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7 Healthy Food Tricks You'll Actually Want To Try

Go into the holiday season on a good note.

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2. Make crockpot dump dinners even easier by preparing them ahead of time, freezing them, and thawing/cooking whenever you're ready.

It really doesn't get any more convenient than that. Here are seven healthy chicken crockpot freezer meals to prep ahead of time. HARD SELL: You can prep all seven of them in under an hour!!!

Those green stands are called "baggy racks" and you can get them here, but they aren't totally necessary.

3. Make a batch of five-ingredient, gluten-free peanut butter banana muffins and eat them for breakfast on-the-go.

The batter comes together IN A BLENDER, and they couldn't be easier! Get the recipe (and watch the video) here.


4. If you're feeling under the weather, try a light, brothy vegetable soup.

This quinoa, pea, and pinto bean soup comes together in about 30 minutes, thanks to frozen peas and canned pinto beans. Recipe here.

6. Try savory oatmeal — it's a great way to sneak vegetables into breakfast.

Not to mention whole grains. And an egg, if you want. (You SHOULD want.) Here's the recipe, along with 12 other tricks for better, more delicious oatmeal.

7. Cook an easy one-pan dinner with no extra fat by searing skin-on chicken in a skillet on the stovetop, then tossing vegetables in the rendered chicken fat and finishing the whole thing in the oven.

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You can use any vegetables, as long as you cut them small enough that they'll cook at the same rate as the chicken — about 20 minutes in a 425°F oven. Using the fat that renders out of the chicken skin when it sears means you don't have to add any extra oil, and that the whole dish will be super flavorful with very few ingredients. Recipe here.