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8 Strategies for Avoiding the Holiday Sugar Monster and Staying Energized

‘Tis the season for indulging. Sweet treats are everywhere! But we all know sugar isn't good for us. It's addictive, causes blood sugar swings and energy crashes, is highly inflammatory, and eating too much can lead to many chronic health problems. So what do you do when it's all around you? Here are my top 8 strategies for avoiding the holiday sugar monster and staying healthy and energized through the holiday season: 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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Crazy for Pumpkin! -- Holiday Recipes

My friends call me the Pumpkin Lady. I love cooking with all kinds of pumpkin and squash, especially in the fall. Lots of people eat pumpkin in the form of pie at Thanksgiving, but this vegetable is so good for you and delicious and versatile that it’s worth including as a regular part of your diet. Read More

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Butternut Squash with Black Rice and Mushroom Stuffing

Butternut squash is one of the easiest squashes to prepare and it is so versatile. From fall through winter, I love making Butternut Squash Soup, roasted squash, butternut and black bean burritos, and stuffed butternuts or acorn squash. Including naturally sweet foods in your diet is a great way to satisfy your body's sweet tooth without sugar and added sweeteners. I use all kinds of squash and pumpkins, onions, root vegetables like beets and rutabagas, plus sweet and pungent spices like cinnamon and clove to add some natural sweetness to my meals. Read More

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Pumpkin Stuffed with Chestnuts, Apples, and Leeks (Vegetarian Thanksgiving Centerpiece)

This is a festive main dish for Thanksgiving that will satisfy vegans and carnivores alike, but would also be a great accompaniment to a turkey. Read More

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