pumpkin week: pumpkin pie smoothies


I’m so excited to tell you I’ll be on TV this week! I will be on Studio 5 in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, September 25, at 1:00 MDT, channel 5. Check your local listings to watch it on High Definition. And you should be able to view it online here. I’ve been on the show before, but this time I’m extra excited since fall is my favorite season and I’ll be sharing one of my fall recipes—Pumpkin Swirl Doughnuts—from my book Celebrate Every Day: Recipes to Make the Most of Special Moments with Your Family. They’re basically pumpkin cinnamon rolls that are fried and frosted. They’re calorie heaven.

power food: classic hummus


My seven-year-old son was psyched about this hummus, which I served with raw cauliflower, and he kept saying, “This is so addicting, isn’t it?”

The truth is, we’ve kind of been addicted to cauliflower these days, going through about two heads of it a week. For a family who rarely consumes as much food as one grown male (not counting sugar cereal), that’s saying something, especially considering it’s a vegetable.

lemon meringue macaroons—lemon pie coco-roons you can make yourself


Remember all those months ago, I told you how I was losing weight and that I only had about 15 or 16 pounds to go? Then remember how I just stopped mentioning it?

Yeah, well the answer to that is simple: I stopped losing weight. Maybe it was the fact that I made it public, maybe it was the fact that my body, more than anything else in this world, wants to be fat. I’m not quite sure. Anyway, in the meantime, I’ve been looking high and low for inspiration. Pinterest is a great place to find new ideas for workouts, and one day, I happened upon the Tone it Up! girls. On one of their little videos, they show these cookies called Coco-roons, which are gluten-free, vegan, raw (mostly), and low glycemic . Without even really trying, I found them at my health food store a few days later, and they’re delicious! We love both their Vanilla Maple flavor and their Lemon Pie flavor. I actually tried contacting the company to see if they would send me all of their flavors so I could talk about them here, but they never responded.

My kids and I can eat through a whole bag of these babies in about 4 minutes, which can get kind of expensive, seeing as they cost around $8 a bag, with eight cookies in each bag. So, I decided to try making them at home. The ingredients cost me only about $2, and the whole batch makes about 50% more, so I’d say, that’s pretty amazing.

power foods: roasted asparagus


For me, asparagus is synonymous with spring, and more specifically, Easter. It’s one of those vegetables I really didn’t discover until I was in my twenties, and then wondered where I had been the last two decades. I love it, and even more so when it’s roasted.