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Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

Healthy, Wholesome Gingerbread Muffins

Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

The smell of these muffins baking just fills your world with warmth!  I have some in the oven right now to take to a small holiday get-together tonight.  I like that they’re made with the wholesomeness of whole grain spelt and pumpkin–you get a healthy dose of fiber and nutrition, plus the molasses gives you a bit of iron too.
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SPELT-BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

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“I don’t have to tell you I love you. I fed you pancakes.”  
~Kathleen Flinn in “Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good”

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Our Thanksgiving holiday travel plans got cancelled at the last minute, so we spent a quiet Thanksgiving Day together at home.  As most of you know, we stopped eating meat and Thanksgiving butterbeans fixitplanpoultry after Bill’s event (and we avoid common wheat as well) so our holiday meal is a bit nontraditional anyway.  Yet the feast with the family is always wonderfully bountiful with an abundance of vegetables and Uncle Ernest’s famous homegrown butter beans!

Suddenly unprepared to put together the usual Thanksgiving fare (sans the turkey and stuffing), I used this unexpected change of plans to test this recipe and we were not disappointed!   Our nontraditional Thanksgiving meal magically became a heaping plate of blueberry pancakes Continue reading SPELT-BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Dip

Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Dip

 

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Evan-Amos – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

I love this stuff!  So easy to throw together, simple and delicious.  My friend Holly and I whipped this up during our recent visit to her house and we all eagerly devoured it.  She discovers the best recipes! … (including the Vegetarian Quinoa Chili here on the blog.)

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Mgmoscatello-Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

It tastes so fresh and summery with the crisp, cool cucumber and sweet, tangy orange. Black beans provide protein and heart healthy fiber, magnesium and potassium, plus a variety of healthy phytonutrients.  And creamy, buttery avocado contributes beneficial, heart healthy fats. Continue reading Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Dip

Blueberry Nectarine Crumble

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Tropical Storm Crumble?

Tropical Storm Erika

Tropical Storm Erika threatened to interfere with baking this weekend, but by Saturday morning she had weakened to a tropical wave.  So I fired up the galley oven and baked this yummy fruit crumble!

It’s a hard to beat  combination of blueberries and nectarines, but you could also use plums, blackberries, peaches, apricots, cherries.. you get the idea.

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Nectarines have a good amount of beta-carotene, plus a small though healthy amount of anti-oxidants. They’re also a healthy source of Continue reading Blueberry Nectarine Crumble

Potato-Leek & Broccoli Soup

Creamy, Delicious Soup ~ Gluten-free and Dairy-free Too!

Have you figured out by now  I love soups and other one-pot meals?  Plus, these types of meals always mean leftovers… and yep, we love leftovers!

This was originally.. simply.. Potato-Leek Soup.  Bill is not super fond of pureed soups but being an agreeable sort he ate it and said he enjoyed it.   Later that same week on a cool, rainy night I was re-heating some for dinner and remembered I also had steamed broccoli leftover from the night before.  It just seemed brilliant to throw it in the soup, and voila! … Potato-Leek & Broccoli Soup was born.  I love this comforting soup and so does Bill.

Since his heart event I had put aside recipes that call for dairy milk or cream to avoid the saturated fat, preferring the fat in our diet come from healthier sources such as nuts, seeds and olive oil.   This is especially true since I’ve learned dairy fat is also inflammatory, which is known to cause plaque buildup in our arteries.   But recently I’ve discovered the magic of cashew cream!  Oh the possibilities!  Now those creamy, rich and delicious recipes we used to love are back on the table. Continue reading Potato-Leek & Broccoli Soup