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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.

American, Beef, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Winter

Slow Cooker Smoky Meatloaf

Who would have thought that a slow cooker could produce a moist, firm, and flavorful meatloaf? My bacon and cheese-studded version is every meat and potato lover’s dream. This grain-free meatloaf will become a cool weather and early spring staple in your household as it has in mine. Easily pairs with mashed potatoes and a salad.

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.

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Chicken, Apple, Bacon Spinach Salad With Maple Dressing

Serve with whole grain rolls-

Apples are an abundant and delicious fruit readily available during the fall. They come in so many varieties you could spend the entire season trying them all! Most of us like to eat them raw, stewed, or baked into a pie, but their versatility extends well beyond the obvious uses making their way into savory, dinner dishes. I think this fall salad may inspire you to incorporate apples into your everyday cooking!

All Seasons, American, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Pork, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Barley, Ham and Collards

My CSA harvests Kohlrabi in the cool winter months here in Florida and I had no idea what to do with them. Simply Recipes (a great foodie blog) highly recommended a kohlrabi and ham bake. While I thought it sounded delicious, the weather has been cold here this January and I was more in the mood for a soup or stew. Plus I had a bunch of collards I wanted to cook. This was so tasty, as the kohlrabi sweetens slightly and balances the smoky ham. Added bonus: one pot cooking always takes top marks in my book!

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

Slow Cooker Senator Bean Soup

This simple soup is on the menu of the U.S. Senate’s restaurant every day and with good reason. It’s really good and simple to make. This is my slow cooker version as most days I am not able to watch a simmering pot for hours.

There is a history behind this soup but it is not exactly known where this soup mandate came from. According to one story, the Senate’s bean soup tradition began early in the 20th-century at the request of Senator Fred Dubois of Idaho. Another story attributes the request to Senator Knute Nelson of Minnesota, who expressed his fondness for the soup in 1903. Regardless of its origins, this is one tasty substantial soup you’ll want to make over and over again during the nippier times of the year.

All Seasons, American, Fall, Main, Pasta, Pasta, Pork, Sides, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

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.

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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I have never made a creamy chicken soup at home, but have ordered creamy soups in the heart of fall or the dead of winter when you just want to take the chill out of your bones. I actually first tested this on the first of October in 90 degree weather, but we cranked the a/c and my family rather enjoyed this fall/winter must-make soup, going back for seconds.