Paleo/Primal

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.

Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Seafood, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Salmon and Spring Vegetable Chowder

Serve with artisan rolls-

While I love a fresh piece of wild salmon either grilled or baked springtime seems the perfect season to chunk it up in a chowder and pair it with tender spring vegetables. This version is lighter than a typical chowder but hearty enough as a meal. All you’ll need is a hunk of artisan bread but a side salad would be a nice complement.

Gluten free, Main, Paleo/Primal, Seafood, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Poached Salmon with a Creamy Pea Sauce

Serve with Herbed Roasted Potatoes-

I have been serving this simple yet elegant salmon entree every Easter, as it is always requested and especially appreciated by the non-meat eaters. The cream sauce is light as the emphasis is on the meaty salmon and fresh seasonal spring vegetables. Include this on your Easter buffet or serve it with herbed roasted potatoes for a special springtime weeknight dinner.

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.

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Indian, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Soups, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Indian-Spiced Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

I created this soup when I was on a mini detox where I mainly consumed fruit and veggies. Whether you need a healing soup for detox purposes or not you’ll want to make this warming soup in the cooler months and it is highly adaptable. For the vegans, just add in some beans and for the carnivores try venison, chicken or pork sausage.

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.