Recipe: Pumpkin Pancakes with Fresh Blueberry Sauce

I’ve never been a pancake fan – sweet breakfasts weren’t my thing, especially anything involving maple syrup. But these are pancakes like no other. Neither they nor the sauce that goes over them are overly sweet. You actually taste pumpkin and blueberry, not sugar and sugar. The whole grain flour makes them very filling, so you don’t have a sugar crash mid-morning.

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Recipe: Vegetable Moussaka

Moussaka is traditionally an extremely rich, hearty dish full of lamb or beef that will leave you in a food coma for several hours.

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Recipe: Cool Summer Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti is easy to fix, but it’s hotter than blue blazes out there and the last thing you need is a steaming plate of pasta and tomato sauce. Whatever will you do?

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Recipe: Spicy Pumpkin-Currant Bread with Pepita Butter

This is a particularly tasty version of the pumpkin bread that pops up virtually everywhere this time of year.

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Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

This is a light, flavorful lasagna that will leave you satisfied without that uncomfortable heavy feeling that often accompanies more traditional lasagna recipes (usually heavy on meat and/or high-fat cheeses). The mushrooms give it an earthy, hearty flavor.

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Recipe: Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

This was one of my favorite vegetarian recipes when I was in my teens. Mom didn’t make it often because of the time involved with prepping the grape leaves, then stuffing and rolling them – but I couldn’t really blame her. She worked part time and had me and my two younger brothers to deal with plus a household to run. So, it was quite a treat when she did make them.

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Pasta in the Vegetarian Diet

Pasta gets a lot of mixed reviews. The low-carb diet proponents will tell you that pasta is the worst thing you could ever put in your mouth and will cause huge sugar cravings that will make you not only fat but diabetic. The high-carb diet proponents will tell you that pasta is a wonderful source of energy and helps maintain a healthy weight. The pasta companies will defend their product, of course, so they are hardly a source of unbiased, scientific information. Then there are those sources of unbiased, scientific information that couldn’t explain anything in layman’s terms if they tried.

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Recipe: Pillow Biscuits

The key to a healthier biscuit is to replace some (no more than half) of the enriched flour with whole wheat flour. The biscuits will be too heavy if you use all whole wheat flour. Such is the nature of whole grains! In addition to the leavening agents in this recipe, folding the dough over into layers also helps inject air into these biscuits. Hence their airy name.

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Healthy Carbohydrates – Whole Grains

Whole grains consist of three parts – the endosperm, the germ, and the bran. The bran (outer layer) is rich in B vitamins, fiber, healthy fats, minerals, and protein. The germ (the middle layer) consists of polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals, protein, and vitamins. When whole grains are refined, the bran and often the germ are removed. There go all those healthy nutrients, blown away in the wind. What’s left is the endosperm, high in very easily digested carbohydrates and very little else.

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Summer Squash in the Vegetarian Diet

When I was a kid, the mere mention of the word squash sent me screaming for the hills. It had no flavor, and I couldn’t stand the soft, mushy texture.

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