Ingredient: vegetable broth

All Seasons, Asian, Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Heart, Main, Paleo / Primal, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Third Eye, Throat, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Tofu Steaks with Mushrooms and Vegetables

My youngest is a tofu-a-holic and second only to miso soup, this is one of her favorite ways to eat the protein-packed bean curds. I love it because it comes together fast and other than making a pot of rice, all the ingredients are prepared in one skillet. This is my adaptation of a popular Cooking Light recipe, substituting regular mushrooms for shiitake but for a more authentic Asian verison, try the shiitake or even oyster mushrooms.

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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”.

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Sides, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Hoppin’ John

Serve with braised collard greens-

“Eat poor that day, eat rich the rest of the year. Rice for riches and peas for peace”. This is a southern saying on eating a dish of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to ensure a prosperous year filled with luck.

This is my quick, vegetarian version (the original Hoppin’ John calls for dried black eyed peas soaked overnight and a ham hock). While I like to make this on New Year’s Day (we all want prosperity and luck for our families, right?), it is also a great dish that I prepare almost year round.

American, Fall, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sides, Soups, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Creamy Corn Chowder

Serve with crusty whole grain bread with goat cheese-

I am not a huge fan of cream-based soups, but I wanted to make traditional corn chowder with the last-of-the-season sweet corn from the farmer’s markets. I am now a HUGE fan of this lightened version, as is my family, which unanimously gave this vegetarian chowder “5 stars”. Dunking a warm, whole grain roll into the incredibly creamy, fennel-scented, flavorful broth (chockfull of tender potatoes and fresh corn kernels) is the perfect beginning to the start of comfort food season.

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Slow Cooker Cuban Black Bean Soup (Sopa de Frijoles)

There are so many variations to a Latin black bean soup; chorizo added in or not, spicy peppers – dried or fresh- or not, but one thing is for sure they are all rich in dimension and flavor. This is my vegan slow cooker version heavily influenced by living in Tampa where I have access to some amazing Cuban, Spanish, Colombian, Puerto Rican cuisine.

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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!