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Low-fat (and delicious) apple muffins

Low Fat Apple Muffins

The story of these muffins starts with a recipe for zucchini bread. I’ve loved zucchini bread for as long as I can remember, but I rarely get to eat it. So when one of our buyers brought in a home-baked loaf last week, I was delighted. And inspired. On Sunday morning, I decided to bake my own zucchini bread (and ... Read More »

Guest post: Demystifying Teething Biscuits (and a recipe!)


Melissa Constantinou is the chef and owner of Custom Spoonfuls, a personal chef service in the Boston area. She comes from an extremely food-centric Italian family that has taught her countless tips and tricks about cooking and eating throughout the years. Melissa has transitioned from public relations professional to personal chef and couldn’t be happier as she pursues her passion of ... Read More »

The rainbow cake connection

The inside of the cake

So of course my daughter found her birthday cake on Pinterest this year. Seems appropriate, right? She was looking over my shoulder one day and two months later, when I asked if she wanted anything in particular for her birthday cake, she didn’t hesitate. “The rainbow cake!” I started researching recipes. I quickly found one from Whisk Kid, whose gorgeous ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day “Semi-Healthy” Treats


Here at Magic Beans, we’re committed to going a little healthier this year. But we can’t give up sweets entirely on this sweetest of holidays, so we decided to share one of our favorite V-day recipes — because it’s fruit! Well, it’s mostly fruit. And fruit is always healthy, whether it’s smothered in chocolate or not. Ingredients: – 1 bag ... Read More »

Soup or bowl? Great soup & chili recipes


The food traditions of Super Bowl Sunday are almost as enticing for me as the game itself. We make all kinds of fun treats each year, including both new recipes and old favorites. Soups and chili are always part of the menu, though. Here are three of my family’s favorite recipes, all of them healthy, low-fat, and quick to make. ... Read More »

Jelly donut… cupcakes!


Chanukah is notable for many reasons, but the tradition of eating fried foods is both wonderful and unfortunate. On one hand, there’s nothing more delicious than hot potato latkes with cold sour cream and apple sauce. On the other hand, it’ll take a lot of hours on the treadmill to offset the impact of that treat. As if the potato ... Read More »

No Rain On Your Parade: 10 ways to have fun indoors

While we don’t love April Showers, don’t forget: at the end, we get beautiful May Flowers. In the meantime, here are our top 10 suggestions to keep downpours from dampening your fun. Make your own play-doh – kids enjoy the process AND the product. This recipe doesn’t require you to cook the dough, making it more kid-friendly than stovetop versions. ... Read More »

Hooray for Hamantaschen

Sunday is Purim, one of my favorite holidays in the Jewish calendar. What’s not to love? We celebrate the victory of good over evil, our kids dress up in costumes, and Eli and I do a puppet show together for the kids in our community. But before the holiday starts, we bake hamantaschen. Hamantaschen are triangular cookies with a tasty ... Read More »

Irish Soda Bread…for real

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve got a special treat for you: a traditional take on Irish Soda Bread. Frequently, Irish Soda Bread that’s available in America contains raisins, orange zest, or other sources of sweetness. While very, very tasty, these are actually variations on the traditional Irish bread, which contains absolutely no sugar and no yeast! The only ... Read More »