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Hearty Moroccan Chickpea Kale Sweet Potato Stew with Farro

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There are many versions of Moroccan chili, and my twist on this delicious soup is one of my coziest wintertime favorites. Once I perfected my version this winter, I made it literally three times in a row, and too many times to count since! I never get tired of it and it’s great for sharing. The secret to this spicy and slightly sweet soup is the spice. (Wow, that was a lot of alliteration.)  Ras El-Hanout is a traditional Moroccan spice mix. You can buy it, but making your own is easy and you’re likely …

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Healthiest Chocolate Donuts Ever—Vegan, Gluten-Free, Organic, Low-Sugar and YUM!

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I am such a donut freak. And yet I am also a super-healthy, super-low-sugar, low-fat baker. Can all that work together—and still make a moist, cakey, donut-like baked donut? YES! For my plain chocolate cake donuts, I used the excellent Minimalist Baker 30-minute vegan chocolate doughnut recipe. However, being a chronic recipe tinkerer who can’t leave things alone (sorry, Dana!) and a sort of Less-Sweet. Low-Sugar Challenger, I made a number of modifications that cut the sugar by more than half (just 3.9 g per donut!), the fat by a third, and the calories by …

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Perfect Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Mesquite

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I wanted to make a moist, spicy cake for the holidays with a good crumb, spongy yet substantial—and low-sugar and vegan. Could I do it? I could and I did. It was the big hit of my Thanksgiving dinner. I co-opted key parts of two different recipes and added my own usual tweaks and tricks…to come up with a moist, fluffy, deliciously out of this world cake that was wayyyyy lower in sugar than even the best “healthy“ recipes I could find. Only 4 g sugar per generous slice, plus a super impressive 4 g …

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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie with Benefits

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This Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie is actually more aptly titled Strawberry Shortcake Sneaky Shatavari Smoothie—but I didn’t want to scare you off. 😉 You don’t HAVE to add the shatavari or other herbs (then it’s just a tasty berry smoothie!), but I devised this blend specifically to get some of my daily shatavari in without being the wiser, smoothie-flavor-wise. Stealthily slipping herbal/botanical and bioactive additions into my smoothies for added benefits, without ruining the delicious smoothie refreshment, is a specialty of mine. I’m always perfecting blends that can handle a significant amount of medicinal stuff without …

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5 delicious, energizing, soothing adaptogenic cocoa recipes from a health coach-fitness trainer-herbalist

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Think cocoa is for winter only? Think again!  Sure, it’s most appealing to face into a steamy cup when it’s frosty outside. But a rich, deep cocoa drink is so satisfying year round. And while in Arizona I do tend to switch from cocoa to smoothies in summer, when I lived in Seattle a hot cup of cocoa was pretty much welcome year round! As a “joyful nourishment instigator” (integrative health coach, fitness trainer, fitness nutrition specialist, herbalist and motivation maestro), one of my specialties is inspiring people to LOVE fueling their healthiest best bodies. …

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Spicy Mexican Black Bean and “Chorizo” Soup

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Here is the recipe for my Spicy  Mexican Black Bean and “Chorizo” soup, made for hungry people and immune systems that need a little boost! Lots of cayenne, jalapeño, chili powder and garlic. Also of course black beans, plus El Burrito Soyrizo (this one’s organic, some aren’t), tomatoes and onion and cabbage and chard/kale/mustard green mix, sweet potatoes and carrots, mushrooms and corn. And even beets! Red, fiery and also a tiny bit naturally sweet. Sooooooo good with those Mesquite Green Chile Corn Muffins I made the day before…recipe to come! This is easy to make, …

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The Simple Chocolate-Spice-Cherry Cake Recipe I Invented for My Own Birthday

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It’s perfect for the holidays too. My best friend offered to bake me a cake for my birthday. But I’m picky about ingredients and especially about low-sugar and low-fat (and still delicious) baking.  I’m also looser about straying from recipes—we have a ton in common, but when it comes to recipes she wants to follow them to the letter and I want to barely use them as a guide to create something even better. So we agreed that I would supervise and orchestrate, and she would be my sous chef. 🙂  And this is what …

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Red Bean-Red Beet-Red Cabbage Soup

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A gorgeous, warming, red-purple soup for winter’s gloomiest days! I whipped this up the other night when I had a large hunk of a giant head of red cabbage still waiting to be used, even after a couple days of stir-fries. I remember my Grandma Rose, who lived downstairs when I was growing up, cooking cabbage soup—and I loved the smell in the house. (My dad, I recall, did not.) She used beef, which as a plant-based eater I do not, but you can add meat if you like or you can use veggie “crumbles” as I did. …

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Chocolate-Cherry-Reishi Immune-Boosting Smoothie

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I invented this smoothie in the last week out of a craving for something cool, sweet (but not too sweet) and satisfying to nourish myself back to health after seven days of the worst bug I’d had in decades. I feel amazing after drinking it, and it’s yummy too, so I really wanted to share it right away!  It’s so delicious, there’s no need to limit it to just a “medicinal” use.  Now that the weather’s heated up here in my Southwest home, it’s a great daily treat even now that I’m feeling great again. …

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Pumpkin Chocolate-Chunk Cookies (Vegan)

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These cookies were a huge hit at Thanksgiving—so much so that I am making them again for Xmas. And I also promised to get them on the blog real soon.  So—voila. I worked extra hard on these—I made them several times (I know, tough job!), adapting from at least four different pumpkin spice cookie recipes, trying different combinations of flour types and quantities till I got the taste and texture I wanted. They’re extremely low-sugar, as are all my recipes—so as always, you can up the sugar either by adding more granulated (and adding more moisture to balance …