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Fall
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Hoisin Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Hoisin Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Taco Casserole
Taco Casserole
Green Smoothies
Green Smoothies
Beef and Cheddar Cheese Chowder
Beef and Cheddar Cheese Chowder
Apple Walnut Curried Chicken Salad
Apple Walnut Curried Chicken Salad
Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken Meatballs
Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken Meatballs
Argentine Chimichurri
Argentine Chimichurri
Slow Cooker Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Slow Cooker Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Black Eyed Pea Salad with Sweet Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette
Black Eyed Pea Salad with Sweet Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette
slow cooker black bean and spelt salad
slow cooker black bean and spelt salad
Slow Cooker Lemon Honey Berry Cheesecake Cups
Slow Cooker Lemon Honey Berry Cheesecake Cups
Vietnamese Bun Bo Xao (Beef with Rice Noodle Salad)
Vietnamese Bun Bo Xao (Beef with Rice Noodle Salad)

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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Colcannon

Colcannon is Ireland’s best known Irish potato dish and each region has its own variations. Some areas prefer kale, while others add in cabbage or even parsnips. Onions or scallions are sometimes featured (although most would call this champ, another Irish potato dish).
Darina Allen, the Julia Childs of Ireland, says that kale is most traditional. Her book, Irish Traditional Cooking, is one of the most definitive cookbooks on Irish cooking and a “must have” on every cookbook lover’s shelf. She writes in it, “A common folk custom was to offer a bowl of champ to the fairies at Hallowe’en. This would be left on field posts or under trees, such as hawthorns or whitethorns, which where particularly associated with fairies.”
My version stays true to the kale, but I have added in some chopped green onion for a bit more flavor. Feel free to substitute cabbage for the kale and eliminate the onions.

Everyone is Irish on March 17th!

I popped into Trader Joe’s to buy my corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day even though I have not one ounce of Irish green in my blood.  The cashier, however, reminded me that on March 17th “Everyone is Irish!”. With that so-true sentiment, I thought I would write a little […]

Longevity Noodles

Longevity, or long life, noodles are a popular Chinese dish for both New Years and birthdays. They symbolize living to a ripe old age and the longer the noodle the longer the life. There are many variations but I like this vegetarian version for its simplicity and ease of preparation.

SOLD OUT: Mystic Meals Under the Moon: A New Moon Chinese New Year 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing With a Celebratory Ritual

I am so excited to offer New Moon Manifestation Nights Under the Stars, a monthly lunar-inspired event for setting intentions and invoking manifestation under the magic of the New Moon. This month I will be offering a Chinese New Year-themed 4-Course Dinner and Wine Pairing with Celebratory Ritual as the January […]

Hoppin’ John

Serve with braised collard greens-

“Eat poor that day, eat rich the rest of the year. Rice for riches and peas for peace”. This is a southern saying on eating a dish of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to ensure a prosperous year filled with luck.

This is my quick, vegetarian version (the original Hoppin’ John calls for dried black eyed peas soaked overnight and a ham hock). While I like to make this on New Year’s Day (we all want prosperity and luck for our families, right?), it is also a great dish that I prepare almost year round.

Chocolate Cranberry Truffles

I was looking for a whole foods alternative to the highly processed “energy” bars (more like crash and burn) so favored by my daughter, who is a swimmer. Upon experimenting with different dried fruits, this was the final version that won her approval, as well as her teammates and friends. Nuts provide a bit of protein, dates and cranberries are a natural sweetener, and coconut adds good fat. I usually add some unsweetened cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate chips for the chocoholic in all of us! It’s a no cook (all you need is a food processor) snack, treat, dessert your family will love. Once you get a hang of the basic recipe, you’ll enjoy making variations on the basic nut and date base.

Turnip Gratin

There are so many great fall root vegetables that get such little notice; one of them being the humble turnip. I think we are intimidated by what to do with these spicy, creamy white and purple-tinged jewels. I love to cube them up into stews and soups or roast them with carrots and sweet potatoes but it was not until I made this turnip gratin (that I adapted from an internet recipe) that I understood its simple elegance.

This rich gratin was a big hit at my book club. It’s a sophisticated alternative to a potato gratin or scalloped potatoes and the perfect surprise side dish this fall and winter, especially during the holidays.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

This is my version of cranberry sauce that I always bring to my mother’s house every Thanksgiving (and now that the torch has been passed to me it’ll be gracing my dining table from now on). While the basic Ocean Spray recipe will do I like to add my own touch and this is what I came up with. There is usually not much leftover so sometimes I make a second batch for Black Friday turkey and cranberry