It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day is one week away. If you are not done with your planning and stressing out a bit as the day gets closer, use these tips built from my years of experience to help you pull your game plan together.  It’s all about planning and organization. It’s also a mindset thing. Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy it. It’s easier when you plan ahead.

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Creamed Pearl OnionsCreamed Pearl Onions. I hated them as a kid, and love them as an adult who finally wised up. Pearl onions are an earthy, sweet addition to a Thanksgiving turkey or a Christmas roast. And these are made with absolutely no dairy. Read on for my secret to a creamy sauce. [click to continue…]

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries

November 12, 2014

Brussels sprouts. Those cute little mini cabbages make a great side dish to accompany your Thanksgiving turkey.  Think you don’t like them? Try this easy version with turkey bacon and dried cranberries. The combination of earthy, sweet, and salty just might make you a fan.

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Apple Pecan Coffee Cake & A Giveaway

November 6, 2014

Fall, baking, and apples just go together. Beautifully. The scent of cinnamon filled the house with an irresistible aroma while I was testing this new apple pecan coffee cake recipe. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and reduced in sugar. Just a small indulgence to be enjoyed, on occasion.

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Chicken Tomatillo Soup

November 3, 2014

It’s hard to believe its November. And while preparing for Thanksgiving is everyone’s focus, we still have to eat in the mean time. Here’s  a soup recipe we’ve enjoyed a lot lately – chicken with tomatillos, mild chili pepper and warm spices to warm you up and help you eat healthy as we head into the busy holiday season.

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Green Mojito Smoothie from The Blender Girl

October 28, 2014

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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Poached Eggs with Pumpkin Parmesan Polenta

October 21, 2014

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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