Fall Recipe Roundup

Three of Natural Awakenings’ resident nutritionists, Gina Forgione, Audrey Fleck and Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson, offer up these healthy, homey recipes to bring to your fall table.

Fall Bison Vegetable Stew

1 lb bison cubes
5-6 small Yukon Gold potatoes
6 carrots, chopped in coins
1 medium onion, diced
1, 28 oz can stewed tomatoes
¾ cup dried sprouted lentils
1 cup broth
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt
Pepper, to taste

Combine ingredients in pressure cooker. Cook for 20 minutes.

If using slow cooker, brown meat first in 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil with onions. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium heat for 5-6 hours.

Tips: To cut back on carbs, use less potatoes and skip the lentils. Bison is available at Backyard Bison, in Coopersburg.

Courtesy of Audrey Fleck, Functional Origins. FunctionalOrigins.com.

Curry-Flavored Halloween Soup

4 cups water or vegetable stock
2-3 carrots
1 parsnip (substitute another carrot if not available)
1 sweet potato
1-2 tsp curry powder, to taste

Scrub and peel (if organic, you may skip this step for the carrots) carrots, sweet potato and parsnip.

Cut veggies into small chunks, especially the sweet potato, to cut down on cooking time. (Hint: Scrub and peel the sweet potato first and put it into the pot of water on a medium flame while assembling other items.)

Cook veggies until soft (20 minutes).

Cool slightly and add curry powder. Then use an immersion blender to puree the soup to a desired consistency.

Reheat to desired temperature and serve sprinkled with black sesame seeds or cooked wild rice for a Halloween black/orange effect.

Courtesy of Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson. Menupause.info.

Easy Paleo Pumpkin Butter

1 ½ cups canned organic pumpkin puree
¼ cup virgin coconut oil, melted
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 ½ tsp sea salt

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine. Spread over toasted sprouted whole grain bread, spread over our healthy pancakes or enjoy as a veggie dip.

Courtesy of Gina Forgione, In Balance Health Coaches. InBalanceHealthCoaches.com.

October 2016

Recipe: Breakfast Pudding/Topping

Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free


  • 1 medium ripe avocado, washed, peeled and cut in half with pit removed
  • 2-3 ripe bananas, peeled
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ½ Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or carob powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder, to taste
  • Dried coconut for topping (optional)

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The Bookcase: Living with Grace, Flow and Ease

Learning to Live with Grace, Flow and Ease

by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

living with grace flow and ease coverAuthors Cheryl Dodd Baldwin and Mary Ellen Finerty teach us about invoking grace, flow and ease into our lives with their book, Living with Grace, Flow and Ease. Each chapter is a story told by one of the two authors, taking turns relating how their experiences as touch healers are enhanced with these three single-syllable words.

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The Local Bookcase: I Dare Me

A Year of Firsts with Lu Ann Cahn

by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

i dare me lu ann cahn coverLu Ann Cahn, despite being an eight-time Emmy award winner for Channel 10, felt overwhelmed by all the new technology that had not been available when she started her TV career decades ago. As those of us over 50 know, the learning curve for recent technology can be steep. Cahn resisted learning all these “new-fangled gadgets”, but soon realized that keeping her head in the sand or entrenching herself in this rut of resistance would not work if she wanted to stay in her field.

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The Bookcase: Spartan UP!

Get Ready to Spartan UP!

by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

Spartan-Up-Joe-DeSena coverFounder of the Spartan Race, Joe De Sena, created a hard-hitting manual to getting fit with Spartan UP! This “Take-No-Prisoners Guide” includes the Spartan rules, tips on overcoming obstacles and is, overall, a guide to living the extreme, Spartan way of life, both mind and body.

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The Local Bookcase: MotherBirth

Have a Positive Journey into Motherhood

by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

MotherBirth coverMotherBirth is author/photographer Sandy Taylor’s journey into motherhood and its positive impact on her life and the life of her child. She expands on how the childbirth experience affects a child’s entire life, both positively and negatively. Taylor’s description of positive births in a loving environment, punctuated by her black and white photos, demonstrates that while mother and child are separate beings, during pregnancy and the birth experience, the two beings are one unit.

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Using Thermography to Evaluate Breast Health

by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

Seeking to promote breast health while minimizing radiation and discomfort for women, family physician Andrew Lipton, owner of Narberth Family Medicine, added thermography to his already unique family practice in April 2011. “It was actually my wife’s influence. She told me she thought it was crazy to use yearly radiation on the breast when it is one of the contributors to developing cancer. We discovered thermography and felt it was a necessary addition to our practice,” says Lipton.

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Vedge: A Vegetable Restaurant

by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

VEDGE book coverFrom Lupini Beans or Pickled Curry Cauliflower as appetizers to Shaved Brussels Sprouts and grilled Seiten as entrees, topped off with Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert, Vedge Restaurant in Center City Philadelphia is a culinary adventure that appeals to a broad audience. Named one of The Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013 by GQ Magazine, Vedge focuses on vegetable cooking in a fresh way.

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