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Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes

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Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes 570x299 Black Bean Soup with Sweet PotatoesThis soup has an irresistible quality; the flavors are deep and earthy with some sweetness from the potatoes. Don’t let the number of ingredients intimidate you – they build layers of flavor, but this soup is not at all difficult to make!
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After a Year of Terrible Health, Forks Over Knives Has Me Back on Track

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Kristen Cosgrove 570x299 After a Year of Terrible Health, Forks Over Knives Has Me Back on Track2012 was a terrible year for my health. Already suffering from high blood pressure and asthma, I contracted seven lung infections, which required steroids and antibiotics that wrecked havoc with my digestive system and sapped my metabolism. I knew something had to give and even tried probiotics as a gentler way to bring my digestion into balance – but nothing was working.

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Boulangere Potatoes

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Boulan570x299 Boulangere PotatoesThis recipe is a great alternative to scalloped potatoes, which are traditionally very high in fat.
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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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