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  • Sinful Stuffed Dates

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    Makes 18 dates

    Zest of 1 orange

    1/2 cup chopped pecans

    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded, dried unsweetened coconut

    2 tablespoons maple syrup

    1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil, melted

    18 dates

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine orange zest, chopped pecans, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons coconut, syrup, and oil. Stir until evenly coated. Spread out on parchment-lined cookie sheet and roast 5 to 6 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside. Carefully slice each date down one side and remove pit. If necessary, make small cuts in rounded ends of dates so they do not tear. Gently turn date inside out, placing sticky side down on work surface. Press ¼ teaspoon roasted nut mixture into each date. Fold up edges and press seam and ends together to seal shut. Place remaining ½ cup coconut in small bowl, then press and roll sealed dates in coconut to coat. Arrange on tray and serve. Source: Reprinted with permission from Clean Food © 2012 by Terry Walters, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. Photography by Gentl & Hyers

  • Slice Holiday Calories

    The holidays are upon us once again, meaning that sweets, treats, and high-calorie dishes often tag along to all our jolly gatherings—and pave the way for inevitable holiday weight gain. However, it is possible to enjoy this season without seeing the scale move in the wrong direction.

    Simple Swaps to Avoid Weight Gain
    By Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN
  • Iced Pumpkin Cookies

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    Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies

    COOKIES:

    1 cup butter, softened

    ½ cup sugar

    ½ cup packed brown sugar

    1 egg

    1 cup canned pumpkin

    2 ¼ cups Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    ½ teaspoon baking soda

    ½ teaspoon salt

    1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1 teaspoon ground ginger

    ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

    ¼ teaspoon cloves

    1 cup chopped walnuts

    1 cup sweetened dried cranberries

    1 cup vanilla or white chips (optional)

    ICING:

    ¼ cup butter, softened

    2 cups powdered sugar

    3 tablespoons milk

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg and pumpkin. Combine the flour with other dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts and cranberries, and the chips, if using. Drop by the tablespoonful 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

    In a small mixing bowl, combine icing ingredients and beat until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies.

    Chef ’s Notes: Cookies will be plump and upright, or you can smooth them down with a small rubber spatula for a cookie shaped more like a chocolate chip cookie.

    Source: Pamela’s Products Inc.

  • Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Crust

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    Makes one 9-inch pie

    PECAN CRUST:

    2 ½ cups pecans

    3 tablespoons vegetable spread, such as Earth Balance, melted

    FILLING:

    1 cup raw cashews, soaked in 1 ½ cups water for 1 hour

    2 tablespoons egg replacer

    2 (15-ounce) cans pumpkin puree

    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

    ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

    ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

    ¼ cup maple syrup

    Place the pecans in a food processor and pulse until crumb-sized, being careful not to overprocess to a paste. Transfer to a small mixing bowl and stir in the vegetable spread until the mixture is evenly combined. Press the crumbs into a 9-inch springform pan, covering the bottom completely and having a 1-inch rise on the sides. Place the pan in the refrigerator and allow the crust to chill as you make the filling. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the cashews, ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons soaking liquid, and the egg replacer in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add the pumpkin puree, spices, and maple syrup and blend again until smooth. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust, spreading evenly in the pan. Bake until the top of the pie begins to caramelize, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Refrigerate the pie for at least 4 hours so the filling can set. Remove from the pan and slice. Source: The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life by Robin Quivers. Reprinted by arrangement with Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Robin Quivers, 2013

  • Meatless: Shake It Up!

    As autumn settles in, we look for new ways to incorporate the season’s best ingredients into our desserts. Pumpkin, cinnamon, maple—they all want a place at the table. For low-calorie desserts that taste like comfort food but offer some surprising nutrition, check out these milkshake recipes from our friends at Arctic Zero.

  • Peanut Butter, Grape & Chocolate Snack Bites

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    For a no-bake dessert that will please kids, parents, and their taste buds, give these bite-size chocolate balls a try. Makes 30 balls.

    ¾ cup low-fat crunchy peanut butter

    ¼ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes

    1 cup oats

    1 tablespoon ground flax seed

    2 teaspoons honey

    3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Heat peanut butter in a microwave about 25 seconds, until thinned out. Remove from microwave and stir in grape juice. Add oats, flax seed, honey, chocolate chips, and vanilla; stir to incorporate. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Using a teaspoon or a melon baller, form mixture into balls. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool again for at least 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Source: Robin Plotkin, RD, LD, robinsbite.com

  • Fruit & Nut Bark

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    This easy recipe will satisfy your chocolate craving—with a little fruity crunch. Makes 8 2-ounce servings.

    12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, divided

    ½ cup dried cranberries

    1/3 cup chopped pistachios

    1/3 cup chopped dried apricots

    ¼ cup slivered almonds

    2 teaspoons fresh organic orange zest

    Heat 8 ounces chopped chocolate on the stove until completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining chopped chocolate until melted and combined. Pour the melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread the mixture into a ¼-inch thick rectangle. Working quickly, sprinkle the cranberries, pistachios, apricots, almonds, and orange zest evenly over the chocolate. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 minutes to harden. Break or cut the chocolate into pieces. Source: Fast & Simple Gluten-Free by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

  • Southern Comfort Baked Apples

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    SERVES 4

    1 regular apple wood plank, soaked in apple cider or apple juice

    4 large, tart baking apples

    1 cup Southern Comfort whiskey (approx.)

    1 cup cold water

    ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar

    ½ cup chopped almonds

    ¼ cup golden sultana raisins

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

    Vanilla ice cream

    Core the apples, leaving the bottom ½-inch of the apple intact. Place apples in a large bowl and pour Southern Comfort and cold water over the fruit. Cover and refrigerate to allow apples to marinade for 1 to 2 hours. Remove from liquid.

    Mix together the brown sugar, almonds, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, and a big splash of additional Southern Comfort. Fill the apples with this sugar mixture.

    Preheat grill to medium heat. Place plank on grill; close lid and heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until plank starts to crackle and smoke. Place stuffed apples, evenly spaced, on the preheated plank. Bake plank for 40 to 45 minutes, until the apples are soft and tender but not mushy, and the filling is hot and bubbly. Drizzle with a little extra Southern Comfort and serve immediately with vanilla ice cream.

    Source: Napoleon’s Everyday Gourmet Plank Grilling by Ted Reader

  • Potlucks with Pizzazz

    Warm weather isn’t the only reason you need to throw a party this season—and neighborhood block parties, family reunions, and potlucks are all ripe with opportunities for you to showcase your inner chef. If you’re bored with the same old buffet line—cold cuts, pasta salad, and puppy chow—here are some unique, healthy ideas to bring to the table.

    Share these innovative dishes with your friends and family
    By Erica Tasto
  • Coconut Mint Chip

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    SERVES 1-2

    2 cups coconut water

    ½ avocado, pitted and peeled, or meat from 1 raw, young Thai coconut

    5 fresh mint leaves

    1 tablespoon cacao nibs

    3 or 4 ice cubes

    Blend all ingredients and serve.

    Source: Reprinted with permission from Juice by Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores & Hayden Slater (Ten Speed Press). Photo Credit: Anaïs & Dax

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