Ingredient: olive or coconut oil

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Indian, Main, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Sunset Dal and Pumpkin Soup

Serve with roasted Brussels sprouts-

This highly nourishing vegetarian soup is adapted from Nigel Slater’s Pumpkin Dal Soup recipe. He has a tradition of serving soup on New Year’s Day, but you won’t want to wait until then to try my simplified version. I’ve paired it with the nutritional powerhouse, Brussels sprouts, a hearty fall/winter vegetable that tends to sweeten during roasting and just happens to be my youngest’s favorite vegetable.

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

Slow Cooker It’s-Just-Like-Chipotle’s-Spicy-Barbacoa

Chipotle is about the only fast food that I will eat because the meats and dairy are hormone-free, they try to use as much fresh organic local produce as possible, and it tastes so good! The spicy barbacoa beef is my favorite and is perfect for cooking in a slow cooker. I searched the internet for ideas of how to recreate Chipotle’s fantastic shredded beef and ended up with this version that is pretty outstanding. Mission accomplished!

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Chicken Sausage Nuggets

Serve with homemade chunky apple sauce and sautéed cabbage-

This is my new “go to” breakfast, lunch, or dinner budget meal. It is amazing that the humble ground chicken can actually taste like breakfast chicken sausage and it has so few ingredients and simple preparation.

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Creole Turkey and Rice

Served with braised collards-

I came up with this Creole-inspired recipe when I was gifted from my friend and neighbor, Amy B., her leftover Thanksgiving Creole brined turkey breast. This is so delicious and easy to make whether you use leftover or fresh turkey. Served over steaming hot rice and a side of collards and you’ll be bringing out your Louisiana drawl in not time.

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Weeknight Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Serve with chopped romaine salad and balsamic vinaigrette-

Spaghetti with meat sauce is one of those tried and true weeknight meals that I default to when I am lazy, don’t want expensive takeout or Pb&j sandwiches, and lucky enough to have all the ingredients on hand. I am including this basic recipe in hopes that you’ll refer to it in a pinch with the notion that you do not need to buy commercially prepared jarred sauce; homemade is pretty easy, sugarless and fresh! Serve a crisp romaine or garden salad along with some Italian bread to sop up the sauce if you don’t mind the extra carbs.