Middle Eastern Beef Kabobs

Kabobs are a great way to literally spice up the usual meatball or hamburger dinner. This recipe uses garlic, fresh parsley and mint as well as some traditional middle- eastern spices to create a warm and pungent kabob. If you don’t feel like making these on skewers, you can also turn them into sliders. Be sure to serve with the spicy parsley sauce on the side for dipping – some in my family think this is the best part! (Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis)

Homemade Saag Paneer

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This Indian classic can be made at home for your whole family to enjoy. The creamy spinach with the Indian flavors of turmeric, coriander and cumin, is a comforting winter supper. If you are feeling adventurous, try making the paneer at home the night before. (Adapted from Aarti Sequeira)

White Chicken Chili

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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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Corn and Calabaza Squash Soup

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This is the season for winter squash! This soup makes a great starter for a Thanksgiving feast or any fall/winter meal. Instead of a sweet tasting winter squash soup, this soup uses coconut milk and cilantro along with corn, to create a unique Thai-inspired winter squash soup. Surprise your dinner guests with this unexpected fall soup at your next dinner!

Mac ‘N Cheese

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Mac n cheese is THE comfort food, for both kids and adults. This mac n cheese has all of the creaminess of your standard recipe, but instead of cream, you can use skim milk or any reduced fat milk you have. To add some color, throw in some frozen peas at the end. And you can also flake in some tuna, if you want to turn this into tuna mac n cheese.