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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, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Sides, Slow Cooker, Spring, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

This is my whole foods version of baked beans that can be eaten as a main dish; a little bit tangy and a little bit sweet. Serve this with a side of greens, homemade cole slaw or a crispy salad. I like it over brown rice, but a warm loaf of baked bread or dinner rolls, and chunks of cheese would also suffice.

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.

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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.

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Southwestern S’Mac n’ Cheese

Serve with green peas-
I have done my best to recreate one of the best mac and cheese recipes I have ever tasted from Scottsdale’s Gainey Ranch Grand Hyatt. Baked in a skillet and topped with a crispy breadcrumb and cheese mixture, this earned “1,000 stars” from my 7 year old and everyone went back for seconds. I would say I nailed it!
This is comfort food at its best so leave your diet at the door! I have, however, added in some wholesome fiber-rich changes, such as homemade whole wheat or spelt breadcrumbs and whole wheat penne pasta.

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

Arugula, Roasted Grape, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad with Vanilla Vinaigrette

This may be your go-to impress salad for family and friends in the cooler months. The fall-inspired, earthy salad was created as the 1st course in The Mystic Meals Under The Moon’s October Full Hunter Moon Dinner and Celebratory Moon Ritual event. One of my favorite vinaigrettes tempers the peppery arugula and highlights the sweetness of the grapes.

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Creamy Corn Chowder

Serve with crusty whole grain bread with goat cheese-

I am not a huge fan of cream-based soups, but I wanted to make traditional corn chowder with the last-of-the-season sweet corn from the farmer’s markets. I am now a HUGE fan of this lightened version, as is my family, which unanimously gave this vegetarian chowder “5 stars”. Dunking a warm, whole grain roll into the incredibly creamy, fennel-scented, flavorful broth (chockfull of tender potatoes and fresh corn kernels) is the perfect beginning to the start of comfort food season.

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

When fall rolls around and I see the many varieties of apples at the grocers and farmer’s markets I am ready to make batches and batches of applesauce. Preparing this kid (and adult) favorite in a slow cooker frees you up to go about your business. This a must-have recipe to have this fall.

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.

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Spanish Tapas-Style Shrimp and Chorizo

Serve with brown rice and sautéed green beans-

One day I will get to Spain, but in the meantime I can recreate some of my favorite tapas recipes that I love from local tapas restaurants. Shrimp and chorizo is one of them and my adaptation has become a family favorite, especially enjoyed outdoors on our patio on a balmy summer evening.