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The Best Way to Save Squash, and Streusel Muffins to Savor It

The Best Way to Save Squash, and Streusel Muffins to Savor It

Got squash? It's that time of year, and I know I have gotten carried away at the Farmer's Market a time or two. The piles of orange, blue, green and gold squashes are too gorgeous to pass by without grabbing a few choice ones. It's ok, since I love squash so much....

My New Book, The Whole Grain Promise is Here!

My New Book, The Whole Grain Promise is Here!

I'm so proud to announce that my seventh book, The Whole Grain Promise, More Than 100 Delicious Recipes To Jumpstart a Healthier Diet (Running Press, $19.95), hits bookstore shelves on October 6. If you haven't noticed, whole grains are at the core of my cooking. I...

Wake Up with a Mango Chile Smoothie and Feel Like a Warrior

Wake Up with a Mango Chile Smoothie and Feel Like a Warrior

Sitting in a waiting room some time this summer, I picked up a health and fitness magazine and started leafing through it. (Sorry, I can't remember which one.) But I remember a small feature on how women's mindsets affected their workouts. It seems that when a group...

A Trick for the Best Rhubarb Scones

A Trick for the Best Rhubarb Scones

Aah, the enigmatic rhubarb still has me in its thrall. Just walking by the plants gets my mind going, thinking of things to make with those fat, vigorous stalks. At this point, it's taking up so much room in the garden that I need to use it, just to give the kale and...

Almond Butter Raisin Breakfast Cookies, Eat More Plants on the Go

Almond Butter Raisin Breakfast Cookies, Eat More Plants on the Go

Vegan foods have entered the mainstream. A recent trend article suggests that "vegan foods" are growing in popularity. The number of self-identified vegans is hovering at 7%, which is up from previous surveys. But the big deal is that 36% of consumers now report...

Irish Soda Bread with Orange and Currants for St Pat’s!

Irish Soda Bread with Orange and Currants for St Pat’s!

We are all Irish on St Patrick's Day. Or so the saying goes. Woo-hoo! Green beer for everybody! St Patrick himself was not originally from Ireland, so we can all follow his lead and act Irish on his day. St Patrick was English, an unlucky guy who was kidnapped and...

A Cacao Nib and Peanut Butter Smoothie for Good Energy

A Cacao Nib and Peanut Butter Smoothie for Good Energy

I was in a bit of an energy slump, which is not the place to be when it's 45 degrees in Minneapolis in January. Just as the coming weather pattern stuffed a chunk of warm air overhead, and sunshine streamed through the windows, I felt more like napping than walking....

It’s Pumpkin Spice and Hot Cereal Time, In One Bowl!

It’s Pumpkin Spice and Hot Cereal Time, In One Bowl!

I officially packed my shorts away for winter,trading them out with my heaviest sweatpants and long sleeved t's that were boxed up all summer. Yup, this stuff just got REAL. "Winter is coming," and all that. As I laundered and fluffed my comfort clothes, I pondered...

Oat Rageous! Kathy Hester Goes All Oats All the Time!

Oat Rageous! Kathy Hester Goes All Oats All the Time!

  I always thank the good people at Cheerios for getting the word out about oats. You can love or hate the commercials and the cereal, but they have done an amazingly thorough job of letting everyone know that oats lower cholesterol. But too many people seem to...

Eat and Drink Seasonally, with a Sweet Potato Green Smoothie!

Eat and Drink Seasonally, with a Sweet Potato Green Smoothie!

I'm pretty open about my green smoothie habit. Yes, after a workout, I crank up that Vita-Mix and make myself a big ol' glass of greeny goodness, packed with more salad than I would eat at one sitting. I love it cold and frosty, with my frozen bananas and berries. But...

Juice It! The Fast Way to Eat your Veggies-and Bake with the Pulp

Juice It! The Fast Way to Eat your Veggies-and Bake with the Pulp

  Juicing is hot right now. Just last weekend I did a book signing with my new book, Juice It! in a bustling Coop, sitting by the juice bar. The line of people ordering juice often stretched down the aisle. The store was full of shoppers, many of them carrying a...

Apples and Oats, Yes, I Am Obsessed

Apples and Oats, Yes, I Am Obsessed

Let me share my reality with you. Here in Minnesota, it's been dark and bitterly cold since mid November. We lived through January with temperatures so low that even the "All above average" children were not allowed to go to school. This isn't just uncomfortable cold....

Start the Day with Holiday Baked Sweet Potato Oats

Start the Day with Holiday Baked Sweet Potato Oats

During the holidays, we often face a unique situation. Because family and friends are gathering, we may very well be expected to provide breakfast. When you are used to shuffling to the kitchen for a bowl of cold cereal, this may feel odd. Should you just offer your...

Save Your Heart, Eat Breakfast

Yeah, yeah, you are probably thinking. We have all heard about the benefits of breakfast. Moms everywhere call it "the most important meal of the day," as they plop down a bowl of un-glamorous oatmeal in front of a kid, who probably really wants some fluorescent...

Nuts: Fattening or Slimming? Good News for Nut Lovers.

  Are you still worried about the fat in nuts, avoiding them because you heard that they are too high fat? Well, banish those thoughts. Researchers have been looking at the benefits of nuts, and it turns out that eating nuts is associated with lower body weight,...

The Perfumed Fruit, Quince Stewed with Vanilla

Quinces Now that we are deep in true winter, it's time to get into old-timey fruit. Back before apples and pears were luscious and crisp all year long, people relied more on the Quince. It's an ancient fruit, and goes back so far that some historians think it was...

Cinnamon, Super-Tasty Superfood, Let’s Make Granola!

This week, I have been doing my holiday baking, and the smell of warming spices fills the house. I love using lots of spice, especially because I know how incredibly good for you most spices are. Cinnamon is one of the superstars, so I often just double the amount...

Grain Mains, The Gourmet Ingredient Hiding In Plain Sight

  Syrian Sliha from Grain Mains   If you have ever visited this blog before, you probably know that I am really into whole grains. So into them, that I wrote a book about it, The New Whole Grains Cookbook. My latest book, Sweet and Easy Vegan, also...

How To Be Conscious, Gluten-Free, and Thrive

I've always had a soft spot for whole foods cooking. Not the packaged, half white, trying to be conventional food kind of whole foods, but the old school way. The kind of cooking that involves a pot of whole grains and a pile of chopped veggies, and maybe some tofu,...