Easy Cranberry Relish

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, you’ve been busy at work, you’re going to the in-laws, or your parents house, or your besties’ place and you have NOTHING to bring. We’ve all been there. As much fun as the holidays are, they can also be super stressful if you’re trying to cook, clean, and/or travel.


Enter – cranberry relish. Granted, you could just go to the store and show up with a can of gelatinous gloop, but we’re adults now and eating whole, fresh foods is much more appealing. This recipe takes about 5 minutes to whip together, but it does require a food processor or chopper. And dare I say it, but this stuff is almost refreshing compared to a lot of the other foods on the table that may weigh you down.


Fresh cranberries, oranges, sugar, candied ginger (or powdered ginger if you already have that lying around) and walnuts. Blend it all together in the food processor, put it in a cute serving dish, and dash out the door to dinner!

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Three Ways

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and it seems like each year it’s here and gone before you know it! Did anyone notice how this year they didn’t show The Nightmare Before Christmas at all on ABC Family Free Form??? I was especially disappointed, because that’s one of my favorites. Thankfully, they still had Hocus Pocus and the Addams Family, so I was pretty content while carving my pumpkin.


Pumpkin carving is one of those traditions you either love or hate. I (obviously) love it, it’s something my family would do together growing up and I’m a sentimental sap so I love to keep it going. It’s a creative way to pass an hour or two, a little bit challenging, and you wind up getting a snack out of it! Not only are pumpkin seeds delicious when done right, but they have a ton of health benefits too. So thanks, mom and dad, for helping us carve all those years back and for making us a snack to boot!


If you still have some seeds laying around from your own carving adventure, I’d suggest a few different versions: Chili & Lime if you’re looking for a kick, Italian if you’re looking for something savory, or Fall Spice if you want something warm and sweet. If you have your own way of roasting your pumpkin seeds, I’d love to hear them too!

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Creamy Bacon & Mushroom Pasta

Ask and you shall receive! Just a few days after I was whining about California not having enough fall weather, we got clouds, chill, AND rain – it’s a Halloween miracle! I took full advantage of the full inch of rain to make some comforting, carby pasta.


For the most part, this recipe isn’t terrible for you. For one, it has spinach and whole wheat pasta, so it’s basically a health food. Also, there’s no heavy cream, just a combo of milk and reduced fat cream cheese (and mozzarella…. and parmesan… but hey, it’s not bikini season anymore, right??).

saucy goodness
Such delicious, saucy goodness

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