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Crazy for Collards and getting my Fall Menu together!

IMG_20151009_195200861I love Fall, and all the wonderful comfort foods that it brings! As far as the fruit for Fall hands down apples win!  I love apples, my favorite are the Arkansas Black they are  so crunchy, sweet with a little bit of tart and super crisp! arkansas black On your next trip to the apple farm with your family be sure to give them a try trust me you are going to love them! I also love squash, and root veggies during this time of the year too.  I don’t know what’s happening in the soil right now, but leafy greens are tasting on point and extremely good!  For the past week or so I have enjoyed some really delicious collard greens simply prepared, pan simmered with garlic, rice wine vinegar,spicy sesame oil, salt, pepper and a couple of teaspoons of coconut sugar to balance it all out!!! green chowmeinMy kids are liking them too, over the weekend I got a little creative and put collard greens on top of chow-mein. Yes it was a little crazy combo but the taste was a whole lot of good!! I’m also putting leafy greens in smoothies and soups like (collards, kale) or eating them raw in spinach salads.  It’s also a nice change from the typical mixed greens that can get a little boring, plus these leafy greens are rich in nutrients.  This Fall I plan on making a hearty, delicious root vegetable and leafy green stew, root veggie stewI found this recipe on  Pinterest  (I love Pinterest) and you best believe I’m trying this one soon!! Getting a good dose of something healthy is what the doctor ordered especially as we head towards the comfort food zone Season of Fall, and eating way too many sweet treats to feel good about !  I’m trying to enjoy it all without the guilt, carefully navigating my way through the season without packing on the extra lbs!  To be quite honest I have been consuming a WHOLE Lotta sugar lately. School is back in full swing mode, and it seems like every weekend it’s a birthday party or gathering.  While it’s been a lot of fun, and totally awesome I gotta pump the breaks and find the balance. To me It’s totally doable, and part of the journey, living and loving the life you desire without FEAR while enjoying every bite!

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