How to Make Date Paste

by in Stress-Free Kitchen

Guiding Stars Kitchen

Many of our desserts and baking recipes rely heavily on date paste as a replacement for sugar. Because date paste includes the same nutrients you find in dates, it brings more nutrition to a dish than refined sugars. Date paste, however, is not easily available in most major grocery stores, which might leave you scratching your head. Never fear! Date paste is just date puree, and it’s easy to make. Here are some tips for getting good results.

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How to Make Date Paste

A Road Map to Feeding a Crowd

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or inviting a crowd for another celebratory meal, you know that the menu guides the planning. How will you manage cooking times, oven space, make all your fam favorites (including those that haven’t been updated for generations) and satisfy all tastes? With all of the preparing (and dare I say at times…stressing?) it’s natural to compensate by over doing it. Not this year. Use this holiday meal GPS and you will get where you want to go with less stress and more time for the joy of the season.

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A Road Map to Feeding a Crowd

A Closer Look at One-Star Foods

by in Nutrition Science

Kitty Broihier

If you use Guiding Stars to help you select healthful food items for yourself or your family, you’re no doubt familiar with the concept of choosing more of the two- and three-star items. (Maybe you even make a game of it—seeing how close you can get to having all the items in your cart be either two- or three-star items!) It’s true, the double and triple-starred items have more of the healthy attributes most of us are looking for (fiber, vitamins and minerals) and less of the things that health authorities recommend we limit (added sugars or trans fats, for example). Making it a habit to aim your food choices at two- and three-star items is a smart shopping strategy for a healthful diet.

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A Closer Look at One-Star Foods

Say Yes to Hummus for Dessert

by in Recipe Reviews

Recipes

I know, I know, I know. “Dessert Hummus” does not evoke images of sweet satisfaction, or really, of anything you might imagine normal people would voluntarily put in their mouths, let alone make. But trust me: this recipe tastes great. If you’re feeling super responsible, serve it up with apple slices for dipping. If you want to enjoy a full-on treat, spread a little on a few thin, crispy cookies.

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Say Yes to Hummus for Dessert

Oodles of Voodles

by in Recipe Roundup

Recipes

We’ve been having fun with spiralized vegetables this month! (Voodles are veggie noodles, for those of you who missed earlier posts.) Did you catch our Halloween fun with Roasted Butternut Noodles? There’s good times to be had putting any number of veggies under that spiralizing blade, and good flavor too. Many of these dishes are great sides: pair with some plant-based protein and a smart portion of whole grain to round out the meal!

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Oodles of Voodles