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American, Contains Nuts, Fall, Gluten free, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Sides, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

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.

American, Appetizer, Condiments/Sauces, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Wild Rice and Sweet Corn Balls with Roasted Red Pepper-Walnut Dip

These nutty-sweet wild rice-sweet corn balls with a hint of heat are the perfect compliment to the smoky red pepper-walnut dip. It’s a match made-in-heaven appetizer sure to illicit oohs and ahhs at your next potluck get together. I even like this pairing as a vegan lunch or dinner; just add a side of greens or a crisp salad.

American, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds in a Manuka Honey and Red Wine Reduction

This was the grand finale for Mystic Meals Under the Moon’s Full Harvest Moon 4-Course Dinner. The richness of the chocolate and pumpkin seeds were perfectly balanced by the petite size and lightness of fresh figs. Paired with a cinnamon or other fall-spiced hot tea and you have the perfect early fall dessert or snack when figs are in season.

American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Sides, Sides, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Quinoa with Gazpacho and Red Beans

I was looking for a vegetarian recipe that showcased the most common vegetables popping up in our gardens, farmer’s markets, and CSA’s this summer, but was filling enough to satisfy any carnivore’s appetite. Between the beans and the high-protein quinoa, this recipe fits the bill and is quite tasty too! I served this to relatives this summer, and both adults and kids went back for seconds!

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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.

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Sides, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Slow Cooker Layered Vegetable Casserole

This was a surprise hit as the main course; the veggies were flavorful but it was the cheese that took it over the top for us. Seasonably adaptable depending on what vegetables are at your farmer’s market or grocer. Try this a side to your meat entrees.

All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Latin America, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Sandra’s Super Addictive Hot Salsa

My friend, Sandra Botero, whips up the freshest, spiciest salsa that I regularly consume on everything from eggs and grilled meats to simple salads. She shared her recipe with me in all its freshness and simplicity. I dare you to try this and then tell me that you do not crave it. You’ll also stay sick-free, as this salsa is chockfull of immunity boosting vegetables.

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Green Smoothies

This is my favorite way to get a lot of raw fruits and vegetables in my girls’ diet first thing in the morning. There are so many great things about green smoothies beyond the obvious health benefits: fast, easy, adaptable, portable; to name a few.

The “green” refers to adding vegetable greens, such as spinach, kale or romaine lettuce, into a fruit smoothie but if you leave out dark fruit the greens create a vibrant green colored smoothie which most kids find fun especially if you give it a fun name(Kermit’s Smoothie perhaps?).

This is my kids’ favorite version, which includes raspberries (optional in the recipe below if you want a bright green colored smoothie); dark fruit is an easy way to “hide” the spinach (worked wonders for me for years with my youngest. Now she does not care, as the great taste factor overruled the idea of spinach in her smoothies).

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Argentine Chimichurri

My mother’s good friend, Ester, is an amazing cook and entertainer who also happen to be Argentine. I have personally benefited from her culinary heritage and finally had her share with me some classic Argentine recipes. Chimichurri is probably the most well known, as it is always served with grilled meats, but each Argentine has his/her own way of making it. This is Ester’s version, fresh parsley only (many add dried oregano). This sauce is addictive; you’ll find yourself keeping a stash in the fridge to slather on everything!