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HEALTH BENEFITS OF CRANBERRY’S

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These Cranberries double as a dessert!

I buy so many bags of fresh Cranberry’s while they are available at the market and freeze them. They are seasonal and you can’t get fresh Cranberry’s in the spring or summer. That’s when having bags of frozen Cranberries comes in handy. They can stay in your freezer for up to 9 months! I serve fresh Cranberry’s all year long and put them in so many recipes. Read more »

Fall Recipes: Pumpkin Soup With An Added Bonus

Fall Recipes: The Perfect Heart Warming Pumpkin Soup

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 One of my go to recipes this time of year is this hearty, flavorful pumpkin soup! I serve it as a first course for dinner or for lunch along with a salad! In fact it was our tradition to serve this soup before we went with the kids, when they were little, to Trick or Treat through the neighborhood. Everyone who stopped at our door would mention how our home smelled like Christmas!  

Serves 4-6 Ingredients For Pumpkin Soup: 

  • 1/3-cup olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1-teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 (29 ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 quart homemade chicken stock or store bought organic chicken or vegetable broth.
  • 1 (6 ounce) package full fat cream cheese, cut into small pieces
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF OLIVE OIL

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF OLIVE OIL

Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and is one of the main staples in the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil is fat obtained from the fruit of the olive tree traditionally grown in the Mediterranean region, where whole olives are pressed to produce olive oil.

For over half a century there have been thousands of studies examining the health benefits of olive oil.

Many studies have focused on the biological and clinical effect of olive oil! Monounsaturated fatty acids, which are found in olive oil, are a healthy dietary fat, as opposed to saturated fats and trans fats.

Following a Mediterranean diet lowers risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, high cholesterol and also helps with inflammation.

For over half a century there have been thousands of studies examining the health benefits of olive oil.

Studies have found that people who regularly consume olive oil are much less likely to develop cardiovascular disease. It also helps reduce inflammation in the body which we now know is detrimental to body and brain health. Read more »

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP RECIPE 

Butternut squash makes a creamy smooth soup filled with fall spices. It’s the perfect soup to fill the soul before you go trick or treating or to calm you down before the big game!

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Vegetable Spring Roles

Vegetable Spring rolls are a perfect summer snack! Enjoy them also for lunch or appetizers to serve at a party! These little packages of mouth water goodness are packed with nutrients rich in anti-oxidants that are brain healthy, so indulge and enjoy! Read more »