SPECIAL DIETS

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.

American, Contains Nuts, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Vegetarian, Winter

Pumpkin Mousse Tarts with Cranberry-Pecan Crumble

Twitter inspiration strikes again! This time in the form of a pumpkin mousse that was the main filling for a pumpkin tiramisu recipe tweeted from Food and Wine Magazine. By the time I got around to testing the recipe my daughters had found and devoured the lady fingers needed for the recipe.

I am a big fan of bite-sized desserts and decided that the mousse could play the star role with a raw nut and dried fruit crumble as its side kick. My first test batch of 15 tarts were gone in 5 minutes! It’s creamy fall flavors wrapped in buttery phyllo topped with a crunchy sweet crumble; this is a must at my Thanksgiving dessert buffet.

American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Pork, Slow Cooker, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Winter

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

I really like this version of split pea soup because it’s brothy, rather than thick like a stew. Artisan rolls or slices of bread with a pat of creamy butter are a must for dipping in the filling soup. I usually serve a simple side salad of romaine mixed with escarole (or other bitter lettuce) and shredded carrots in a mustard vinaigrette.

American, Appetizer, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Pear and Golden Raisin Ginger Chutney

I adapted this warm, savory-sweet chutney from a Southern Living recipe as part of the 4th course of The Mystic Meals Under the Moon October Full Hunter Moon Dinner. I paired it with a creamy brie, although a mild nutty cheddar works well too. Consider using this chutney during the holidays as a condiment to a roast pork or turkey. It’s a keeper!

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

Raw Banana Trifle

I am not much of a baker but I love to make easy, simple raw treats and desserts, which are a healthier way to satisfy that sweet tooth anyway. Here is one of my favorites that can be made year round. Raw foods tend to be dense and this recipe is no exception which means smaller portion sizes are very satisfying.

American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Stews, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetable, Winter

Pumpkin Chili

Serve with arugula, grape and sunflower seed salad, skillet cornbread-

Maria A. from Merrimac, Massachusetts forwarded her pumpkin chili recipe to me a few years ago. It is a huge hit with her family and friends, an often requested dish during the long, cold months in Boston. I first made it for my book club and we all loved it. My friends were quite surprised to learn the chili included pumpkin. The original recipe called for ground turkey, but this version is vegetarian. An iron skillet cornbread and a crispy salad are the perfect sides.

American, Fall, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sides, Soups, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

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.

All Seasons, American, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Dessert, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sides, Sides, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

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.