Shitake Mushroom & Winter Squash Risotto

Creamy, filling, and so satisfying. Stay close while cooking, you need to keep up on the stirring. 3 ½ – 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock Cooking oil 1-2 tbs. butter 1 medium delicata or small butternut squash – 1 1/2 cups of cubed or sliced pieces 1 small yellow onion, chopped, or ½ cup […]

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Caramelized Vegetable and Meatball Soup

Winter is all about hearty soups and chowders. This is one of my favorites. Make extra and freeze. 1 small, peeled and seeded butternut squash 1-2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled 2 carrots 2 large parsnips, peeled 2 cups chopped kale 3-4 garlic cloves, peeled, cut if extra-large into medium pieces olive oil 1 lb. […]

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Squash, Chorizo, and Sage Tart

This tart makes a great appetizer or main dish with a green salad. For an easy way to cook and cut squash see the end of the recipe. 1 puff pastry sheet, defrosted if frozen Olive oil Salt and pepper 1 butternut or delicata squash ½ lb. chorizo ground sausage 1 cup grated cheese, I […]

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Holiday Salad

I love it when the pomegranates and persimmons come into season. So beautiful and festive. Here is one of my favorite holiday salads. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients, just use what you have, make it yours.I have also added roasted beets, pickled red onions, spiced nuts, broccoli or cauliflower florets, and […]

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Spiced Nuts

½ cup of sugar 1 tsp salt 1 tbs chili powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cayenne pepper large egg white 4 cups nuts of choice Preheat the oven to 300°. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray or better yet parchment paper for super easy cleanup. In a bowl, whisk the sugar with […]

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Toasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds

Don’t toss those pumpkin or squash seeds. Toast them for a tasty treat, or add to soups and salads. Great for fiber, prostate health, and parasites. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Take rinsed pumpkin or squash seeds and blot dry with a dishtowel. Put into a bowl and add olive or avocado oil to coat. […]

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Apple Chutney

3 large tart cooking apples (such as green Granny Smith) peeled, cored, and chopped 1 small red or green bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tbs grated orange peel 1 tbs grated fresh ginger 1/2 tsp ground allspice Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan […]

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Peach, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto Bruschetta

Tasty appetizer or snack, easy and delicious. Serves 4 as an appetizer. 8 pieces of crostini – see recipe above 2 large or 4 small to medium ripe peaches 8 thin slices of prosciutto 4 oz goat cheese or feta, blue is also nice balsamic vinegar 2 tbs. fresh basil, chopped. Remove pits and chop […]

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Zucchini Tomato Bruschetta with Basil

2 small zucchinis, sliced sideways into discs Olive oil 2-3 cloves of Garlic – minced 1 small onion, diced 2 medium tomatoes, diced small, you could also use ¾ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped ¼ cup diced olives, I like kalamata, but whatever you like is fine. Salt and pepper Feta, goat, or other cheese of […]

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Saltine Toffee

I first tried this at my Mom’s and was quite impressed when she told me she made it. I asked for the recipe and couldn’t believe how easy it was and how delicious! Health food it isn’t, but it sure is tasty! 4 ounces saltine crackers 1 cup butter 1 cup dark brown sugar 2 […]

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One-Pot Veggie Ravioli

One-Pot Veggie Ravioli

 2-3 generous servings 1 cup chopped, fresh mushrooms 1 small zucchini, cut into bite-size pieces ½ cup chopped onion ½ cup sliced bell pepper 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered 8 oz package organic frozen ravioli, cheese, veggie, mushroom, or butternut squash 2 – 3 cups packed fresh greens, arugula, spinach, super greens or […]

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Kale Chips

Kale Chips

I was never impressed with the taste of store-bought kale chips but I find these surprisingly addictive and quite tasty. 1 lb fresh kale, stems removed and torn into chip-size pieces 2 tbs olive oil 2 tbs tahini 2 tbs soy sauce Preheat oven to 325. Add the oil, tamari and soy sauce together in […]

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