Ingredient: broccoli florets

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

Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Broccoli

A bit of a twist on a popular Chinese dish, which is typically made with sirloin strips, this slow cooker version uses more economical and fuss-free lean ground beef. This is a staple for my family on Tuesday piano practice night when we come in late and need dinner in a hurry. I prepare my rice in a rice cooker just before we leave and keep it on warm for our return.

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

Chicken Chopped Salad

Serve with whole grain baguette and herbed goat cheese-

I found a great tutorial in a Better Homes and Garden magazine on making a great chopped salad. Mashing the garlic in salt and letting it sit while you prep the vegetables is the key to a creamy, tangy dressing that set the flavor for the salad. I had fun modifying a classic chopped green salad into a main dish version my family loves (and it’s a great way to sneak a lot of vegetables in too!).

All Seasons, American, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Turkey, Winter

Turkey a la King

Serve with steamed rice and buttered broccoli-

My dad and I sat sipping tea the day after Thanksgiving reminiscing about Thanksgivings past and he reminded me of one of my favorite childhood meals he used to prepare, usually with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, Turkey a la King. I had forgotten all about this popular comfort food but now I was craving it.

Tired of my turkey soup and still having some leftover turkey I was ready to make it! While Pops could not quite remember how he made it, he did remember he used diced pimentos, an ingredient I remember giving the creamy concoction its distinct flavor. An internet search resulted in many versions and when I stumbled upon Campbell’s version I had a feeling this was what my dad was making (it was the 1970s!).

This is my whole foods adaptation (no canned soup in this recipe!) and it tasted just as good, maybe even better, than I remembered. Thanks Pops for helping me continue the family tradition with my kids.

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Skillet Pork Chops with Nectarines

Serve with easy sweet potatoes, steamed and buttered broccoli-

Fall is a great time to add some of the season’s best fruit, such as plum, nectarines, apples and pears into your daily meals. Just that bit of sweet is a surprising but nice twist to your everyday recipes. Take pan seared pork chops for example; tasty and juicy by themselves but elevated to a whole new level when topped with a mint and honey laced nectarine sauce. Make sure to buy the best quality chops you can afford.