Ingredient: small onion, chopped

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Seafood Potatoes

Serve with a summer vegetable and basil salad-

My good friend, Liz H., grew up in Charleston, SC and shared this recipe with me that she’s been enjoying since childhood. I had never heard of Seafood Potatoes before, clearly a southern-thing, but they sure sounded delicious. These are really good and the recipe turned out to be super easy to prepare, always a bonus.

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Longevity Noodles

Longevity, or long life, noodles are a popular Chinese dish for both New Years and birthdays. They symbolize living to a ripe old age and the longer the noodle the longer the life. There are many variations but I like this vegetarian version for its simplicity and ease of preparation.

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!

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I have never made a creamy chicken soup at home, but have ordered creamy soups in the heart of fall or the dead of winter when you just want to take the chill out of your bones. I actually first tested this on the first of October in 90 degree weather, but we cranked the a/c and my family rather enjoyed this fall/winter must-make soup, going back for seconds.

All Seasons, American, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Turkey, Winter

Turkey a la King

Serve with steamed rice and buttered broccoli-

My dad and I sat sipping tea the day after Thanksgiving reminiscing about Thanksgivings past and he reminded me of one of my favorite childhood meals he used to prepare, usually with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, Turkey a la King. I had forgotten all about this popular comfort food but now I was craving it.

Tired of my turkey soup and still having some leftover turkey I was ready to make it! While Pops could not quite remember how he made it, he did remember he used diced pimentos, an ingredient I remember giving the creamy concoction its distinct flavor. An internet search resulted in many versions and when I stumbled upon Campbell’s version I had a feeling this was what my dad was making (it was the 1970s!).

This is my whole foods adaptation (no canned soup in this recipe!) and it tasted just as good, maybe even better, than I remembered. Thanks Pops for helping me continue the family tradition with my kids.

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, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Seafood, Sides, Spanish, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Spanish Tapas-Style Shrimp and Chorizo

Serve with brown rice and sautéed green beans-

One day I will get to Spain, but in the meantime I can recreate some of my favorite tapas recipes that I love from local tapas restaurants. Shrimp and chorizo is one of them and my adaptation has become a family favorite, especially enjoyed outdoors on our patio on a balmy summer evening.

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

Curried Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

Serve with fresh mango slices

Who doesn’t love scooping up a flavorful filling into an edible wrapper? My family loves this Asian-inspired dish on a busy week night. I updated an old Cooking Light recipe as a fresh alternative to ground beef and rice. A side of juicy, sweet mango slices is all it needs to compliment the slight spiciness.

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Slow Cooker Parmesan Spelt and Tomato Risotto

A Food and Wine recipe for a cheesy farro and tomato risotto was the inspiration for this slow cooker version made with spelt. While the quicker cooking farro is a better choice for a creamy risotto I did not have any on hand when I first tested this so thought I would take my chance with the spelt, normally a shoo-in for grain-based salads. Loved it!