Make a Difference with Meatless Monday

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Last year proved beyond doubt that we cannot wait for government or politicians to address climate change. We have substantial influence as individuals. Eating less meat is a way to do something about climate change. And it's not only better for our planet, it's also better for our own health.

7 Soup Meals for Cold Weather

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What to eat when the temperature drops? A bowlful of healthy, wholesome soup does the body good. Here are my favorites, loaded the way I like with nutrient-dense superfoods that will boost the energy shield of our immune systems keeping wintertime colds and viruses at bay.

Flu Beware: 8 Strategies for Prevention

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The flu is on my mind. Half of the children in my daughter’s first grade class were out sick with the flu this week. So I’m in full combat mode, triggering every antiviral defense strategy I know. I've Increased focus on getting a good dose of powerful antiviral superfoods every day. Happy to say we did not succumb to the flu.

Favorite Chili Roundup

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I love the versatility of chili - turkey, bison, beef or vegan, beans or no beans, onions and tomatoes or lots of veggies. It's a one-pot meal just about everyone likes. Here are my favorite recipes.

Grateful Not Wasteful on Thanksgiving

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Did you know that 200 million pounds of turkey will be thrown away after Thanksgiving? Reading that  shocked me into a renewed commitment to reduce food waste from my kitchen. What to do? Make stock with turkey bones, creative re-use of leftovers into new meals, store remaining leftovers (refrigerator or freezer) in clearly labeled containers

The Health-Promoting Great Pumpkin

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Did you know that pumpkin packs an abundance of disease fighting nutrients? Extremely high in fiber, and low in calories, pumpkins are a rich source of potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and E and carotenoids (powerful phytonutrients). Knowing now that pumpkin is a nutrient powerhouse, and having discovered how to use it so many different ways, I’m enthusiastically putting it into my food.

Naked Kitchen Menu

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Early October takes us to the autumn glory of Maine. I plan a menu for our week vacation, knowing we’ll arrive to a naked kitchen, pantry and refrigerator completely empty. Warm, flavorful oatmeal, and comfort egg breakfasts for chilly mornings. Hefty soups and simple, robust meals after hiiking days and fresh air appetites.

Muffins Flourless and Fast!

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Gluten-free, flourless and fast, these blender muffins are spectacularly delicious. And not just for gluten-free eaters, but all eaters great and small. Some recipes use nut butter as a key ingredient, other recipes use oats and yogurt. I top them with nuts, berries and other fruits, enhancing their wide range of flavors .

Homemade Snacks for Play Dates

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We started making homemade snacks when she was a toddler. It's an entertaining activity with toddlers and children, but it's also wonderful opportunity to help them develop motor skills and learn to follow instructions. Whole-wheat cheddar crackers, whole-wheat graham crackers, mini-muffins and fun with fruit are some of our favorites.