WORLD FOODS

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.

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.

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!

All Seasons, Chicken, Fall, Gluten free, Italian, Main, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Parmesan Chicken

I had intended to make oven-baked parmesan chicken one night, but realized that I would be out all day, returning with limited time to make this classic Italian dish. I experimented with my slow cooker and the result was surprisingly good! How nice to come home to a favorite Italian meal, where all I needed to do was boil some pasta and toss together a quick green salad.

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.