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Who’s ready for Halloween? We sure are! This past week we’ve gotten in the Halloween spirit 🎃👻🤡 by picking out our costumes, visiting @underwoodfamilyfarms to get pumpkins and carving Jack o’ lanterns. Tomorrow we’ll be watching scary(ish) movies 🎥 outside with a projector with our #COVIDpod and playing some Halloween games with the kids. Halloween will look different this year, but I think some of the best #familytraditions will be born out of this trying time. Tell me about your Halloween plans?

I'm excited to be joining my friends at @limoneiraco and @farmstarliving for the "Peelin' Good Tour". Stay tuned for lots of amazing recipes featuring sustainably grown Limoneira lemons 🍋 and other citrus. You can enter now until August 31, 2020 to WIN $250 + swag from Limoneira. Visit the link in bio at @farmstarliving to enter. THE ZEST IS YET TO COME! #peelingood

Whether you're going #backtoschool in-person or virtually, it's time to get back into your morning routine, which hopefully includes a healthy and satisfying breakfast. My Double Berry Muffins boast wholesome ingredients like whole grain flour, plain Greek yogurt, maple syrup and, of course, fresh ripe blueberries and raspberries. Go to the link at @leeannsweintraub for the complete, shareable recipe. You can make these muffins in under 3️⃣0️⃣ minutes and have a breakfast you love all week. #familymealsinheels #FMIHrecipe #breakfastrecipe #muffins #muffinstagram #healthymuffins #healthybreakfastideas #healthybreakfastrecipe #muffinsofinstagram #baking #bakingwithkids #dietitiansofinstagram #berries #scratchkitchen

I first made my Autumn Quinoa Bowls (link to recipe in profile) on a Sunday when a trip to the grocery store was long overdue. I cobbled together a dinner from what I had in the pantry and fridge, including a bunch of chard I needed to use before it expired. Surprisingly, these bowls were a big bit and I continue to make them quite regularly. I love the fluidity of this recipe. If you don’t have lentils, no worries, use garbanzos. Can’t find chard at the market? No problem, try spinach or broccoli. This recipe is meant to be nutritious and economical. What is your go-to recipe for when you're out of groceries? #familymealsinheels #familymeals #grains #quinoa #healthygrains #lentils #quinoabowl #easymeals #easyrecipe #dietitiansofinstagram #dietitianeats #lentils #plantbasedbowl #mealplanning #dinnerideas

We are so excited to dive into our new book, Healthy Eating for Families, by @superkidsnutrition 🍎🥕🍌🥦🍇🥬The super crew characters make learning about nutrition fun for kids. I love how the activities in the book make it extra engaging and personal. What a creative way to teach #nutrition during school at home.

Move over zucchini bread, you are going to FALL in love with my Delicata Squash Bread (link to #FMIHrecipe at 👆🏼@leeannsweintraub). With notes of cardamom, ginger and brace yourself for it...brown butter, this bread is a treat for all of you #sweaterweather 🍂 folks. Our @imperfectfoods delivery included this gorgeous delicata squash, but I was more in a mood for baking than roasting veggies. If you've never worked with delicata squash I think you'll really like it. It has this pretty shape that is fun to show off. Plus, it's sweet and velvety and super nourishing. Grab a delicata next time you are at the grocery store or farmer's market 👩🏻‍🌾 and let me know what you do with it.

If you are ready to level up ⬆️ your #familybrunch menu I have THE recipe for you! #ad My Chilaquiles Salsa Verde is made with homemade chips from @teasdalesimplyespecial tortillas. I love these tortillas because they have 6 grams of plant-based protein EACH and taste delicious 😋 with flavors like Black Bean and Citrus and Chickpea and Cilantro. I had some help from the kids #cookingwithteasdale slicing the tortillas (we used a pizza 🍕 cutter!) and saucing the crispy chips. Then we tossed in the beans, sprinkled cheese and cracked fresh eggs on top. After baking, this #onedishmeal was topped with queso fresco, fresh cilantro and diced red onion and served with sliced avocado 🥑 and red radish. Check out the complete #FMIHrecipe up on the blog (link in profile) @leeannsweintraub. . Swipe left ⬅️ to see how we combined the salsa verde with the chips. What is your favorite savory brunch dish?

Eggplant with Lemon Chickpeas and Herb yogurt is inspired by a recipe in the vegetable cookbook Plenty More by @Ottolenghi. In my version (click on the link at @leeannsweintraub for the recipe) I dialed down the salt and the oil and kept the eggplants as intact as possible to show off their beautiful shape. The original recipe calls for the chickpea mixture to be mashed into a thick, spreadable paste. I used an avocado masher to mash them just enough so they wouldn’t roll off the eggplant. I’m going to be totally transparent with you and share that this is the first time I’ve successfully cooked eggplant. I’ve always found eggplant good when others prepare it, but kind of fickle when I’m left to it alone. I always figured it was a bit like tofu…really enjoyable if you know what you’re doing, but kind of a mystery for the inexperienced. Coming across beautiful small eggplants at the market motivated me to #levelup my eggplant game. The flavors of bright @limoneiraco lemons, toasted cumin seeds and fresh herbs really shine through in this simple, but special #vegetableforward recipe. #familymealsinheels #familymeals #dietitiansofinstagram #foodblog #foodblogger #vegetarianrecipe #healthyrecipe #recipeideas #eggplant #chickpeas #lemons #Mediterraneanfood #cookwithlove #food #feedfeed

I know it's October and we may be seeing all of the pumpkin spice 🎃 and everything nice for fall🍂, but we're still getting three-digit temperatures ☀️ here is LA. I think I'm stuck in a transitional cooking phase. How about you? We haven't quite switched to soups, stew and other cool weather🧣comfort foods yet. Fall food will be here soon! For now I'm just focused on #creativityinthekitchen and playing with different flavors and ingredients. So can we talk about gigante beans for a second? Apparently gigantes are huge lima beans, but I kind of think they are underappreciated. I really only ever see gigantes at Greek 🇬🇷 restaurants, though occasionally olive bars at supermarkets 🛒 have them already marinated. They are mild and slightly buttery and full of protein and fiber. If you see them dry or canned next time you are grocery shopping, pick them up and try out my Marinated Bean Salad (go to the link @leeannsweintraub for the recipe).

Can I eat bread🥖🍞🥯? I get this question often in nutrition counseling sessions. The short answer is YES, if you enjoy bread you should eat it. As the popularity of low-carb and keto diets has soared, grains and foods made from grains have gotten a bad rap. Certainly bread is a good source of carbohydrates, but we need #carbsforenergy 💪🏽 and brain-power 💡. Instead of steering away from bread, aim to choose whole grain bread more often. When we consume whole grains we are getting all parts of the grain including the bran, germ and endosperm. Flour used to make white bread goes through a refining process, which removes the bran and germ, stripping the flour of essential nutrients and fiber. Don't get me wrong, I love croissants 🥐 and baguette, but if we're talking about nutrient quality, whole grain bread is the cream of the crust! So how do we know if a bread is whole grain? It's not always straight-forward and food packaging can be misleading and even deceptive. Here are 3 ways to be in-the-know: 1️⃣ Check the ingredients list. A whole grain like whole wheat, whole oat or brown rice should be the first ingredient. 2️⃣ Look at the Nutrition Facts Food Label for fiber. Whole grain bread will likely have at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. 3️⃣ Don't be fooled by #healthyish-sounding front-of-package labels that fall short. While terms like "100% whole grain" and "gluten-free" are helpful, descriptions like "made with whole grains" and "multigrain" are not. (Multigrain means more than one kind of grain, but tells us little of the quality of the grain or flour.) Adding in whole grain bread opens up doors to more options for satisfying and energizing 🙌🏼 meal ideas.

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