Ingredient: chicken broth

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Slow Cooker, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Pork Pozole

Many Mexican dishes are perfect for the slow cooker as they require braising or roasting of meats, which adapt very well to crock pot cooking. I have yet to make this the traditional way, but if the slow cooker is any indication, this is a nice addition to your Mexican recipes. Traditionally eaten during the Christmas season, I find this soup/stew adapts easily to warm weather due to its cooling condiments. I have replaced the traditional hominy with fresh corn which makes it even more appealing in warmer weather.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

I really like this version of split pea soup because it’s brothy, rather than thick like a stew. Artisan rolls or slices of bread with a pat of creamy butter are a must for dipping in the filling soup. I usually serve a simple side salad of romaine mixed with escarole (or other bitter lettuce) and shredded carrots in a mustard vinaigrette.

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Slow Cooker Crab and Corn Soup

This is the perfect end-of-summer, transitioning to fall soup. It showcases fresh corn which is still in season in a warming yet light way, perfect for a cooler September evening. I usually pair this soup with multi-grain rolls baked in the oven and a garden salad.

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is probably the most traditional Creole food, and once fall rolls around, heavy pots are pulled out for this cold weather favorite. Most gumbo recipes call for chicken pieces or a whole chicken, a roux that take a long time, and the gumbo takes hours to simmer. I was determined to create an equally delicious version that could be made in 60 minutes or less. Considering my family went back for second and thirds, I would say this version fits the bill!

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Roasted Salmon and Grapes

Serve with millet pilaf and buttered broccoli-

A recipe on Whole Food Market’s website inspired this company-worthy meal. The original recipe featured a roasted fennel and grape sauce, but I roasted sweet onions with the grapes instead and laced it with tarragon for a more kid-friendly version. Both kids and adults alike raved about the concentrated flavors of the grapes and onions which compliment the meaty salmon very well. Perfect for fall, but also works well in the summer when you want to take breaks from salads and grilling.