Ingredient: fresh parsley, chopped

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Spring Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is one of those classic, year round soups as you incorporate whatever seasonal vegetables are on hand. I love this spring version which includes fresh herbs, green beans, leeks, spinach and, of course, freshly grated parmesan. It’s quick and easy to make; perfect for a mid week dinner.

American, Fall, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sides, Soups, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Creamy Corn Chowder

Serve with crusty whole grain bread with goat cheese-

I am not a huge fan of cream-based soups, but I wanted to make traditional corn chowder with the last-of-the-season sweet corn from the farmer’s markets. I am now a HUGE fan of this lightened version, as is my family, which unanimously gave this vegetarian chowder “5 stars”. Dunking a warm, whole grain roll into the incredibly creamy, fennel-scented, flavorful broth (chockfull of tender potatoes and fresh corn kernels) is the perfect beginning to the start of comfort food season.

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Sides, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Slow Cooker Layered Vegetable Casserole

This was a surprise hit as the main course; the veggies were flavorful but it was the cheese that took it over the top for us. Seasonably adaptable depending on what vegetables are at your farmer’s market or grocer. Try this a side to your meat entrees.