Switching to Cold-Weather Lunches (Salads to soups)

When the weather gets cold, I rejoice. Finally, a season that matches my cold, dead heart. Kidding! But seriously, I don’t mind the cold. I enjoy the changing of seasons. It keeps life exciting, and it’s a good reason to change up my cooking and eating. During the cold winter months, I prefer to swap out my lunch salad for a warm lunch soup or stew.

If you’re getting sick of eating a salad every day for lunch, or if you are getting sick as in sore throat and runny nose, switching to soup is the way to go. You can still load up on healthy veggies, but instead of a cool, crispy pile of greens, you get a warm, steamy bowl of hearty vegetables.

Butternut Squash Soup

Tips for easy and delicious soups

If that sounds good, and you want to make the transition easy and delicious, then you came to the right place. Here are some tips for throwing together delicious soups and stews.

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Review of Dr. Greger’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Dr. Michael Greger, creator NutritionFacts.org and whole food plant based diet advocate, posted a whole food plant based pumpkin pie recipe on the NutritionFacts.org YouTube channel a few years ago. The recipe is very easy to make, and it only contains pumpkin, dates, tofu, and spices.

Last week, in the mood for fall, I followed Dr. Greger’s recipe. I made his pumpkin pie and shared it with my family. Here’s the consensus… Continue reading

He always loves you

When He cries, it rains,
but he is not crying this morning.
The sun is shining through the window,
lying on the pedals of a poinsettia.

He sits up in bed.
He stretches his arms
and the universe expands.
He smiles contentment.

He tiptoes down the stairs.
He has perfected his
apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe,
and He is ready to share it
with you and your lover.

He grew the finest oats.
He handpicked the best apples.
He cooks now in the quiet hour.
He knows you love apple cinnamon.

But He doesn’t stop there.
He cooks a feast:
steamed greens,
scrambled eggs, fried eggs,
bacon and sausage,
waffles and pancakes,
and fruit salad.

He is eager to share it with you and your lover.
He wonders why you are still so quiet.
He looks out the front window,
and discovers your car is gone.

He calls.
He waits.
The feast goes cold.
The vegetables wilt,
the eggs get soggy,
the bacon and sausage dry out,
the waffles and pancakes go stale,
and the fruit salad turns brown.

Finally, He decides to eat without you.
He finishes and cleans up.
Then you and your lover
come in the back door,
wet from the rain,
with a small bag of leftovers from
a fast food restaurant.