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Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Last year when we visited Miller Farms’ Fall Festival, I was surprised my 8-year-old couldn’t wait to get his hands on as many acorn squash as we were allowed to bring home.

Cool! I thought. This kid loves his vegetables!

And he does (you should see him devour homemade kale chips), but that wasn’t the reason he was asking for acorn squash. It turns out he wasn’t dreaming of Nuts & Bolts Squash paired with baked pork loin like I was. He wasn’t imagining trying different spice blends on each half of the squash to test out which one we liked better.

Nope; he was thinking of the seeds inside.

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Three Bean Mexican Salad

We arrived home a couple of weeks ago from celebrating my birthday (which happens to fall on Cinco de Mayo) in Mexico. You only turn 30 once, right? So better enjoy it.

Enjoy it I did. But when I came back I was very ready (or at least my body was) to eat good food again. I came home craving fresh veggies and lentils (oh my, I even sound like a dietitian).

Beans are my favorite post-vacation "cleanse" food because they are yummy and so, so healthy. In the spirit of healthy eating, I'm bringing a little Mexico back with me and am excited to share a little of why I love beans so much.

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Strawberry Mango Spinach Salad

This day calls for a dish as bright as my own mother. Something healthy, sweet, and simply beautiful. Something fresh and wholesome. And what could be better on a beautiful spring Mother's Day but a crisp, colorful salad?

While the word "salad" often conjures up visions of dreary pieces of rabbit food covered in white sauce (sometimes called "dressing") this need not be so. Choose the right type of greens for your dish and add a few complimentary ingredients and you'll have a healthy side (or main!) that has everybody coming back for seconds!

Before sharing my latest springtime favorite, let's talk about the basis for most salads: The Greens. A good rule of thumb for determining the nutritional quality of your fruits and veggies is simply to observe the color; the darker and more vibrant the color, the more nutrition the food likely has! Lettuce is a great example of this.

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Artisan Sourdough Bread

You know what's even better than being a foodie? Having friends who are foodies. The joy of food is exponentially greater the more foodies you have in the same room.

Last year two of my favorite people came to Colorado to visit me. If you think I'm a big fan of food, you should see us when we're together. The entire weekend was about food. We went to farmer's market. We ate at local restaurants. We cooked the most amazing dinners. And Amanda baked the most amazing bread.

After watching Amanda transform my Merv sourdough starter into a beautiful artisan loaf with relatively little effort, I decided to try it for myself.

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Guiltless Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip is ooey-gooey goodness. It is salty, savory, and creamy. And, as it turns out, it's kind of terrible for you.

That's right: despite two of the most awesome vegetables being highlighted in the title, this dip is traditionally significantly less than healthy. Thus, because I love both Spin Dip and eating healthy, I did what I usually do (see: semi-healthy pizza post) and made a few adjustments to make this dish a little less bad for you.

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Super Food Fall Salad

It's officially fall! I love changing seasons. The crisp smell of the cool autumn air, fiery reds, yellow and oranges dancing in the trees, sweaters and hot tea.

As I'm writing this, I'm drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte Nitro Stout brewed by Breckenridge Brewery. And yes, it's as good as it sounds.

We're in the sweet spot of fall where summer produce is still hanging on, but the fall seasonal veggies are just beginning to appear. And so, in homage to autumn, I want to introduce you to my new favorite fall salad featuring some foods that are so amazing, they truly deserve the title "Superfood."

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Red, White, and Blue Cheese Salad

Happy Fourth of July, ya'll! I'm spending this Fourth at one of my favorite places: back home on the farm. It's been a great weekend.

If you, too, are enjoying time with your family - and perhaps a few tasty holiday favorites? - maybe you'd like an idea for a healthy, delicious side to take to your gathering. In the spirit of the holiday, I thought a red, white, and blue combo might be fun. In the spirit of health, I thought I'd introduce you to one of my favorite root veggies: beets.

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Roasted Asparagus

Spring is here! It's that glorious time of year that brings erratic weather, pink blossoms on trees, and lawns with gradually deepening shades of green. But of course, my favorite thing about spring is the vegetables that start to grow.

Among my favorite spring vegetables is asparagus. Have you noticed that it's been on sale at the grocery store lately? That means it's in season!

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