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Easy Breezy Brunch Recipes

10 Easy Breakfast Brunch Ideas

My husband and I like to entertain, but have found that it can be a bit overwhelming to do dinners. So over the years, we've found that brunch get-togethers are both fun and easy to put together. And the great thing about brunch is that you can make it as casual or as formal as you want - sit down or buffet-style are both acceptable!

Below, you'll find our top 10 favorite brunch recipes. You'll notice that many of them are 'overnight' recipes which means that the hours leading up to the brunch aren't nearly as stressful. We've gotten rave reviews on all of these recipes and we know you will too! Our friends rarely say no to a brunch invitation from us -- they always know the food will be good!

So this year, consider hosting a brunch party. It is a great idea for any Saturday or Sunday, but especially for New Year's Day, Mother's Day and Easter. And give some of these recipes a try... you won't be disappointed!

Easy Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls

overnight bundt caramel rolls

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My Mom has made these sweet rolls for years... brings back lots of childhood memories!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1 package of frozen bread dough balls
  • 1 package regular vanilla or butterscotch pudding (not instant!!)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cream (optional)

Directions:

Grease a bundt pan well and sprinkle the crushed walnuts in the bottom of the pan. Place the package of FROZEN dough balls on top the nuts - distributing them evenly around the pan. Sprinkle the dry pudding over the top of the dough balls. In a saucepan or in the microwave, melt together the butter, sugar, cinnamon and cream. Let cool slightly and then pour over the dough balls. Leave bundt pan on the kitchen counter to rise overnight (top with wax paper or tinfoil sprayed with pam). When you get up in the morning, heat the over to 350° F. Bake rolls for 25 - 30 minutes and flip them out onto a serving platter while they are still hot. Guests can just pull off as many rolls as they'd like.

Note - You can also make this without nuts if someone has an allergy or doesn't like nuts.

Kathy's Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

Kathy's Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

For a dessert lover such as myself, what could be better than cake for breakfast? This delectable recipe comes from the cake mix doctor by Anne Byrn.

Photo Credit: Bakenquilt.com

Filling and cake:

  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package plain yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil, such as canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan and preheat the oven to 350° F. Sprinkle the pecans in the bottom of the prepared pan.

Mix the filling in a small bowl by combining the brown sugar and cinnamon stirring until combined. Set aside.

Place cake mix, pudding mix, oil, 3/4 cup water, eggs and vanilla in a large mixing bowl blending with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute and then medium speed for 2 additional minutes scraping down the sides as needed. Batter should be smooth and thick.

Pour a third of the batter into the prepared pan on top of the pecans. Evenly sprinkle half the prepared filling over the batter. Add another 1/3 of the batter over the top of the filling. Sprinkle the remaining filling over the batter and then pour the remaining batter on top. Be sure to even out each layer as you add them.

Place the cake on the middle rack in the preheated oven and bake cake 50 to 60 minutes or until it is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed. Cool on wire rack for 20 minutes in the pan. Then run a knife along the edge and invert the cake onto the cooling rack. Cool entirely (about 30 more minutes).

While the cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. Combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl and beat either with a mixer or vigorously with a spoon until smooth. Place the cooled cake on a serving platter and spoon glaze over the top so that it drizzles down sides and into center of cake. Slice and serve.

We gave this yummy coffee cake to our neighbors as a housewarming gift and they loved it!

Overnight Coffee Cake

Overnight Coffee Cake

A co-worker of mine used to bring these to work at our old office and I happily took the recipe and have been using it ever since!

Image Credit: ChowTimes.com

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Combine the butter and sugar creaming until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and sour cream mixing well.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and baking soda. Add to the creamed butter mixture and mix well.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 13" x 9" pan.

Combine the brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon mixing well. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.

Cover the pan with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill overnight.

Uncover and bake at 350° F for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool slightly.

Glaze:

  • 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Beat ingredients together with an electric mixture until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm cake. Cut into pieces and serve.

On a personal note, we often use this particular recipe when we need something for potlucks and we gave it as a sympathy gift when our neighbors were mourning for a loved one. They could just pop it in the oven to serve the morning crowd.

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Overnight egg sausage bake

Image Credit: Betty Crocker

Overnight Sausage Egg Bake

We picked up this delectable recipe about 15 years ago when we stayed at a fabulous B&B in Hyannisport, Cape Cod, MA.

  • 1/2 pound hot sausage, cooked (not links - it should be loose)
  • 1/2 loaf of french bread, cubed (the more stale the better)
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the following dry ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients:

  • 7 slightly beaten eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese + some extra to sprinkle on top

Grease a 7" x 11" (best choice) or a 9" x 13" pan. Place the bread evenly in the bottom of the pan and then evenly sprinkle the crumbled sausage over the bread. Evenly sprinkle the bowl of dry ingredients on top of the bread and sausage. Then carefully pour the bowl of wet ingredients over the top of the entire thing. You'll need to press down on any bread that floats to the top to make sure that it is all evenly distributed and coated with wet mixture. Sprinkle a layer of grated cheddar cheese on top. Cover entire pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, bake covered at 350°F for 1 hour or until top is golden. The combination of sausage and cheese make this one of our favorite brunch dishes.

Easy Crab Scramble

Easy Crab Scramble

A delightful main brunch dish for seafood lovers! We also got this recipe from the Hyannisport B&B.

Photo Credit: Dummies.com

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
  • 9 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large package of cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 can of crab meat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh baby dill, chopped to sprinkle on top

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Pour the melted butter in the bottom of a 7" x 12" pan. In a mixing bowl, mix together all of the other ingredients (except the dill). Pour mixture into the pan with the butter. Sprinkle the dill evenly over the top of the mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Bacon & Cheese Quiche

Bacon & Cheese Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 1 - 9" deep dish pie shell, uncooked and chilled well
  • 12 bacon slices, fried and crumbled
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg and cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, slightly beat together the eggs, cream and dry ingredients (not the cheese). Warm the mixture until it is just warm (like room temperature - do not bring to a boil) and stir in the cheese. Sprinkle the bacon evenly over the bottom of the pie shell. Pour the saucepan mixture over the top of the bacon. Carefully place in the oven and bake at 425° F for 15 minutes and then at 300°F for an additional 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Slice into pie pieces and serve.

Tip - For the pie crust, we pie those pre-made Pillsbury pie crusts in the refrigerator section. They come two crusts to a package and you simply lay them in your pie plate and press them in. They taste great!

Vegetable & Egg Casserole Brunch Recipe

Overnight Baked Apple French Toast

Overnight Baked Apple French Toast

When I lived in Virginia, I think I found this recipe in Southern Living magazine.

Photo Credit: All Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 loaf of French bread
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin

Directions:

Cut the bread into about 3/4 inch thick slices and place in a single layer in a lightly greased 9" x 13" baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the bread. Cover the pan and place in the refrigerator to chill overnight (8 hours) so that the bread absorbs the egg mixture.

Remove the bread from the baking dish placing it on a clean surface. Wipe the baking dish clean and spray with cooking spray (e.g. Pam).

In a small saucepan, melt the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup together over low heat stirring often until smooth. Pour hot mixture into the bottom of the greased baking dish. Evenly arrange the apples over the brown sugar mixture. Place the slices of bread back in the baking dish in a single layer on top of the apples.

Bake at 350° F for 40 minutes. Loosen with a knife and invert the entire pan onto a platter so that the gourmet caramel apple mixture is then on top. Yields about 8 servings.

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Cheesy Potato Bake

Cheesy Potato Bake

My sister-in-law brings this to family functions so she kindly shared her recipe. I'm not sure where she got it, but it's good!

Photo Credit: Recipe Tips

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Southern-style hash browns, thawed (find in grocer's freezer)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups cornflakes, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Mix the first 6 ingredients together and pour in a 9" x 13" greased baking dish. In a bowl, mix together the crushed cornflakes and melted butter and sprinkle evenly over the potato mixture. Bake at 350° F for 1 hour or until cornflakes are golden.

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Roasted Brunch Potatoes

Roasted Brunch Potatoes

We like these so much, we use this recipe for dinner too! Adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe.

Photo Credit: Food Network Rachael Ray

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds of small red-skinned potatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped (remove the seeds too)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lawry's seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 500° F. In a large ziploc bag, toss together all of the ingredients and then pour them on a large non-stick baking sheet for cookies or jelly roll pan. Spread them out so they are in a single layer (not piled on top of each other). Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown turning several times to make sure that they cook evenly.

Image Credit: Everyday Health

Image Credit: Everyday Health

Ambrosia Fruit Cups

For sit-down brunches, I serve this fruit mixture in individual martini glasses at each place setting. Sometimes I even use colorful sugars to coat the glass rims.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large can of pineapple chunks in light syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 medium oranges
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (from the outside of the oranges)
  • 4 medium apples, diced (not peeled)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut

Directions:

Drain the pineapple chunks reserving 1/2 cup of the juice in a small saucepan and placing the pineapple chunks in a large glass bowl. Add the orange zest and brown sugar to the juice and heat in saucepan until mixture is smooth (sugar dissolves). Peel and section the oranges in a same bowl as the pineapple and add the apples. Mix fruit together. Add the pineapple juice mixture stirring gently to coat all the fruit. Cover the fruit bowl and chill in the refrigerator. You can either serve the fruit in a decorative bowl or individual cups. In either case, sprinkle the coconut over the fruit just prior to serving.

NOTE - you can use just about any kind of organic fruit that you want in this recipe. Some of my favorite variations are to add grapes and strawberries!

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Regular vs Double Stuffed Oreos - Which is Better?

Oreos regular vs double stuffed
Delicious Oreos

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Let the Battle Begin

Oreo lovers everywhere have been debating whether the original dark sandwich cookie or the newcomer, Double Stuf Oreo, is better. How can such a thing be judged? There are two sides to the cookie debate that must be looked at to form an opinion. But keep in mind, you really can't go wrong with it comes to chocolate cookies with a cream filling. Am I right?

Let's take a closer look.

Purist vs. Modern Appeal

Old vs. New

Oreo aficionados can tell an original Oreo from a Double Stuf at twenty paces. They may scoff at the Double Stuf's showy attitude and consider it too flamboyant for the average cookie eater.

Oreo purists want their original cookie just as Nabisco first made it. They want the right amount of cookie crunch and the right amount of creamy center. Throw off the balance and there's too much cream to scrape off with your teeth once you twirl the Oreo cookies open; So they say.

Oreo - Loved All Over the World

Over-stuffed oreo cookie

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Never!

Others in the Double Stuf camp will tell you that too much is never enough. How could anyone mock the double goodness of two creamy centers packed into one?

The cookies remain true to the original Oreo vision. But it's twice the lusciousness when it comes to the gooey center.

Sure, Oreo cream has the consistency of Crisco and sure it probably has a hard time breaking down in your body, but so what? With a taste this good, more is more.

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Comparing Calories

Move That Bus!

Now, the marketers of Oreo Double Stuf cookies have done a little something the consumer might not be aware of. One serving of original Oreos is 160 calories. One serving of Double Stuf Oreos is 140 calories. How can this be, you ask? The Double Stuff clearly has double the center stuff. That's where marketers have gotten savvy.

A serving of the original Oreo is 34 grams. But a serving of the Double Stuff is only 29 grams. So you think you're eating the same amount per serving, but you're really not comparing apples to apples.

Oreo History

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Trendy Treats

Never Go Out of Style

Trends tend to come and go, but the Double Stuf as remained on the shelf right alongside the mainstay traditional Oreo. There's got to be a reason people keep buying and loving the Double Stuf cookies.

Perhaps it's the fact that the creamy inside lasts longer and has a nice mouth feel? It's rich and thick and makes for more of a sandwich cookie eating event. They're even popular gifts especially as chocolate covered Oreos - as seen in the photo on the right.

You can bite into a Double Stuf and really feel like you've had a snack...

Double Stuff - Loved Back in Time (1985)

Mint Oreos

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Oreo Adventures

What Do We Have Here?

The Original Oreo is a wonder of design. It is a crisp and creamy sensation. No one could have imagined it could be improved upon. But apparently, other flavors have made it to market and lasted, so there's got to be something worthwhile in the other flavor combinations as well.

Try all the Oreo versions including Double Stuf, mint, peanut butter, inside-out Oreos (called Whoops!), chocolate covered oreos, holiday colors and tastes such as peppermint for Christmas, Golden Oreos, Red Velvet, Pumpkin Spice and even lemon Oreos. Once you've tried all these flavors, you can see how your taste buds react. You may find that you fall in love with the lemon and shun the original or that Double Stuf has your heart.

So Which Is It?

Make a Stand

So that's both ends of the debate. Any way that you eat them and any flavor you fancy, Oreos are the best cookie out there for taste, texture, melt-ability, and the dunking factor. Enjoy a few Oreos and you'll find you're taken right back to your childhood days, where you probably didn't have the option of choose double stuffed or regular. Think about that one!

How to Collect Copper Cookie Cutters

how to collect copper cookie cutters

Starting a Copper Collection

Love the memories that homemade sugar cookies bring back? Remember Grandma's set of copper cookie cutters? Always wanted to start a collection of useful kitchen items? Why not start collecting copper cookie cutters?

When starting any collection, think about what pleases you. Only buy what you like, not what you think might be worth something. If you like it, you're going to be happy displaying, using, and living with it.

Do You Want New or Used?

copper cookie cutters

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Now's the Time to Decide

Decide if you want to start collecting vintage or new copper cookie cutters. Maybe you have fond memories of making Christmas cookies shaped as Christmas trees with your mom and now you'd like to collect those! You will certainly have an easier time finding new copper cookie cutters. But you may prefer the charm of vintage cutters. It's your choice. You might even decide to mix the two collections. Who says you can't have antique alongside brand new?

For new copper cutters, you can start your search at kitchenware stores. Higher end stores like Williams-Sonoma and Crate and Barrel carry a fantastic assortment of copper cookie cutters. Depending on the season, you can find just about any shape you are looking for. Some stores will even do a special cutter and then retire it, so grab those fast and hold on to them. You'll have something unique and original in your collection.

Copper Cookie Cutters

Used Copper Cookie Cutters

Nothing Wrong With That!

The vintage world of Christmas cookie cutters is a little more challenging than walking into a store and selecting your favorite, but it can be twice as much fun! Part of the fun is the hunt for your antique cookie cutters.

Photo by just_steph on Flickr

Start looking at yard sales around your area and everywhere you travel. Often, you'll find perfectly new copper cookie cutters for a few cents. You may stumble upon older cookie cutters. Before you buy anything, check out its condition. Are they bent beyond recognition? Do they have dented or exposed sharp edges (on the side that's not supposed to be sharp)? If they appear to be very old but in disrepair you then have a choice to make. Do you love this cookie cutter no matter what and just want it? Then go for it. Are you planning on using it or decorating with it? If you are going to strictly be decorating with it, choose any size, shape and condition that appeals to you. If you plan to bake gourmet cookies with a damaged cutter, you might want to pass for one in better condition.

Starting a Collection - Because it's Fun!

Used & Tarnished

Thrifting for cookie cutters

What to Do if They're Tarnished

What about the tarnish? If you see a pile of brownish metal cookie cutters sitting in a box should you pass? Here's where the trained eye gets the bargain.

If they are genuine copper cookie cutters from the days of old, the tarnish is valuable. Collectors look for the shabby vintage appeal of tarnished copper cutters from yesteryear. Don't clean these off. Just pay less than a dollar for each and calmly take your treasure to the car. You've just made a great find!

Old copper cookie cutters are in demand with collectors. If they are tarnished and left in the condition you found them, they are worth more.

Image courtesy of John Beagle on Creative Commons

New age cookie cutters

Good Tarnish vs. Not-As-Good Tarnish

Don't Be Fooled

But suppose you happen upon a box of cookie cutters that look metal, are tarnished, but are in shapes such as Spongebob's head or Hello Kitty's face?

Clearly, these would make more modern cookies and these cookie cutters are not antiques because they feature characters that weren't around until recently.

Should you pass? Not so fast. If they are genuine copper, you can easily clean them at home and use or display them. It's all depending on your own personal taste.

If you think it's a cute item to display or to have in your collection, then there shouldn't be anything stopping you!

Image courtesy of Jimw on Creative Commons

Cleaning Copper - Good Facts!

Cleaning Your Cookie Cutters

Tips & Tricks

To clean copper cookie cutters, just take half a lemon and sprinkle it with salt. Rub it over the surface of the cutter. You can also dip in vinegar. Then wash with soap and water. If your cutter is copper, the tarnish will come off.

Cookie Cutters

Got 'Em! Now What?

What To Do With Your Cookie Cutters

What can you do with vintage or new cookie cutters? Well, besides making cookies, you can hang them from nails along kitchen walls or you can make wreaths out of them. They are suitable for all year display and don't have to be limited to showing off in the kitchen. Use them throughout your decor for an atmosphere of whimsy.

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Chocolate Souffle Recipe

Chocolate souffle recipe

A souffle is the true test of any baker. They can be difficult for even the most experienced chef. Souffles are basically a light cake that puff up at the end of the baking process. If you aggravate them too much, they will deflate. A truly perfectly baked souffle will stay risen for about 5 minutes, just long enough to sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve it.

This article features a chocolate souffle recipe that is flavored with a hint of orange zest. It is a truly delicious and beautiful dessert that, when made correctly, will impress anyone who gets to devour it.

A chocolate souffle is the perfect dessert for a romantic dinner or any special occasion meal. Give it a try if you are feeling adventurous. You may surprise yourself. Good luck and happy souffle-ing!

How To Make A Chocolate Souffle

Chocolate Souffle Recipe

Chocolate Souffle Ingredients

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or orange flavored coffee syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Thin strips of orange zest for garnish

Chocolate Souffle Recipe - How To Bake A Perfect Chocolate Souffle

Generously butter eight 1/3 cup ramekins.

Preheat the oven to 425°.

Sprinkle each with a little cocoa powder and tap out any excess. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.

Place the chocolate and butter in a double boiler and melt over medium-low heat. Be careful not to cook it too fast or get it too hot.

Whisk in the egg yolks and orange liqueur.

Beat the egg whites in a separate clean, grease-free bowl until frothy.

With the beater running, add the cream of tartar and gradually sprinkle in the sugar.

Continue beating until the whites are glossy and stiff.

Stir spoonfuls of the whites into the gourmet chocolate mixture and fold them together, being careful not to deflate the whites.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared dishes just to the brim; don't overfill or the souffles will fall over the ramekins and burn on the baking sheet. (At this point, the dishes can sit up to 1 hour at room temperature before baking).

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until risen and set, but still slightly soft and jiggly in the center.

Dust with powdered sugar, sprinkle with orange zest, and serve immediately.

Makes 8 chocolate souffles.

Chocolate souffle

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Delicious Souffle Recipes - (Not just chocolate souffle recipes)

Here is a list of links that lead to some of the most delicious souffle recipes on the web. From chocolate to cheese to vanilla, any souffle recipe you desire can be found on this list.

Healthy Family Dinner Ideas

Healthy family dinner ideas

Get Fresh

I'm one to vouch for the benefits of eating healthily. But doing so doesn't mean cutting out everything that's good tasting. There are plenty of ways out there to eat well while still enjoying your meals. So I've done some research and put together a post with lots of options for nice meals that are good for you. Try them out and let me know what you think!

First Things First

Why do you want to change?

Before you make the jump into eating well, you have to understand why you want to do so. What are your motives? Do you want to lose weight, do you want more energy, do you want to better your health - what is your driving factor? Write it down, share it with your family or friends, whatever it takes for you to stick to eating better.

It's good to establish this because if you don't have a goal in mind, then it's easy to slip into your old habits.

Get Motivated - Make The Time

Give the Gift of Wellness

Healthy foods

Start Today

Do you have an event coming up? Likely since the holiday season is quickly coming up! Instead of giving those layer jars of baking ingredients, (brownies in a jar, anyone?) instead give them a fruit basket or something the whole family can enjoy.

They'll thank you later! Especially after everyone else has already given them sweets and fatty foods for holiday gifts.

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Get Good Grub

Healthy dinner ideas
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There are lots of ways to enjoy good foods. Here's one example!

Stay That Way

Once you're started, don't stop!

Once you've found some great options to try for hearty meals, stick to it! You'll probably notice a difference in how your body feels within just 1-2 weeks. Look for organic options, lots of organic fruit and vegetables, and plenty of water. Once you start a better lifestyle and get into new habits, it's fun to see what things spiral from it.

Pretty soon you'll be giving fruit baskets instead of boxes of chocolate, and going for walks instead of hitting the drive-thru!

Why Eat Better? - Stop the Obesity Movement

Dinner Ideas

Healthy dinner ideas

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Here are some ideas to consider

Looking to concoct something delicious tonight for dinner? Don't fret, there are plenty of meal ideas out there that are just waiting to be found. Here are some scrumptious ideas:

- Wrapped Shrimp with Arugula Salad

- Quinoa and Black Bean Salad (Chicken Optional)

- Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

- Pesto Chicken Florentine

- Spinach and Feta Pita Bake

- Turkey Veggie Meatloaf

- Baked Halibut

- Asparagus, Penne and Chicken Pasta

- Grilled Cilantro Salmon

- Mushroom Lentil Barley Soup

- Spicy Tuna Cakes

- Baked Lemon Walleye

- Quinoa Egg Bake

- Chicken Fresh Tomato Parmesan

- Spinach-Stuffed Flounder

- Butternut Squash & Tomato Posole

Eat a Good Breakfast

Healthy breakfast
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While you're eating the right dinners, you should definitely make an attempt at eating a balanced breakfast as well! Try oatmeal with fruit for an exceptional start to your day.

Let's Find More

Healthy dinner ideas

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There's Still Plenty Other Recipes

Put these in your cookbook for when you are looking to try something new. I'll just list the name of the dish, you can search around Google to find the recipe that you think would be best accepted by your family.

Some other delicious ideas include:

- Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

- Eggplant Parmesan

- Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup

- Braised Cauliflower & Squash Penne Pasta

- Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas

- Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

- Zucchini Latkes

- Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

- Chicken and Avocado Baked Burritos

- Stuffed Zucchini Boats

- Creamy Broccoli Soup with Almonds

- Bruschetta Stuffed Chicken

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