Quinoa Salad with Black Kale and Pomegranate Seeds

You are going to LOVE this superfoods rich salad. With black kale, red organic grapes, pomegranate seeds, avocado,  pumpkin seeds and quinoa, this salad is packed with nutrients and rich in flavor and texture. The grapefruit basil dressing beautifully highlights the complex flavor profile of this salad. This salad is a complete and balanced meal, with a fair amount of protein, perfect as a vegan … [Read more...]

Spiced Pumpkin Chia Pudding

I love breakfast. And I know the importance of choosing the right kind of fuel to launch my day. A good balanced meal that's tempting and tasty is always savored with joy. This pumpkin chia pudding is a real power breakfast that's just as enjoyable as a scrumptious treat for dessert or any time you crave a little pick me up. I prepare this before going to bed so I have an easy, carefree breakfast … [Read more...]

Vegan Pumpkin Chili

Although temperatures are back in the 80's we had a few cooler days in LA... Typical fall days where the air is crisp and fragrant, and you step out in a cozy sweater, a pair of leggings and riding boots... The kind of weather that is perfect for a nice hot bowl of chili! Ah yes!!! I love a bowl of traditional chili, with beef browned to perfection, kidney beans, a rich tomato base and lots of … [Read more...]

Get Ready to #BakeFit with Fit Body Bakery and Spiced Pumpkin Motivator Muffins

I received a couple of Fit Body Bakery gluten free mixes to facilitate this review. All opinions and recipe are my own. There isn't a season that isn't right for baking but fall and baking seem practically synonymous.  There's something about delicious smells that fill my home when I walk in from a crips autumn day that is nothing short of magical. It brings instant comfort and has an uncanny way … [Read more...]

How to Roast a Sugar Pumpkin and Homemade Spiced Pumpkin Butter

It's pumpkin season and I could not be more delighted! Pumpkin is a nutritional powerhouse that is delightful in flavor and texture and can be enjoyed in savory and sweet dishes alike. Although all pumpkins can be cooked my favorite is the smaller sugar pumpkin. As the name implies it is a little sweeter than the bigger pumpkins used most often for Jack-O-Lanterns and the flesh is a little more … [Read more...]

Pumpkin and White Bean Soup

Fall... Temperatures cool... Trees put on their golden coats... The air is fragrant and crisp... It's time for cozy sweaters and boots, colorful scarves and hats, and a scrumptious bowl of soup to greet you when you come home from a glorious day. It's time for Roasted Pumpkin soup! This delicious white bean and pumpkin soup recipe is inspired by the traditional white bean soups … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Potage with Roasted Red Peppers

It's fall and though temperatures are still in the three digits here, I could not resist buying my first pumpkin! I love pumpkin and though I will most likely get annoyed with all the pumpkin flavored products that will soon line the shelves of grocery stores everywhere, I will happily enjoy a lot of fresh pumpkin :-) Not only do I relish the taste but it is such a wonderfully rich food when it … [Read more...]

Fall Favorite SuperFood – The Mighty Pumpkin

During a recent trip to Trader Joe's I found myself surrounded by dozens of pumpkin based products.  There was pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin granola, pumpkin butter, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin chai tea and even pumpkin coffee!  And of course I was greeted by those golden beauties on my way in, each one of them vying for my attention in the hopes of becoming my Jack-O-Lantern... Yes I … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

Inspired by the season I decided to concoct a new green smoothie for the girls' breakfast this morning. Here is my recipe for a "Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie" Ingredients: 1/4 cup organic pureed pumpkin 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or vanilla protein powder 1 scoop Amazing Grass Superfood 1Tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp allspice 8 ounces almond milk Blend … [Read more...]

What lurks Behind the Jack-O-Lantern – Health Benefits of the Pumpkin

Fall is here and with the turning of leaves a new batch of beautiful gourds and colorful squashes fill the shelves of our grocery stores. With Halloween looming around the corner, pumpkin patches are popping up all around the neighborhood. My five year old came home beaming yesterday. She held a sweet little pumpkin, and was ready to carve it into a masterpiece. My husband smiled and … [Read more...]