling bliss. Considering this year is a dumpster fire….we could all use A LOT more serotonin.

Besides exercise and medication, one of the most popular/natural ways to increase serotonin levels is diet. Foods with tryptophan (an amino acid that helps boost serotonin) can actually help stabilize mood disorders like anxiety and depression. 

Here are 5 Foods that can help serotonin flow to your brain

1.) Cheese

Daily Council of California

YES! FINALLY! ANOTHER EXCUSE TO EAT CHEESE! In all seriousness, cheese is an excellent source of tryptophan. Maybe that’s why so many of us love eating it?

2.) Salmon

Foodie Crush

High in Omegas, fatty acids, and rich in tryptophan – you really can’t go wrong with salmon.

3.) Eggs

Medical News Today

Eggs are filled with protein that are known to boost tryptophan in blood levels. For those of you who think your saving calories with egg whites – DON’T SKIP OUT ON THE YOLK! The yolk is known to hold all the nutrients of the egg along with the tryptophan,

4.) Pineapples

The Guardian

Sweet, delicious, and known to carry seratonion. Make sure to eat them fresh though, the more time passes the more the serotonin is depleted from the fruit.

5.)Tofu

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Believe it or not foods that contain soy are high in tryptophan. This is a perfect alternative of protein for vegetarians and vegans as well!

Now go eat up, take a nice stroll in the sunshine, and brighten up the day!

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