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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This recipes has your favorite bold Mexican flavors, chipotle and poblano peppers, with creamy Italian polenta. Talk about fusion! This dish was inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light magazine and my version bumps up the veggies to create a full meal.

Spanish Omelet

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I remember making Spanish Omelets as a kid – in fact, I think this is one of the first full dishes I really learned how to make on my own. The great thing about this is that there is not one formula for making this omelet, so it’s a great last minute meal when you have nothing but the basics in your pantry and fridge. In my version, you just fill it with your favorite sautéed vegetables and cheese, top it with a simple tomato sauce and you have an easy and delicious dinner on the table in minutes. Keep this recipe in mind for the day before Thanksgiving, when in the midst of all the preparation chaos, there are still hungry little people that want to be fed….

Tortilla Soup

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Its always fun to have Soup for Dinner, and you get away with bringing out one pot to the table and you’re done. This is a hearty soup that covers all the bases in one dish - veggies, starch and protein – making it a full dinner meal. Make sure to place a variety of toppings in bowls for everyone to choose from – that’s the best part!

Mom’s Spaghetti and Meatsauce

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My mother made the best meat sauce. I am biased, but in this case, I have confirmation from all those who have eaten it and then turn it into their own family staple. The secret ingredient here is cinnamon –not too much that it tastes like breakfast, but just enough that it gives it a special taste. My innovation in this is that I throw all of the veggies into the food processor and grind them up to the size of ground meat. In the end, there are equal parts meat and veggies, which adds great flavor, nutrition and lightens it up. This recipe makes enough for a family dinner and then some more to freeze – which I think you’ll want to have on hand… I like to serve this with my favorite cucumber salad.