The kitchen appliance I can't live without once the weather cools off? My little red crockpot. During December, things might get busy, but there's no reason I can't make a quick dinner that's delicious and healthy; all it requires is a few minutes of advance prep. This high-protein, vitamin-A-rich Paleo soup can help your body refuel after a tough strength-training session at the gym or satisfy a hungry crowd in need of a hot bowl of soup.
I added one cup of precooked shredded chicken to the original recipe for extra protein, but the recipe stands strong on its own without it. If you use veggie stock and eliminate the chicken, this recipe will work for a Paleo and vegan bunch.
Either cook for three hours on your slow cooker's high setting or six hours on low.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups peeled butternut squash
1 dried New Mexico, ancho, or guajillo chile pepper
1 cup boiling water
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
1 cup sweet corn kernels, thawed if frozen
1/2 teaspoon lime zest, finely grated
1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup chicken, precooked and shredded, optional
1 roasted red pepper, cut into thin strips
Cilantro leaves, finely chopped, for garnish
- In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, and cook, stirring, until softened, about three minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and salt, and cook, stirring, for one minute. Transfer to slow-cooker stoneware. Add stock, and stir to combine.
- Add butternut squash, and stir to combine. Coverm and cook on low for six hours or on high for three hours, until squash is tender.
- Thirty minutes before the soup has finished cooking, in a heatproof bowl, soak dried chili peppers in boiling water for 30 minutes, weighing down with a cup to ensure they remain submerged.
- Drain, discarding soaking liquid and stems, and chop coarsely. Add to stoneware.
- Purée using an immersion blender. (If you don't have an immersion blender, you can blend in a food processor in batches and return to stoneware.)
- Add corn, lime zest, and juice. Cover, and cook on high for 30 minutes, until corn is tender. When ready to serve, ladle into warmed bowls, and garnish with red pepper strips and cilantro.
- Serves 3-4
- Calories per serving
Love to DIY during the holidays, but not sure what to gift your friend who's a healthy foodie? Bake up a big batch of healthy granola and package it in the spirit of holidays. This healthy recipe is relatively low in sugar (when compared to the majority of granola recipes), has no cholesterol, and is absolutely delicious. It takes just about 35 minutes to bake, and the result is golden, brown, toasted, and delicious; it's truly everything you want in a bowl of tasty granola.
Two cups of this recipe fills a 24-ounce mason jar, so one batch of this recipe can make three gifts — or six if you choose to use smaller 12-ounce jars. Keep reading for this quick and tasty DIY gift recipe.
I used dried cherries in this recipe, since I love their tart flavor, but feel free to use any dried fruit you'd like. This recipe is so versatile.
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup unsalted pepitas
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dried fruit
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the oats, almonds, coconut, and pepitas with the maple syrup, oil, and salt.
- Bake, tossing once, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Add the dried fruit, and toss to combine. Let cool.
- 6 cups
- Calories per serving
If you're looking for something new to toast with at a holiday party or just need a sore-throat soother, we have just the recipe! Made with antioxidant-rich ingredients, our healthy twist on the hot toddy skips all the fat and calories found in traditional holiday classics like hot buttered rum and eggnog. It's also a cinch to make!
A healthy day should always include a good-for-you breakfast. It boosts metabolism, fuels you through the morning, and inspires an all-around healthy lifestyle. This year we cooked up a lot of healthy breakfast recipes — both sweet and savory for long brunches and those times we found ourselves rushing out the door. Take a look at some of our favorites that will keep you full well beyond the New Year.
— Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia
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Snacks are not a subject we take lightly at POPSUGAR HQ. After a year of toying around with new recipes, here are the best healthy snacks from 2013 that we found delicious and totally worth the prep time. Whether you're looking to curb a salty or sweet craving or fuel up before a tough workout, there's at least one pick on this list for you.
Breakouts are the worst, and if it seems like a constant battle between you and your face, it's time to feed your skin from the inside out.
This creamy smoothie recipe is made from Vitamin E-rich spinach and avocado and sweetened with grapes that contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants. You'll love the taste of the strawberries that also help fight free-radical damage, giving skin a more radiant glow. Almond butter offers the minerals zinc and selenium, both essential for healthy skin, and a sprinkle of flaxmeal contains omega-3s that help reduce inflammation.
Keep reading for this simple 309-calorie smoothie recipe.
Versatile and nutrient-rich spaghetti squash lays the base to this recipe, while broccoli adds even more vitamin A to this Fall recipe. The best part of all? The mix of lower-fat cheeses that results in a dreamy, rich-tasting sauce you can enjoy sans guilt. Keep reading to get this delicious, comforting recipe.
Sure, you know lentils as the protein-rich legume that helps lower cholesterol. But you also probably know it as a boring bean. We're here to tell you to forget that last part! Ahead, check out six healthy but flavorful recipes you'll crave all year round.
Red Lentil Tomato Soup
Red lentils are a special kind — high in fiber, they keep you feeling fuller longer. That's why we love this healthy spin on classic tomato soup. Special ingredients like Italian parsley and red wine round out the light dinner that still satisfies.
Lentil and Red Pepper Bake
Looking for a quick meal? Here you go! The red bell peppers — high in vitamins and fiber — perfectly complement protein-rich lentils in this low-calorie recipe. What's even better, you'll be surprised at how large a 250-calorie portion of this cheesy bake really is.
Millet, Lentil, and Pomegranate Salad
Lentils star in this genius recipe from POPSUGAR Food, along with other nutritious ingredients. The millet — a healthy, often-overlooked grain — and ruby-red pomegranate seeds are so tasty: all you need is some lemon, parsley, and green onion for a star-studded salad you won't soon forget.
Butternut Squash Lentil Soup
Considered a weight-loss superfood, lentils make for warming soups that you'll reach for time and time again this Winter. This incredibly simple recipe is packed with flavor, thanks to cumin and turmeric, the bright yellow spice known for its anti-inflammatory properties. To make the soup even more seasonal, add some butternut squash.
French Lentils With Potatoes
For a great protein-packed meal, look no further than this easy Winter salad from POPSUGAR Food. The mix of classic French flavors like onions, carrots, parsley, and French lentils just can't be beat. You'll see that it calls for steamed potatoes to vary the texture, but this part is definitely optional.
Cumin-Spiced Lentils With Quinoa
A perfect option for vegans who are also gluten-free, this savory lentil stew is comfort food at its finest. Consider it a creamy dish full of protein, fiber, and flavor, all less than 400 calories.