Ingredient: olive or coconut oil

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!

All Seasons, Beef, Fall, Latin America, Main, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Beef Tamale Pie

Serve with a mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette-

Although tamale pie has its origins in the United States, most likely California, many American Hispanics prepare this ultimate comfort food. Not to be confused with Mexican tamales, tamale pie is a baked casserole of ground beef, cornmeal, tomatoes, olives and cheese. I simplified the original recipe, which calls for preparing cornmeal and pouring it into the bottom of a pie dish and again topping the beef mixture with more cornmeal, by substituting a corn muffin mix. A simple side salad completes this family-friendly meal.

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

Slow Cooker Picadillo, Cuban-Style

Being transplanted to Tampa over 20 years ago has opened my eyes to the culinary wonders of Cuban food: black beans and rice, Cuban sandwiches, arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), café con leche, and this dish, Picadillo. Tampa’s Cuban community originated in the late 1800s in what is now Ybor City, named after its founder, Vicente Martinez Ybor, and continues to be a huge cultural and culinary influence on the City of Tampa.

I found this history of picadillo from Tampa’s Junior League, a philanthropic and social organization that, among other things, is famous for its locally-based cookbooks, which have graced Tampa kitchen counters since 1961: The name comes from the Spanish word “picar,” meaning “to chop” or “to mince,” and it seems that many Latin American countries have their own twist on the basic ground beef recipe. In Mexico, it’s sweetened with honey, giving it a teriyaki-like taste. In Puerto Rico, it is used as the filling for empanadas and can include cheese, ham and rum-soaked raisins. In the Dominican Republic, picadillo can include hard-boiled egg and a bouillon cube. The Cuban version is a balance of sweet-salty due to the pimento-stuffed olives, capers, vinegar and raisins.

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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.

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Kicky Honey-Molasses Chicken Drumsticks

Serve with honey-ginger carrot coins and steamed rice-

Slighty sweet and slightly tangy this easy one skillet chicken dinner makes a great everyday meal or Sunday sit down. I have paired it with carrot slices simmered in ginger and honey and a side of steamed rice, but roasted sweet potatoes with a side salad or green vegetable would make great partners to this “winner winner chicken dinner”.

American, Contains Nuts, Fall, Gluten free, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Sides, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Arugula, Roasted Grape, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad with Vanilla Vinaigrette

This may be your go-to impress salad for family and friends in the cooler months. The fall-inspired, earthy salad was created as the 1st course in The Mystic Meals Under The Moon’s October Full Hunter Moon Dinner and Celebratory Moon Ritual event. One of my favorite vinaigrettes tempers the peppery arugula and highlights the sweetness of the grapes.