Quattro Stagioni Pizza

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If you love pizza, you have to give this one a try. The recipe takes some planning, but when it all comes together, it’s worth every second. I tested a lot of pizza dough recipes, and the Double-O Pizza Dough turns out every time. Top it with a Traditional Marinara and your choice of cheese. Then comes the 4 seasons: artichokes (spring), sundried tomatoes (summer), cremini mushrooms (fall), and marinated kalamata olives (winter). Serve hot from the oven with a sprinkle of fresh herbs. Continue reading

Royal Icing

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Lately, I’ve been experimenting with royal icing made with aquafaba instead of raw eggs. So what is aquafaba? It’s the brine drained from a can of chickpeas. I know it sounds weird, but it really works. The best thing is, if you have a gingerbread house party, you’ll have chickpeas leftover to make hummus! Continue reading

Espresso Brownies

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This dessert is not only delicious but gluten free, and dare I say, made with healthy ingredients. If you’ve never used brown rice flour, now’s the time to try. I often mix it with the more expensive gluten free all-purpose flour when baking. The brownies are also made with maple sugar – a wonderful alternative to refined sugar. Continue reading

BEET BLISS

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Juicing for the Seasons

I’ve been trying to stick to root vegetables when I juice in winter. As you all know, buying seasonal produce is more affordable. I also read that your body responds better to food indigenous to where you live. So far, I’ve juiced beets, carrots, and ginger. Let me know if you have other suggestions for root veggies and spices.  Continue reading

Pumpkin Lasagna

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If you love pumpkin, I have a feeling you’ll like this simple lasagna recipe. By using oven ready lasagna and canned pumpkin puree, it cuts prep time in half. If I’m planning ahead for guests, I also like to cover and freeze the unbaked lasagna. It can thaw overnight in the refrigerator when you are ready to cook it the next day. Continue reading

Mediterranean Lentil Soup

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Lentil soup is one of those winter staples across the Mediterranean. And for a good reason. It’s inexpensive, flavorful, easy to throw together, and you can use leftover produce to make it.

For my version, I used sprouted lentils found in the natural section of grocery stores. The sprouted version cooks quickly and is known to be easier to digest than regular lentils. This soup is a wonderful way to introduce pulses into your diet. Add some freshly baked bread, and it turns into a hearty meal.

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Greek Chickpea Soup

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, soup season is taking full force in my kitchen. One of my favorite light and healthy soups is as simple as it can get.

Revithosoupa or ρεβιθόσουπα (I think I spelled that right) is a traditional Greek winter staple. The secret is adding the lemon juice, parsley, and olive oil once the soup has finished cooking. Because of its unique freshness, I like to serve it as a warm afternoon snack. I’ve also had the soup in tavernas served with freshly baked bread and feta cheese. Continue reading

Grapefruit Zing

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RECHARGE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite juices. This grapefruit juice gets a sharp kick from the ginger. It’s packed with vitamin C, Beta-carotene and folic acid to boost energy. For me, the juice is also a perfect post-holiday beverage to get back on track with healthy meals. Continue reading

Pumpkin Power Smoothie

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I feel like it’s that time of year when schedules overlap, flu season has arrived, the holidays are near…the list could go on forever.

I know it’s easy to fall into the cycle of not taking care of ourselves during stressful times. Breakfast is a perfect way to take a few minutes to relax, read something uplifting, and eat a meal that makes you feel good. For me, I’ve been reading Maya Angelou’s Letter to My Daughter while I sip on my favorite pumpkin smoothie. I find myself waking up early just to start the day.

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Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Avocado Sauce

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Can you believe December is right around the corner? I have a lot of catching up to do with all of your wonderful blogs. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a special recipe.

Spaghetti Squash is one of my favorite things to cook with during the fall. Usually, I’d serve the “squash noodles” with marinara and homemade dairy free parmesan cheese. But I had an avocado on hand and decided to try out a new sauce. The result was fantastic and would pair great with fresh pasta too. Continue reading