December 2011

Quick Southwest Dinner with Black Beans, Corn, and Bell Peppers

December 31, 2011 Dairy free

black bean, corn, red pepper and cilantro in a blue bowl

With bell peppers, corn, and two cans of black beans, you’ll have this Southwest Beans and Corn recipe on in no time. It’s healthy, vegan, and fast.

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Getting back to your fitness routine after a break

December 30, 2011 Fitness

oh don't forget

How to get on track again after a break in your fitness routine.

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Hot Pepper Sesame Spaghetti Squash with Scallions and Artichoke Hearts

December 30, 2011 Dairy free

hot pepper sesame spaghetti squash with scallions and artichoke hearts (3)

Scallions, artichoke hearts, and hot pepper sesame oil perk up this spaghetti squash and turn it into a handy snack or side dish.

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Goal-Setting Success with Process Goals

December 30, 2011 Figure skating

handwriting process goals with a pen

Process goals: a sane way to enjoy the journey. How it works for competitive athletes and for the rest of us.

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Holiday lifestyle challenges

December 24, 2011 healthy holidays

holiday foods

Dealing with the stress and ever-present special food snacks of the holidays.

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Holiday Stress-Busting: Too Busy to Not Exercise

December 18, 2011 Figure skating

Mary skating Pre-Bronze

Beating holiday stress with some heart-pumping exercise. Do it, you and your family will both be happier!

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Flavorful Vegetarian Beans from Scratch

December 18, 2011 Dairy free

onion and cilantro

A few key items added to the pot- cilantro, onion, garlic- make these beans flavorful from the start. And the quick soak method can get them on the table without an overnight soak. Great with either black beans or red kidney beans.

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Tempeh, Bell Pepper and Pineapple Stir-fry with Red Pearl Onions

December 16, 2011 Dairy free

pineapple tempeh red pearl onion stir-fry (2)

With a ripe pineapple on the counter, it was time to make this tempeh, pineapple, and bell pepper stir-fry. I added some red pearl onions my friend had given me, and they looked marvelous with the yellow pineapple. So I added even more purple by chopping up some red cabbage. The result looked almost too [...]

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Fried Tempeh

December 16, 2011 Dairy free

Fried Tempeh

I love tempeh fried in long strips and sprinkled with tamari to turn it into the fatty, crunchy, salty vegan equivalent of bacon.  Steaming or baking tempeh also works if you want to avoid added oil, but frying is a good way to introduce tempeh into your menus and get your family hooked on it [...]

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Pearl Onions: I’m Not Intimidated Anymore!

December 16, 2011 Recipes

red pearl onions

How to easily get the skins off pearl onions.

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Shallot Salad Dressing

December 14, 2011 Dairy free

shallot dressing

Salad dressing with shallot, garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

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Baby Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Avocado, and Shallot Dressing

December 14, 2011 Dairy free

finished spinach salad shown in a wooden salad bowl

A pretty red and green salad with avocado slices, dried cranberries, and baby spinach, finished with a shallot dressing.

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Simple Olive Oil/Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing

December 13, 2011 Dairy free

I have lots of salads to share with you, but first I want to give you my general plan for homemade salad dressing. It’s as quick as can be and unlike almost any store-bought dressing, it has no added sugar. No long list of ingredients or gummy-tasting stabilizers, either. Most prepared dressings use soy and [...]

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Your favorite childhood sport: Something old, something new?

December 13, 2011 Figure skating

Picking up a childhood sport as an adult: a great way to get back into an exercise groove. Here’s how and why.

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Trident Alaskan salmon burger, celery root slaw, and wild rice

December 13, 2011 Fall

FAF 002 (1)

Thought you might like to see the whole menu from the night I made the celery root slaw. The dark wild rice and pale celery root contrasted nicely. It’s great when I can make just one item and pull the rest from the freezer as I did this night. The wild rice was a frozen [...]

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Celery Root Slaw

December 8, 2011 Dairy free

FAF 009

A crunchy winter slaw using celery root, a nice alternative to cabbage coleslaw.

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Light Persimmon Custard (non-dairy)

December 8, 2011 Dairy free

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A light persimmon custard with maple syrup and warming spices makes a great fall dessert.

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Healthy Holidays: Adapting to Disruptions

December 7, 2011 healthy holidays

Travel and extra-busy times inevitably disrupt fitness routines. I hope you find some way get the stress relief that exercise brings even when your normal workout is impossible. I figure skate, and when traveling I can’t always bring my skates. I walk instead or bring resistance bands, which are light and take up little room [...]

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Fall Salad Add-Ins: Apples, Walnuts, Dried Cherries, Blue Cheese

December 5, 2011 Dinner

Fall Salad Add-Ins:  Apples, Cherries, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

I often make fall salads like this one. Starting with washed, shredded lettuce tossed with a simple home-made dressing, I add dried cherries, my son’s favorite.  Next come roughly chopped walnuts or pecans and a circle of sliced apples or pears. Sometimes I’ll add small bits of fresh cheese, usually goat cheese. Tonight I used some [...]

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Healthy Holidays: a decent lunch in the car

December 3, 2011 healthy holidays

Car food: Apple and hard-boiled eggs

Healthy choices for a lunch or snack to bring along when you’re out running holiday errands.

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