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Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Heart, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Soups, Sugar Free, Third Eye, Throat, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Butternut Squash Soup with Barley

Serve with sautéed brussels sprouts, whole grain rolls.

I am new to experimenting with winter squash soups. I had this mental barrier that they took too long to make and/or would be cumbersome to prepare. Imagine my surprise when I put together this highly nutritious, warming meal together in under 45 minutes. I am now a squash soup convert!

All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Proscuitto and Melon Spinach Salad

It was love at first site and first bite with this colorful and vibrant spinach salad that I first had at Pie for the People in Joshua Tree, CA. The sweet cantaloupe chunks and salty Italian dry-cured ham are nestled next to Guinness caramelized onions and raw red onions and served in a sweet vinaigrette.

This summer salad inspires you to slow down, pull up a chair to a table under a shady tree, pop open a crisp bottle of white wine and invite a handful of your favorite people to toast the blessing of your abundant life. Yes, truly..it does!

All Seasons, Appetizer, Dairy, Fall, Main, Pork, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Quiche

Serve with chopped walnut, pear and arugula salad with honey white balsamic vinaigrette-

This was a surprise hit as egg pies or quiches do not necessarily elicit much excitement unless you are in your local coffee shop looking for something healthier than scones to go with your just-perked java.
My youngest loved it so much she asked if she could have it for breakfast the next day. Because this is such an easy recipe to make with most of the time invested in waiting for it to bake, we whipped up another quiche, baked it, and cooled it all before her bedtime. My oldest daughter, who typically does not care for eggs, loved it, but was especially keen on the chopped walnut, pear and arugula salad, going back for seconds. The whole meal is a keeper!

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Roasted Salmon with Raspberry Cream Sauce

Serve with wild and brown rice, cranberry and walnut pilaf, steamed broccoli-

One of my most memorable seafood meals was prepared at the Bayshore Conch Club in Tampa (now an urban grocery store and sorely missed). I had ordered a salmon fillet enveloped in a golden pastry, but when you pierced the flaky crust, a layer of creamy brie cheese and sweetly tart raspberry sauce oozed its way off the hidden pink salmon. That sweet and savory, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness was the inspiration for this meal. My version is significantly lighter and won’t cause you to need a nap, rather you’ll be wistful that the raspberry season is coming to an end and you’ll have to wait until next summer and fall for a repeat performance.

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Seafood Potatoes

Serve with a summer vegetable and basil salad-

My good friend, Liz H., grew up in Charleston, SC and shared this recipe with me that she’s been enjoying since childhood. I had never heard of Seafood Potatoes before, clearly a southern-thing, but they sure sounded delicious. These are really good and the recipe turned out to be super easy to prepare, always a bonus.

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, 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!