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How to Make Whole Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker

Whole Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker

My hairdresser Christa Forgue told me she likes to make a whole chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker. This method is so easy and the flavor is just right—kind of like my Jewish grandmothers would have made if either of my Jewish grandmothers had been good cooks (they had lots of other good qualities.)

And for another great Slow Cooker Recipe, check out our Spicy Szechuan Ground Turkey and Green Beans recipe.  To see our how-to video, click on this:  Spicy Szechuan Ground Turkey and Green Beans video.

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Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker 8 servings, about 1 3/4 cups Prep (30 minutes) + Cook (3 – 10 hours) 2 carrots, sliced (about 1 cup) 3 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup) 1/2 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup) 2 garlic cloves, smashed peeled and coarsely chopped 3 1/2 lb. whole chicken, some or all skin removed, if desired 8 cups water 2 – 3 tsp. salt, to taste (3 works...

How To Do A Sugar Cleanse And Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

How to Do a Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe I'm engaging in a sugar cleanse to hit the reset button on my eating in the new year.  After a delicious but not-so-healthful holiday, it's time for me to get back to eating mindfully.  A year ago, I created a sugar cleanse challenge Surviving a Sugar Detox: Anyone Want to Join Me?  and started a Facebook group to have a month-long sugar cleanse.  It was so popular and successful, that our group continues to support each other.  We have found so many positive benefits, including (but not limited to) weight loss and increased energy.  Please join our Facebook group for this January's sugar cleanse and healthy eating challenge to get your sugar addiction and sugar cravings under control by eliminating added sugar for 7 – 30 days. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recipes to start your day or power your afternoon or evening with healthy, filling, no sugar added creamy smoothies. Watch the...

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe: Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake

This make ahead breakfast casserole recipe also makes a perfect savory make-ahead breakfast or brunch, and it’s got plenty of protein, healthy fat and vegetables to keep you feeling full and nourished for hours. The colorful vegetables in it also make it pretty enough to serve at a breakfast gathering and the green and red vegetables are perfect for Christmas morning breakfast!

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Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake is a perfect make ahead breakfast or brunch casserole recipe for holidays or lazy Sunday mornings. We love it for breakfast-for-dinner, too!

For more perfect Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipes, check out our

Light and Fluffy Spinach and Cheese Strata Recipe

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Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe: Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake

Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Makes 12 servings

10 - 16 oz. (depends...

How to Make Potato Pancakes: Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes

In my house, we can’t go through Hanukkah without eating latkes at least once, so I decided to pour my holiday spirit into creating a new Hanukkah recipe. I’ve been on an Indian cooking kick lately, and I realized that Indian flavors would meld well with traditional potato pancakes.  If you make the batter ahead of time, refrigerate it until you are ready to cook them, and drain the excess liquid from the bowl before frying them. In the video below I'll show you how to make potato pancakes, in this case, Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes.  You can serve them with a side of chickpeas and mint. Try an Indian twist on a beloved Hanukkah potato pancakes (latkes) recipe. Serve these crispy potato pancakes with mango chutney for a delicious vegetarian or vegan meal or side dish. Watch the YouTube video (and subscribe to the channel for more recipes like this one from Aviva Goldfarb) How to Make Potato Pancakes: Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes 1 lb....

Asparagus Salad with Strawberries and Basil

Enjoy this asparagus salad with strawberries and basil as a delicious springtime family dinner side dish or for a light lunch.  Our Grilled Vegetables is another wonderful way to serve asparagus. I show you how easy it is to make the asparagus salad in this YouTube video: And here's the 1 minute version of the recipe for you to enjoy and share: Asparagus Salad with Strawberries and Basil Prep + Cook Time: 10 minutes 4 servings 1 bunch asparagus, about 8 oz. cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 Tbsp. pine nuts, or use walnuts, lightly toasted 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, thinly sliced 1 - 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced red onion (optional) 1 - 2 Tbsp. of crumbled goat or feta cheese (optional) Steam the asparagus in the microwave in a covered dish or on the stovetop for 1 – 2 minutes until it is just tender-crisp and drain it. Combine the asparagus in a serving bowl with the remaining...

Healthy Dessert or Energy Snack: Fudgy Figgy Balls

I’ve been on the prowl for more healthy dessert recipes that can satisfy my sweet tooth and my need for something portable and chewy but doesn’t have added sugar like packaged energy bars do. I received some lovely black mission and golden figs from California Figs (which represents California fig growers) and transformed them into these sweet and chewy balls that you can enjoy for a healthy dessert or high energy snack.  By the way, figs are as nutritious as they are delicious--they are high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. Figs have many uses; I’ve found they are also a lovely addition to a cheese plate for entertaining guests, and I’ve also been tossing them in pasta with a savory cheese and toasted nuts. Fudgy Figgy Balls Prep (no cook) = 15 minutes Makes about 16 balls 1 cup dried black mission figs (about 14 figs), stemmed if necessary (just pull or cut the hard stem off if they have one) 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. water 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. almond butter 1/2...

Cooking with Fresh Herbs: 10 Great Uses for Extra Fresh Herbs

If your back yard in summer is anything like ours, your fresh potted herbs are starting to look a little like the multiplying pods from that old movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with tentacles (or in this case, fragrant offshoots) threatening to invade the house while you sleep! Since they taste so wonderful, have proven health benefits and are abundant here for only about half the year, I try to find loads of uses for these flavorful leaves.  Here are some of my favorite ideas, including a few creative suggestions from Scramble members—these ideas also work well for using up leftover herbs from the supermarket: Watch the Video (and subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more weekly recipes and cooking tips) 1. Mix a handful of fresh oregano, mint, dill, or basil leaves into green salads, potato salad, tuna salad, or make a tomato, basil and mozzarella salad 2. Make pesto out of basil, parsley or mint, and use it as a topping for pasta, pizza, fish, chicken,...

Make Ahead Back-to-School Breakfast: Mini Vegetable Quiches

Need make-ahead back-to-school breakfast ideas? Kids and adults love these mini vegetable quiches that are healthy and delicious with protein and vegetables. They can even eat them on the go.

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For more back-to-school breakfast ideas, check out our delicious Overnight Baked Blueberry French Toast, Overnight Oatmeal Recipe , Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Corn MuffinsGluten-Free Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Almond PancakesLow Sugar High Protein Granola Recipe, Blueberry, Basil, and Lemon SmoothieFour-Veggie Blast Smoothie, Carrot Ginger Fruit Smoothie, Cucumber Lime Elation Smoothie, Aviva's back-to-school tips in her article in the Washington Post.

Back-to-School Breakfast: Mini Vegetable Quiches

6 servings, 2 quichelettes each

6 oz. baby spinach 6 eggs 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, or use any plain yogurt or sour cream 1 cup shredded...

Labor Day Recipe: Fresh Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad with Shrimp

I could eat this Fresh Corn, Tomato and Avocado salad every day during the summer! I got the inspiration for this delectable recipe from Shawn Askew who works at Bella Bethesda hair salon (one of my favorite places to spend time). This makes a wonderful Labor Day Recipe for Picnics and Potlucks: After all, who wouldn't love to eat a corn, tomato and avocado salad with shrimp or black beans? For more Labor Day Recipes, try our Chicken or Steak Fajitas  and Lime Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa.
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Labor Day Recipe: Fresh Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad with Shrimp
  • 1 lb. medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined, or use 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 2 ears corn, kernels sliced off (no need to cook if it’s fresh sweet corn. If not, steam it for 3 minutes)
  • 6 oz. feta cheese, or part-skim mozzarella cheese,...