I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013!

I’ve got a thing for creamy, custard-like sweets. The Italian dessert panna cotta is one of my favorites, so a recipe in this month’s Fine Cooking magazine, a Pumpkin Panna Cotta, caught my eye. The recipe from Fine Cooking features a sauce made with apples and apple cider but I decided to make the panna cotta without the sauce.

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I often make my panna cotta in jars because I think it looks pretty, and so I don’t have to worry about the whole un-molding business. You are, of course, welcome to make yours in ramekins and then un-mold them…whatever floats your boat! I found this pumpkin panna cotta to be plenty sweet without the sauce, but if you try it, I’d love to hear how it comes out.

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Brussels sprouts salad | Healthy Green Kitchen

(If you are interested in the recipe for this Brussels sprouts salad, you can find it here.)

I am a big fan of both intentional exercise and NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis). I believe daily movement contributes to good health, and I think a device such as the Fitbit can encourage you to be more active.

To thank all of you for being my readers, I’m going to give one of you a Fitbit!

Fitbit Giveaway | Healthy Green Kitchen

The Fitbit is a wireless activity tracker. It monitors things like how many steps you take and how many calories you burn. It also lets you know how much you sleep and it can function as an alarm in the morning. You may synch your Fitbit with your computer or your smartphone and use an app to log your food intake in order to aid the process of weight loss or weight maintenance.

I was going to give away the newest Fitbit model, the Fitbit Force, but Amazon.com doesn’t have them in stock right now. So instead, you can choose between a Fitbit One and a Fitbit Flex. The Fitbit One has received better reviews. You wear it in your pocket, on a belt, or in your bra (only problem is I’ve heard it’s pretty easy to lose); the Flex can be worn on your wrist. If you win, you can choose whichever one you prefer.

I will also send the winner a signed copy of my soon-to-be-released book One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life! The book will be available for shipping on December 3, 2013 but I have a copy right here I’ll be sending to the winner before that…you’ll be one of the first to see the book :)

This giveaway is sponsored by ME. I am paying for the Fitbit and the shipping as a way to thank to you all for reading my blog. The total value of this package including the shipping is a little over $100. Note that his giveaway is only open to my readers in the USA. Also note that If you win and you really prefer to wait for the Fitbit Force, I will send you a $100 Amazon.com gift card that you can put toward one. If you already have a Fitbit and you win, I can either send you another one (for you to give away to someone you love), or I can send you a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Your choice.

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I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013!

Soup. I make it all the time and yet I rarely make it the exact same way twice. Soup is often an exercise in thriftiness…a way for me to use up vegetables, etc. that are “on their way out”. At other times, it’s just an easy way to combine various ingredients into a nourishing meal.

Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup | Healthy Green Kitchen

This Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup is both thrifty and easy/nutritious. It’s not quite vegan/vegetarian due to the pancetta (and the chicken stock, if you use it), but these can definitely be left out if you don’t do meat. The recipe come from Alice Waters’ new book The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden.

The Art of Simple Food II

I love this book: it’s a wonderful volume of recipes spotlighting seasonal produce. There’s also an extensive section on starting or expanding a garden…reading through it has me already longing for next year’s garden. If you have a vegetable lover in your life, you should gift them with this book (or gift it to yourself…you will adore it!).

Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup | Healthy Green Kitchen

Broccoli rabe can be a little bitter, but there’s nothing wrong with bitter! In fact, many of us would do well to include more bitter foods in our diets. Bitter foods are excellent for your digestion :)
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Due to a few technical difficulties, I can’t share the recipe I was planning to share with you today. I will get it posted tomorrow though, for sure…in the meantime, here’s my kitty Leo!

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