Ingredient: Juice of 1 lemon

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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.

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White Bean Rosemary Hummus

Now this is some good hummus! I’ve been wanting to make a white bean hummus for some time now and it’s just as easy to prepare as the homemade chickpea version. white beans are a bit bland so I was inspired to add some rosemary for a Mediterranean kick. While this dip is perfect with crudities, crackers or on its own slathered between two pieces of artisan bread, try this spread as a sandwich condiment in place of mayo or mustard. It’s a sneaky way to add more fiber into your diet.

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Chicken, Apple, Bacon Spinach Salad With Maple Dressing

Serve with whole grain rolls-

Apples are an abundant and delicious fruit readily available during the fall. They come in so many varieties you could spend the entire season trying them all! Most of us like to eat them raw, stewed, or baked into a pie, but their versatility extends well beyond the obvious uses making their way into savory, dinner dishes. I think this fall salad may inspire you to incorporate apples into your everyday cooking!

American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Stews, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetable, Winter

Pumpkin Chili

Serve with arugula, grape and sunflower seed salad, skillet cornbread-

Maria A. from Merrimac, Massachusetts forwarded her pumpkin chili recipe to me a few years ago. It is a huge hit with her family and friends, an often requested dish during the long, cold months in Boston. I first made it for my book club and we all loved it. My friends were quite surprised to learn the chili included pumpkin. The original recipe called for ground turkey, but this version is vegetarian. An iron skillet cornbread and a crispy salad are the perfect sides.

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Tuna Nicoise Salad

Serve with whole grain bread-

I love spring for the warmer weather and spring blossoms, and I am so ready for lighter food, such as salads. Tuna Nicoise is more a meal than a salad, but it is the perfect spring dinner, needing nothing more than a great loaf of fresh bread.

All, All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Middle Eastern, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas

Tabbouleh is such a quick, easy Lebanese dish that incorporates so many good things; heart healthy olive oil, crisp vegetables and healing herbs. I have always incorporated some chickpeas into the dish for additional protein. Once I discovered quinoa, the ancient seed was an easy substitute for me, as quinoa is wheat-free and does not result in any insulin spikes for me. I like to add a green leafy vegetable to the salad (in this case arugula) so it becomes one dish eating.

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

Caesar Salad with Steak

Serve with sourdough bread

My youngest daughter loves Caesar salads and even went as far as wanting to make it herself; however, she brought a “box” version to me one day while in the produce aisle. I was not impressed with the laundry list of processed ingredients so I told her I would show her how to make a Caesar salad, especially since we usually have everything at home. We added a simple grilled sirloin steak and a loaf of sourdough bread for a complete meal. She had fun preparing the salad and declared “It tastes just like a Caesar salad!” Mission accomplished!