November 2011

Honey Cornbread (gluten-free, dairy-free)

November 30, 2011 Breads (gluten-free)

cornbread in basket with red kitchen towel

A crumbly square of hot cornbread is great comfort food. I’ve been making it since I first learned how from the original Moosewood Cookbook- so long that my substitutions have substitutions  (doesn’t that make me sound old!). I still use honey, even though with all the troubles honeybees have now, honey has gone from an [...]

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Chipotle Black Bean Chili

November 30, 2011 Dairy free

chipotle black bean chili shown in a bowl set atop an aqua colored napkin

A hearty vegetarian black bean chili with chipotle chilis and other spices.

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Fennel, Blue Cheese, and Pear Salad

November 28, 2011 Dinner

salad with fennel, pear, and blue cheese

Braised fennel, fresh pear and blue cheese salad with walnuts and fresh greens.

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Healthy Holidays: Dinner Fail-Safes

November 27, 2011 healthy holidays

fender-bender dinner

Does someone in your house support your efforts to cook healthy? What are your fail-safes for getting meals on? Can you build in some extra ones for when things go wrong?

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Finding satisfaction at Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 healthy holidays

Thankgiving table setting

My wish for all of you on Thanksgiving is that you will end the day feeling satisfied and yet not discouraged about your health and fitness goals. You’ll have to decide how

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Thanksgiving foods- tradition or change?

November 23, 2011 healthy holidays

vegetarian gravy

What do you really want to make and eat on Thanksgiving? Do you have a choice? Are you obligated to make certain foods, or sit down to a meal prepared by other people?

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Healthy Holidays: Built in exercise

November 22, 2011 Figure skating

Working exercise into your holiday routine: how to build it in to ensure it happens, in a fun, family-friendly way.

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Three Bowl lentils

November 21, 2011 Dinner

lentils with feta in acorn squash

These French Lentils with Feta and Mint from the Three Bowl Cookbook turned out quite well. The amount of feta, one cup, was not too much at all for a recipe that started with two cups of dry lentils. I’m not usually a fan of a lot of cheese, but more feta would have been [...]

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Organic produce- what’s it worth?

November 21, 2011 Health and Nutrition

Every time I travel, I notice far fewer organic grocery items on the shelves in supermarkets than when I am at home.  A recent article from the Seattle Times explains it– Seattle and San Francisco are the country’s top markets for organic produce. The article quotes a Seattle-area resident who shops at several price-competitive grocery [...]

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Healthy Holidays: Quick Dinner Rescue

November 20, 2011 Dinner

pomegranate salad

To get through the Thanksgiving to Christmas challenge, it’s essential to find quick ways to maintain at least the basics of your health and fitness routine. When busy days make dinner a last-minute, unplanned task, a few “go-to” menus stocked in your fridge and pantry will allow you to serve something reasonably healthy.

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Dinner from the Three Bowl Cookbook

November 18, 2011 Dinner

I’ve been browsing the vegetarian Three Bowl Cookbook, laid out as three-part dinners to match the traditional three bowls of food served to monks in Zen monasteries. The three bowls makes for a helpful menu format producing complete meals. Some of the menus were lacking in protein, though, perhaps due to the fact that Zen cook [...]

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Papaya Pomegranate Salad

November 18, 2011 Dairy free

pomegranate papaya salad

A simple yet great salad combination, perfect for a winter salad: red papaya and pomegranate.

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Healthy Holidays challenge

November 17, 2011 healthy holidays

This year, I’m making plans for the biggest weight maintenance challenge of the year— the stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Though as reported by Tara Parker-Pope over at Well, the magnitude of the average holiday weight gain may not be that big, perhaps only a pound, according to this study. Still, most people tend to [...]

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My favorite appliance

November 17, 2011 Breakfast

kitchen tools

Can’t start my fall mornings without this: Because it makes it so easy to make this: If you’re the type who would never burn oatmeal or rice while running around doing other things, maybe you don’t need this. But for me, the idea of never scorching another pot while trying to make brown rice or [...]

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Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

November 16, 2011 Dairy free

butternut squash pear soup shown next to spoon and cutting board with bread

A sweet and savory butternut squash pear soup for fall and winter meals.

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