Category Archives: Healthy Eating

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

I first made this Creamy Pumpkin Soup on a chilly, rainy day a few autumns ago and it was just what I needed to warm up! Not only that, but it felt great to enjoy a creamy soup that was healthy, too. So often, creamy soups are made with high-fat ingredients, but this soup has lots of healthy things in it, as you can see in the recipe below. The recipe is from a cookbook that I had previously reviewed called The Everything Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook by Marly McMillen Beelman. This Creamy Pumpkin Soup seemed like the perfect recipe to try, since the days were getting colder.

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Stovetop Apple-Cinnamon Butter

Several friends have given me homemade apple butter the last few years—it makes a wonderful food gift, especially around the holidays. I discovered you can make apple butter with the slow cooker or on the stovetop, and for my first try I decided to make a stovetop version.

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

I mostly make smoothies in the spring and summer, but after making this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, I may be making more of them in the autumn! It’s always nice to have a healthier treat like this that has the flavors of fall!

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

Homemade granola is the best, and it’s fun to make seasonal variations of it—like this Pumpkin Spice Granola! This autumn-themed granola is made with oats, hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas), chopped pecans, and dried cranberries. And it’s spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. You can also add in other things like coconut flakes or sunflower seeds if you like. The hulled pumpkin seeds I used were already roasted and lightly salted, which worked really well in this granola. If you use raw hulled pumpkin seeds, you may want to add an extra 1/4 teaspoon salt to the recipe.

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Apple Baked Oatmeal

When fall comes around, baked oatmeal makes a great breakfast! It’s actually good any time of the year, but I tend to make it more often in the cooler fall and winter months. This Apple Baked Oatmeal is especially perfect for autumn! It’s sweetened with brown sugar, applesauce, and diced apples. You don’t even have to peel the apples if you like leaving the skins on (I like using organic apples in this and since they’re pesticide-free, I leave the skins on).

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