Tess Masters Green Mojito Smoothie

Do you love smoothies? I do, and have had one most mornings for the last fifteen years.

Smoothies are easy, healthy, fast and infinitely variable for your needs and the season. Not just for breakfast, smoothies provide potent health benefits too. As we head into cold and flu season, this Green Mojito Smoothie is one recipe you will want to have in your arsenal.

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Pumpkin Polenta with Poached Eggs-2695|AFoodCentriclLife.com

For a hearty fall breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner, try pumpkin parmesan polenta topped with poached eggs. You can make the polenta (grits)  ahead of time and reheat it to save time.

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Curried Butternut Carrot Soup

October 14, 2014

Warm, creamy, spiced and brilliant orange in color, here is a new soup for your fall enjoyment. Butternut squash, carrots, sweet curry and ginger equals delicious and healthy. The ruby red pomegranate seeds are jeweled garnish and the toasted pumpkin seeds add a nice crunch. Best of all, this soup is anti-inflammatory and a great thing to eat if you are trying to best sugar cravings. Sweet vegetables will help in your battle.

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How to Toast Pumpkins Seeds

October 9, 2014

Toasted pumpkin seeds. Such a simple thing. So tasty. And did you know good for you too? Pumpkin seeds are a nutritional powerhouse and high in protein. 

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Pumpkin Polenta with Chicken Sausage

October 1, 2014

Between cheesy grits for breakfast at Cow Girl Creamery in San Francisco’s Ferry Building and cheesy grits with lobster broth at Perla Seafood Restaurant in Austin, Texas, I’ve become a lover of this soul-satisfying, creamy dish of heaven, and it’s sister, polenta.

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Avocado and Pomegranate Guacamole

September 23, 2014

For the love of avocados, here is a twist on traditional guacamole you’ve got to try. Avocado and pomegranate, with lime, cilantro and shallot. So incredibly good and good for you. Love the colors! Sort of a fall guacamole, now that pomegranates are coming back into season.

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

September 19, 2014

It might be meltingly hot in Southern California, but my brain is in fall mode. Tired of the heat, I am ready for cooler weather, sweaters, a flickering fireplace, and fall foods and ingredients. Fall mode means pumpkin and squashes and comfort food again. Anyone else mentally in fall mode? Please tell me I am not the only one. 

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Chocolate Chip Granola Bites

September 16, 2014

Who doesn’t love granola. Crunchy, nutty, maple-y, spiced and a great way to start the day. Nice as a snack too. Loose granola is fine for when you are at home, but what about when you are on the go? Here is a portable version of my roasted maple granola, this recipe with chocolate chips. 

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Avocado and Hummus Wraps

September 10, 2014

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Like wraps? Here is something new to try. A Wrawp. Smear with hummus, layer in some avocado, tomatoes and sprouts or lettuce greens and you have a super healthy wrap for lunch or a snack. 

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Cherry Tomato Tart

September 6, 2014

Maybe it was the fresh cherry cakes I’d been baking weekly at the request of visiting friends, but I had cherries on my mind. When I saw little green baskets of colorful cherry tomatoes at the market I thought, what about a cherry tomato cake? Then inspiration hit, and here is the delicious result. Before summer tomatoes disappear, make this cherry tomato tart. It is easier than it looks. Your friends and family will think you are a culinary rock star.

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