{ Lightened Up: 3 Healthy Easter Recipes }

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Easter is a time to treat yourself, but it doesn’t mean you have to go all out if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. These few recipes are slightly healthier, but do not sacrifice taste. They are perfect for hosting your own Easter gathering, or bringing to a party.

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For starters try:

{ Andouille Sausage Deviled Egg Recipe }

This is such a festive deviled egg recipe that is significantly southern with it’s andouille sausage topping.  You will wow your guests, and they may not even know that this recipe has been tweaked to be healthy. If the deviled egg recipe sounds too involved, just try making this Deviled Egg Salad.

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{ Easter Sunday Sriracha Brown Sugar Glazed Ham }

This recipe does involve some sugar, since it is Easter after all, but it’s still significantly less than the traditional versions that are also glazed in butter. This recipe is a slowcooker recipe as well! So you can set it and forget it.

{ Easter Recipe Series: Candied Balsamic & Honey Carrots }

Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? Even the veggies are slightly sweet! This is a healthy Easter side that you can make for Easter Sunday, or all year round.

Stay tuned for the dessert recipe later this week.

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Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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{ Healthy Easy St. Patrick’s Day Recipe }

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{ Sausage, Cabbage and Caramelized Onion Gravy }

On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone could use a meal with a little sausage and cabbage right? Well, I took this traditionally heavier recipe, made with mashed potatoes, and laid the sausage on a bed of green cabbage. With this dish you will be feeling light, lean and maybe a little lucky.

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Ingredients: For 4

  • 2 packages turkey kielbasa sausage, chopped into large sections
  • 1 head cabbage, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 red onion, chopped into long strips
  • 2 T wheat flour
  • 2 T butter or coconut oil
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 T Salt
  • 1 T pepper
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T seasoned salt
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Directions:

1) Set your burner to low, and in a small saute pan caramelize your chopped onion. This should take about 30-40 minutes, so do this first and let it sit while you cook.

2) Preheat your oven to 400 and place your sausage on a roasting pan. Roast for about 40 minutes or until deeply browned on the outside

3) Place your butter/oil in a large pan over medium heat, saute your cabbage in the pan. Pour in chicken broth and vinegar. Season with garlic powder, salt, pepper. Saute until wilted to desired consistency. You can cover the pan to decrease cooking time.

4) Once your onions are caramelized, stir in your flour to coat, then brown sugar. Saute for a few minutes, stir in your balsamic, beef broth. Bring to light boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes. Season to taste. Add more broth if you like a thinner consistency.

5) Serve your cabbage, then sausage, then onion gravy on top. Top with seasoned salt if necessary.

 

About the Blogger:

Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here.

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Christmas Dessert: Skinny Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

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We all need a quick and easy Christmas dessert recipe to bring to a holiday party this time of year.  Luckily, this recipe does not require any baking. There are tons of ways to make this dip your own, for instance, add in extra protein if you like, or top with sprinkles! I will also let you in on an awesome shortcut I’m using this season to save a little time on both baking and gifting this Christmas.

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For about 12 servings:

Ingredients
1 /2 (8oz) package fat free cream cheese

1/3 C fat free greek yogurt

1/3 C sugar free whipped topping (thawed slightly)

2 Tbsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

2 Splenda packets

Optional Add in: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder with 1/4 C water for added protein

Optional Garnishes: Crumbled ginger oatmeal raisin protein cookies from The Protein Bakery. These are my trick for a quick, healthy, beautiful gift that saves me tons of time on baking and wrapping this year. Or try red or green sprinkles on top.

For dipping: 4 packages Protein Bakery ginger oatmeal raisin protein cookies, graham crackers, fruit, pretzels
1.    In a small mixing bowl beat ingredients until smooth.
2.    Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until chilled.
3.    Serve with your dippers.

 

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Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares health tips and southern recipes that she turns slightly healthier. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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{ How to Throw an Easy, Healthy Christmas Party }

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As I sit here just hours before our holiday party, I can’t believe I’m just chilling in my robe. You would think I would be running around the house like a maniac.  I chose all make-ahead recipes, and I have warmer plates to keep things hot. My heart is full as I look at the Christmas decorations and anticipate the guests getting here.  Although it’s my “treat meal” tonight (woop!), I thought I’d share a few tips for throwing an easy and healthy holiday party.

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Plan out your menu once you have confirmed guests. Once they have confirmed you can tell them what is on the menu and give a list of what you need people to bring, such as appetizers, sides, and desserts. When I asked my guests if they would be interested in a Halloween or Christmas party, they replied, “Christmas! and tell us what to bring!” Those are some great friends right there.

If it’s not a “treat meal” night and you are watching your weight or just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, make sure not to starve yourself all day as you prepare for the party. Have a light broth based veggie soup, a chicken breast, or a handful of nuts about an hour before the party, so you make smart decisions throughout the night. If you do enough preparation in advance and if you enlist helpers, you should be able to eat at your own party.

Serve your healthy staples. Make sure someone brings a salad or a veggie tray. Display fruit in a pretty bowl or two-tiered stand. Make the healthy food look pretty and appetizing.

On that note, with your guests help you can serve up a variety of dishes, some healthy and some indulgent. This ensures that your guests are satisfied and that there is something to eat for those watching their weight and those who are ready to go all out.

Lighten up your sides. The real trick to my recipes is making them slightly healthier, to the point where your guests may not even recognize it. That way you don’t make two versions. See some of my favorite lightened up holiday side dishes.

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Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares health tips and southern recipes that she turns slightly healthier. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here.

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{ Healthy Side Dish Recipes to Bring to a Holiday Party }

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Bringing your own healthy side dish, dessert, or even drink to a holiday party not only helps you achieve your health goals, but it helps out the host or hostess as well.  Here are a few easy and healthy sides you can bring to your next holiday party. .

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Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares health tips and southern recipes that she turns slightly healthier. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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{ Moonshine Mulled Cider } Holiday Drink Recipe

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{ Moonshine Mulled Cider } Holiday Drink Recipe

Nothin’ like cozying up to a warm fire with a warm drink in hand after a cold day. Too bad we are almost hitting 80 degrees here in Louisiana today! This drink is perfect for serving at a holiday party because it makes your house smell amazing. Sure it may not be a completely healthy recipe, but it’ Christmas!  A time of year where you can treat yourself a bit.

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Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 2 Cups apple cider
  • 1/2 ounce apple pie moonshine, or regular moonshine sold in stores
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 squeeze lemon
  • 1 squeezed orange wedge
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or your favorite mulling spices – nutmeg, cloves, all-spice)
  • Garnish options: Apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks

1) Stir all ingredients in a small pot on the stove on low heat  – bring to simmer but to not boil, at least thirty minutes.

2) Serve hot! Garnishes optional.

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Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares health tips and southern recipes that she turns slightly healthier. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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Christmas Dessert: Protein Brownies with a Healthy Holiday Frosting

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Christmas Dessert: Protein Brownies with a Healthy Holiday Frosting

Whether you love baking Christmas cookies or you view it as a total chore, we all could benefit from a shortcut here and there to save time. We could also all use a bit more protein in our diets. What is better then a sweet treat that tastes so decadent, but uses a few healthy ingredients?

Here is the trick: Just order these fabulous Wicked Mint protein brownies then all you have to do is whip up the frosting and sprinkle a few garnishes on top if you choose.

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For two:

Two Wicked Mint Protein Brownies

“Frosting” ingredients:
4 tbsp vanilla protein powder                                                                                      4 tbsp plain greek nonfat yogurt
2 Packets Truvia or natural sweetener of choice
2 tbsp sugar free whipped topping, thawed slightly                                 red food coloring

Optional garnish: Unsweetened coconut flakes as “snow”, crushed peppermint

1) Mix all above ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a spatula.

2) Pour into plastic bag or piping bag. If you use plastic bag, cut a very small hole in the bottom corner to create a piping bag.

3) Cut brownies into triangles. Squeeze on icing in your design of choice. Garnish with “snow” or peppermint.

4) Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate in advance.

 

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About the Blogger:

Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares health tips and southern recipes that she turns slightly healthier. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here.

For the long version about how the site was born, read more.

For information on Shannon’s social media management business, click here.

 

 

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