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photo of roasted sweet potato and apple salad


Makes 4 servings

Preheat oven to 450°F. Arrange sweet potatoes in single layer on baking sheet. Spray with nonstick cooking spray; season with ¼ teaspoon, salt and pepper. Roast 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring halfway through. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, whisk apple juice, oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, chives and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in small bowl until smooth and well blended.

Combine sweet potatoes, apple, celery and onion in medium bowl. Drizzle with dressing; gently toss to coat.

Arrange lettuce leaves on 4 serving plates. Top evenly with sweet potato mixture.

Calories 133, Total Fat 4 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Protein 1 g, Carbohydrate 26g, Cholesterol 9mg, Fiber 3 g, Sodium 400 mg.

photo of a bowl of savory pumpkin hummus


Makes 1½ cups (about 12 servings) - 2 Tablespoons per serving.

Combine pumpkin, parsley, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, black pepper and red pepper in food processor or blender; process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours to allow flavors to develop.

Sprinkle with additional ground red pepper, if desired. Serve with assorted vegetable sticks or pita chips.

Calories 38, Total Fat 2 g, Saturated fat 0 g, Carbohydrate 4 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 101 mg

*Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds; it is available in grocery stores in the Asian aisles.

photo of two different vinaigrette salad dressings


Use on any tossed green salad. Serves 4.

Combine the first five ingredients in a small jar. Shake well.
Pour into a small bowl and slowly whisk in oil.

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photo of baby greens with mango and marinated onion


Serves 6-8

In a small bowl, combine the onion and red wine vinegar with a little salt and pepper.
Set aside for at least 20 minutes or up to 90 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the seasoned rice vinegar, canola or grapeseed oil, and the olive oil. Just before serving, generously season the greens with salt and pepper, whisk the dressing and toss the greens with just enough of the dressing to lightly coat. Divide the salad among six or eight large salad plates. Drain the onion. Arrange the onions and mangos over the greens. Serve immediately.

Calories per serving:
110, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Carbohydrate: 11 g, Sodium: 150 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg,
Fiber: 2 g.

photo showing a cup of baked kale chips


Serves 6-8

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line a noninsulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.

With a knife or kitchen shears, carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite-size pieces.

Wash thoroughly, dry kale with a salad spinner or paper towels.

Drizzle kale with the olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning.

Bake until the edges brown but not burn, 10 to 15 minutes.

photo showing a bowl of bean soup with kale


In a large pot, heat olive oil. Add garlic and onion; sauté until soft. Add kale and sauté, stirring until wilted.

Add 3 cups of broth, 2 cups of beans and all of the tomato, herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 minutes.

In a blender or food processor, mix the remaining beans and broth until smooth. Stir into soup to thicken. Simmer 15 minutes.

Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with chopped parsley.

photo showing grilled Caesar salad


Preheat grill to medium heat.

In a blender, combine the garlic, lemon juice and Dijon mustard. Drizzle in 3/4 cup olive oil to emulsify. Add the Parmesan and pulse. Gently toss the hearts of romaine in remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 2 minutes, until grill marks appear and the romaine becomes wilted.

Remove the lettuce to a cutting board and cut into 2-inch wide strips. Place in a bowl and drizzle with the dressing. Toss to coat and serve warm. Garnish with the shaved Parmesan.

Yield: 4-6 servings

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Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.

In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix and instant pudding mix. Add the eggs, sour cream and oil; mix until well blended. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon and walnuts.

Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan, then place a layer of sliced apples over the batter and sprinkle with half of the cinnamon walnut mixture. Pour the remaining batter over the top and repeat with the remaining apples and cinnamon walnut mixture.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes in the preheated oven. Cook for ½ hour before removing from pan to cool completely.

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Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add mashed sweet potatoes and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time.  Add flour mixture to potato mixture. Beat on low until combined.

Pour batter into 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350°F for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool cake for 20 minutes in the pan, then invert onto serving plate.

To make the glaze: In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar with 3 to 5 teaspoons orange juice to achieve drizzling consistency. Spoon over warm cake and sprinkle with orange zest if desired.