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October 17, 2012

Recipe: Baked Pumpkin

9:35 am - Posted by Gregg

Halloween is fast approaching, which means Jack O’ Lanterns and spooky-looking pumpkins are popping up all around us. But thankfully there’s nothing scary about adding this seasonal pumpkin dish to your healthy eating plan. It’s so full of vitamins and other nutritional values, it will keep your figure looking extra boo-iful (sorry, couldn’t resist!). I suggest incorporating this yummy recipe as a dinner up to two times a week. And don’t be afraid to serve it to guests who aren’t on a diet (they’ll still love it for the taste).

Small to Medium Pumpkin
Filtered Water
Dash of Cinnamon
Dash of Chili Spice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Split pumpkin vertically from the center point of the stem, all the way to the bottom. (In other words, cut it in half.) Scoop out all of the seeds and loose “gooey stuff.” Add filtered water to an oven-safe dish (such as Pyrex or similar). Fill the dish halfway. Place the two pumpkin halves face down in the water, then place the dish in the oven and bake (at 400 degrees) for about 45 minutes. The pumpkin is ready when a dull knife easily pierces/slides through the pumpkin.

Remove dish from oven and carefully use a spoon to scoop the “insides” of the pumpkin away from the rind (don’t burn yourself – the pumpkin will be very warm). Place the scooped pumpkin into serving dishes (small pumpkins yield about 2-3 servings). Just before serving, sprinkle with Cinnamon and a hint of Chili Spice.

Serve with a small green salad (try Arugula and tomatoes with pepper and Balsamic Vinegar) and enjoy the flavors of the season. (You can also get creative and try other favorite spices including curry or garlic powder  – just make sure the spices don’t contain any added salt or sodium.)

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November 15, 2011

Recipe: Baked Autumn Pear

10:21 am - Posted by Gregg

Looking for a warm weather treat that tastes delicious but won’t wreck your dieting or healthy eating efforts? Look no further This yummy recipe is so good that you can even serve it to guests without them thinking, “Why am I being served diet food?”

If this recipe seems simple, that’s because it is. But it still deliciously captures many of the warm flavors of the season. What’s more, it’s easy enough to make in one portion – or several portions – depending on how many you’re expecting for dinner. Not that you need a special occasion to enjoy this treat. It’s that good and that healthy. Enjoy!


Anjou Pear(s)



Cinnamon Stick


Simply preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take your pear (or pears if serving more than one person) and peel it, cut it in half (lengthwise) and remove seeds. Next, place pear halves in a nonstick baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg (not too much!) and bake for 20 minutes. After baking, remove pears from baking dish and place on plates, then serve.

Bonus Tip:

If you’re serving this dish to guests, lay a cinnamon stick across the pears for a terrific seasonal effect.

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