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Easy appetizers for holiday parties

Now’s that time of the year when it feels like someone has pressed the time-lapse button and everything is moving at triple speed. Many of us are feeling the pinch: not having enough hours in the day yet also wanting to slow down and spend time with people we love (or at least like a lot).

And then there is the meal planning. And maybe the party planning. And perhaps houseguests, or family members returning home for the holidays.

Anyway, you don’t need me to tell you how busy you are. So… how can we do some light entertaining, without

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Take it easy after holidays with easy, healthy meals

With the close of 2022 and the festivities concluded it is now time to focus on oneself in 2023. Our households have been nonstop of activity since Thanksgiving, and I know for me I tend to forget the importance of self-care and taking the needed time to carefully prepare a healthier meal for myself and my family. Eating in the New Year takes on some different perspectives, so this week and next we will talk about lighter, healthier meals for our families. They are easy, quick and healthy.  

For me the New Year opens one’s minds to “what can be.”

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23 Hearty Vegetarian Stews (+ Easy Recipes)

Nourish your mind, body, and soul with these vegetarian stews!

They take vegetarian-friendly ingredients and turn them into a comforting hearty bowl.

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And guess what? There are vegan options, too.

Homemade Vegetable Stew with Eggplant in a White Bowl

These stews are a great way to get a nutritious meal into your day without sacrificing flavor.

Packed with nourishing vegetables, protein-rich legumes, and robust broths, these gratifying bowls will warm you right up.

Whether you’re fighting off the winter chill or using up

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with 3 easy appetizers

YouTube cooking show host Laura Vitale is visiting the TODAY kitchen to share a few of her favorite entertaining recipes for New Year’s Eve. She shows us how to make crispy feta-filled phyllo rolls, pull-apart pigs in a blanket and Italian-American antipasto skewers.

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If you love the combination of sweet and salty bites, these crispy feta-filled rolls will hit the spot. Briny feta cheese is rolled in filo dough, which is sprinkled with nutty sesame seeds and baked until golden brown. Serve alongside a spicy honey dipping sauce for an irresistible combination of flavors.

Pull-Apart Pigs in a Blanket

Helen Healey

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Easy appetizer recipes for your New Year’s Eve party

(Scott Suchman for The Washington Post/food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

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It’s a busy time of year for many of us. We’re often juggling who we’re spending time with and where we’re going, and picking priorities can be difficult. Sometimes our desire for festivity runs up against reality.

New Year’s Eve is a prime example. We’ve just survived weeks of gathering with family and friends, probably with a lot of cooking. And now we’re supposed to do it all again?

5 sparkling cocktail recipes for

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