Curried Kabocha Squash and Celeriac Soup

March started out on an arctic foot. Freezing temperatures, icy sidewalks, and a wintry mix welcomed us to this transitory month where winter and spring face off creating job security for meteorologists and sidewalk umbrella vendors alike.

If you’re still in hibernation mode like me you’re going to love this warming soup recipe. It’s simple to make but layered with complex flavors that take it beyond your average creamy vegetable soup. It’s light enough to be an appetizer but works just as well as a main when paired with a hefty hunk of good sourdough bread and a side salad.

 MOARfit Kabocha and Celeriac Soup

Much of the subtle complexity of this soup comes from the star ingredient: kabocha squash. Kabocha squash is a type of Japanese squash with a sweet flavor akin to butternut squash, though it looks more like a small, green pumpkin. It has only 2/3 the calories of butternut squash per serving and is packed with beta-carotene which our bodies convert into Vitamin A and is essential for healthy white blood cells, a strong immune system, and good vision. Combined with antioxidant-rich curry leaves, which also deliver a rich, savory meets spicy meats sweet flavor, kabocha squash will help warm your body and keep seasonal sickness at bay.

MOARfit Kabocha Squash and Celeriac Root

Curried Kabocha Squash and Celeriac Soup


  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, thin slices
  • 2-3 Tbs Sherry Cooking Wine
  • 1/2 Celeriac Root (~1 1/2 cups), peeled and chopped
  • 1 Kabocha Squash (~2 1/2 cups), peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 – 2 Tbs Muchi Curry Powder
  • 1 Tbs Dried Oregano
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 Tbs Ghee (or Butter)
  • 1 Cup Low-Fat Milk


  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add olive oil, turn down to medium and sauté onions and garlic until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant but not burnt (approximately 5-7 minutes).
  2. Deglaze bottom of pan with sherry.
  3. Add chopped celeriac root and kabocha squash, curry, oregano, salt and pepper. Toss in onion garlic until evenly combined.
  4. Add chicken stock. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer until a fork easily pierces the squash and celeriac but they aren’t falling apart (approximately 15 minutes).
  5. Remove from heat. Add ghee and milk. Stir until combined.
  6. Using an emersion blender while still hot (or standing blender once slightly cooled) puree soup mixture until smooth.
  7. Taste for salt, spice, and acid balance. Add a little more salt and pepper, a hit of your favorite spice, or a touch more sherry if need be.
  8. Enjoy!

Note: If you want to make this vegan, simply exchange butter for coconut oil and cow’s milk for coconut milk.

Carrot Coconut Ginger Holiday Detox Salad

Let’s face it, after the holidays we could all use a little dietary detox. The problem is a lot of us are cooked out from dinner parties, social outings, and family gatherings galore. They’re all in good fun, but when the season has passed we’re typically ready for some reprieve.

This salad is super easy and uses inexpensive ingredients (need I mention the holidays leave our wallets exhausted too?). Better yet, it’s full of dietary fiber and super-spice ginger to help get your digestion back on track. Belly bloat, goodbye!

Coconut Carrot Ginger Salad_MOARfit by Amy Rizzotto

Poach or bake a 3-4oz serving of salmon (about the size of a deck of cards) to serve alongside it and you’ve got a healthy, post-holiday detox meal using delicious whole foods that will heal your gut and guilt from the inside out!

Coconut Carrot Ginger Salad_MOARfit by Amy Rizzotto

Carrot Coconut Ginger Holiday Detox Salad

{makes 4 servings}

What You’ll Need

For the dressing:

  • 2 Tbs minced fresh mint
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbs unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1” grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

For the salad:

  • 3 cups grated carrot
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup toasted slivered almonds


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  2. Add the salad ingredients and toss together until evenly coated.
  3. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
  4. Serve cold or at room temperature.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Pumpkin Power Cookies (V) (GF)

With December upon us pumpkin fever will soon be coming to an end. Well, I don’t know about you but I’m not ready for that yet. In an attempt to keep my pumpkin love affair going until the well runs dry, I’ve got yet another pumpkin-themed recipe for you.

This recipe for Pumpkin Power Cookies is vegan, gluten-free and low on the glycemic index thanks to the wonders of coconut palm sugar, the latest sugar alternative to hit grocery stores. Made from the crystallized sap of coconut palm trees, this natural sweetener contains potassium, iron and vitamins and may help stabilize blood pressure and regulate spikes in blood sugar. Best of all, it can be used 1:1 to replace the sugar a recipe calls for and even acts like sugar in baking (meaning it creams well with butter and all that jazz).

I’ve raved about the benefits of pumpkin (fiber + vitamins A/C) before but it’s been a while since I’ve used this soapbox for a good old-fashioned dark chocolate speech. Here goes…

I used very dark chocolate (100% cacao) in this recipe. It’s not sweet and it’s not for everyone. Whether you go the vegan chocolate route or choose to opt for something a little milder (say 70-85% cacao), quality dark chocolate is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. It is also choc-full (I couldn’t resist) of antioxidants. Studies show that this dark beauty may even help lower bad LDL cholesterol, protect you from sun damage and lower blood pressure.

These cookies will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but are also a great pre-workout snack with 14g of gluten-free carbs to fuel your fire, heart-healthy fats and a few grams of protein (which you don’t want much of pre-workout anyway). At only 110 calories a pop, try munching on two 2-3 hours before your next workout and feel the pumpkin power!

Pumpkin Power Cookies

Pumpkin Power Cookies

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¾ cup organic pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • ½ tbs ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-oz very dark chocolate (70-100%), coarsely chopped or chips
  • ¼ cup pecan pieces (optional)
  • ¼ cup cup dried tart cherries (optional)
  • ¼ cup  unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

How to Make Them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine rice flour, oats, baking soda, sea salt and spice.
  3. In another mixing bowl (preferably that of a standing mixer), combine pumpkin, sugar, coconut oil, flaxseed and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients (2) to wet (3) and mix on medium speed (or with a brisk whisk) until combined.
  5. Stir in chocolate chunks and any of the optional ingredients until evenly distributed throughout.
  6. Drop rounded tablespoons onto a non-stick cookie sheet. Flatten each mound slightly with a spoon or fork, leaving about 1 inch between each cookie.
  7. Bake for 14-16 minutes.
  8. Move cookies to a wire rack and cool completely (otherwise the might fall apart).

Yields 20 cookies.

Nutrition Info: 

With all the fixings – 110 calories; 6g fat; 2g protein;  14g carbs

Without the optional ingredients – 88 calories; 4g fat; 1g protein; 12g carbs

Source: Self Nutrition Data

Tomatillo Spicy Green Salsa

I don’t know what it is about summer, but all I want to cook these days is food with spicy, Latin American flavors. Perhaps I just want to embrace the sweltering heat and fire up my body’s natural cooling system–a.k.a. get my sweat on. As a result, I’ve become mildly obsessed with trying out different gazpacho and salsa recipes. And with farmers markets in full flourish the available ingredients are bountiful, fresh and packed with flavor.

Most recently I taste tangoed with a curious little fruit and member of the tomato family: the tomatillo (or “little tomato” in Spanish). To me, tomatillos look like miniature paper lanterns. They have this thin, veiny husk and it’s like unwrapping a present when you reveal the brilliant lime-colored gem underneath.


Beyond their aesthetic appeal, they are incredibly good for you. Packed with fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants, these low-calorie beauties will help keep your body fit as a fiddle from the inside out.

Without further ado, the recipe….

What You’ll Need:

  • 10 medium tomatillos
  • 1/4 sliced sweet onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1/2 poblano pepper
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro


How to Make It:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 450F
  2. Place tomatillos, onion, garlic, jalapeño  and poblano on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Dust with salt and pepper to taste and toss to coat.
  3. Bake at 450F for 15 min or until skin on tomatillos and peppers start to caramelize and bubble.
  4. Let cool then seed your jalapeño and poblano (unless you want it suuuuper spicy). Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor with one cup of fresh cilantro. Process until smooth.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 min then serve.


This is delish on homemade fish tacos or drizzled over a piece of grilled flank steak. It can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months.

MOAR’s Healthy GB Fries w/ Lemon Aioli

Inspired by a recent article in the NYT by one of my food idols, Mark Bittman, I decided to break open my glass jar of garbanzo bean (GB) flour and make something out of the ordinary. I purchased the flour a while back because I loved the idea of using it as an alternative to white or wheat. GB flour is not only gluten-free but has 21% of your DV for dietary fiber, 10% of your iron, and 6g of protein per serving. Compare that to whole wheat flour’s 12%, 8%, and 4g respectively (white flour doesn’t even hold a candle), and GB flour takes the perverbial cake.

Don’t get my wrong, these babies are still fried (though grapeseed oil keeps them light and crispy) but they’re an excellent nutritional alternative to the golden arches or BK. Give them a try and I promise you won’t want anything to do with the French kind.

Garbanzo Bean Fries w/ Lemon Aioli


What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups garbanzo bean (GB) flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs Herbes de Provence
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Grapeseed oil (amount depends on pan size, for frying)

How to Make Them:

  1. Grease an 8-by-8 baking dish with some oil or spray.
  2. Boil 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan.
  3. Put the GB flour in a large bowl and when the water comes to a boil, slowly add it to the bowl. Whisk constantly as you pour to prevent lumps. (Tip: you can also do this in a KitchenAid standing mixer if you have one. If you do it by hand–as I did in the featured photo–the batter will inevitably have a lump or two.)
  4. Scrape the mixture back into the same saucepan you used, add a little salt and pepper, and bring it to a boil (it should take just a couple minutes). Reduce it to a gentle simmer, add in the 2 tbs of olive oil, and cook for one more minute.
  5. Scoop your doughy mix into the baking dish and spread it into an even layer, which should be about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Let it cool all the way then cover it with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour or as long as a day.
  6. Heat at least 1/4 inch of grapeseed oil in a large skillet over medium. Let it heat until a drop of water makes the oil hiss and spit (stand back!).
  7. Slide the chilled dough out onto a cutting board (this is why you greased the pan) and slice the GB mixture into the shape of fries. These don’t have to look perfect–think handcut or as my Italian familia would say, al rustico! Pat dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  8. Working in batches, gently sliding them into the hot oil. Nudge them around occasionally until they’re golden all over, cooking for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  9. Transfer your fries to paper towels (removing the excess oil) and immediately sprinkle with salt, pepper and Herbes de Provence. Serve immediately for the tastiest results.

Lemon Aioli

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup organic mayonaise (you can go reduced fat here if you like)
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 cloves of garlic

How to Make It:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the garlic is well-blended. If you don’t have a food processor, you can easily do this by hand–just mince the garlic before mixing.
  2. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

My GB Fries and Lemon Aioli make for a great appetizer or side dish to my homemade Quinoa Black Bean Zucchini Burgers. Enjoy these tasty bites with no guilt and maybe even your favorite icy brew. A wise woman once said: “everything in moderation, including moderation.”

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad w/ Pine Nuts


Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad w/ Pine Nuts 

  • 12-15 brussels sprouts, shredded (yield 6 cups)
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt

1. Using  mandoline, shred brussels sprouts 1/8″ thick–yield should be approximately 6 cups. Place shredded brussels sprouts in a large colander and wash thoroughly.

2. Pre-heat oven to  350° F. Toss pine nuts in olive oil and salt and spread on a small baking sheet. Bake in pre-heated oven for ~5 min, checking frequently to be sure they don’t burn.

3. In a large bowl, combine shredded brussels sprouts, toasted pine nuts and lemon vinaigrette (recipe below), massaging the ingredients to thoroughly coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs minced shallot
  • 1 tbs corse Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste

1.Combine all ingredients in a small glass bowl. Whisk vigorously to combine.


Great Grains: Farro & Leek Risotto

In our slim-obsessed society we often lump carbohydrates into one demonized category to be avoided at all costs. Carbophobes, listen up!! Not only are whole grains an excellent source of vitamin E, they’re crucial to your metabolism because they’re rich in B-complex vitamins. They’re also packed full of dietary fiber–a.k.a. your best ally against over-eating and weight gain.

So how can you work these great grains into your diet? How about a delicious whole grain risotto recipe using farro and featuring another dietary supastar–leeks!

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Leeks are a great source of Vitamin A. In fact, one serving contains up to 1/3 of your daily recommended value. As a member of the onion family they are a great source of allicin, which has proven anti-fungal and antibacterial properties–part of what gives these green tubers prebiotic properties. Prebiotics have been proven to alleviate symptoms of IBS and may reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer.

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What You’ll Need:

  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed thoroughly and sliced into rings
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups cooked farro (3/4 cup uncooked)
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice

How to Make It:

  1. Bring stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan over low heat.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy saucepan. Add diced onion and a pinch of salt, sautéing for 3-4 min. Then add leeks and sauté another 2-3 min. Once onions and leeks begin to soften, add garlic and Arborio rice. Cook about 3 min, or until rice begins to crackle.
  3. Pour in wine and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the wine has almost completely disappeared. Stir in one ladleful of simmering stock. The stock should bubble not boil. Cook, stirring often, until it’s almost absorbed. Add another ladleful and continue cooking like this (adding more liquid when the rice is almost dry) until you’ve used up most of your stock and the rice is al dente.
  4. Stir in the pre-cooked farro (make it according to the directions on the package), parsley  fresh lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. and herbs. Add another ladleful of stock and continue to cook for a minute, then a remove from the heat.
  5. The risotto should be creamy but not runny. If it’s dry, add a little stock.

Making this will be a labor of love. You’re constantly ladling and stirring, so grab a glass of wine and don’t drift too far from the stove. It’ll be worth it, I promise!

10-Day Cleanse: Recipes (8-10)

Kale Citrus Salad with Chickpeas


  • 1 orange, squeezed (4 tbs)
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • black pepper (and salt for the non-cleanse version)
  • 2 cups of curly kale or dinosaur kale
  • 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and separated into sections
  • 2 tbs sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds
  • 1 cup chickpeas

How to make it:

  1. In a large bowl, squeeze fresh juice of one orange and add apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, black pepper and 1 clove minced garlic. Whisk to combine.
  2. In same the bowl, add kale and cabbage. Massage the dressing made in step 1 into the leaves of the kale and shreds of cabbage for at least 2 minutes. Let the kale to sit and marinate for 30 min or more.
  3. Add shallots, red pepper, tangerine sections, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and chickpeas and toss to combine.
  4. Let the whole salad marinate in the fridge overnight, then enjoy!

Warm Vegetarian Quinoa Salad


  • 3/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1/2 eggplant, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • black pepper (and salt for the non-cleanse version)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas

How to make it:

  1. In a medium saucepan, toast quinoa over medium-high heat for 1-2 min, being careful not to let it burn. Add water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 min or until all water is absorbed.
  2. While quinoa cooks, heat coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add diced eggplant and zucchini and cook for 7-8 min, or until veggies are tender. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and cook for another 2-3 min. Remove from heat.
  3. When quinoa is done, remove from heat. Add sautéed veggies to quinoa, add black pepper and chili powder, and give it a good mix. (Note: when you’re not on the cleanse, add salt–it’ll taste yummier)
  4. Wait 5-10 minutes then add diced red pepper, red kidney beans, and chickpeas to the quinoa mix.
  5. Taste for seasoning, adjust, and enjoy!

10-Day Cleanse: Smoothies

Here are the recipes you’ll need for breakfast, days 1 through 4 of my 10-Day Cleanse.

Blueberry Beet Smoothie w/ Ginger:

Amy’s 10-Day (Moderate) Cleanse: Breakfast, Days 1 and 2

To Make: Blend together 1-2 medium raw beet (cleaned with skin on, roughly chopped), 1 cup frozen wild blueberries, 1 tbs grated fresh ginger, 2 tbs fresh lemon juice, 1 cup water, and a handful of ice. (Optional: substitute half of that water for a 1/2 cup almond milk)

  • This energizing smoothie is bound to put some pep in your step. The blueberries boast a high concentration of antioxidants and the raw beets are full of folate, vitamin B, and fiber.

Pineapple Banana Kale Smoothie:

Amy’s 10-Day (Moderate) Cleanse: Breakfast, Days 3 and 4

To Make: Blend together 1 cup fresh pineapple (cubed), 1 banana, 2-3 kale leaves (chopped with stems removed), 2 tbs ground flaxseed, 1 cup water, and a handful of ice. (Optional: substitute half of that water for a 1/2 cup almond milk)

  • This powerful smoothie is not only naturally sweet, but packed with dietary fiber, two powerful antioxidants (carotenoids and flavonoids) that are proven to help prevent cancer, and vitamins A, K and C.

Keep in mind this is a cleanse, so while these will taste refreshing and healthy they won’t be as sweet as a typical smoothie. If you are really struggling, try adding in the optional almond milk and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or raw honey to these recipes–with the sweeteners these would also be great non-cleanse smoothies too.

Blueberry Banana Muffins

If you liked my healthy Banana Bran Muffins, you’re going to love these Blueberry Banana Muffins. Like that recipe, this one is made dairy-free by substituting banana for oil or butter, and almond milk for yogurt or cow’s milk. If you don’t have lactose issues I’d skip the almond milk substitution and use non-fat, plain Greek yogurt for a slight protein boost.

These muffins are easy to make, friendly on your waistline, and yummy to boot. Three of my fabulous lady friends tried them out a few weekends ago and can attest that they’re a mighty tasty alternative to the traditional blueberry muffin which can pack a serious caloric punch at an average of 450 calories a pop. Mine will set you back less than 1/3 of that.


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup agave or honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries

How to Make Them:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F; spray 12-muffin pan with oil or line with fun paper liners
  2. In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients (flours and almond meal, baking soda and powder, and salt)
  3. In a separate, large bowl (or KitchenAid mixer if you have one), vigorously whisk together sugar and eggs. Add in your mashed banana, almond milk, and vanilla extract)
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing as you go
  5. Once combined, gently fold blueberries into batter until just combined
  6. Fill each of the muffin pockets 2/3 full; bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean

Try them out for yourself and let me know what you think!