Pumpkin soup in pumpkin bowls

Pumpkin Squash Soup with Sage

Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Soup is perfect for Fall.  Serve it in these gorgeous pumpkin bowls for an extra special touch or in a regular bowl for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.  Don’t hesitate to adjust the squash proportions to your preferences. You can even swap in other varieties such as acorn squash. Peeling… 

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Lightened up Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo

There are a lot of really awesome recipes in our repertoire so it means a lot that I’ve made this three times in the last six weeks. I probably wouldn’t need to make it as often if Brad didn’t somehow always end up with the  leftovers – I swear this tastes even better the second… 

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Easy Puerto Rican Sofrito

Easy Puerto Rican-Style Sofrito

Sofrito forms the basis for many Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American dishes. I use it primarily in this amazing Arroz con Pollo but it also adds great flavor to rice, beans, and soups.  You can buy it jarred at the store but it’s so easy to make at home. This isn’t a traditional Puerto Rican… 

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Light and healthy vegetarian lasagna

Skinny Creamy Mushroom Leek Lasagna

Even after calculating the nutritional info about 14 times I still can’t believe that this creamy, cheesy lasagna is under 400 calories a serving. The trade-off for all this deliciousness is that it takes some time to cook up and assemble the component parts.  No-cook lasagna noodles help speed the process – and reduce the… 

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homemade pumpkin latte

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Pumpkin Spice Latte time! Except… do you know what’s in those? Neither do I.  Let’s make our own! It’s so simple. Just simmer 2 cups of your favorite non-dairy milk (I like almond) with 2 tbs pumpkin, 2 tbs maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and… 

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Curried Israeli Couscous with Cauliflower

Curried Israeli Couscous

This recipe was inspired by the Curried Israeli Couscous from Mendecino Farms, a restaurant that often caters my company meetings. Unfortunately, the salad is only on their catering menu.  After about 10 lunch meetings in three weeks my team at work was ready to revolt and I finally admitted that I’d need to find a… 

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Bengoon Pura - Bengali for Burnt Eggplant

Begoon-Pora: Burnt Eggplant

This recipe comes courtesy of my friend Bann Roy .  I first encountered Bann through his incredible short film Aashpordha.  If you ever have a chance to watch it, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Apparently, his talents extend beyond filmmaking. This recipe has so much flavor it’s hard to believe how easy and healthy… 

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Cold Sesame Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki Sesame Noodles

Let me introduce you to my new shirataki noodle crush.  This recipe is perfect.  Just 15 minutes to make and under 170 calories per massive serving.  Honestly, this should probably be 5 servings but, you know, they’re really good. If you’re not familiar with shirataki noodles, then first, you probably don’t read this blog often… 

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce over Grilled Polenta

Polenta Rounds with Roasted Red Pepper and Pepperoni Sauce

The recipe for this fantastic Roasted Red Pepper and Pepperoni sauce comes courtesy of my badass supermom sister.  She serves it over pasta which I plan to do next time.  We’ve been eating a lot of pasta lately so we poured the savory sauce over pan-fried polenta rounds.  No matter what the vessel, you’ll be… 

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Olive Lemon Chicken Tagine

Lemon and Olive Chicken Tagine

While this isn’t my best photographic effort, it is one of my best tagine efforts.  Don’t let the mediocre pictures fool you – this is crazy delicious.  The lemon and olive mingle unexpectedly well to create a zesty sauce for the tender chicken. Traditional Moroccan spices add depth and a mouthwatering aroma. This dish uses… 

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry, Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

This has been our favorite salad the last few months and I think it will be a long time before we find anything better. It’s so fast and easy to put together but the simple ingredients combine for something very special. In the past, I usually defaulted to balsamic vinaigrette for any salad that used… 

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skinny creamy poppy seed dressing

Low Calorie Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

I hate when half the calories of my meal come from a tiny drizzle of sauce so 99% of the time I use a lightened-up version of whatever dressing my salad calls for.  The biggest challenge to this habit hit when, towards the end of Summer, we discovered a new favorite salad that went best… 

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