Thanksgiving Recipes in a Hurry

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Thanksgiving Recipes in a Hurry

Whether you’re surprised with extra Thanksgiving guests, or simply want to shorten your time in the kitchen to enjoy it with family, here are three quick and easy recipes that are so flavorful no-one would ever guess they came with shortcuts!

Bowl of cranberry relish with spices and peppers

Spicy Cranberry Relish

Spicy Cranberry Relish is a great alternative to traditional cranberry sauce. Tart and citrusy, this cranberry dish packs heat from a combination of Fresno and jalapeño peppers as well as ginger and cayenne.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, add the sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, peppers, ginger, cayenne and water. Stir with a wooden spoon. Bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Add the cranberries and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking and stirring occasionally for approximately 10 minutes. The relish should be void of water and look thick and chunky.
  3. Let the relish cool and then serve. It can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

French Onion and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Make instant mashed potatoes special by adding flavors of French onion and chives. Then, top it with charred red onions for taste and visual appeal that will have your holiday guests going back for seconds.

Bowl of French Onion Mashed PotatoesIngredients:

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk, water and butter to a boil. Alternatively, add the ingredients to a microwave-safe dish to heat until the butter is melted.
  2. Meanwhile, on high heat, char the red onions in a pan. Set aside.
  3. Add the mashed potato flakes and French onion dip mix to the milk mixture and stir. Once combined, fold in the chives.
  4. Serve the potatoes topped with the charred red onions and chopped parsley.

 

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato

Stay lively after your Thanksgiving feast with this Salted Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato. The espresso becomes a decadent treat with steamed milk infused with salted caramel and pumpkin spice.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Create flavored milk by adding the milk, salted caramel syrup and pumpkin spice to a milk frother. Turn on to steam and infuse the milk.
  2. To a mug, add the vanilla syrup and top with the steamed milk. Include the froth.
  3. Slowly pour the espresso into the center of the mug. A thinner and more consistent stream creates a more defined layer between the espresso, steamed milk and froth.
  4. Garnish with a drizzle of salted caramel syrup, sprinkle of pumpkin spice and turbinado sugar.

Mug of Pumpkin Spice Macchiato


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About Joanna

Joanna is a commercial food stylist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work and recipes have been seen around the world. When she is not styling for her favorite brands, she enjoys publishing recipes and sharing her love of everything food on her self-titled blog many remember as Baked by Joanna. Her other interests include spending time with her family and staying healthy and fit.

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Power Up with Probiotics

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Bowl of kimchiGut health is one of the hot topics in nutrition research right now. It turns out, the bacteria that take up residence in your belly may play a significant role in wellness. Indeed, studies have found a healthy gut can support your immune system and shows promise in decreasing risk for colon cancer, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease and obesity.

Although research is still in the works, one thing is certain: when it comes to good bacteria, strength comes in numbers. With that in mind, here are three types of food you can add to your diet to boost beneficial bacteria.

Load Up on Fiber

Good bacteria feast on fiber and need it for survival. Aim for a diet of fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans and legumes. The Bulk Department and Produce Department at Sprouts are great places to start.

Minimize Processed Food

This is just one more reason to eat a real-food diet. Some research has shown that certain additives, such as artificial sweeteners, can alter gut bacteria. Plus, a diet of processed food probably means you’re not getting enough fiber to help those healthy bacteria thrive.

Include Probiotic Foods

Seek out foods that are naturally rich in good bacteria, otherwise known as probiotics. These include:

  • Fermented Vegetables – Products such as Farmhouse Culture Kimchi or Wild Brine Kraut add flavor to the plate along with good-for-you bacteria.
  • Yogurt – Yogurt is inoculated with two primary strains of bacteria, which is what gives it that pleasingly tangy flavor.
  • Kefir – Another probiotic-rich option in the dairy aisle that’s similar in consistency to drinkable yogurt.
  • Miso & Tempeh – These two ingredients are derived from fermented soy and one more way to work good bacteria into your diet.
  • Probiotic Supplements – In addition to food sources, a probiotic supplement is another option for upping your intake.

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About Katie Morford

Katie Morford is a writer, cookbook author, registered dietitian and mother of three. She has published two cookbooks, Rise & Shine (Roost Books, 2016) and Best Lunch Box Ever (Chronicle Books, 2013). Her work has been featured in Cooking Light, Oprah, Real Simple, Bon Appetit, Parents, Redbook, the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the voice behind the award-nominated blog Mom’s Kitchen Handbook: Raising Fresh-Food Kids in a French-Fried World and blogs regularly on the Huffington Post. She lives with her husband and three daughters in San Francisco.

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Grab ‘N Give

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Each year, Sprouts gives you the opportunity to give back to your local communities through our Grab ‘N Give program. Last year, you donated more than 2 million meals to families in need—allowing them to enjoy those special moments around the table. It’s just as easy this year to provide a healthy food or personal care bag this holiday.

  • Choose a pre-filled personal care or healthy food donation bag from one of our Grab ‘N Give displays.

  • Pay for the bag at checkout. (Price reflects a discount of 10% or more off regular retail.)

  • We’ll donate your bag to a local hunger relief agency.

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37 Staples for a Diabetes-Friendly Pantry

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Whether you have diabetes, or a loved one that does, it can be an intimidating disease to manage if you’re not prepared. Stocking a diabetesfriendly pantry is key for balancing blood sugars and living a healthy life.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

From balancing blood sugars, to medications, to making sure you’re counting those carbohydrates correctly, it can feel like a lot. Whether it’s type 1, type 2, gestational, LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) or one of the other types of diabetes, there are some central themes to nutrition management for any type of diabetes.

Having a grocery store like Sprouts close by is a huge blessing to anyone looking to manage their diabetes. Not only do they offer inexpensive pantry staples, perfect for someone looking to stock a diabetes friendly pantry, but they also educate and train their staff to be able to answer general questions you may have about the products they sell.

Stocking a Diabetes-Friendly Pantry

I’ve got 37 staples for stocking a diabetes-friendly pantry that will make life easier and more efficient. Make sure to check out your local Sprouts for these items!

Oils, Vinegars and Condiments

Oil, vinegar and condiments are a great way to add flavor and depth to an otherwise bland dish—without adding carbohydrates, sodium or preservatives—but you have to know which ones to pick.

Avocado oil and grapeseed oil, are two versatile oils. They’re great for high-heat cooking and both have a smoke point of at least 450°F. Extra virgin olive oil is great for homemade salad dressings and marinades for lower-heat cooking. All three oils offer those good fats recommended for people with diabetes.

Balsamic vinegar and red wine vinegar are great to have on hand for homemade salad dressings and marinades. Some preliminary research has also shown vinegar to be effective in managing post-meal blood sugar levels.

When shopping for condiments, try looking for avocado oil mayonnaise, unsweetened ketchup, lowsodium mustard and salsa, as well as low-sodium tomato sauce and vegetable broth.

Spices and Little Extras

Diabetes and hypertension are often diagnosed simultaneously. It’s important to keep sodium low when cooking, salt-free spice blends are a great way to do that.

Pickles, olives and sun-dried tomatoes are low-carb (though some are high in sodium) options when your blood sugar may be high or medications warrant a lower-carb snack.

Grains, Cereals and Breads

Quinoa can be a nutritious rice replacement. It has more fiber and protein making it less likely to spike blood sugar levels. 

Pasta is hard for many diabetics. It usually results in a blood sugar spike, even with whole-wheat varieties. Bean-based pastas are ideal for diabetics offering more protein and fiber than traditional pastas.

Steel cut oats and barley are other higher-fiber, lower-glycemic grain options.

Higher-fiber grains like popcorn, high-fiber cereals, whole-grain crackers and low-sugar granola make great snack options when paired with a protein or fat source.

Sandwich rounds are perfect for making sandwiches. Most varieties are thinner than traditional sandwich bread making them more blood sugar friendly.

Beans and Legumes

Canned beans and lentils offer plant-based protein and fiber, and are great for diabetes-friendly meatless meals. Make sure to look for lower-sodium options.

37 Staples for a Diabetes-Friendly PantryNuts, Nut Butter and Seeds

Almonds and walnuts are both higher in omega-3s than other nuts and make for great snack options for diabetics.

Pistachios, though not as high in omega-3s, are one of the lowest calorie nuts making them better for weight management.

Both peanut butter and almond butter offer healthy fats and protein—great for topping toast or adding to a yogurt bowl.

Some research has shown, pumpkin seeds are effective in lowering blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes. One theory suggests their high magnesium content may be responsible for this.

Chia seeds and hemp seeds are high in fiber and protein. They’re great for adding a little crunch to everything from yogurt bowls to salads and baked goods.

Shelf-Stable Protein

Canned tuna is great for making quick, protein-rich lunches. Make sure to look for varieties packed in water and low in sodium.

Low Blood Sugar Treatment Options

Unsweetened apple sauce and no-added-sugar juice boxes are perfect shelf-stable, low blood sugar treatment options to keep on hand. Glucose tabs, while effective, are not the most appetizing things, nor are they easy to eat. Apple sauce and juice are easy to consume and raise blood sugars quickly.

 

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Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD, is the Registered Dietitian, mom, food blogger, and recipe developer behind milkandhoneynutrition.com. She’s also a type 1 diabetic and firmly believes food should bring us joy, not stress. Mary Ellen makes healthy eating easy, realistic, and most importantly … fun! Visit her website and you’ll find yummy low-sugar, diabetes-friendly recipes the whole family will love … as well as helpful tips, and a little mom humor.

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Destress with Ashwagandha

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Looking for a natural way to handle stress? Ashwagandha is your herb! It has been used for centuries to promote mental and physical health. With holidays right around the corner, look to this energy-restoring herb to help support both mental and physical health.

Its Latin name is Withania somnifera, but ashwagandha is also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, and is part of the nightshade family. Taken from the root, ashwagandha has been used for centuries in the traditional Indian medical practice known as Ayurveda.

Combating Stress

An adaptogen, ashwagandha acts as a stress reliever and balancer. Adaptogens are known to increase the body’s resistance to stress and exert a positive effect on the various systems, including immune, nervous and cardiovascular function.

Immune & Adrenal Support

The holiday season is known for increasing stress levels and time spent with large groups of people, both contributors that can lead to the unfortunate side effect of sickness. That’s why it’s important that your immune system be at its best!

Ashwagandha is particularly helpful in lowering your stress levels and helping balance your immune system by supporting the body’s ability to fight off stress and sickness. When your body is in balance, your adrenals can respond more effectively to create a healthier stress response to a hectic holiday season.

Did you know? The Sanskrit word ashwagandha is a combination of ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell, and refers to the strong smell of the plant’s root.

Mountain High Yoghurt

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With a belief that real life should be real simple, Mountain High crafts delicious yogurt that’s made in California with Real California Milk. Their centuries-old method does not use gelatin or other funny stuff. Even their original, whole milk plain yogurt only has four, simple ingredients—making Mountain High the perfect and wholesome blank canvas for, well, just about anything. Topped with granola and fruit for breakfast, dolloped on tacos for dinner or included in a deliciously moist baked good—the possibilities are as limitless as your imagination!

Autumn and apples go hand-in-hand. You’ll love this tasty Fall Apple Streusel Cake created by our vlogger friend Dzung Duong of Honeysuckle, a food and lifestyle channel. And the secret to the cake’s super-light and fluffy texture? You guessed it, Mountain High Yoghurt! Delight your friends and family with this holiday-worthy cake.

Video Description: Apple Streusel Cake with Mountain High Yoghurt by Dzung Duong of Honeysuckle

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About Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a food and lifestyle channel hosted by Dzung Duong whose dedication to simplifying gourmet recipes, lifestyle design, and responsible beauty has allowed her to grow into a YouTube sensation. Dzung has been cooking since she was 8 years-old, when her grandmother taught her authentic Vietnamese recipes with a twist. Her exceptional content, produced with a playful edge, has made her channel a destination with a full video production business, which she runs with her business partner husband, Nate Lewis. Her mission is: to “inspire young women across the globe to use food and lifestyle choices to develop creativity, self-confidence and community in everyday life.” They live in Los Angeles with their daughter, Erisy, and border collie.

Simply Organic Story

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At Simply Organic, they are driven by the goodness of organics. From the field to your kitchen, they are committed to ensuring that their organic spices and seasonings are grown and processed in an ethical and sustainable manner.

They develop direct, honest and genuine relationships with growers to offer pure, premium-quality spices for all your baking and cooking needs. And to contribute to the goodness of organics beyond your own kitchen, Simply Organic supports numerous organic and sustainable farming communities through the Simply Organic Giving Fund. To date, more than $1.5 million has been donated worldwide.

Eat right, live well and join Simply Organic on their mission to make organic food more accessible.

  • They support and encourage the growth of organic farming practices.

  • From field to kitchen, they are committed to integrity in products and the way they do business.

  • Their underlying values are simple: wholesome, great-tasting organics and fair, respectful sourcing.

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Simply Organic spice rack and Le Creuset cookware

Enter for a chance to win a spice rack with Simply Organic spices and Le Creuset cookware!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Download the Sprouts app and create an account.
  2. Log into your account.
  3. Go to the Grocery Aisles mobile coupons section.
  4. Clip the Simply Organic promotional offer.

See Official Rules for details.

Help Shorten Cold & Flu Symptoms

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Colorful, tasty and beneficial for the body, the European elder tree is native to Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. The flowers are white with green berries that turn red, then black when fully ripe. Both berries and flowers have been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat digestive disorders, influenza, colds, sinusitis and other allergy symptoms.
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A Concentrated Antioxidant

Elderberries are a concentrated source of two antioxidants: quercetin and anthocyanin. These powerful antioxidants enhance the body’s immune response by increasing the production of cytokines. Cytokines are the immune system’s messengers, helping to regulate the body’s response to disease, inflammation and infection. The high antioxidant capacity in elderberries neutralizes harmful free radicals and protects the body against illness and disease.

Excellent Source of Vitamins A and C

Elderberries are also an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, which is part of what makes it a great addition to your wellness routine. Vitamin A helps with the formation of white blood cells essential to your body’s defense against illness. Together, they make an outstanding one-two punch to assist in warding off those pesky bugs that make the rounds this season.

Enhancing Immunity Quickens Recovery

Elderberry’s high antioxidants, as well as its high content of vitamins A and C are compelling reasons to try elderberry next time you feel you might be fighting a bug.


Did you know? Elderberry significantly more antioxidant capacity than either blueberries or cranberries.


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Spooky Halloween Pizzas

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Whether you’re creating a spooky slice before trick-or-treating or a fun and festive Halloween spread, make these decorative pizzas your go-to:

 

Pizza with ghost shapes

Ghostly Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Plain, or limited-topping frozen pizza (we recommend Caulipower pizza for extra veggies!)
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Black olives
  • Pizza sauce (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Bake pizza according to package directions.
  2. Remove pizza from oven.
  3. Spread extra pizza sauce on frozen pizza (optional, to create a spooky, red tone).
  4. Using a ghost-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes from cheese.
  5. Slice half of the olives in halves and the rest into small strips, use any leftover to make small dots for ghost eyes and mouth.
  6. Place ghost shapes with olive dots on the pizza.
  7. Place olive halves and strips to give it a spider look.
  8. VPut pizza back in oven for 5 minutes.

 

Vegan Spider Web PizzaPizza with a spider web shape on it

Ingredients:

  • Daiya Cheeze Lover’s Pizza
  • Black olives
  • Miyoko’s Vegan Mozz Ball, cut into small, rectangular strips
  • Pizza sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Bake pizza according to package directions.
  2. Remove pizza from oven.
  3. Spread extra pizza sauce on pizza (optional, to create a spooky, red tone).
  4. Slice half of the olives into halves and the rest into small strips.
  5. Place strips of cheese in a spider web design.
  6. Put pizza back in oven for 5 minutes.

How to Cook a Ham – Tips for Making the Best Ham This Holiday Season!

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Thanksgiving Tips

Spiral hams are a super popular choice for large holiday gatherings. They’re such a crowd pleaser, and the leftovers are perfect for sandwiches, breakfast hashes and my personal favorite—my grandma’s ham, leek and potato soup. If you’re wondering how to cook the best ham possible, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Spiral ham on platter with oranges and herbs

Spiral Hams Are the Way to Go

A spiral cut ham is the easiest to prepare, cook and serve. Remove the ham from its packaging and reheat. The ham is pre-cut, so guests can take the amount they desire. By taking stress and time out of the equation, you can enjoy your meal without any extra steps. Sprouts’ Butcher Shop spiral sliced hams come with a flavor packet, either a dry rub or a glaze which you can choose to use or not. A great ham won’t need a thing and will be flavorful enough without the added seasonings. Serve with different mustards or fruity preserves if you’d like—the possibilities are endless—but you don’t need to add much to the ham if you cook it right!

For Extra Flavor …

Wondering how to add extra flavor when cooking a ham? For a little extra flavor, you can pour apple cider in the roasting pan, as well as cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice. They create an amazing aroma and holiday flavor that infuses the ham, without a lot of extra work.

To glaze or not to glaze?

If you do want to glaze your ham, I’d recommend making your own, with simple ingredients. I like using a mixture of pure maple syrup, orange marmalade, mustard, brown sugar and herbs. Get creative with it, depending on how sweet or savory you’d like your ham to be! If you’re not using a glaze, make sure you cover the ham with foil to keep the moisture in, helping to prevent the ham from drying out.

Making the Moist of Your Ham

Sprouts’ Butcher Shop spiral hams are cooked in their natural juices with no added water for the most flavorful and moist experience. Pay attention to the weight of the ham and the recommended cooking time. Ham can dry out if you don’t take note of those two things.

No food waste!

There shouldn’t be any waste when it comes to cooking a ham! There are so many things you can do with the ham leftovers, like making soups, soup stock, ham salad or scrambled with eggs, as well as regular ham sandwiches. Remember, there may be pan drippings from heating the ham which can be saved or frozen for use in making a super-flavorful soup.

Overall, spiral hams are a long-standing family favorite. They’re super easy to prepare, always a crowd-pleaser, create minimal food waste, are cost effective and require minimal hands-on prep time. If you’re looking for a stress-free option to serve at any large gathering—ham is a great choice. Following the cooking guidelines will help you end up with the perfect ham!


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About Molly

Molly Krebs is the photographer, food blogger and recipe developer behind Spices in My DNA, a food blog dedicated to healthy recipes with a sprinkle of indulgence mixed in! Molly is wildly passionate about food, and grew up in a family of foodies. She was surrounded by it from an early age and immediately fell in love. Molly loves to share super flavorful, unique and healthy recipes, as well as indulgent, comforting meals. Through her time blogging, she has grown to have a passion for photography as well. You can find Molly’s recipes at spicesinmydna.com, and her first cookbook will be published in August of 2019!

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