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All Seasons, Dairy Free, Drinks, Drinks, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita Protein Smoothie

I took a break one afternoon from having my nose in my laptop and desperately needing to recharge. Fueled myself with this incredibly refeshing, super yummy and uber healthy protein smoothie. It was the last week of Jazz Fest and I was daydreaming about the last time I was at this timeless music fest. Almost as memorable was finding El Gato Negro and their Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita. This is my smoothie verison and you’ll never miss the tequila (well, if it is before 5pm!).

All Seasons, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Mexican Margarita Cookies

I adapted The Whole Meal’s popular and healthy raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookies for my friend, Kari L., for her Cinco De Mayo get together as she wanted to highlight fresh Mexican as well as healthier, in-theme desserts. This was a hit in testing with both kids and adults as it has just the right balance of sweet and salty with a punch of lime.

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, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Chocolate Cranberry Truffles

I was looking for a whole foods alternative to the highly processed “energy” bars (more like crash and burn) so favored by my daughter, who is a swimmer. Upon experimenting with different dried fruits, this was the final version that won her approval, as well as her teammates and friends. Nuts provide a bit of protein, dates and cranberries are a natural sweetener, and coconut adds good fat. I usually add some unsweetened cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate chips for the chocoholic in all of us! It’s a no cook (all you need is a food processor) snack, treat, dessert your family will love. Once you get a hang of the basic recipe, you’ll enjoy making variations on the basic nut and date base.

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.

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

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.

All Seasons, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, French, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker French Provencal Chicken

This is a simple, easy, French-inspired chicken dish that will make you feel like you are in the French countryside, but your slow cooker did all the work! I love to serve this with a simple side of sautéed or steamed green beans and roasted new potatoes. Bon Apetit!