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Why We Love Pumpkin Seeds

by in Healthy Recipes, October 16, 2012

pumpkin seed
With the crisp chill of fall in the air and the excitement of Halloween around the corner, pumpkin season is in full swing. When you’re carving those pumpkins or making a fresh pumpkin soup, don’t forget about the hidden treasure inside—the seeds.

Pumpkin Seed Facts
Pumpkin seeds can add a rich flavor and crunchy texture to many dishes. The seeds have a white fibrous hull (outside shell) with medium-dark green seeds inside; the green interiors are also called pepitas and are commonly used in Mexican cooking. If you’re scooping the seeds out of your jack o’ lantern, give them a dip in boiling water or toast them—both the hull and the seed are edible though I prefer my pumpkin seeds without the outer hull. You can also buy them at the store either  roasted or raw, with or without the hull, and salted or unsalted.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Lesser-Known Winter Squash Varieties

by in Uncategorized, January 28, 2012
hubbard squash
Try this pumpkin-like Hubbard Squash variety this season.

The colors and flavors on summer produce feel long gone, but that doesn’t mean we are sentenced to a season of dull food. Winter harvest vegetables are warming, nourishing and oh-so-satisfying. There are many, lesser-known vegetable options available so your weekly menu can stay creative.  Here are some squash varieties to spice up your repertoire and can second as table decor until eaten.

Hubbard Squash: This large, blue-gray squash has a pumpkin like flavor is taste wonderful roasted with hearty herbs like rosemary.

Kabocha: Dark-green and bumpy, this squash is more than a table decoration. Its hard skin can be a bit tough, but once cut through and cooked this squash is sweet and nutty. It’s great roasted and stewed.

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Leftover Canned Pumpkin 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, November 27, 2011
canned pumpkin
It's not just for pie.

Did you buy too many cans of pumpkin this year? Don’t let them sit in the pantry and collect dust! Whip up any of these mouthwatering recipes.

Rice Pudding
This spin on traditional rice is both eye and belly pleasing for both kids and adults!
RECIPE: Pumpkin Rice Pudding
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31 Days of Pumpkins

by in In Season, October 3, 2011
alton brown's pumpkin bread
What to Do With Pumpkins idea #15: make Alton Brown's pumpkin bread.

Whether it’s for dinner, dessert or carving Jack-o-lanterns, nothing says fall quite like shiny orange pumpkins. We’ve got ideas for every day of the month.

1.    Check out your local farm or farmers’ market for unique varieties like “Oz” or “Spooktakular”

2.    Did you know? Pumpkins can be found in different colors, like orange, green and white.

3.    Find out where the “pumpkin capital” of the United States is.

4.    When you’re at the pumpkin patch – choose pumpkins with smooth, hard skin that are free of bruises or blemishes.

5.    It’s not pumpkin season until you make Pumpkin Pie – try our slimmed down recipe.

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Healthy Swaps: Thanksgiving Fare

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, November 9, 2010
Homemade Mashed Potatoes - By Bobby Flay
Instead of buying instant potatoes, make your own lighter mashers.

Shopping for the right Thanksgiving ingredients can make all the difference.  Simple changes can cut down on calories, sugar, fat and preservatives without compromising flavor. As you hit the market to pick up your Thanksgiving fare, think about making these swaps.

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Eating By Color: Orange

by in Healthy Tips, October 19, 2010

carrot salad

Throughout the day you should eat a rainbow of foods — red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple and white. Each color is rich in specific nutrients that help make a well-balanced diet. In this series we’ll tell you why each color is important, and with Halloween around the corner, we thought it was most appropriate to start with orange. Find out how to get some on your plate every day.

How to get your daily dose of orange »

Fall Fest: Pumpkins 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, October 13, 2010
Alton's Pumpkin Bread
Alton Brown's Seed-Studded Pumpkin Bread

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

This weekend we took the kids to a pumpkin patch and they absolutely loved it! Now we have lots of pumpkins, and need to put them to good use. Here are 5 recipes I can’t wait to use with fresh (or canned) pumpkin.

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FN's Top Recipes, Lightened Up: #4 Paula's Pumpkin Bars

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, January 18, 2010

Paula's Pumpkin Bars
These delectable bars were number four on Food Network’s Top 50 Recipes of 2009. Here are a few simple tips to slim them down without using lower-fat ingredients (seriously!).

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Put These On Your Plate: 10 Holiday Must-Haves

by in Healthy Tips, Thanksgiving, November 24, 2009

Herbed Butter Parsnips
There’s no lack of choices at Thanksgiving, but certain seasonal foods should take top priority. If you’re going to indulge, why not fill up on the flavor-filled, good-for-you stuff? Here’s our top 10 picks for your plate.

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Weekly Bits: Pumpkin Galore

by in Uncategorized, October 31, 2009

We celebrated lots of holidays this week — Halloween, National Oatmeal Day (Thursday) and National Chocolate Day (Wednesday). As always, you, our readers, had great ideas for all of them — from cooking with pumpkin to overnight oats. Here are our faves from the week.

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