Ingredient: garlic cloves, minced

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

Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Broccoli

A bit of a twist on a popular Chinese dish, which is typically made with sirloin strips, this slow cooker version uses more economical and fuss-free lean ground beef. This is a staple for my family on Tuesday piano practice night when we come in late and need dinner in a hurry. I prepare my rice in a rice cooker just before we leave and keep it on warm for our return.

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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, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, French, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker French Provencal Chicken

This is a simple, easy, French-inspired chicken dish that will make you feel like you are in the French countryside, but your slow cooker did all the work! I love to serve this with a simple side of sautéed or steamed green beans and roasted new potatoes. Bon Apetit!

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Italian, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Turkey, Winter

Slow Cooker Italian Turkey Soup

There is only one season where this slow cooker meal would not be welcomed, but for a cold winter day, a brisk fall evening, or a rainy spring afternoon nothing beats a steaming bowl of whole foods goodness chock-full of protein, vibrant Italian flavoring and vitamin rich greens. While the meal stands on its own, you could easily add a crisp salad and artisan rolls for sopping up the broth.

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End-of-Summer Shrimp and Green Bean Salad

Serve with skillet cornbread-

For most of us, the beginning of September marks a transition to a new season, even though temperature-wise it may still feel like summer. Our kids are back in school, most of the local summer fruit and vegetables easily found at most farmer’s markets are starting to dwindle, and we start to feel more grounded. What I love most about this recipe, besides being so darn good, is that it transitions our taste buds from summer’s abundance (the green beans and basil) to fall and winter’s sustaining comfort foods (cornbread). Transition and change is a good thing!