Cinnamon and Sour Cream Apple Bites

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You’ve probably heard that old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but how healthy are these lovely red orbs? Like a lot of things in life, the answer is – it depends. Apples are extremely rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber (good for weight loss and keeping you regular). The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may …

Easy Enchilada Casserole

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Something really important I’ve discovered over the years (and this probably seems like a “duh” moment), is that the brand of ingredients I use in a recipe makes a HUGE difference in the final product. • 1 package meat substitute crumbles • 1 C salsa • 8 oz. cheese (Jack works well or mild cheddar) • 15 oz. can enchilada …

Simple, Basic Deviled Eggs

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Here’s the dilemma with eggs: how do make sure the eggs you’re getting meet your ethical standards? Assuming you’re a vegetarian because you want to avoid cruelty, this is a critical question. If you haven’t already heard, the terms “free-range” and “cage-free” are pretty much BS. They don’t mean much, and they certainly don’t mean the chickens are treated humanely. …

Bean and Faux Chicken Soup

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This vegetarian recipe for bean and faux chicken soup uses dry beans rather than canned. Using the crockpot to cook the soup reduces the time it would normally take to prepare the beans, and allows you to come home to a hot, healthy, delicious dinner. Pair this soup with some fresh bread for a simple weeknight meal. One of the …

Roasted Fennel with Parmesan Vinaigrette

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This recipe for roasted fennel with parmesan vinaigrette is simple, tasty and adds a bit of exotic flavor to your table. A member of the parsley family, all parts of the fennel plant are edible. This recipe uses only the bulbs, but you can also use the stalks and fronds like you would celery – chopped in salads, braised or …

Egg Noodles with Ricotta Cheese and Broccoli

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This recipe for egg noodles with ricotta cheese and broccoli could just as easily be made with a different type of noodle. Technically, you could also substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta. So why specify at all? What’s the difference between these ingredients? Ricotta is generally a much richer cheese due to the fact it has a higher fat content …

Sesame Ginger Steamed Broccoli

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As a vegetarian, you can’t underestimate the power of delicious side dishes, and this recipe for sesame ginger steamed broccoli is a quick and easy way to create a delicious side dish for any meal. In fact, I’ve had many delicious dinners out with friends and coworkers at traditional steak houses. While some may express concern with the venue, I …

Made-From-Scratch Pancakes

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• 1 1/4 C flour • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar • 2 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp salt • 1 egg, lightly beaten • 1 Tbsp cooking oil • 1 C milk 1. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. • Unless you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, I recommend making this using regular …

Broccoli and Pine Nuts in a Brown Butter Sherry Sauce

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• 2 fresh broccoli crowns, cut into florets • 1/2 C (1 stick) butter • 1/4 C cooking sherry • 1/4 C pine nuts • Garlic salt to taste 1. Wash the broccoli and cut into florets. • You could substitute white wine for the sherry – or just leave it out. You’ll still get a rich, delicious sauce.

Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash

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We’ve become a culture conditioned to expecting a quick chemical fix to anything that ails us. What we’re now starting to find (not surprisingly), is that these chemicals are creating other issues because they’re not natural, and they’re treating a symptom and not the cause. The good news here is that a healthy diet can address some of the root …