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Harvest Stuffed Acorn Squash

November 20, 2013

Phew! It has been a wild couple of months over here and I am just coming up for breath. Highlights include: a couple of trips out of town (and out of the country), starting a new job, working hard on some new projects and some of fall’s finest bounty. It is shaping up to be a great year for fresh produce. I had an apple picking adventure a few weeks back, which means you should keep your eyes peeled for lots and lots of apple recipes around these parts. In the meantime, feast your eyes on this simple and healthy creation.

Harvest Stuffed Acorn Squash 

Vegan & Gluten-free

Serves 2


  • 1 small acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup quinoa (I used red)
  • 1/4 cup sliced or chopped apple
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh kale
  • 2 Tbsp raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • Pinch red-pepper flakes
  • drizzle of maple syrup (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Slice squash in half, scrape out seeds and strings. Brush squash with 1/2 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast cut side down on a baking sheet until tender – 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring quinoa and 1 cup water to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until tender and water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Let cool, then fluff with a fork.
  3. In a large bowl combine quinoa, apple, kale, raisins, almonds, remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and mix. Season with salt and red-pepper flakes. Divide filling among squash. If your heart so desires, drizzle a little maple syrup over the top.


Apple Spice Latte

December 28, 2012

A bowl of popcorn, a mug of apple spice latte, a cozy blanket, one or two favorite holiday movies and someone to snuggle with – these are my ingredients for a wonderful holiday season afternoon or evening! Sit by a lit fireplace, a glowing candle or maybe a sparkly Christmas tree.

Apples have surprising nutritional benefits that justify the “apple a day” adage. Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin which helps to boost and fortify your immune system. They also help to lower cholesterol, decrease risk of diabetes and aid in weight loss.

This warm drink also contains cinnamon, which has been shown to help regulate our blood sugar levels, and has an anti-clotting effect on the blood. It is even recommended for people with Type 2 diabetes to consume. Cinnamon is also believed to boost cognitive function and memory.

Nothing beats a warm mug of apple spice latte to warm the heart. You’ll know just what to serve guests (or yourself) when the cold weather hits. Enjoy the season and celebrate. Cheers!

Apple Spice Latte

Vegan, Raw & Gluten-free

Serves 1


  • 3 apples, juiced (yields about 1/2 a cup)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk ( I used homemade almond milk)
  • dash of cinnamon and nutmeg


  1. Place apples through a juicer.
  2. Heat the apple juice and almond milk on the stove top on medium heat until warm (don’t boil.)
  3. Sprinkle a few dashes of nutmeg and cinnamon over the top. Enjoy immediately.

I hope you love and enjoy this drink as much as I do!

Vegan Apple Crisp

November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful time for our family, filled with an abundance of delicious food and meaningful memories made together. Every year growing up, Thanksgiving meant going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to meet all the family. Entering the house, we would smell the turkey cooking in the oven and get a kiss from Grandma. Then we’d be off to play with our cousins till dinner was ready – usually all gathering around the organ to ‘play’ tunes. I remember sneaking into the kitchen later as the hunger and anticipation got unbearable. Grandma would give me a spoon to try the mashed potatoes, she always spoiled us grandkids.

When dinner time finally came, the amount of food on the table was always overwhelming. There was the traditional fare; turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, homemade rolls, cranberry sauce and pies galore. My grandmother was best known for her desserts. My favorite part was the mandarin orange tapioca jello salad. I would sit at the kiddie table with my sister, brother and cousins. We would eat, laugh and joke until our plates were cleared and our tummies were stuffed. To top off this joyous day, we would always have enough games of Bingo so everyone would win a prize. Grandpa would be the caller with his grand, boisterous voice while Grandma surprised us with prizes of toys and sweets.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve held on to these memories and cherish them. Every year since the passing of my Grandmother, I rise to the occasion to recreate my own family traditions, while incorporating new people and an international twist. It is now a way to share my culture and traditions with my new family; proving that home really is where the heart is.

Old-fashioned apple crisp, warm from the oven, is a favorite comfort food dessert. It really is heaven in every bite. The fresh fall apples, cinnamon and coconut sugar oozing with delight. This is just one of the many things I’ll be making for our (vegan) Thanksgiving this year.


Vegan Apple Crisp

Serves 4


  • 3 medium apples (I used organic dessert apples)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup palm sugar (coconut sugar)
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, plus more for the pan
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Using your fingers, grease a small baking dish with coconut oil to coat pan (I  used a bread loaf pan.)
  2. Slice the apples ~1/4 inch thick. In a mixing bowl, combine the apples with maple syrup, 1 Tbsp. flour, lemon juice cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss thoroughly and then transfer this mixture to the baking dish.
  3. In another bowl add the oats, 1/4 cup flour, sugar, coconut oil and vanilla. Mix until it forms a crumble. Spoon this on top of the apple mixture.
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until the top is a bit browned. Serve warm with vegan ice cream.