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  • Make lunchtime a fiesta!

    Make lunchtime a fiesta!

    Every time we have quesadillas at home, they must include ham and cheese. This time I decided to give them an extra touch, adding green apples and cream cheese. It's fun to make variations on the basic quesadillas we always enjoy. If you have some leftover ham from the holidays, this is a great way to use it.


    4 flour tortillas
    1 cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    4 tablespoons of whipped cream cheese
    1 green apple cut into thin slices
    8 big slices of ham (approx.)

    Related: 30+ go-to recipes for cheesy goodness


    1. Place one tortilla on a heated pan. Let it warm-up a little bit on both sides.

    2. Add the shredded cheese (1/4 of the total amount), 2 slices of ham, 1 tablespoon of cream cheese and some apple slices to half of it. Fold the tortilla and warm both sides on medium heat for about 2 minutes each.

    3. Take out of the pan and cut in two, if desired. Enjoy!

    -By Dariela Cruz

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  • 9 Surprising Fruits and Vegetables That Last a Long Time

    9 Surprising Fruits and Vegetables That Last a Long Time

    By Marlisse Cepeda

    With the week's dinners, school lunches and inevitable snack cravings, it's easy to leave the grocery store with an overflowing shopping cart. Considering that 40% of the land-grown food in the U.S. doesn't get eaten, chances are some of your purchases will spoil and end up in the trash-along with the money you paid for them. A better idea: Buy berries, bananas and other fare with notoriously short shelf lives sparingly, and stock up on food that can stick around to please your family's unpredictable palates. Read on to find out which produce items stand the test of time. Photo by Getty Images.

    1. Cabbage

    The hearty star of cole slaw and savory salads has another talent-it can last up to two weeks or longer, says Lindsay Malone, RD, of the Cleveland Clinic. The leafy green's life span is credited to its low production of ethylene, a chemical that causes ripening, and its many layers, she explains. To keep cabbage fresh that long, JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Die

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  • A no-fuss meal that's fun to eat!

    A no-fuss meal that's fun to eat!

    In my child's eyes, the sloppier the meal, the tastier it is. Of course, all that does is make me cringe and clutch a roll of paper towels. Pizza Sloppy Joes are one of our family favorites. The best thing about this recipe is that I can make it in a slow cooker in just a few simple steps. Plus, by using lean ground turkey and whole wheat buns, it's a great way to sneak in a healthy meal with lots of flavor. Packed with all the favorite flavors of pizza but sandwiched into a bun, Pizza Sloppy Joes are an easy weeknight meal.

    Slow-Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joes


    1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup onion, diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 pound mild Italian sausage, removed from casings
    1/2 pound lean ground turkey
    1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
    1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
    1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
    6 hamburger buns

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    1. In a large sauté pan, heat oil o

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  • The key is adding farro, a deliciously nutty grain full of protein. These salads satisfy Carla Hall, even when she's starving. You'll love them too.

    "I cook up lots of farro this time of year: Not only is it nutritionally awesome, but it's really filling and has a great neutral flavor that's a blank canvas for anything," says Hall. "I like to make a big batch and eat it for days. I think the reason so many people quickly fall off the healthy-eating bandwagon is because they're taking all of the goodies out of their diet. Not with these salads--they're a little sweet, a little salty, cheesy, and so delicious."

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    Fennel and orange farro salad

    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 30 minutes

    2 cups farro, rinsed
    3¼ tsp salt
    2 oranges
    ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
    1 Tbsp honey
    ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
    2 small fennel bulbs, cored, thinly sliced, plus 2 Tbsp top fennel fronds
    2 cups baby arugula, packed
    ½ cup crumbled Pe

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  • Let your slow cooker prep dessert this New Year's Eve.

    Let your slow cooker prep dessert this New Year's Eve.

    When I have guests over during the holidays, one of the simplest desserts to serve is slow-cooker chocolate fondue. Sweet and rich, this dessert not only feeds a crowd, but helps get people mingling. Simply pour a few ingredients in a slow cooker one hour before you need to serve, chop up some dippers (like fruit, pound cake or even homemade marshmallows), and in a snap people can make their own desserts! Perfect for parties or a fun night at home, this fondue recipe is great to have on hand!


    12 ounces of good quality chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)
    1 cup heavy whipping cream
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    pinch salt
    dipper suggestions: orange slices, strawberries, sliced bananas, pretzels, cubed pound cake, cubed angel food cake

    Related: 10 family friendly mocktails for New Year's Eve


    1. In a slow cooker, stir to combine chocolate, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Cover and set the slow cooker on low for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Once the c

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