Pumpkin Oat & Cranberry Scones

If you like to get your hands “dirty” in the kitchen, here’s a fun & easy recipe for some seasonal scones.  Instead of frosting them, I typically smear on a little real butter and some of Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter. — If you’re lucky enough to live near a “TJ’s”, go get some of this[Continue reading…]

Perfect Winter Squash Recipe for Thanksgiving

Simple, Savory Butternut Squash 1 Butternut squash, peeled and cut in small chunks 1 small white onion, peeled and sliced into small pieces 2-3 Tb. Olive oil 1-2 Tb. Orange juice Fresh rosemary Salt & pepper Fill a medium-sized pot with about 1/2 inch of water and bring to a boil.  Add the butternut squash[Continue reading…]

Pumpkin Basil Soup Seduction

How many of you keep canned pumpkin on hand? I do, and apparently some of my friends think that’s funny.  I’ll tell you a little story of how pumpkin became a staple in my pantry… Canned pumpkin is great for making “Seductive Soup”! What, you ask?!  Everyone knows it’s great for pumpkin muffins, scones, pancakes[Continue reading…]

Fall Foods Can’t Be Beet!

If you’re watching your weight or trying to lose weight, you may have heard that beets are a no-no. Unless you are truly sugar-sensitive, there is no reason this fabulous phytochemical-rich food should be off limits. In fact, for weight management, try eating them — the greens included — frequently and forgo dessert instead. See[Continue reading…]

Awesome Autumn Salad

Summer is fading, but the shades of autumn certainly aren’t! Vibrant fall foliage and wonderful, colorful, flavorful garden goodies are still to be enjoyed.  At the same time, fall seems to trigger my craving for roasted nuts, which can be roasted indoors or out.  For this salad, I used hazelnuts, but almonds, pecans or walnuts[Continue reading…]

Heavenly Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Otherwise known as Nutella, although it’s not!  Make your own at home — fresh nuts roasted in the oven are key.  This can be made with or without the added canola oil — try it both ways. Either way, this is not a forbidden food. It is full of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds from the[Continue reading…]

Blueberry “Frozen Yogurt”

Feel-good foods are ones that deliver a high nutritional profile and simply taste reallly good!  This combination of blueberries and yogurt gives you vitamin C and some probiotics, both of which are recommended as mood-supporting (i.e. stress-reducing) foods.  With the weather getting warmer, make this tasty treat any time of day — for breakfast, as[Continue reading…]

Going Green Rotini

When I think spring, I think asparagus! If you’re thinking green this spring, then try this light, nutrient-rich pasta dish.  It’s loaded with powerful disease-fighting phytochemicals from the array of green veggies. Most importantly though — it tastes great!  Serve it as a side to grilled chicken or salmon, or simply serve with a large[Continue reading…]

“Try It You’ll Like It” Turkey Chili

Winter chill is in the air, which makes it a perfect time to get a pot of this hearty and heart-healthy Turkey Chili cooking.  It’s loaded with lycopene, vitamin C, iron and other micronutrients to support your immune system this flu season.  Serve it alone or over brown rice with a crusty multigrain baguette and[Continue reading…]

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

The holiday season brings out the baker in many people. Cookies are fun to bake, eat and share with friends.  They don’t have to be off-limits, especially when loaded with good-for-you ingredients such as fresh cranberries and whole oats.  These gems are good for your heart and soul, and they’re simply irresistible! For baking cookies,[Continue reading…]