When there’s no canned pumpkin to be found on grocery store shelves, add the fiber-filled stuff to any meal, from pancakes to mac n’ cheese, by making your very own purée. We swear it’s easy (the toughest part is waiting for it to cook) plus it’s a fun DIY project for a chilly day.
Allow us to introduce you to the gooiest, fudgiest, easiest chocolate cake on the planet. All the ingredients get whisked together in a bowl, dumped into a slow cooker and then you set it and forget it for 3 hours. The trick is to let the cake finish “cooking” outside of the slow cooker for a pudding-like center. The only thing you need to worry about is getting to the cake while it’s still warm (but you can always stick a scoop in the microwave for 30 seconds to reheat). Serve it with whipped cream or ice cream if desired, but trust us, you'll want it.
Perhaps no cake is better suited for the slow cooker than this cheesecake. It’s custardy filling sets up perfectly when “baked” low and slow. The only catch to this one is the tiny springform pan. A six or seven-inch pan will fit inside most 5- to 6-quart slow cookers, but if all you have is a regular cake pan you could use that too (you might just have to serve it straight from the pan). The caramel sauce is totally optional, but we like it’s slightly bitter sweetness against the cheesecake’s tangy creaminess. You could always serve it straight up, with some freshly grated lemon zest over top, crushed oreos, or sliced strawberries.
Speed up your morning routine with a nutritious breakfast made the night before. Naturally sweetened with fruit, and with a protein and probiotic boost from Greek yogurt, this recipe will help keep your mornings low-maintenance without skimping on flavor or fuel. Studies show frozen blueberries have considerably greater polyphenol concentrations over fresh, while most other nutrient levels in fresh and frozen berries are comparable. For a one-two punch of crunch and nutrition, walnuts are a top nut for brain health thanks to the powerful combination of omega-3’s, vitamin E, and antioxidants.
Curcumin, the bright yellow polyphenol compound found in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Preliminary research suggests curcumin may promote weight loss, lower risk of heart disease, and improve blood sugar control. Use a red bell pepper for 8 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C than green.
The patties come together in minutes thanks to the food processor. Cremini mushrooms, often called baby bellas, are what give the burgers their meaty texture and earthy flavor—opt for these over milder button mushrooms. Ground flaxseeds add body and texture to these burgers. The cool and creamy yogurt and avocado mixture is a great go-to spread; slather it inside pita pockets or on your morning toast. Double the patties and freeze, uncooked, for up to 1 month.
Featuring a sweet pumpkin filling and a grain-free crust, these mini pumpkin pies are a quick and easy seasonal dessert that are lighter on your waistline. Naturally sweetened with fiber-rich dates, this simple pumpkin filling can be whipped up in a blender in minutes!