Pumpkin Pie Dip

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Pumpkin Pie Dip
For people who love pumpkin pie but don't want the hassle of making it! Here is another nutrition dense food that you will love and it will love you back. Have all the luxury of a pumpkin pie without all the fuss. Use apple and pear slices to scoop up the dip or use graham crackers. I made my own pumpkin pie spice mix using freshly grated nutmeg, ground cloves, and ground allspice (I used my mortar and pestle so I could have some spice chunks still in it). Store-bought pumpkin pie spice is fine though.
Course Dessert
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Course Dessert
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Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. (For those who like more spice add another tablespoon of pie spice or add more cinnamon.) Serve at room temperature or chill and serve cold.
  2. Serve with apple and pear slices.
Recipe Notes

*Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

  • 2 TBS. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg (use store-bought ground nutmeg if you need to but I promise once you try freshly ground, you’re never going back)
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves

Combine and place in airtight container.

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Coconut Curried Sweet Potato and Chickpea Stew

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Coconut Curried Sweet Potato and Chickpea Stew
This comforting, creamy, and filling stew is satisfying and delicious. The warm flavors meld together and create a smooth richness that glides easily over the tongue.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
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Instructions
  1. Place olive oil and onion in a large, deep skillet. Cook on medium to medium-high heat until onion is caramelized (about 15 minutes). Add garlic, spices, salt, ginger, and pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, potato, spinach, and coconut milk.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-50 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Adjust for taste (adding cinnamon, turmeric, and salt as needed). If extra heat is required add cayenne pepper.
  3. Serve over jasmine rice and garnish with chopped parsley.
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Red Split Lentils with Cabbage (Masoor dal aur band gobi)

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Red Split Lentils with Cabbage (Masoor dal aur band gobi)
Wow! What a delightful flavor combination - lentils and cabbage mixed with flavorful Indian spices. This is a simple dish that is satisfying on a cold or warm day. Served over quinoa it provides plenty of substance to keep the tummy and taste buds happy.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
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Instructions
  1. Cook the lentils, according to package directions, adding the turmeric and ½ tsp salt towards the end of cooking.
  2. Place vegetable oil and ghee in a large frying pan and set to medium high heat. Add onion, cabbage, and chilies. Cook until slightly browned (about 15 minutes). Stir in cumin, garlic, and salt until well blended.
  3. Add the precooked lentils, tomato, and ginger and cook until heated through. Serve with cilantro garnish over rice or quinoa.
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Braised Cabbage

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Braised Cabbage
This is an old family recipe that I remember my grandmother making in the fall using cabbage from the garden. We called it sweet-sour cabbage. My grandmother always used red cabbage but green cabbage would work fine too. This dish can be eaten warm but it is best when refrigerated overnight and eaten cold.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Polish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Polish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan heat the olive oil and add the sliced onions. Cook a few minutes until onions are soft. Add sliced cabbage and mix well.
  2. In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Add mixture to cabbage and sauté until cabbage is soft and tender. Serve hot or refrigerate overnight and serve cold.
Recipe Notes

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Italian-style Confetti Sauce

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Italian-style Confetti Sauce
The Italians really know how to bring the best flavors out of the foods they eat. This Italian inspired meal can be eaten plain or on pasta. It is balanced with nutrients, fiber, fat, and protein making it filling and satisfying.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Instructions
  1. Sauté onion in olive oil over medium high heat until golden in color (about 15 minutes). Add bell peppers, cook a few more minutes. Add frozen artichoke hearts, cook a few more minutes. Add frozen spinach, cook a few more minutes. Add remaining ingredients and cook until heated through. Can be eaten as-is or spread onto cooked pasta and topped with Parmesan/Romano cheese.
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