Navy Bean Soup

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NavyBeanSoup570x299 Navy Bean SoupNavy beans, like all dried beans, are a healthy component of a whole-food, plant-based diet. You can make this dish more brothy or creamy, depending upon your preference.
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Greek Stuffed Peppers

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Whenever I make these stuffed peppers my dinner guests rave about them! It’s such a great way to use up leftover brown rice and it makes such a beautiful addition to any meal. You can also freeze these by slicing the peppers in half and storing them in air tight containers for reheating later on.
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Pasta Primavera

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Pasta primavera is related to and likely derived from authentic Italian dishes. However this is more accurately a North American dish, created in Nova Scotia and brought to New York City in the early 1970s. Typically, made with olive oil or alfredo, this dish would be high in fat and cholesterol. Luckily, this version keeps the fat to a minimum and is totally health promoting!
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After Hitting Rock Bottom, Forks Over Knives Helped Me Lose 100+ Pounds

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I had struggled with my weight for many years. While cruising Netflix for documentaries I came across Forks Over Knives. I’m not going to lie. I passed on watching it on numerous occasions. Finally, one time I decided to watch the film. It blew me away!

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Cravings – How They Work and How to Manage Them

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Cravings570x299 Cravings – How They Work and How to Manage ThemWhat are cravings and how do they affect your plan for healthy living? Cravings aren’t “bad.” They are just signals that you want something. When you are tired, you crave sleep. When you are thirsty, you crave liquids. And if you are getting good signals from someone really attractive, well, you know. So most of the time, cravings are operating as they are supposed to and not causing any mischief. The problem comes with cravings for unhealthy things, like junk food or drugs. Cravings direct us to close the distance between ourselves and the target stimulus, essentially pulling our behavior toward satisfying the craving. That’s how it’s supposed to work. Unfortunately, cravings don’t know the difference between healthy, natural targets and self-destructive ones. Worse yet, self-destructive ones can be especially powerful because of the vividness of the images that drive them.

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Pumpkin Pie Squares

 Pumpkin Pie Squares

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These pumpkin squares are easier to make than pumpkin pie and they are firm enough to be eaten as finger food. They are great by themselves, or add a bit of Macadamia-Vanilla Frosting for a little “Happy Holidays.”
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Fast Pizza

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This recipe is one of 130 recipes that Mary McDougall contributed to the national bestselling book, The McDougall Program. The book, authored by Mary’s husband, Dr. John McDougall, is a low-fat, starch-based eating plan that facilitates weight loss and provides a broad-range of  dramatic and lasting health benefits. 
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Watching Forks Over Knives and Visiting Farm Sanctuary Changed How I Eat

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570x2993 Watching Forks Over Knives and Visiting Farm Sanctuary Changed How I EatI had long been an athletic person with an average build. My cholesterol was a little high (around 190 – 200) even though I was fit enough to be running marathons. Then, more recently, my cholesterol escalated to 225. I had always resisted taking medications, but my doctor convinced me to take statin drugs because of my family history of heart disease (I had an uncle who died of a heart attack at age 50). Shortly after I began my regimen, a terrible allergic reaction to the drugs meant I had to stop taking them.

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Trumpet Rolls

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Trumpet mushrooms, when cooked, have a texture similar to raw fish, which makes them perfect for sushi rolls. The filling options are endless, and while making them takes a little preparation, they are well worth it, as an alternative to rice and steamed veggies, or as an impressive potluck or party contribution.
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Autumn Minestrone

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Nothing says comfort food like a hearty bowl of soup. Curling up on the couch with a great book or movie and a steaming bowl of this twist on minestrone is heaven on any night of the week. Full of healthy veggies and lots of flavor, this soup eats like a meal!
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