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Spicy Roasted Pecans and Walnuts
Spicy Roasted Pecans and Walnuts
Baked Oatmeal
Baked Oatmeal
Slow Cooker Tuscan White Beans
Slow Cooker Tuscan White Beans
Coconut-Crusted Chicken Tenders
Coconut-Crusted Chicken Tenders
Skillet Pork Chops with Nectarines
Skillet Pork Chops with Nectarines
Cuban Black Beans and Rice
Cuban Black Beans and Rice
Slow Cooker Tacos
Slow Cooker Tacos
Slow Cooker Layered Vegetable Casserole
Slow Cooker Layered Vegetable Casserole
Slower Cooker Beef Stew
Slower Cooker Beef Stew
strawberry-chia seed jam
strawberry-chia seed jam
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Speedy Chicken Cacciatore
Speedy Chicken Cacciatore

Michele Gholson

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I created The Whole Meal with a vision of educating others in mealtime preparation focusing on delicious, healthy and simple recipes. To good food and a better life!

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Spinach and Feta Egg Bake

This easy, one skillet dish was created for my daughter as a recovery meal when she comes home from her morning swim practices. This egg bake is also perfect for dinner as it comes together very fast for those coming-in-the-door, what’s-for-dinner modes.

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Slow Cooker Crab and Corn Soup

This is the perfect end-of-summer, transitioning to fall soup. It showcases fresh corn which is still in season in a warming yet light way, perfect for a cooler September evening. I usually pair this soup with multi-grain rolls baked in the oven and a garden salad.

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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is probably the most traditional Creole food, and once fall rolls around, heavy pots are pulled out for this cold weather favorite. Most gumbo recipes call for chicken pieces or a whole chicken, a roux that take a long time, and the gumbo takes hours to simmer. I was determined to create an equally delicious version that could be made in 60 minutes or less. Considering my family went back for second and thirds, I would say this version fits the bill!

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Creamy Corn Chowder

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I am not a huge fan of cream-based soups, but I wanted to make traditional corn chowder with the last-of-the-season sweet corn from the farmer’s markets. I am now a HUGE fan of this lightened version, as is my family, which unanimously gave this vegetarian chowder “5 stars”. Dunking a warm, whole grain roll into the incredibly creamy, fennel-scented, flavorful broth (chockfull of tender potatoes and fresh corn kernels) is the perfect beginning to the start of comfort food season.

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

When fall rolls around and I see the many varieties of apples at the grocers and farmer’s markets I am ready to make batches and batches of applesauce. Preparing this kid (and adult) favorite in a slow cooker frees you up to go about your business. This a must-have recipe to have this fall.

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Sunset Dal and Pumpkin Soup

Serve with roasted Brussels sprouts-

This highly nourishing vegetarian soup is adapted from Nigel Slater’s Pumpkin Dal Soup recipe. He has a tradition of serving soup on New Year’s Day, but you won’t want to wait until then to try my simplified version. I’ve paired it with the nutritional powerhouse, Brussels sprouts, a hearty fall/winter vegetable that tends to sweeten during roasting and just happens to be my youngest’s favorite vegetable.

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Slow Cooker Italian Turkey Soup

There is only one season where this slow cooker meal would not be welcomed, but for a cold winter day, a brisk fall evening, or a rainy spring afternoon nothing beats a steaming bowl of whole foods goodness chock-full of protein, vibrant Italian flavoring and vitamin rich greens. While the meal stands on its own, you could easily add a crisp salad and artisan rolls for sopping up the broth.

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Fall Salad with Creamy Pumpkin Balsamic Vinaigrette

While I love the fresh greens and pears that are in season this time of year, the amazing salad dressing is the star of this recipe. It is spiced with one of our favorite fall seasonings-pumpkin pie spice. Tossed with some toasted pumpkin seeds and pecans, mixed greens, some blue cheese and sweet crunchy pears, this salad will wow not only your family but anyone that is lucky enough to taste it.