Grains

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Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Raw versions of popular baked goods are my favorite way to treat my family (and myself) to sweets without wreaking havoc on our bodies. Many raw sweets are a great way to fuel the body properly for sports and other fitness activities as they are a good mix of healthy carbs and a little bit of protein. These Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies are my favorite version; they never last very long in my house whether as a pre-workout meal or afternoon snack.

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Sides, Sides, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Edamame and Summer Corn Quinoa Salad

This light and fresh deli-style salad that I originally bought from Stater Bro. Market in Joshua Tree sustained me for a couple days whether before a hike in Joshua Tree National Park or as a light snack on one of our many car rides during our southern California summer vacation.

I know this salad will become a permanent addition to your summer rotation of favorite, go-to recipes.

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Sides, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

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.

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

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.

American, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sides, Sides, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

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.

All Seasons, American, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Pork, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

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!

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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I have never made a creamy chicken soup at home, but have ordered creamy soups in the heart of fall or the dead of winter when you just want to take the chill out of your bones. I actually first tested this on the first of October in 90 degree weather, but we cranked the a/c and my family rather enjoyed this fall/winter must-make soup, going back for seconds.

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Nutella Banana Bread Muffins

A bunch of really ripe bananas led me to create this easy muffin recipe that tastes just like banana bread with a creamy chocolate surprise in the center. A favorite breakfast, after school snack or pre-work out , these moist, healthy muffins will have you leaving bananas laying around to ripen extra long on a regular basis.