Ingredient: vegetable or chicken broth

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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.

Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Seafood, Soups, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Salmon and Spring Vegetable Chowder

Serve with artisan rolls-

While I love a fresh piece of wild salmon either grilled or baked springtime seems the perfect season to chunk it up in a chowder and pair it with tender spring vegetables. This version is lighter than a typical chowder but hearty enough as a meal. All you’ll need is a hunk of artisan bread but a side salad would be a nice complement.

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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.

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Slow Cooker Meyer Lemon Risotto

My good friend, Adriana S., gifted me some of her Meyer lemons from her backyard and I could not wait for the inspiration to hit what to do with them. I had never seen such huge Meyer lemons but they were ripe for the picking, incredibly juicy and so fragrant I knew I had to do something special with them. My tendency towards savory verses sweet led to the creation of this creamy risotto. The fragrant, slightly sweet lemon is the perfect burst of freshness to a traditional buttery and nutty Parmesan Italian staple. This a keeper as a side dish or a vegetarian meal. This rice dish would be a nice addition to your holiday buffets.