Ingredient: butter, divided

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Very Veggie Turkey Meatloaf

Serve with mashed sweet potatoes and buttered Brussels sprouts-

This is a nice twist on a comfort food favorite. Surprisingly moist, chock full of vegetables and a hint of dill, my red meat loving husband went back for seconds. This will be a cool weather “go-to” especially for those that prefer a lighter meatloaf or for the non red meat eaters in the family.

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.

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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Slow Cooker Meyer Lemon Risotto

My good friend, Adriana S., gifted me some of her Meyer lemons from her backyard and I could not wait for the inspiration to hit what to do with them. I had never seen such huge Meyer lemons but they were ripe for the picking, incredibly juicy and so fragrant I knew I had to do something special with them. My tendency towards savory verses sweet led to the creation of this creamy risotto. The fragrant, slightly sweet lemon is the perfect burst of freshness to a traditional buttery and nutty Parmesan Italian staple. This a keeper as a side dish or a vegetarian meal. This rice dish would be a nice addition to your holiday buffets.

All, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Italian, Low Sodium, Main, Sides, Sugar Free, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Barley Risotto

This vegetarian slow cooker recipe, adapted from a Good Housekeeping recipe, offers a hearty meatless meal (both economical and a chance to eat low on the food chain) that also incorporates an alternative whole grain, barley, in an unexpected way. Both nourishing and versatile, this risotto is great on its own […]