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Chicken
Fall
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Honey BBQ’d Chicken Wings
Honey BBQ’d Chicken Wings
Thai Turkey Sliders
Thai Turkey Sliders
Slow Cooker Pork Chalupa Bowl
Slow Cooker Pork Chalupa Bowl
Quinoa with Gazpacho and Red Beans
Quinoa with Gazpacho and Red Beans
Tuscan Chicken and Tomato Salad
Tuscan Chicken and Tomato Salad
Turkey a la King
Turkey a la King
Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds
Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds
Taco Casserole
Taco Casserole
Asian BBQd Chicken Thighs
Asian BBQd Chicken Thighs
Orange Beef
Orange Beef
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Caesar Salad with Steak
Caesar Salad with Steak

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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Indian-Spiced Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

I created this soup when I was on a mini detox where I mainly consumed fruit and veggies. Whether you need a healing soup for detox purposes or not you’ll want to make this warming soup in the cooler months and it is highly adaptable. For the vegans, just add in some beans and for the carnivores try venison, chicken or pork sausage.

Chicken Sausage and Mixed Greens Soup with Quinoa

This was an impromptu meal that I put together with leftover sautéed mixed greens, grilled sausage, and cooked quinoa. It was so flavorful and satisfied everyone that I had to include it in The Whole Meal’s repertoire of recipes for fall, winter, and early spring. It’s great on its own, but a warm loaf of French bread and some good quality chunks of cheese would be the perfect complement.

Turkey Stuffed Green Peppers

Serve with iceberg wedge with creamy peppercorn dressing-

I have rediscovered green peppers after a long hiatus! I think it was largely this recipe which made me fall in love with them again. While I love the traditional version of rice and beef stuffed peppers simmering in tomato sauce, I wanted something different and this beef- and grain-free version does not disappoint.

Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff

Serve with buttered egg noodles, warmed asparagus salad-

This lighter version of the well known Beef Stroganoff will appeal to the chicken lovers in the family. While a bed of hot brown rice would be nutritionally better, traditionally this dish is served with buttered noodles (and a favorite of the kids!).

Slow Cooker Parmesan Chicken

I had intended to make oven-baked parmesan chicken one night, but realized that I would be out all day, returning with limited time to make this classic Italian dish. I experimented with my slow cooker and the result was surprisingly good! How nice to come home to a favorite Italian meal, where all I needed to do was boil some pasta and toss together a quick green salad.

Slow Cooker Smoky Meatloaf

Who would have thought that a slow cooker could produce a moist, firm, and flavorful meatloaf? My bacon and cheese-studded version is every meat and potato lover’s dream. This grain-free meatloaf will become a cool weather and early spring staple in your household as it has in mine. Easily pairs with mashed potatoes and a salad.

Tricolor Quinoa-Sweet Potato Stuffing

I created this delicious, gluten-free stuffing for the Mystic Meals Under the Moon’s November Full Moon Dinner. I wanted the menu to honor the month’s Thanksgiving holiday but with a twist. Although it played sidekick to a roasted salmon dish, this stuffing could easily stand alone both in flavor and sustenance. Even if you don’t want to give up your traditional holiday stuffing try this amazing whole grain recipe sometime during the holiday season.

Chicken, Apple, Bacon Spinach Salad With Maple Dressing

Serve with whole grain rolls-

Apples are an abundant and delicious fruit readily available during the fall. They come in so many varieties you could spend the entire season trying them all! Most of us like to eat them raw, stewed, or baked into a pie, but their versatility extends well beyond the obvious uses making their way into savory, dinner dishes. I think this fall salad may inspire you to incorporate apples into your everyday cooking!

Barley, Ham and Collards

My CSA harvests Kohlrabi in the cool winter months here in Florida and I had no idea what to do with them. Simply Recipes (a great foodie blog) highly recommended a kohlrabi and ham bake. While I thought it sounded delicious, the weather has been cold here this January and I was more in the mood for a soup or stew. Plus I had a bunch of collards I wanted to cook. This was so tasty, as the kohlrabi sweetens slightly and balances the smoky ham. Added bonus: one pot cooking always takes top marks in my book!