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Vibrant Salad with Ginger-Citrus Dressing

We had a friend staying with us from Alaska recently. After his long 14-hour multi-stop flight, we fed him this salad when he arrived. He kept saying (like 6 times) that it was the most vibrant salad he'd ever had. Thus, I have named it the Vibrant Salad! If you are feeling a little stuffed and heavy after Thanksgiving, this super healthy salad will leave you feeling clean, light, and virtuous! The creamy avocado pairs very well with the crunchy purple cabbage and crisp baby bok choy, and the dressing Ginger-Citrus Dressing is simply delicious. I'm in love with this salad and have been making it weekly lately. The best way to balance out the holiday feasts is to plan some healthy meals in between, like the Vibrant Salad. Read More

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Triple Ginger Pumpkin Spelt Muffins (with Fresh Pumpkin)

This time of year, I love to cook fresh pumpkin and make many savory and sweet dishes, including soups, stews, chili, stuffed pumpkin, pumpkin and lentils, muffins, smoothies, and so much more. One roasted pumpkin yields so many different dishes. Pumpkin muffins are a favorite fall treat, but most that you find to buy are filled with white sugar and white flour. This easy-to-make muffin is a healthier version of your typical variety. It is made with whole grain spelt flour and uses honey as the sweetener. Topped with crunchy walnuts and a few pieces of candied ginger, they are simply delicious. At my Pumpkin Cooking Class last night, I made them with freshly baked pumpkin, one of the Blue Jaradales that we grew in our garden this summer. Read More

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8 Probiotic Foods to Include in Your Diet

Including fermented foods as part of your diet has many health benefits. There are so many delicious options to enjoy besides the most common one -- yogurt. Traditionally fermented foods are overflowing with probiotics. Regularly consuming probiotic-rich foods helps to restore a healthy balance of good vs. bad bacteria in the intestines. Did you know that you have 10 times more bacteria in your body than human cells? Feeding your good bacteria helps to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and create a strong immune system, which are all key for good health. Read More

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Butternut Squash, White Bean, and Swiss Chard Soup

Fall has arrived and that means soup's on! As the weather begins to turn colder, adding seasonal, warming foods helps keeps your body balanced. This soup is easy to prepare and is full of warming fall veggies. The squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots give it a satisfying sweetness, and the Swiss chard or kale adds contrasting flavor and extra nutrition. Adding leafy greens to soups is a great way to increase your greens. Butternut squash makes a beautiful-looking colorful soup, and is filling and delicious! Try making a big pot and dividing the leftovers into small containers to take to work, or pop them in the freezer so you have dinner ready in a few weeks. Read More

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Favorite Easy Summer Recipe -- Gazpacho in the Vitamix

I've been making this recipe about once a week for the last month or so. It is so easy and fresh and delicious. Really, there is nothing like ripe summer tomatoes. This Gazpacho is fast to make in my Vitamix, so it's a great weeknight dinner and delicious picnic fare. Read More

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6 Tips to Eat Healthy All Week

Most of us want to eat healthy, delicious food, but it’s hard to find the time to get organized and make it happen. So we end up deferring to unhealthier choices or eating out. Here are a few tips to set yourself up for success so you can make healthy food convenient at home. 1. Stock your pantry with healthy food Read More

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A Healthy Snack for Kids of All Ages

What sweet treat takes one minute to prepare and is also a healthy snack that kids of all ages will love? My smart 4-year-old friend Antonia brought this delicious snack when she and her mom came to visit the other day. Here's her adorable 30-second video introducing it. I think this is quite possibly the cutest video ever (okay, I am a little biased) and it will inspire you. You have to try these!!

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Best Blueberry Muffins (Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)

I love it when I have to wrestle my husband for the last muffin. We recently took a road trip up to Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm for some pick-your-own organic blueberries and came home with about 5 pounds worth. Which, I must say, we had no trouble finishing in my favorite Quick-As-Cereal Berry Seed Bowl, smoothies, straight up as snacks, and in these fabulous muffins. These gluten-free muffins are sweetened with honey and fresh blueberries muffins are simply delicious. Enjoy them without any guilt. Just make sure you don't eat the whole batch in one sitting! Read More

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Black Bean, Corn, and Sugar Snap Salad with Chipotle-Lime Vinaigrette

This salad is a crowd pleaser! It makes a great weeknight dinner and is also a fabulous dish to take to a summer party. It’s easy to prepare, and a beautiful mix of colors and flavors. It’s also nice for lunch the next day. Really, this salad was designed around all the sugar snap peas in my garden. Read More

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Summer's Here: Great Vegetarian Burger for Outdoor Grilling!

One of my absolute FAVORITE things about summer is eating outside. There's something about eating good food, hanging out with friends and family, and being outside in the sun that makes for a perfect combo. Summer picnics were a beloved family activity during my childhood, and they are no less fun today. Everything tastes better when you are outside. For vegetarians, heading to a summer BBQ party is not too exciting when there are only meat options. This is a great vegetarian burger recipe that can be made on the grill or on the stove. These protein-packed burgers are quick to throw together and very tasty. You can also make them a day in advance and refrigerate before you take to a summer BBQ to throw on the grill! I also served these on top of a fresh ripe and firm tomato from our garden, using it in place of the bun. A great gluten-free option! Read More

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