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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DIY Body Wrap

15 Natural Facial Masks

1.) Brown Sugar and Honey Facial Scrub
This is probably my favorite one. Brown sugar exfoliates the skin ridding the pores of all dirt, oil and dead skin cells causing blemishes. Honey is naturally antibacterial, so as the brown sugar scrubs away the things clogging pores, the honey cleans out the sources of the buildup to prevent future breakouts.

2.) Coffee Grounds in Conditioner
This one is really simple. Instead of throwing old coffee grounds away, toss them into your conditioner to make your hair extra shiny. That’s all it takes!

3.) Replace Conditioner with Vinegar
To get rid of the usual problems with hair: build up, dullness and just lackluster, replace your conditioner with vinegar 1-4 times a month, depending on your hair type. Just use it as you need it. And, don’t worry about buying the best stuff for the best results, common white vinegar will do the trick as well as any other vinegar.

4.) Olive Oil as Hair Moisturizer
It’s easy to see how oil can moisturize your hair. It’s simple to use as well. Simply cover your hair in olive oil and leave it in for 30-45 minutes. You can also wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it from dripping. Some also believe it enhances the effect.

5.) Lemon and Egg Facial
Have red splotchiness on your face? Soothe both symptoms away easily by mixing together one egg yolk and the juice of one lemon into a paste. Cover your face with it and leave it on overnight. If this seems like too much work, leave it on your face for an hour. You might not get the optimal results with this amount of time, but you will see a difference.

6.) Replace Conditioner with Baking Soda
Want to be more like a guy and only use one thing to clean your hair? Then just add baking soda to your shampoo. It will remove build up and make hair shinier. And to make it even better, you can use it everyday (if you have normal hair).

7.) Degrease Oily Hair With Lemons and Aloe
Mix together 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera. Mix the mixture in with a normal serving of shampoo. It will get rid of your oiliness in your hair with one shower.

8.) Smooth Fizzy Hair With Honey
Add a tablespoon of honey to a liter of water. After shampooing, rinse your hair with this concoction to tame your frizz.

9.) Replace Face Wash With Skim Milk Powder
Switching face wash out with skim milk powder can make your face much softer and give you a smoother complexion. It’s also very gentle, so even the most sensitive can use it.

10.) Moisturize Skin With Honey and Olive Oil
Honey holds moisture extremely well and olive oil hydrates well, too. Mix equal parts of olive oil and honey (and add a dash of lemon juice if you’d like) to create a pasty lotion. Rub it onto the dry skin and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Your skin will be hydrated for plenty of time to come afterwards.

11.) Soften Skin With Oatmeal
There are many concoctions and mask recipes that involve oatmeal, but you can use oatmeal by itself to help your skin. Ground up about 1 cup of oatmeal using a blender or coffee grinder, and add it to bath water to soften skin to baby-like quality.

12.) Treat Chlorine-Damaged Hair
Mix together 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup of a peeled cucumber. Cover you hair with the mixture and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. You’ll see your hair return to normal almost immediately.

13.) Tone and Rebuild Skin With Avocados and Carrots
This recipe can work wonders. Combine 1 avocado, 1 cooked carrot, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 egg and 3 tablespoons of honey. Leave on for 10-20 minutes and then rinse. These ingredients add a multitude of vitamins, antioxidants and calcium to rebuild natural collagen, tone skin and remove age spots. There is plenty to read about the benefits of each of these ingredients, but all you need to know is that each natural element does more than any store-bought item can.

14.) Lemons or Oranges for Fine Hair Hairspray
Use Lemons for dry hair and oranges for a stronger hold. Chop up the entire piece of fruit in a bowl as to not lose any juice. Boil the fruit with 2 cups of water until soupy or to when the liquid has been significantly reduced. Strain through a cloth and pour into a spray bottle for use. The citrus will hold the hair and not damage it due to the fact that there is no alcohol.

15.) Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleanser and Toner
This eliminates dead skin cells easily, so you can use in lieu of expensive toner. Some can use this straight daily, others need it to be diluted a bit with water. Just pay attention to your skin and use the concentration that works best for you. That’s all there is to it!

Monday, January 20, 2014


50 Uses for Coconut Oil

Cooking and Eating
1) Cooking at High Heat - Some oils are unsafe to cook with at high temperatures, coconut oil is a great alternative. Check out our Guide to Cooking Oils tocompare healthy cooking oils.
2) On Toast Instead of Butter - Simply use coconut oil instead of butter on your toast.
3) Eat it by the Spoonful - Coconut oil is that delicious and healthful. Enjoy one spoonful each morning.
4) Smoothies - Add one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite smoothie recipe and increase your energy with the oil's MCTs. Check out this post for the Top Smoothie Ingredients.
5) Fry Eggs - Lightly coat the bottom of your skillet with coconut oil to create a non-stick surface and delicious eggs.
6) Popping Popcorn - A sweet twist on a classic snack! To make stovetop popcorn, you need a heavy-bottomed pan. First, add the coconut oil and popcorn to the pot. Coat the area of the pot with the oil, and use just enough popcorn to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot. Give the pot a little shake to make sure all of the kernels are coated with oil. Next, place the pot over medium heat. Put the lid on the pot, leaving it slightly open so that steam can escape. It should take about five minutes for the popcorn to pop completely.
7) Popcorn Topping - Instead of butter, melt a little coconut oil and pour it over your popped popcorn. Then sprinkle lightly with Himalayan crystal salt.

8) Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips - Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice sweet potatoes to about 1/8” thick.  Place slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with coconut oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until chips are lightly brown.  Add salt to taste, and serve with salsa or dip. (Or just eat them plain – either way they’re delicious!)
9) Replace Vegetable Oil for Baking - Next time you make your favorite brownie recipe, replace the vegetable oil with coconut oil. Your friends will be begging you for the recipe.
10) Pan Frying - Next time you fry up a batch of sweet potato fries or a piece of chicken, use coconut oil.
11) Grilled Cheese with Coconut Oil - No need for butter the next time you are making a grilled cheese sandwich. 
12) Coconut Oil Coffee - Adding a spoonful to your coffee is a delicious way to start your day with a huge energy boost! Here is a great recipe for coconut oil coffee.
13) Homemade Granola - Check out this delicious recipe for coconut granola.
14) A Spoonful in Tea - Allow some coconut oil to melt and mildly flavor your next cup of tea. 
15) Salad Dressings - A simple recipe for a salad dressing with coconut oil can be found here.
 Coconut Oil Skin Care
16) Cheekbone Highlighter - Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup.
17) Shaving Lotion - Close shave and a moisturizer at the same time.
18) Facial Scrub - Combine coconut oil with Himalayan crystal salt and apply to face each night. Washing it off is optional.
19) Body Scrub - Combine coconut oil and sugar. Check out this DIY Sugar Scrub recipe.
20) Makeup Remover - Healthier, stronger and longer eye lashes are just a bonus!
21) Homemade Deodorant - You only need a few ingredients in addition to coconut oil to make this simple deodorant recipe.
22) Homemade Lip Balm or Lip Gloss - Apply directly or create a flavored version with this simple lip balm recipe.
23) Diaper Rash Cream - Apply regularly to the baby's bottom to improve skin health.
24) Sexual Lubricant - Our Facebook fans swear by this one :)
25) Stretch Mark Preventer During Pregnancy - This safe, healthy oil can be applied multiple times each day to help moisturize your stretching skin.
26) Nipple Cream During Breastfeeding - Coconut oil is a popular choice for nursing mothers because it is a natural safe product.
27) Massage Oil - Coconut oil is the perfect choice for a massage oil. Not too greasy and with a relaxing scent.
28) Body Moisturizer - Apply directly after showering. 
29) Fade Age Spots - Rub on hands or other areas daily.
30) Sunburn Care - A great moisturizer to use after you've gotten a bit too much sun.
31) Facial Moisturizer - After you wash your face, massage a light layer on your skin.
32) Mix in Bath Water - Melt about 1/4 cup in the microwave and add it to your bath water and soak.
33) Tanning Oil - Put in a spray bottle and bring to beach. Spray on to keep skin moisturized.
34) Dry Feet Treatment - Mix with salt to form a foot scrub.
35) Elbow Rub - Helps manage the dry skin on your elbows.
Coconut Oil Hair Care
36) Leave-in Overnight Conditioner - Looking for a deep conditioning hair treatment? Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at ends), comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning.
37) Hair Flyaway Tamer - Use very sparingly on ends or areas with flyaways.
38) Defrizzer of Split Ends - Just put a tiny amount on your hands and run them through the frizzy areas.
39) Static Reducer - Rub your hands together with a little bit of coconut oil on them and run them through your static-y hair.

Other Healthy Uses for Coconut Oil
40) Homemade Toothpaste - Combine equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Sweeten with stevia and flavor with your favorite essential oil.
41) Aromatherapy - Whether you like coconut or not, the soothing aroma of coconut oil is pleasing to us all and can help us wind down after a long, stressful day. Read The Beginner's Guide to Aromatherapy.
42) Wound Care - Although you may not be ready to give up your Neosporin, coconut oil can even be used as a topical protector for wounds, shielding them with a thin chemical layer from outside contaminants. You can apply a small amount of coconut oil to small scrapes and cuts.
43) Metabolism Booster - 2 tablespoons per day are proven to rev up your metabolism.
44) Thyroid Supporter - Regular coconut oil consumption has been shown to support healthy thyroid function.
45) Energizer - 1 teaspoon can give you a burst of energy instead of turning towards a caffeinated energy drink.
46) Oil Pulling - Swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 minutes before brushing. Read next: Oil Pulling: Health Benefits or Healthy Hype?

Using Coconut Oil Around The House
47) Season a Cast Iron Pan - Here is a nice explanation of how to season a cast iron pan with coconut oil.
48) Use it as a lubricant on small motors/electronics - One Facebook fan uses it to keep his juicer's motor in top working condition.

Coconut Oil for Animals
49) Feed it to your Dog or Cat - Coconut oil isn't just healthy for humans. Here is some good info on the benefits for dogs and cats.
50) Put It On Your Cat's Paw - Put half a teaspoon on your kitty's paw to keep a shiny coat and cut down on hairballs.

Skinny Enchiladas

Cook time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 enchiladas

  • 16 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (about 2.5 cups shredded chicken)
  • 8 oz light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 10 ¾ oz can Campbell’s® Healthy Request® Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 10 oz can Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 8 – 8” La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious™ Low Carb, High Fiber Tortillas
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat Mexican shredded cheese
  • 4.5 oz can diced green chilies
  1. In a saucepan, mix together sour cream, soup, milk and cilantro. Heat through and set aside. (This will boil quickly and make a huge hot mess if you don't keep stirring. I learned the hard way. Twice.)
  2. Combine the chicken, Rotel, onions and green chilies in a pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Heat until onions are transparent.
  4. Warm the tortillas until flexible. (I microwave them for 10 seconds sandwiched between two damp paper towels.)
  5. Fill each tortilla with about 2 Tbsp of the chicken mixture.
  6. Roll the tortilla up and place seam side down (or they will unravel) in an 8x11 dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Pour/spread the sour cream sauce over enchiladas and top with cheese.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Health Nutty

1. Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Tart apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and walnuts — what’s not to love? Start this recipe the night before and wake up to a delicious-smelling house and a hot, healthy breakfast.
2. Banana Bread Quinoa Why not begin the day with a protein-rich superfood likequinoa? This recipe highlights why people love slow-cookers: Just dump the ingredients into a Crockpot and let them hang out together for a few hours. Insta-breakfast.
3. Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos This vegetarian burrito filling includes loads of vegetables, beans, and eggs. Cook vegetables, spices, and beans together in the slow cooker overnight. Stuff tortillas with the filling and fresh scrambled eggs in the morning.
4. Greek Yogurt Making yogurt from scratch is takes some time, but it’s hands-off with a slow cooker and it’s much cheaper than buying it at the supermarket. Heat milk for about two hours using the high setting of the slow cooker. Unplug the slow cooker and let the milk cool a bit and then mix in ½ cup of store-bought plain yogurt. Wrap the still-warm (but unplugged!) slow cooker in a towel and let it sit out overnight. Once you have a batch of regular plain yogurt, go Greek by straining through a few layers of cheesecloth lining a colander. Let the mixture strain in the fridge overnight, and wake up to an extra thick and creamy bowl of Greek yogurt!
5. Baked Apples This healthy treat is usually served after dinner, but it works just as well in the morning. Add a spoonful of Greek yogurt on top for a hit of protein to keep moving all morning.
6. Pork Breakfast Burritos For the meat eaters out there, here’s an easy pork-based burrito filling that can be made overnight. Choose lean meat to make this spicy filling as healthy as possible. Add in some fresh avocado or spinach for good measure.
7. Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Risotto Forget the constant stirring and standing at the stove. This risotto recipe is super user-friendly. Add the ingredients to a slow cooker and set it on high heat for three to five hours, or low heat for six hours. Cut down (or out) the butter and use skim milk to make the recipe even healthier.
8. Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns These special occasion-worthy cinnamon buns are totally vegan and spiked with pumpkin puree and plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Perfect for a chilly winter morning… or any other time.
9. French Toast Casserole Take the hassle out of French toast by baking it casserole-style in a slow cooker. The recipe calls for raw apples, but feel free to sub in bananas or other fruit for a bit of variety.
10. Hot Chocolate Oatmeal When a massive chocolate craving strikes first thing in the morning, this breakfast hits the spot. Despite the name, this oatmeal recipe isn’ttoo decadent — it uses coconut or skim milk, vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar to add sweetness.
11. Spinach and Mozzarella Frittata Hosting a brunch party? Mix up this vegetarian frittata early and let it cook for an hour or so before guests arrive. Part-skim mozzarella cheese, low-fat milk, and plenty of fresh veggies make this a smart option at the breakfast table.
12. Breakfast Casserole Reduced-fat cheese, turkey bacon, and skim milk make this version of a full diner breakfast much healthier. Make this crowd-pleasing dish vegetarian-friendly by ditching the bacon.
13. Blueberry-Chia Quinoa Power up for the day ahead with an antioxidant-filled, superfood-heavy breakfast. Quinoa provides plenty of protein, while the blueberries,chia seeds, and almond milk give the dish a healthy and flavorful boost.
14. Banana Bread This super-light banana bread is also gluten-free. Baking it in a slow cooker instead of the oven means running out to do errands during the cooking time is totally A-OK. This recipe cooks in about four hours on high.
15. Almond-Cherry-Coconut Granola Homemade granola is much cheaper and healthier than the store-bought stuff (who knows what’s in that cute package?!). Bonus — mixing and cooking it all in a slow cooker instead of the oven means there’s only one dish instead of multiple bowls and baking sheets to wash!
16.  Two-Bean Beef Chili Take traditional chili up a notch with two types of beans and lean ground beef. Cook down the onions to remove some of the water, and then add them to the slow cooker with the other ingredients for four to six hours.
17. Root Vegetable Stew This filling soup (make it vegan with vegetable broth) uses every all-star in the winter root veggie playbook. Potatoes, carrots, parsnips, baby pumpkin, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes make this stew a seasonal winner. Chickpeas, raisins, spinach, and a hint of saffron keep it interesting.
18. Lumberjack Vegetable Soup This vegan stew is a great way to use up winter root vegetables like rutabaga and carrots. More veggies like celery, spinach, and mushrooms make it a smart choice any time of year.
19. Chicken Tortilla Soup This Mexican-style soup is hearty but not too heavy for a quick lunch or dinner. Chicken and cheese add protein into the mix, while avocado provides some healthy fat.
20. Chicken Pho This recipe uses old chicken bits (hello, leftovers) to make a flavorful, rich chicken broth. Crunchy red onions, bean sprouts, and cilantro keep this traditional Vietnamese soup fresh.
21. Spicy Black Bean Soup For many of us, remembering to soak dried beans ahead of time is surprisingly difficult. In this vegan recipe, combine straight-from-the-bag beans and hot water (along with other ingredients like peppers, onions,garlic, and chipotle chilies) in the slow cooker and remove the need for planning ahead.
22. Apple-Parsnip Soup This light soup is the definition of easy — there are only five ingredients including salt! To make a vegan version, use vegetable broth instead of chicken.
23. Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup This might be the ultimate slow cooker recipe. Toss chopped vegetables, sweet potatoes, lentils, herbs, and vegetable broth and cook on low for 10 hours. Start the process at night and wake up to a hearty blend of veggies, potatoes, and beans.
24. Cajun Stew Get ready for some serious bayou flavor. This stew is loaded with Southern flavors like andouille sausage, shrimp, and okra. Serve it with plenty of rice (and maybe some grits, too).
25. Squash, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Stew Combine squash, chickpeas, and lentils to make this super nutritious stew. The secret ingredient — peanuts — gives this recipe plenty of North African flavor.
26. Curried Carrot Soup This brightly colored soup is perfect for a dreary winter day. It gets its bold hue from cold-weather staples sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, and curry powder.
27. Chinese Pork and Vegetable Hot Pot This filling, warming soup — flavored with anise, cinnamon, and ginger —makes a great winter dinner for a crowd.
29. Pork Tacos No need to slave over a hot grill to make barbeque-worthy pulled pork. For this recipe, season the meat, stick it in a slow cooker overnight and wait for the magic (err…the pulled pork, that is). Add salsa, lettuce, guacamole, and any other toppings and wrap everything up in a flour tortilla for some showstopping soft tacos.28. Mini Turkey Meatballs Everyone needs a comfort food fix every once in a while. Enter these healthy mini turkey meatballs, made with lean ground meat, olive oil, quinoa, and antioxidant-rich tomatoes. Serve them with whole-wheat pasta, crusty bread, or a side of warm roasted veggies.
30. Meaty Red Beans and Rice Use lean ground turkey or chicken to make the meatballs for this quick and simple lunch. Beans are full of protein, fiber, iron, folate, and magnesium, so dig in!
31. Chicken Stroganoff Beef stroganoff is a classic comfort dish, but the tons of cream usually involved don’t exactly make it a health food. This recipe uses organic mushroom soup, plain yogurt, and skinless chicken breasts to lighten up the classic dish.
32. BBQ Beef Sandwiches Use a slow cooker to make this super-tender BBQ beef overnight. After cooking for seven hours, pull the meat apart with forks and serve on a whole-grain roll or brown rice.
33. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps Make a double batch of this easy shredded buffalo chicken; we promise it won’t go to waste. Salads, soup, pizza, wraps, and sandwiches all benefit from a hit of spicy meat! Or keep it fresh (and simple) with easy lettuce wraps. 
34. Honey Sesame Chicken No need to get takeout when a hankering for Chinese food strikes! This homemade recipe is lower in sodium and calories than the restaurant version. To make it even healthier, steam the broccoli instead of stir-frying it.
35. Rancher's Roast Beef This hearty pot roast gets its flavor from homemade ranch dressing and sweet peppers. Make it really tender by cooking on the slow cooker’s high setting for three to four hours or low for six to eight hours.
36. Coconut Curry Chicken Making a curry at home sounds difficult, but this dish only calls for three “exotic” ingredients — coconut milk, curry powder, and garam masala spice mix — and all of them can be found at most grocery stores. Serve this flavorful dinner with a side of brown rice or Indian naan bread.
37. Pulled Pork Make this super low-maintenance sandwich filling overnight. Apple cider vinegar, onion, and honey give this pulled pork a distinct sweet-and-sour flavor.
38. Wine and Tomato Braised Chicken Remove the skin from chicken thighs to make this dish even lighter. Balance out the bacon’s hearty, smoky depth with a splash of acidic white wine and some antioxidant-rich tomatoes.
39. Lamb Curry Not exactly a master chef? This curry is perfect for those who don’t love fussing around the stove. Add the ingredients (all seven of ‘em) to a slow cooker, turn it on, and leave it alone for about three hours.
40. Hungarian Beef Goulash This spicy Hungarian dish gets its flavor from beef coated in crushed caraway seeds, paprika, and plenty of salt and pepper. Add veggies and let the concoction simmer in a slow cooker for four hours (on high) or seven hours (on low).
41. Stuffed Peppers Fill bell peppers with raw ground beef and cooked rice and cook them for six to eight for an easy, healthy one-dish dinner.
42. Turkey Osso Buco Sauté onions, garlic, carrots, and celery and place them in a slow cooker with some turkey thighs and drumsticks. Cover the entire shebang in tomatoes boiled in red wine and cook for five to six hours until the meat falls off the bone.
43. Moroccan Lamb A roasted bone-in lamb shank resting on a bed of couscous looks fancy, but it isn’t too hard to make in a slow cooker. The key to a deep, rich flavor is searing the meat on the stovetop before adding it to the vegetables and spices in the slow cooker.
44. Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto Barley and risotto are normally words associated with fancy, fussy food. Not so with a slow cooker! This recipe takes about ten minutes to prep, so there’s no excuse not to whip up some risotto for a weeknight dinner.
45. Cedar Plank Salmon Missing summer? Channel grill season’s best with thissalmon that’s made on a cedar plank in a slow cooker. The trickiest part is finding (or cutting down) and preparing the plank to fit into the pot.
46. Loaded Baked Potatoes No oven is no problem for this baked potato recipe. Cook whole potatoes in the slow cooker and add separately cooked toppings like sautéed broccoli, mushrooms, and onions on top.
47. Vegetarian Tamale Pie Enjoying Tex-Mex cuisine can be tough for vegetarians, but this recipe uses soy crumbles instead of ground beef. Make it healthier by going easy on the cheese and butter.
48. Barley Risotto with Fennel Prepare this recipe for friends and family members who love strong flavors! Basic barley risotto gets a punch of fennel with seeds and bulbs as well as plenty of garlic and olives.
49. Vegetarian Lasagna Using a slow cooker takes the fuss out of vegetable lasagna. Layer raw vegetables, whole-wheat noodles, cheese, and tomato sauce and let everything cook together for two hours.
50. Vegetable Curry This classic curry features carrots, potatoes, chickpeas, and green beans. Make sure to use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make it vegetarian-friendly.
51. Garlic Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes” This recipe has all of the “comfort factor” of classic mashed potatoes, but way fewer carbs and calories. Use the slow cooker to steam a head of cauliflower, and then add garlic, a bay leaf, and some butter and milk to give it some flavor.
52. Ratatouille As with any ratatouille, this is more of a guide than a strict recipe. Stuck with sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes? Chuck them in the pot! No mushrooms? Whatever! Use ratatouille as pasta sauce, for filling an omelet, with beans or meat mixed in, etc. It’s the perfect dish to use up all those veggies lingering in the fridge.
53. Squash Lasagna This nontraditional lasagna gets a healthy kick from whole-wheat noodles, part-skim ricotta and mozzarella cheese, puréed squash, and spinach.
54. Indian Chole Perfect for busy days, this light meal is super easy to prepare. Mix peppers, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and plenty of spices together in a blender. Add the chickpeas and let everything simmer away in a slow cooker for six to seven hours (like, say, while you sleep!).
55. Banana Brown Betty What’s a brown betty? It’s like a cobbler or a bread pudding in that it contains buttery bread and sweet, spiced fruit. This banana-infused version is soy-free, vegan, and can easily be made gluten-free.
56. Poached Pears with Caramel Sauce Take the fruit out of the pie and you end up with these cinnamon and ginger poached pears covered in caramel sauce. Eat them alone or add a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt to make it even tastier.
57. Clean Eating Brownies These decadent brownies are surprisingly un-junky. Unprocessed ingredients like mashed bananas, egg whites, whole-wheat flour,honey, and unsweetened cocoa powder make these treats relatively healthy.
58. Pumpkin Bread This simple recipe comes together in about three hours including prep time. It’s not too sweet, so this yummy bread could work as a quick breakfast or with a cup of tea as an afternoon snack.
59. Chocolate Fudge Homemade candies usually aren’t lower in calories than store-bought sweets, but they typically have fewer chemicals and preservatives. This fudge is made with chocolate chips, coconut milk, honey, vanilla, and sea salt. That’s all, folks.
60. Brown Rice Pudding This rice pudding recipe includes whole-grain brown rice, low-fat coconut and cow’s milk, and plenty of raisins and cinnamon.
61.  Apple Crisp This recipe uses half the butter of classic apple crisp recipes. Layer apples, walnuts, spices, brown sugar, and flour topping and cook in the slow cooker for four hours on the low setting. A touch of apple butter (recipe below!) keeps this dessert moist and contributes to the strong apple flavor.
62. Orange Zinger Cheesecake Cut the cream cheese in half with this citrus-flavored dessert by subbing in tofu! This makes it much lighter than a traditional cheesecake. Blend the ingredients together, place them in a pan, and stick the pan into the slow cooker for about three hours on high.
63. Berry Cobbler This summery dessert works just as well with frozen berries, so feel free to serve it long after the leaves start falling. Serve warm, and with a scoop of frozen yogurt on top if you’re so inclined.
64. Pumpkin Custard This dessert falls somewhere between pumpkin pie and crème brulée. What’s not to love? Blend the ingredients together and fill ramekins or oven-safe jars 2/3 full. Place in a slow cooker holding an inch of hot water, and cook the custards for four to six hours.
65.  Pumpkin Butter Throw pumpkin puree, apple juice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and sugar into the slow cooker and let everything gel together for about five hours. Stir occasionally to prevent the pumpkin-y goodness from getting burnt around the edges!
66. Slow-Cooker Bread No-knead slow cooker bread means that anyone with about five minutes of free time can make a delicious homemade loaf. Baking bread in the slow cooker actually takes less time than the oven, because the bread rises and cooks all in one step.
67. Mulled Apple Cider Hosting friends for a winter party? Greet them at the door with a cup of warm mulled apple cider. Combine cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg for a yummy non-alcoholic beverage that makes the whole house smell like autumn to boot.
68. Cranberry Sauce Why restrict cranberry sauce to Thanksgiving dinner? The sweet-and-sour holiday classic tastes amazing on meat, poultry, or baked goods all year round. A bit of orange juice gives this recipe a tangy kick.
69. Mulled Red Wine Nothing warms from the inside out quite like mulled wine (seriously, ask Dickens). To make this winter classic, mix a bottle of dry red wine with aromatic spices and orange slices and heat everything together in the slow cooker.
70. Cinnamon Apple Butter Make breakfast or snack time more interesting with a dollop of this spiced spread. Apple butter tastes amazing on a slice of toast or stirred into a cup of plain yogurt. This version has no added sugar.
71. Citrus Cider This bright non-alcoholic beverage is perfect for a kid’s party. The unexpected combination of lemon and orange juices with cinnamon and cloves makes for a delicious drink.
72. Spiced Nuts Make your own sweet and spicy snack mix for munching between meals or as a delicious party appetizer. Coat nuts with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and a bit of powdered sugar and cook in a slow cooker for about two hours.
73. Zucchini and Tomato Pasta Sauce Make a double (or triple) batch of this easy pasta sauce and freeze the extra for later! To make it vegetarian, just take out the turkey sausage.
74. Ginger-Lemon Hot Toddy The hot toddy gets a flavorful makeover with fresh lemon, crystallized and fresh ginger, and a touch of rum. Cook the non-alcoholic ingredients together for four hours before adding the rum and brandy.
75. Apple Butter Yeast Rolls These little bread nuggets flavored with apple butter are great for a dinner party, Thanksgiving dinner, or even a light breakfast.
76. Spirited Hot Mocha This sweet drink would make a great after-dinner beverage. Coffee balances out the semisweet chocolate, and a touch of brandy gives it an adult edge. To make this drink kid-friendly, just take out the alcohol.
77. Curried Almonds For this savory snack, coat blanched almonds in curry powder and a bit of seasoned salt. Add to the slow cooker and cook on high for approximately one hour, stirring occasionally.