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Warm Eggnog Chia Pudding (with Pear & Cranberry Compote)

Warm Eggnog Chia Pudding

My husband bought a scented candle a couple of weeks ago called ‘wood smoke’ (so manly). I think he was trying to compliment his favourite tv show, the channel that just has the burning fire log with the guy’s plaid arm stoking it once in a while. Anyway, (luckily?) it doesn’t smell like burning anything, but mysteriously, more like how you want Christmas to smell, which is just so awesome.

Warm Eggnog Chia Pudding

As much as I love the lights and decorations and the Peanuts Christmas soundtrack, by far my favourite thing about the holiday season are the smells. Everything from the fresh cut trees outside the grocery store, freshly peeled mandarin oranges, your neighbours up the hall getting a jump on their gingerbread baking, the way the air smells when its thinking about snowing, simmering mulling spices and warm roasty dinners all make this season so nostalgic and infectious. It’s hard not to jump on board with both feet, at least in the beginning.

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Indonesian Butternut Squash Noodles with Veggies

Indonesian Butternut Squash Noodles with Veggies

In case you are like me and have cravings for Indonesian peanut noodles a little more than you would like to admit, I wanted to share a version with you that leaves you feeling energized and smugly vegetablized instead of Netflix zomb-ified.

Indonesian Butternut Squash Noodles with Veggies

The first and most important thing we do is make it more about the veggies than the noodles (good life advice too). Then we remove the peanut butter (sad face, I know, but pb -even organic -contains aflotoxin, a known carcinogen produced by mold) (I still eat it once in a while when accompanied by chocolate, because I’m human) and replace it with pumpkin seed butter (or sunflower seed or almond) (you won’t miss the peanut butter, I promise).

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Pumpkin Spiced Carrot & Walnut Milk

Pumpkin Spiced Carrot & Walnut Milk

After a long, hot summer, the leaves are finally starting to get crunchy less due to dehydration and more because IT’S FALL! Sweaters, boots, umbrellas, more leg hair, less squinting, phantom back to school anxiety, warm breakfasts, soup, and pumpkin spiced everything.

Pumpkin Spiced Carrot & Walnut Milk

I love the smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven but have always been disappointed by the pumpkin pie itself. I feel a bit guilty about this because I was born on Halloween and I feel like pumpkins and I should be kindred spirits. Also, pumpkin pie is my husband’s favourite dessert of all time, which means I make it at least once a year. That or rice pudding. I know.

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Black Sesame Kale Gomae

You know when you’re starving and you go to a restaurant and can’t wait for them to make your food so you order an appetizer that you know will be quick so that you don’t ruin lunch by being a hangry jerk? That’s how I was introduced to gomae salad.

I have since gotten my blood sugar under control and am generally a nicer person now but my gomae love persists.

Black Sesame Kale Gomae Salad

Sushi restaurants are abundant where I live. You can get decent sushi on practically every block. I am only reminded that this isn’t the norm in most of the world when my sisters come home from living abroad and want to go for sushi more times in two weeks than I have been all year. That’s a lot of deep-fried tempura potential, so gomae helps to green things up with the help of calcium-rich sesame seeds (…and questionable sugar sources).

Black Sesame Kale Gomae Salad

Homemade is always better, so of course a recipe for refined sugar-free, raw sesame seed gomae needed to be in my repertoire.

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