Carolyn Casner

Carolyn Casner is a longtime recipe tester and contributor for EatingWell. Over the years, she has tested and developed hundreds of recipes for the magazine and website.
Honey-Roasted Beets
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4
Earthy beets turn sweet and tender when they're roasted in this healthy beets recipe. Preheating your baking sheet speeds up the roasting time and gives the outside of the beets a quick and flavorful sear. Honey and lemon juice add sweet and tangy notes.
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Garlic-Butter Mushroom Bites
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A quick garlic butter mixture coats mushrooms for a deliciously savory bite. Serve these mushrooms with toothpicks as an appetizer, or serve them as a side dish alongside your favorite protein. Want to switch things up? Check out our other variations featuring salmon and steak.
When you need to feed a crowd, this French toast casserole is sure to be a winner. Blueberries bring color and tartness to the dish, while maple syrup provides sweetness. You can easily assemble this casserole the night before and leave it to soak before baking it in the morning.
Make these easy sheet-pan eggs the next time you're serving a crowd for breakfast or brunch. Mushrooms add texture and flavor, while spinach adds a pop of color. You can also make these eggs for a meal-prep-friendly breakfast.
Pecan Pie Energy Balls
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We took all the cozy flavors of a pecan pie and transformed them into a delicious energy ball! These energy balls feature pecans, oats and dates for a tasty snack that's easy to make ahead.
Sick-Day Noodle Soup
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Feeling under the weather? This simple noodle soup can help you feel hydrated and nourished. The broth is flavored with ginger, one of the best foods to eat when you're not feeling well, and which can help support your immune system and reduce pain and nausea. Crushed red pepper adds spice, so feel free to reduce the amount if you prefer something milder.
Using the slow cooker allows the flavors in these cabbage rolls to develop and meld together beautifully. The filling features ground beef and brown rice, so you'll feel full and satisfied. If you're looking for a sweeter sauce, you can add the optional sugar, but we think it works just as well without it.
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This creamy, veggie-packed casserole makes a delicious dinner any night of the week. Use leftover shredded chicken you have on hand, or swap in store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time.
Shrimp cooks quickly in this easy, one-pot recipe, making it perfect for busy weeknights. Serve over whole grains or rice.
Using the slow cooker allows the flavors in these cabbage rolls to develop and meld together beautifully. The filling features ground beef and brown rice, so you'll feel full and satisfied. If you're looking for a sweeter sauce, you can add the optional sugar, but we think it works just as well without it.
This creamy, veggie-packed casserole makes a delicious dinner any night of the week. Use leftover shredded chicken you have on hand, or swap in store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time.
Shrimp cooks quickly in this easy, one-pot recipe, making it perfect for busy weeknights. Serve over whole grains or rice.
Roasting chicken thighs directly on top of the vegetables bastes the scallions and potatoes with delicious drippings in this healthy dinner recipe.
Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Rating: Unrated
2
Cheddar cheese, scallions and bacon flavor these "twice baked" sweet potatoes. Quicker and easy to make, this loaded sweet potato recipe is perfect for the holidays or a weeknight meal.
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Roasted Koginut Squash
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Koginut squash is a unique squash hybrid that is smooth and silky like kabocha squash with the rich, sweet flavor of a butternut.
Low-Carb Blueberry Muffins
Rating: Unrated
14
Just because you're watching carbs doesn't mean you can't have the classic breakfast pastry. In place of all-purpose flour, nutty almond and coconut flours make these muffins fluffy while slashing carbs. A bit of brown sugar blunts the tartness of fresh blueberries. Make these ahead for a grab-and-go breakfast for the week.
Cranberries and apples add pops of sweetness to combine with the salty bites of feta cheese in this tasty salad. We use curly kale here, but you could substitute lacinato if you prefer. Serve this salad alongside any holiday meal or dinner party menu.
With just three ingredients, you can pull together an impressive appetizer perfect for holidays or dinner parties. The tangy cranberries cut through the richness of the cheese to create a balanced bite. This quick appetizer can be easily doubled to feed a crowd.
These festive cheesecake bars are the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Cranberries add a pop of color and tang. To make your own graham cracker crumbs, process cracker sheets in a food processor until fine.
This fresh and colorful chopped salad has all of the delicious flavors you love from the classic caprese salad, plus even more healthy veggies. Add grilled or roasted chicken for a quick main dish.
Whipped Hot Chocolate
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Any kind of milk will work in this fun take on hot chocolate that's perfect for special occasions. For other flavor variations, try adding a drop of peppermint extract or a pinch of pumpkin spice or chili powder, depending on the season. You can even swap out half of the milk for coffee for a flavorful twist.
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Topped with Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, these flavorful Brussels sprouts will be the star on any table. Smashing the sprouts creates a wide surface area that gets mouthwateringly crispy in the oven.
Serve these creamy pesto chicken cutlets over your favorite pasta or zucchini noodles. This easy dinner recipe is sure to become a new family favorite.
Skip takeout and try these egg roll-inspired cabbage rolls! Savoy cabbage leaves are stuffed with egg roll filling and baked in a flavorful soy-hoisin tomato sauce.
In this healthy dinner recipe, chicken thighs, Brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes and packaged gnocchi are all roasted on the same sheet pan for a complete meal that couldn't be easier to make. And though it's simple, this dish gets tons of flavor from seasonings, including garlic, oregano and red-wine vinegar. It all adds up to a dish that's ready to go into heavy weeknight rotation in your house.
Loaded Broccoli Salad
Rating: Unrated
8
This is the broccoli salad you will get special requests for. The combination of bacon, sour cream, mayonnaise, scallions and Cheddar is hard to resist. And the addition of rice vinegar or cider vinegar sharpens all the flavors.
Quick Turkey Meat Sauce
Rating: Unrated
5
This lean meat sauce is made with ground turkey meat instead of ground beef, and the result is just as delicious! Plus, finely chopped mushrooms are incorporated into the sauce (undetected!) for an easy way to eat more vegetables.
Vegan Cornbread Stuffing
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Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, now this classic side dish is available to everyone. We love the deep flavor of cornbread in this entirely plant-based recipe. Our secret to getting that traditional flavor without chicken broth or turkey stock is adding in poultry seasoning—despite the name, there is no poultry in it!