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Green Super Cubes for Quick Healthy Smoothies

I love starting my day with a healthy smoothie for breakfast, one loaded with fresh greens, fruit, and nutritional powerhouses. But on busy mornings, I'm not a fan of washing greens, measuring spices, grinding flaxseed, and dealing with so many ingredients.

Now I whip up Green Super Cubes to make breakfast easy. Just pop a few cubes into the blender with a banana and frozen blueberries for breakfast in four minutes. Get the recipe for the Super Green Cubes below and the recipe for my Quick Green Smoothie here.

super green cubes with frozen greens, cinnamon, turmeric, and flaxseed for quick smoothies

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Cinnamon Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apples

My nephew asked for the recipe after trying this rich and just-sweet-enough dish at our Christmas brunch. He likes that it has only five ingredients and no added sugar. It's particularly good paired with greens and beans. I've even enjoyed it for breakfast and as a healthy dessert. See the nutritional breakdown below.

Cinnamon Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apples with no added sugar

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Sneaky Wheat Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - Tall or Potluck Sized

These cinnamon rolls are what holiday baking is all about: a rare treat that lets you play in the kitchen and create something that shows your love. This recipe takes more time and effort than any of my recipes, but it is still probably easier than clawing your way to a Cinnabon at the mall. I like to make one pan for my family and one to give away, but you can also bake all the tall rolls in one big casserole dish. My book club gave good reviews to the "potluck" sized cinnamon rolls made by cutting the rolls half as high.

Like my Good Whisk Bread, this recipe adds wheat germ to a mix of all-purpose and white whole wheat flour. You'll get the nutrition of whole wheat flour without "healthy" taste that makes some kids recoil and some relatives snort. Walnuts add crunch and raisins add sweetness and texture with a minimal amount of sugar.

Tall Sneaky Wheat Vegan Cinnamon Rolls from Cook for Good

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Smart Stove-Top Apples

You'll feel smart making this super-easy side dish or dessert. Enjoy chunks of tender, cinnamon-scented apples sweetened with raisins and a bit of sorghum or other sweetener. It smells as good as apple pie, but with fewer calories and a lot less work.

This variation on home-made apple sauce uses what Kate Heyhoe calls "passive boiling" in her indispensable Cooking Green: The New Green Basics Cookbook. I think of it as "coasting." Bring food to a boil in a covered pot, boil for a minute or two if needed, then turn off the burner. Let the pot rest undisturbed. The liquid cools slowly, cooking the food as it goes.

The way Kate describes it, it's not only smart but downright spiritual:

The Zen of the Green Flame = Do nothing.
You've created the energy. Now let it do the work.

This technique is helping me with my new resolution to make everyone happier by serving lunch at noon instead of just starting to think about it then. I take a break around 10:30, get lunch ready, and then work for another hour. By noon, the apples are perfectly tender. Because there the burner is only on for the bare minimum, I save money and reduce my carbon footprint, too.

Smart Stove-Top Apples with raisins and cinnamon uses a cooking technique perfect for busy or green cooks. With cinnamon and raisins. Fat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free. By Linda Watson (c) 2013

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Happy World Gingerbread

Bring on the holidays with this fragrant, tender gingerbread. The ingredients come from all over the world but play well together, hence the name Happy World. Gingerbread comes from Armenia and then from France. My version uses the maple syrup from my northern childhood and sorghum from my Southern life now. The spices were first used in India and the Middle East, olive oil comes from the Mediterranean, and bananas were first cultivated in Malaysia.

Spread the joy by sharing snack cake with friends or tucking pieces into a lunch bag. Your body will be happy that it tastes so good yet is made with whole grains, little oil, and has no cholesterol. Perfect for Christmas and Winter Solstice parties.

Happy World Gingerbread is made with white whole wheat flour, sorghum, maple syrup, citrus zest, and olive oil. Egg free, dairy free, cholesterol free and absolutely tender and delicious.

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