White Chicken Chili

This is a great light yet hearty dinner, when you want to curl up with a warm bowl of hearty chili. Instead of beef, this chili uses chicken and even some kale at the end to round out this healthier version of the classic. Depending on what’s in season, add you favorite veggies. I like to serve this with some crusty bread.
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Hash with poached eggs may be a traditional breakfast dish, but we love to eat this one for supper. The lamb with the middle-eastern spices along with the crispy potatoes and sautéed chard combine to create a flavorful dish. Don’t forget to top the hash with the eggs, poached until the yolk is cooked but still runny. Serve it up so that everyone gets an egg to mix into the hash. (Adapted from Cooks Illustrated Mediterranean Cookbook)
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Sheet pan meals are the best! You place your entire meal on the tray, chicken and protein together, cook them and all there is to the cleanup is throwing away the parchment paper and you are done! This recipe uses lemony sumac and a great spice mix to coat both the chicken and the vegetables. The cauliflower, carrots and onions roast until they are carmelized and their sweetness comes out – making for a great balance with the chicken and roasted lemons. (Adapted from Cooking Light)
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Have you ever made a pasta dish where you cook the pasta in the sauce itself? The advantage of this method is the pasta absorbs so many good flavors, instead of just pouring the sauce on top and coating it. This is a relatively simple sauce and the spinach adds great color and a deep flavor – I always add extra spinach, to get the extra veggies in and make this a full dinner. (Adapted from Cooking Light)

Kale, Coconut and Tofu Salad

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This is a true superfood salad – the good oils of coconut, tofu for protein, brown rice for some body and, of course, kale. This simple but flavorful dressing if olive oil, sesame oil and soy sauce brings the dish together for a healthy and flavorful dinner salad. Serve it right away to take advantage of the great crunch of the roasted kale and coconut. (Adapted from Food and Wine Magazine)

Persian Sweet and Sour Fish

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The warm flavors of this Persian fish are perfect for the colder months. The mix of flavors in this recipe, which include fresh ginger, curry powder, tamarind paste, lime and cilantro, is middle eastern cooking at its best. This sweet and sour fish, is more like a fish stew and goes really well with some crusty bread to sop up the sauce. (Adapted from Joyce Goldstein, The New Mediterranean Kitchen)

Veggie Chili

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If you are looking for a delicious meatless fall meal, try this vegetarian chili. It is packed with veggies and warm spices and the bulgur gives it a great meat-like mouth feel. The best part, of course, is the great toppings that everyone gets to choose for their bowl: sour cream, jalapenos, avocados and cilantro. And don’t forget to serve with your favorite cornbread on the side! (Adapted from Moosewood Cookbook)

Maple Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding is one of those indulgent breakfasts (or breakfast for dinner!) to save for a special occasion. The creamy bread inside with the addition of maple syrup and the crunchy caramelized exterior are the perfect combination. Prepare this in advance and reheat on the morning after Thanksgiving for a delicious breakfast treat for all your guests. Adapted from WebsByMegan.
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If you like marinated artichokes, this one-dish fish meal is for you! The fish, cooked alongside zucchini, tomatoes and basil will make you nostalgic for the summer. Its worth the splurge for Sea Bass – there is nothing like its deep and creamy flavor. I like to serve this over quinoa or cous cous, to catch the delicious broth.

Chicken with Potatoes and Onions

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This is one of those meals that just smells like home. Not only is it a really comforting meal, but it is an easy to make, one dish meal. You layer the potatoes and onions on the bottom of the dish and top them with the chicken. As they cook together, the onions caramelize into sweet goodness, while the potatoes get creamy and flavored by the chicken and spices. Serve this chicken with a simple green salad or my roasted string beans or carrots.