Mains & Sides

Apple Cranberry Sauce

by jenny sansouci
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This is a twist on the traditional cranberry sauce. I decided to add apples to give it a milder flavor and some more texture. It ended up being the perfect, refreshing compliment to a savory holiday meal! Plus, there’s no cooking involved, so it’s extremely easy to make. Ingredients: 2 cups fresh cranberries 2 red […]

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Green Beans + Toasted Almonds

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For many years, the only green beans I ate on Thanksgiving were in a green bean casserole — complete with creamy soup, fried onions, and lots of cheese. These days, I make a more simple green bean dish — one that actually highlights the green beans instead of hiding them. The toasted almonds give this […]

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Harvest Basil Beans

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In an effort to create a meatless holiday option that still packs a protein punch, I threw together this 2 bean dish with plenty of autumn flavor. To make it even easier, I used almost the same recipe from this acorn squash stuffing. This a great vegetarian alternative that has TONS of bursting flavor! Oh, […]

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Gluten-Free Mushroom Gravy

by jenny sansouci
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This is literally the best gravy I’ve ever tasted. No joke! It’s thick, creamy, savory, and everything you could ever want in a gravy. And the best part? It’s gluten-free AND vegan. I honestly freaked out when I tried it. I want to jar it up and give some to everyone I know! I’ve never […]

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Whole Foods Holiday Guides

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Today I was catching up on my only source of news about what’s going on in the world (Twitter, of course) and I found out that Whole Foods has a bunch of seriously awesome holiday guides! I am finding them all super helpful, so I wanted to share them with you – hopefully they will […]

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Roasted Root Veggies

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Root vegetables, according to the principles of food energetics, give you a grounded, relaxed energy. They are great to eat when you’re feeling spacey or unfocused. Also, they taste great and are a super nutrient-packed way to give your taste buds some sweet and savory satisfaction! I love that. What are root veggies? Quite simply, […]

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Spicy White Bean Spread

by jenny sansouci
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This white bean spread can make for a great filling snack, and is awesome as an appetizer or party food. It packs a bit of spiciness from the red pepper flakes, which you can omit if you don’t like spicy! Ingredients: 1 can or about 2 cups of cooked white beans (navy beans, cannellini beans, […]

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Roasted Eggplant

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Up until a few weeks ago, I thought I didn’t like eggplant. I guess I’ve just had bad eggplant experiences in the past. Little did I know what I have been missing out on! Despite my hesitation, I was convinced to try the eggplant sandwich at Birch Coffee – much to my surprise, it was […]

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Black Rice: Health Benefits

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In the past month, I’ve been served black rice 3 times (twice within the past week)! Black rice appearances: On the outside of a sushi roll at a Lady Foot Locker event Tossed with scallions in talented chef Isabel Tonelli‘s kitchen Topped with pumpkin curry sauce at a Halloween dinner at my friend Jeanne’s apartment […]

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Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

by jenny sansouci
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The other day, I wrote about how awesome acorn squash is. You didn’t think I’d leave you high and dry without a stuffed squash recipe, DID YOU? Didn’t think so. This is quite possibly my new favorite fall recipe. It’s so filling, satisfying, and full of health-promoting ingredients! I’ll probably be making many more of […]

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Acorn Squash

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The time for cooking squash has arrived, and luckily there are tons of different squashes to experiment with. Hours and hours of fine holiday fun. 😉 Nutrition Action magazine this month featured the beautiful, nutty acorn squash, so I thought it’d be nice to share the goodness with you. Acorn squash is packed with fiber, […]

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Apple Pear Salad

by jenny sansouci
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The fall months are often filled with warm, savory, hearty foods. I love those foods dearly, of course, but sometimes we need a little crisp refreshing bite to balance out a meal. Lately I’ve been craving something fresh and bright, but also fall-inspired. Apples and pears are both in season, so I created a simple, […]

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Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

by jenny sansouci
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Sweet potatoes are a fall favorite – they are delicious and super healthy! They are rich in vitamins A & C, beta-carotene, antioxidants, and have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes. Basically, they are rock stars. So…I guess I should preface this by saying I spent many hours trying to bake the *perfect* crispy […]

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Make Your Own Dill Pickles

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A few weeks ago I was at a local shop in my neighborhood, picking up some Brooklyn-made snacks for a gift. I grabbed a couple of jars of McClure’s pickles. Little did I know I was about to try the best dill pickles I’d ever had! I knew immediately that I was going to have […]

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Heirloom Tomato Salsa

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What is an heirloom tomato? An heirloom tomato often comes from favorite family tomato seeds that have been passed down through generations, or a unique tomato variety that grows as a result of the natural cross-pollination of seeds. Heirloom tomatoes come in a variety of colors and shapes, and each one has a unique flavor. […]

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Herbed Quinoa

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I love quinoa! I have to admit, sometimes I get on a big brown rice kick and I forget about my little friend quinoa. Quinoa is so quick to make and packs a protein punch – a serious nutritional powerhouse whole grain. This quinoa dish is flavored with fresh thyme, rosemary and sage — but […]

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Lemony Kale Salad

by jenny sansouci
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I’ve tried lots of different kale salads, but this one might be my favorite so far! The tangy lemon, the crunchy, savory hemp seeds and the bright red bell peppers compliment each other so well. I adapted this recipe from Oprah Magazine’s September issue, from the article “Dinner with Dr. Oz.” As Dr. Oz mentions, […]

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Cilantro-Garlic Sauce

by jenny sansouci
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I can hardly contain my excitement over this sauce. Seriously, it doesn’t feel normal to get this excited about a sauce. But then again, I hardly ever feel normal, so let’s go… I should probably begin by explaining the way I feel about cilantro. People usually either love it or hate it…and I love it. […]

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Berry Avocado Summer Salad

by jenny sansouci
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Happy 4th of July! Get ready for the perfect summer salad. Adding berries to salad is one of my favorite things to do in the hot weather – and this bright, refreshing mix feels oh-so-summery. Bring it to a BBQ or party and you’ll immediately be crowned the guest of honor. It’s THAT good. Ingredients: […]

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Garlicky Kale

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My friend Rachel sent me this recipe for garlicky kale, which she got from Whole Foods. In her message to me, she said it’s her “favorite thing in the whole wide world.” When someone gets that enthusiastic about kale, you KNOW I have to try it! This amazingly yummy dressing makes it easy to eat […]

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Lisa’s Mini Pot Pies

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My sister Lisa loves pot pie. As we all know, pot pies are (usually) not the healthiest of choices  – most standard pot pies contain lots of white flour, milk, butter, eggs & often cream-of-something soup. Last weekend I was visiting my family and we decided to try and come up with a lighter, healthier […]

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Sprouted Grain Garlic Bread

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Garlic bread is a must-have for any Italian feast. Most garlic bread, however, is laden with butter and white flour. Fortunately, there is a healthier way that gives you the salty, garlicky punch you crave, delivered on a wholesome, sprouted-grain slice of toast. I got this idea from Annemarie Colbin, and when she first suggested […]

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Italian Chopped Salad

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As you can see from my last few articles, I made a healthy Italian feast the other night! No Italian meal is complete without a great salad. Here’s an easy recipe for a light, fresh, perfect-for-summer Italian chopped salad, complete with homemade Italian dressing! Swoon. Salad ingredients: Mixed greens/lettuce 1 Tomato 1 Onion 1 Cucumber […]

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Pumpkin Seed Pesto

by jenny sansouci
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The other day I headed into the store to buy ingredients to make pesto. Basil, garlic and pine nuts. I grabbed all 3 and headed to the register. The cashier looked at me and said, “You know these are $19.99 right?” I looked down at the puny little bag of organic pine nuts. No way […]

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Mind-Blowing Tomato Sauce

by jenny sansouci
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I know what you’re thinking. “Mind-blowing? That’s a bold statement.” I know. I can’t believe it either. When Pomi sent me some samples of their BPA-free boxed tomatoes, I was reluctant to figure out what to do with them. Why? Because tomato sauce bores me, quite frankly. I’ve never been a fan. Pasta with marinara? […]

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Crazy Sexy Nori Rolls

by jenny sansouci
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These healthy little nori rolls are exquisitely good and fun to make! I was turned onto the idea of nori rolls last week by my homegirl Robyn, who taught me how to make them. I adapted this recipe a little bit from the one I found in Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet. They are so […]

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The Simplest Salad Dressing

by jenny sansouci
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It’s almost June! Warmer weather, for me, means lots of salads. My favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning is head over to the farmers market, pick out the freshest looking vegetables, and make a huge salad full of goodies. I have an insanely easy go-to salad dressing that I use on pretty much […]

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Massaged Kale Salad

by jenny sansouci
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Kale is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. I wrote another article about the benefits of kale, so check it out if you need any convincing on why this food should become part of your daily life. Done reading it? OK, good – so here’s an incredibly delicious, fresh way to get your […]

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Roasted Chickpeas

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The first time these little nuggets of delight came into my life was when my friend & fellow health coach Robyn made them for me at her apartment. They were the perfect little snack to munch on and I knew I had to make them myself! I forgot about them for awhile, but when I […]

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Coconut Lime Rice & Tempeh

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I’ve been inspired lately by the book I’m reading – The Spice Necklace by Ann Vanderhoof. The book is about traveling through the Caribbean and learning all about island cooking and spices, with lots of great recipes included. Reading it has really made my mouth start watering for some of my favorite island-inspired ingredients — […]

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