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All Seasons, Asian, Chicken, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Goi Ga (Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad)

This fresh, crisp salad comes together quickly as the chicken is already cooked and tossed with raw vegetables in a tangy lime-based dressing. The classic Vietnamese chicken salad makes a filling lunch or light dinner, especially welcome during the warmer months of the year. This is a staple go-to recipe in my house.

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Chicken Chopped Salad

Serve with whole grain baguette and herbed goat cheese-

I found a great tutorial in a Better Homes and Garden magazine on making a great chopped salad. Mashing the garlic in salt and letting it sit while you prep the vegetables is the key to a creamy, tangy dressing that set the flavor for the salad. I had fun modifying a classic chopped green salad into a main dish version my family loves (and it’s a great way to sneak a lot of vegetables in too!).

All, All Seasons, Dairy, Fall, French, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter

Baked Eggs with Herbs

Serve with mixed greens, Asiago and strawberry salad with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette, toasted French bread-

My teen and I like to occasionally take in The Barefoot Contessa, as Ina Garten inspires us to be joyful cooks. This simple French egg dish modified from one of her TV episodes was prepared by my daughter one rainy spring evening. This outstanding, yet simple, meal inspired us to elevate a weekday meal by adding some ambient music, tapered candles, and a beautiful table setting. J’oie la Vie!

All, All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Middle Eastern, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas

Tabbouleh is such a quick, easy Lebanese dish that incorporates so many good things; heart healthy olive oil, crisp vegetables and healing herbs. I have always incorporated some chickpeas into the dish for additional protein. Once I discovered quinoa, the ancient seed was an easy substitute for me, as quinoa is wheat-free and does not result in any insulin spikes for me. I like to add a green leafy vegetable to the salad (in this case arugula) so it becomes one dish eating.

All, All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Italian, Main, Paleo / Primal, Pork, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers

This is one of the most satisfying and easy slow cooker recipes with a ton of versatility. A few simple ingredients yield a lot of flavor; pair this classic Italian recipe with your favorite pasta or ladle it into a hoagie roll. A simple salad is all you need to complete this meal.

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.

All Seasons, American, Beef, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Caesar Salad with Steak

Serve with sourdough bread

My youngest daughter loves Caesar salads and even went as far as wanting to make it herself; however, she brought a “box” version to me one day while in the produce aisle. I was not impressed with the laundry list of processed ingredients so I told her I would show her how to make a Caesar salad, especially since we usually have everything at home. We added a simple grilled sirloin steak and a loaf of sourdough bread for a complete meal. She had fun preparing the salad and declared “It tastes just like a Caesar salad!” Mission accomplished!

All Seasons, Asian, Chicken, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Almond Chicken

Serve with Jasmine rice-

This is my husband’s favorite dish to order when we go to a Chinese restaurant. Like Chop Suey, it is a specialty of the early American Chinese restaurants most likely out of New York’s Chinatown. Regardless of its origins, this at home version will become a family favorite as it is in my house.

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Contains Nuts, Fall, Gluten free, Indian, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Apple Walnut Curried Chicken Salad

Serve in lettuce cup with seasonal fruit and whole grain rolls-

My transition between the gym and early school pick up usually finds me at Rolling Oats Market so I can heal my muscles with this protein-rich chicken salad. This curried version is one of my favorites from this local natural market. I’ve recreated it at home so that I can enjoy any time of the week. I have suggested scooping the salad into a large Bibb lettuce leaf but feel free to stuff it into pita bread or sandwiched between two slices of bread.

All Seasons, Chicken, Fall, Gluten free, Indian, Main, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Butter Chicken Masala

Serve with basmati rice and peas

One of my culinary highlights of 2013 was learning how to cook Indian food from my friends Taru Raman and Nirmala Kakkuppi hosted in the kitchen of my friend, Susan Hawkins. It was a fun afternoon filled with friendship, knowledge, and incredibly fragrant and visually delightful cuisine. As a newbie to Indian cooking, I feel honored to have learned from women who confidently prepare their traditional dishes commonly thought to be intimidating my most westerners. They broke this myth as I now prepare Indian food with confidence too (well, the recipes that they taught me).

The original recipe is vegetarian, “Paneer Butter Masala” (paneer is a type of Indian cheese), but I have replaced the paneer with chicken. You can find “Butter Chicken” on many Indian restaurant menus, but I was told this preparation is the real thing. You are in for a treat because either version, paneer or chicken, is amazing and surely to become a family favorite. For the vegetarian paneer butter masala recipe, see Suggestions below.

Some of the spices you may not have and if you do not plan on making more Indian dishes, try to find a market that sells spices in bulk so you can purchase only what you need. Garam masala and dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori Methi) can be found at Indian markets and more gourmet supermarkets.