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Recipe Inspiration

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Chicken
Gluten free
Paleo / Primal
Slow Cooker
Summer
Vegetarian
Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas
Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
Chicken, Potato, and Arugula Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Chicken, Potato, and Arugula Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Slow Cooker Layered Vegetable Casserole
Slow Cooker Layered Vegetable Casserole
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Blue Cheese Dressing (from Against All Grain)
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Blue Cheese Dressing (from Against All Grain)
Tuscan Chicken and Tomato Salad
Tuscan Chicken and Tomato Salad
Creole Turkey and Rice
Creole Turkey and Rice
Slow Cooker It’s-Just-Like-Chipotle’s-Spicy-Barbacoa
Slow Cooker It’s-Just-Like-Chipotle’s-Spicy-Barbacoa
Apple Walnut Curried Chicken Salad
Apple Walnut Curried Chicken Salad
Honey Lime Glazed Steak Kabobs with Summer Melon Kabobs
Honey Lime Glazed Steak Kabobs with Summer Melon Kabobs
Slow Cooker Chicken with Artichokes and Tomatoes
Slow Cooker Chicken with Artichokes and Tomatoes
Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken, Arugula and Summer Veggie Rice Bowl
Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken, Arugula and Summer Veggie Rice Bowl

Michele Gholson

About Me

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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Spicy Roasted Pecans and Walnuts

By March I am ready for lighter eating and for me this translates to a detox that is heavy on plant-based whole foods. My protein loving body still needs that satiation which has me reaching for nuts mid-afternoon. It was an early March nut craving when raw almonds just did’t sound so appealing that led me to whip up these addictive, peppery dry roasted nuts. You’ll want to portion control these as you could practically eat the whole batch in one sitting!

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The Herbs of Summer: Parsley

I know most of you see parsley as a garnish (and afterthought) to your main meal but parsley is the world’s most popular herb and is a rock star that can woo your taste buds while providing health benefits. This biennial plant that returns to the garden year after year […]

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Baked Eggs with Herbs

Serve with mixed greens, Asiago and strawberry salad with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette, toasted French bread-

My teen and I like to occasionally take in The Barefoot Contessa, as Ina Garten inspires us to be joyful cooks. This simple French egg dish modified from one of her TV episodes was prepared by my daughter one rainy spring evening. This outstanding, yet simple, meal inspired us to elevate a weekday meal by adding some ambient music, tapered candles, and a beautiful table setting. J’oie la Vie!

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Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas

Tabbouleh is such a quick, easy Lebanese dish that incorporates so many good things; heart healthy olive oil, crisp vegetables and healing herbs. I have always incorporated some chickpeas into the dish for additional protein. Once I discovered quinoa, the ancient seed was an easy substitute for me, as quinoa is wheat-free and does not result in any insulin spikes for me. I like to add a green leafy vegetable to the salad (in this case arugula) so it becomes one dish eating.

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Honey Lime Glazed Steak Kabobs with Summer Melon Kabobs

Serve with Quick Greek Brown Rice

When I think of summer and food, my taste buds immediately crave a simple but flavorful grilled meal. This kabob recipe fits the bill with an easy, slightly sweet marinade for both the steak and summer melons. Dipped in a cool, cumin-scented yogurt sauce and paired with a nutrient-rich brown rice side, this meal cries out for al fresco dining.

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Grilled Sirloin With Tangy Mop Sauce

Serve with and grilled corn with chili and cilantro cream; green beans with garlic-lime gemolata-

I was perusing a magazine and came across a recipe for “mop sauce”. It looked like a barbeque sauce to me, but upon researching exactly what is a mop sauce, I learned that it is a thin sauce applied to meat as it is being grilled or broiled. While containing a lot of flavor, it is thin enough to leave a thin layer on the surface of the meat that soaks in as the meat cooks.

Let me tell you, I am now a huge fan of mop sauces! It eliminates the need to marinate a meat, leaves the meat tender, and imparts such amazing yet subtle flavor. Best of all, you can save most of it to serve with your grilled meat, hence, “mopping” up the meat with it. Most mops contain Worcestershire or soy sauce, but I mimicked the smoky flavor without all the preservatives and sodium. It’s sweet and tangy all at the same time!

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Curried Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

Serve with fresh mango slices

Who doesn’t love scooping up a flavorful filling into an edible wrapper? My family loves this Asian-inspired dish on a busy week night. I updated an old Cooking Light recipe as a fresh alternative to ground beef and rice. A side of juicy, sweet mango slices is all it needs to compliment the slight spiciness.