Lauren Katz

A Weeknight Meal Planner to Keep Your Resolutions

Happy first week of 2015! If you’re still recovering from your new year’s festivities while trying to maintain your resolutions, have no fear. We’ve got five great weeknight meals that are healthy and delicious, and sure to kick off 2015 on a healthy note. These recipes are bright and bountiful– they’ll fill you up without filling you out!

 

Monday, January 5th

Southwestern Tofu Hash

 
 

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Late Night Snacks for New Year’s Eve

While your New Year’s Eve meal is sure to be delicious, decadent and a definite crowd-pleaser, there’s another meal that needs to be considered: fourth meal. Your satisfying snack after a long night out; your sneaky indulgence to cure any cravings; your guilty pleasure, whether it’s sweet, salty or both. You know what we mean. So for 2015, sink your teeth into something you definitely won’t regret. These recipes are just what you need after ringing in the new year, and the best part is they can be assembled in a snap!

 

Chocolate Banana Melts

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Last-Minute New Years Eve Menu

If you don’t want to go through the hassle making making last-minute reservations for New Years Eve, look no further. We’ve put together a quick and delicious menu that is sure to bring you happiness and health in the new year. No matter how many people you’re cooking for, your guests are sure to love this showstopping menu.

Greet guests with a Gin and Honey Champagne Cocktail

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Meatless Monday Recipes for 2015

Starting the year off on a healthy note can be easier said than done, especially while it’s still comfort food season. However, even resolving to eat meat-free one day a week can make a difference. You already know we love a good Meatless Monday recipe, so now you can have a great, seasonal recipe for every Monday in January! They delicious, hearty and quick to throw together. Does it get any better?

 

Braised Fennel with Lentil-Quinoa Pilaf

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Pots, Pans… and Now Apparel?

We all know and love Rachael for her fabulous recipes, her giant TV personality and her sturdy line of cookware. Now, you can wear the Rachael Ray brand… literally! Flavour Gallery has created an entire line of shirts, tanks and totes inspired by Rachael’s personality. From her quirky sayings to her favorite foods, you can take a piece of Rachael everywhere you go. And in true Rachael fashion, the tops are super soft and comfortable.

 

Photos via Flavour Gallery

 

Shop the entire collection here!

 

 

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John Cusimano’s Holiday Playlist

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Rachael’s Twists on Croque Monsiuer

A Four-Ingredient Christmas Eve Cocktail

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and stress levels were high.

You needed a quick cocktail; a drink– on the fly!

You’ve wrapped all the presents, boxes and bags,

So now it’s time to settle, sit down and relax.

Just four ingredients?! Nuh-uh, no way.

A true Christmas miracle, just like Santa’s sleigh.

Mix Bailey’s with rum, and a pinch of nutmeg,

To make it a true nog, don’t forget the egg!

So mix up a drink, you’ll need it– trust us

It captures the true Christmas spirit, without all the fuss.

Cheers!

 

Baileys Spiced Nog

 

Ingredients

2 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream

1/2 ounce Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

1 egg

1 pinch nutmeg

 

Directions

Mix Baileys, Captain Morgan and egg. Pour into a sniffer. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg.

 
 
 

More Festive Cocktails

Coffee Mate

Double Orange Spritz

Sweet Ruby

 

Your Christmas Weeknight Meal Planner

Christmas week is finally upon us, and if you’re feeling an overwhelming amount of holiday stress, you’re not alone. Lighten your load this week with five fast and easy meals that will warm you up from the inside out. We’ve even come up with great solutions for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners! Even if you’re not celebrating, you’re sure to love this week’s delicious dinners.

 

Monday, December 22

Mushroom Soup with Marsala

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How to Make an Edible Christmas Tree

This tabletop display sparkles with decorations you can eat: doughnut holes!

 

How to: poke the bottom portion of an S-shaped ornament hook into a plain doughnut hole; repeat with additional hooks and holes. Melt one package of chocolate chips or mini Candy Melts according to directions, then roll doughnut holes in the melted candy and coat in sanding sugar. Let dry on parchment until hard, about 15 minutes, then thread a Life Savers candy onto the hook to rest flat on top. Hang ornaments on a tabletop tree and, when dinner’s done, let guests help themselves to dessert!

 

 

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Our 6 Favorite Homemade Food Gifts

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Anna Gershenson’s Homemade Caesar Dressing

In our January/February issue, Anna Gershenon (mother of Food Features Editor, Gabriella Gershenson) shows her grandkids how to create personal pan meat loaves and homemade Caesar salad. No salad would be complete without this creamy dressing, though!

 

 

Caesar Salad Dressing

 

Ingredients

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

2 small cloves garlic, grated

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. anchovy paste

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup EVOO

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon juice, grated garlic, Dijon mustard, anchovy paste, Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the EVOO, blending until smooth.

 

Whisk in the mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese. If the dressing is too thick, whisk in a tablespoon of cold water.

 

Toss the dressing with chopped romaine and garnish with croutons. Makes 1 cup.

 

 

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A Four-Ingredient No-Fuss Cocktail

The holidays, though delicious, exciting and a helluva good time, can be stressful. Sometimes, you just need a relaxing night in with a good book and a stiff drink. You need a Gimlet.

 

 

Ingredients

4 ounces gin

2 tablespoons sweetened lime juice, such as Rose’s

1 lime wheel, for garnishing

Ice

 

Directions

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake gin and lime juice for about 1 minute. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with the lime. Makes 1.

 

 

More Four-Ingredient Cocktails

 Coffee Mate

Winter Shandy

Double Orange Spritz