Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Grits Recipe
or Pumpkin Grits or Butternut Squash Grits

Is mac 'n' cheese your downfall? It sure is mine. But now I've found an ally, a healthy substitute. It's a "skinny" pot of grits, conveniently cooked in the slow cooker with sweet potato (or pumpkin or butternut squash) and a little mik, with just a tablespoon of butter stirred in to finish. Good stuff this, really good stuff. Homemade macaroni and cheese is my downfall – or it would be, if I let it. What’s the recipe, you ask? It’s low-brow and sinfully good but sorry, the cheese is the highly processed not-really-cheese-at-all Velveeta. Take it upscale? Yep, I’ve tried fancy cheese, lobster too. Make it healthier? I’ve tried. Throw in vegetables like butternut squash ( Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese ) and cauliflower ( Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese ). It’s still my downfall. But things are looking up because Sweet Potato Grits (and its cousins the Pumpkin Grits and the Butternut Squash Grits) completely satisfies my yen for mac ‘n’ cheese – with

Easy Baked Oatmeal with Apples & Walnuts

There's a new breakfast in town! Like a morning bowl of creamy oatmeal, this easy breakfast casserole is full of healthy oats but it's also gussied up with warm fruit and nuts and our much-beloved cinnamon. Easy Baked Oatmeal is sweet enough to satisfy someone with a breakfast sweet-tooth (perhaps calling it "breakfast apple crisp"?!) but at least for me, not too sweet in the morning. Or you could call it a "flourless oatmeal cake" and serve it for dessert. I'm sharing for three seasonal versions of Easy Baked Oatmeal, two for fall, an Apples and Walnut combo and another with Pumpkin and Pears. But for summer? Go for Blueberries and Bananas! Your choice, just don't miss out on this easy, nutritious and ever-so-variable delight. Fresh & Seasonal with Easy Adaptations for Fall & Summer. Homey & Fruity. Great for Meal Prep.

Ribs & Sauerkraut (for Slow Cooker or Dutch Oven)

for Slow Cooker or a Campfire Dutch Oven Ribs and sauerkraut cooked in either the slow cooker or in a "real" Dutch oven over coals or an open fire. The meat is moist and fall-off-the-bone tender, the sauerkraut amber-colored and apple-sweet. A real treat for fall! Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Hearty But Healthy. Great Campfire Meal. Easy Slow Cooker One-Pot Dinner. Fix It & Forget It Dinner.

Ina Garten's Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

My latest summer salad recipe, a big batch of homemade tabbouleh salad using Ina Garten’s recipe, an easy combination of bulgur wheat, lemon juice and olive oil with cucumber, tomato, green onion, fresh parsley and fresh mint. Hint-Hint: The secret ingredient in this classic Middle-Eastern salad is ... fresh mint! Fresh & Summery. Hearty & Filling. Great for Meal Prep. Potluck & Party Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real .

Shakshuka (Eggs Nested in Summer Vegetables) Recipe

Such familiar ingredients, such a surprising – and surprisingly tasty – quick and easy breakfast or quick supper recipe. Shakshuka is a one-skillet egg and vegetable (tomatoes, onions, peppers) dish from North Africa that's become a mainstay healthy meal in Israel – and now at our house and with any luck, yours too! We especially love it with fresh tomatoes during the summer but it works great year-round with canned tomatoes too. Fresh & Seasonal But Works Year-Round. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Whole30 Friendly. Great for Meal Prep.

Favorite Summer Soup Recipes

A collection of my Favorite Summer Soup Recipes, from gazpacho to chowder to fresh-vegetable soups, served chilled or warm, all light and refreshing. So may we please stop talking about the weather? Yes, it's hades hot. Yes, the grass is brown. (The upside? No mowing.) Yes, the herbs are fading. (The upside? Basil loves heat, pesto madness to come!) Yes, there is serious devastation to crops and livestock. (The upside? Um, well, not that I can think of.) But let's just soldier on, muddle through, Hoosier along and get on with it. What other choice do we have? Besides, dinner we can handle and a little soup will help. Not the heavy soups of winter but the special summer soups, lighter, livelier, full of life and promise. Like chilled gazpacho. Like warm summer chowder. Like simple fresh-vegetable soups. Stay cool, everyone! ~ Alanna Gazpacho – All Served Cold (hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe) It was gazpacho – served cold at a co