Monday, November 23, 2015

Turkey & Stuffing Waffle

This Stuffing Waffle topped with turkey and cranberry sauce is a creative way to serve your Thanksgiving meal leftovers. 
This Stuffing Waffle topped with turkey and cranberry sauce is a creative way to serve your Thanksgiving feast leftovers
One of my favorite aspects of a traditional Thanksgiving feast is the meal of leftovers I can expect to eat the following day.  For some reason, many of the dishes just taste better the next day. Why is that?  Plus a large Thanksgiving day prep is like an automatic meal prep for the remainder of the week.  You don't have to worry about your meal choices - it will be turkey, turkey, and more turkey.

After a few days, the long awaited Thanksgiving leftovers can become a bit monotonous.  Today's recipe for a Turkey and Stuffing Waffle is a game changer for Thanksgiving leftovers!  The leftover stuffing is put into a waffle iron to form a waffle. The Stuffing Waffle is topped with cranberry sauce, turkey slices, turkey gravy, and a herb of choice.  Move over turkey sandwich, the Stuffing Waffle will now handle the leftovers.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Cheesy Greek Yogurt Potato Casserole

This Cheesy Greek Yogurt Potato Casserole is a lightened up version of one of my family's traditional holiday recipes.  
Cheesy Greek Yogurt Potato Casserole

It's Throw Back Thursday again at 360FamilyNutrition with this recipe for Cheesy Greek Yogurt Potato Casserole.  The original recipe was posted nearly two years ago and remains a favorite in my household.  As the holidays quickly approach I wanted to re-share this recipe with some updated photos to offer a healthier alternative for your holiday menu.

I created the recipe in efforts to lighten up one of my favorite family recipes, Cheesy Potato Casserole. Growing up, my mother always prepared some type of potato and cheese casserole for the holidays.  Keeping family traditions alive is important to me, especially when it comes to the holidays. However, as I strive to promote a healthier lifestyle for my family, some of our traditional family recipes are in need of a few modifications.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Veggie Platter + Tips on How to Eat Healthy at Holiday Parties

Offer your Thanksgiving dinner guests a healthier option with this festive turkey shaped vegetable tray served with a hummus dip!
A vegetable Thanksgiving platter in shape of a turkey

As each holiday approaches, I eagerly look forward to creating festive (and healthy) holiday appetizers, snacks, or sweet treats.  Weeks and sometimes even months go into the planning of the original creations.  My creations have varied from individual snacks (like this Jack O'Lantern Cheese Bites) to larger platters (like these Healthy Halloween trays) that serve a group of people.

Today I share with you an original festive Thanksgiving appetizer - a Thanksgiving Vegetable Platter made into the shape of a turkey.  Hummus is used as the face and center of the platter, with several vegetable varieties (peppers and carrots) placed around the hummus dip to form the turkey's feathers. Cheese, peppercorns, and a cracker help to form the facial features.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Throw Back Thursday: Cauliflower Pumpkin Mash

Replace mashed potatoes with this lower carbohydrate cauliflower mash recipe flavored with a hint of pumpkin

Cauliflower Mash is a llower carbohydrate alternative to mashed potatoes

For today's blog post, I decided to do a little "Throw Back Thursday" recipe re-post.  I originally posted the recipe for Cauliflower Pumpkin Mash back in 2012, however, decided it was time for a little food photography update.

If you look at the original photo, you will see why I felt it needed a bit of an update!  When I started this blog, back in 2012 my photography skills were quite limited.   While I am still far from an expert food photographer, I continually learn new tricks and techniques.  I suspect in three years when I look back on this updated photo, my photography skills will have improved even more.

Check out the comparison of the original photo to the updated photo below.  What differences do you  notice?  Perhaps the lighting is one of the largest differences?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Up, Up & Away First Birthday Party

Check out this recap of the Up, Up and Away party we threw for Lil' Man's First Birthday!

A few weeks ago we celebrated Lil' Man's First Birthday!  I know - I can't believe it's already been one year since he was born.  Time flies when you are having fun!  The past year has been full of laughs, sleepless nights, and a some unexpected surprises - all of which I would never take back.

We decided to have a small little party for Lil' Man the weekend after his actual birthday.  We toyed around with several themes for the party before we settled on "Up, Up & Away". Originally I thought we would do a football themed party, but when I received a catalog from Oriental Trading an airplane theme appeared more appealing.

My plan was to throw a simple party, just put up a few decorations and serve some brunch offerings.  The end outcome of Lil' Man's party was somewhat in between. I certainly did more than I originally intended with the decorations and food, but there is always room to do more.


Thanks to the Oriental Trading catalog that arrived in the mailbox, planning the decorations for the party was simple. A few clicks and most of the decorations for the  "Up, Up & Away" party theme were ordered.  I did also purchase several of the decorations from Etsy and Party City.

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