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Why Go SOS-Free?

You have heard of “gluten-free,” “sugar-free” and “fat-free,” but what about “SOS-free?” An SOS-free diet simply means that no refined salt, oil or sugar has been added to the food (during preparation, cooking or afterwards). “Going SOS-free” continues to catch on as more people strive to reduce or eliminate salt, oil and sugar in their…

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4-Bean Salad

This salad is like a zesty 3-bean salad but with 4 types of beans, as well as corn, peas and red onion. The dressing is tangy and mildly spicy due to the garlic, mustard and cumin. A colorful salad perfect for all P’s: potlucks, parties or picnics! Salad ingredients: 3 cups cooked green beans (or…

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Enchilada Casserole

This hearty casserole is easier to make than enchiladas since you don’t need to roll tortillas or make a separate sauce. Corn tortillas are added in with the beans and vegetables to thicken the casserole; a dish that everyone at the table will enjoy! Ingredients 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 2 cups) 1 medium…

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Polenta Pizza: Vegan, salt- and oil-free. Now you can have your pizza and feel good, too! (StraightUpFood.com)

Polenta Pizza

Pizza is the ultimate comfort food, and this pizza delivers! The herbed polenta crust is topped with easy-to-make sauce, as well as onions, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary. Now you can have your pizza and feel good, too! I hesitate to say that this pizza is “easy,” since you need to prepare three recipes:…

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10 Easy Holiday Meal Tweaks

It’s not difficult to shift traditional holiday dishes toward the healthier. Keep these 10 cooking tweaks and recipe suggestions in mind as you prepare your holiday menu this year. 1. Main dish: Instead of a centerpiece dish like turkey or ham, prepare a vegetable and grain loaf, a stuffed squash and rice dish, or a…

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Pumpkin Pie

It’s time for some good ol’ pumpkin pie! Serve this at any holiday table, and people will ask for more. The filling is sweetened with dates and thickened with a bit of oat flour. The pecan-date crust is like a sweet, crumbly cookie. Grab a fork and dig in! Pecan-Date Pie Crust See below for…

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Curried Sweet Potato Salad

If traditional Potato Salad was in a midlife crisis and its therapist asked, “What would you be if you could be anything in the world,” it might say “Curried Sweet Potato Salad!” It’s distinctive, daring, and delectable, not to mention, attractive! Ingredients Dressing: 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews (2 ounces) 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup…

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What is a “whole foods” diet?

Whole foods throughout the whole day! When I first started eating a plant-based diet, I heard the term “whole foods” a lot, and that a whole foods diet is very health-promoting. But I felt a little silly that I didn’t know what “whole foods” meant, exactly. I soon learned that it didn’t mean I had…

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Blueberry Muffins

Lemon zest and cardamom give these Blueberry Muffins their amazing flavor and aroma. Oat and millet flours produce a muffin that is hearty and filling, and dates and applesauce lend sweetness and moistness without the use of sugar and oil. Ingredients 12 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 1-1/2 cups or 8 ounces) 1 cup…

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Dried Herbs and Spices

“Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me when I go.” –Erma Bombeck It’s so true! Why do we have such a hard time throwing out old herbs and spices? I…

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