Ingredient: dry mustard

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!

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Kale and Cruciferous Crunch Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Prepackaged salad greens have really come a long way from the standard mix of iceberg, romaine, radicchio and carrot shreds. You now have your choice of micro greens, blends of baby kale, baby spinach and baby romaine, and other specialty lettuce blends, but it was a bag of kale, broccoli slaw, and shredded Brussels sprouts packaged with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and a poppy seed dressing that inspired me to make this kick-up raw salad that pairs perfectly with your fall chilis and stews.

I did not like the rancid soybean oil dressing that came with it so I decided to create my own version. I am glad I did as this has become a much requested salad from family and friends. It’s a great way to sneak in those nutritional powerhouse cruciferous veggies that we seem to avoid. A secondary bonus is it’s all raw so we get a great boost of plant enzymes sorely lacking in our modern diets.

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

Slow Cooker Hickory Smoked BBQ Short Ribs

Do you have a craving for BBQ ribs, but no time to precook them, bake them, and then grill them? No problem, as this slow cooker does it all for you. It’s finger-licking, fall-off-the-bone good and pairs perfectly with cornbread, coleslaw and an ice cold beer (fresh lemonade for the kids).

All Seasons, American, Bbq/Grilling, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Summer, Turkey, Winter

Slow Cooker Turkey BBQ

My friend and neighbor, Nicole Rodriguez, passed this super crock pot recipe on to me over 5 years ago. Since then, it has become a favorite any time of year. I have modified the original recipe to use a little less processed sugar and eliminated the highly processed Worcestershire sauce. You won’t even miss it! Don’t be intimidated by the long list, it comes together in less than 10 minutes.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Summer

Oven-BBQ’d Chicken

Serve with blueberry and Corn Rice Salad-

While I was grateful for being able to camp out in my parent’s luxury high-rise for the summer while we were trying to sell our house, the drawback is no grill!! By Week 3 and lack luster results with a George Forman grill, I decided to try a barbequed chicken recipe in the oven. This meal is perfect for the transitional month of September when corn and blueberries are still in season and you might have abandoned your summer grilling, but not your summer attitude.

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Edamame, Corn and Shrimp Salad

Serve with warmed whole grain dinner rolls-

An edamame and corn salad in the deli section of Whole Foods Market inspired me to create this easy, healthy, light summer salad. My husband ate two huge bowls of this salad declaring it one of his favorites. Try it scooped into a large lettuce leaf and you have an edible “bowl”.

All, American, Chicken, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Sugar Free, Summer

Summers Cobb Salad

Serve with creamy cilantro and parsley dressing-

I developed this version of the Cobb Salad to include some of the season’s more popular offerings found in farmer’s markets and our backyards. My family voted for a creamy dressing so I pulled what was growing rampant in my herb garden to accent a homemade ranch dressing. The result was 5 stars, as witnessed by both my daughters going back for seconds!

I have arranged the ingredients on a large platter for each person to assemble individually their salad, plus it showcases the rainbow of colors of fresh ingredients found this time of year. It’s a beautiful presentation!