Easy Tortilla Soup with Chicken or Turkey

Hearty, homemade soup that's so-so easy, you barely have to cook. Just reach into the pantry for some healthy shelf-stable ingredients (canned beans, tomatoes, corn and green chiles;, a jar of salsa). Throw in some cooked turkey (hello, leftover Thanksgiving turkey) or cooked chicken (hello, rotisserie chicken) and a good measure of cumin for seasoning. Now slip it all into a slow cooker or slow-cook in the oven. It's the easiest supper you've made in a long while ... Real Food, Fresh & Family-Tested. Hearty & Filling. Budget Friendly. One-Pot Meal. Great for Meal Prep. Potluck & Party Friendly. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Oven-Baked Whole-Grain Pilaf with
Quinoa, Barley, Kamut and/or
Other Grains, Rices & Lentils

Another Kitchen Parade Concept Recipe Is your pantry overrun with bits of whole grains? Mine too. Here's a way to use them all at once. The base recipe pairs two familiar grains (quinoa and barley) with one that may be new (kamut). But the great flexibility here is that the pilaf can be made with any blend of whole grains, rices and even lentils. It's all baked in the oven in a single dish, so easy, so colorful, so tasty. It even makes a great "whole food" food gift for the holidays! PS Would it make a great addition to the Thanksgiving table? Yes! Year-Round Staple. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real . Weight Watchers Friendly. Easily Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep.

For Election Night Gatherings:
Old-Fashioned Southern Brunswick Stew Recipe

We all collect recipes for special occasions. But who has special recipes for Election Day gatherings and Election Night parties? Old-Fashioned Southern Brunswick Stew is an old southern tradition to lure people to the polls. It's a simple stew, just layers of different meats and favorite southern vegetables like corn, okra and lima beans. And it's healthy too, great for parties but simple enough for family meals too. “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” ~ The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, the 1962 movie The facts are apocryphal so I’m sticking with the legend about Brunswick Stew, the story that captured my fancy when I looked for healthy election-night party food a couple of years ago. The story is that in certain times and places in the American South, political players would use a big pot of thick stew – traditionally squirrel meat with southern-style vegetables like corn, lima beans and okra – to lure people to the polls on election day. Cas

Brown Rice & Quinoa Rice Pudding Recipe

A healthy rice pudding made with a mix of quinoa and brown rice, cooked on the stove or baked in the oven. The combination of quinoa and brown rice moves familiar rice pudding into intriguing new territory, still very much comfort food but with an appealing nuttiness and tender (not mushy) texture. Homemade Rice Pudding Made from Scratch. Just Four Ingredients & On the Table in 20 Minutes. Real Food, Fresh & Comforting. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Grits

~ 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 Grits, Made from Scratch in a Slow Cooker. Real Food, Fresh & Family-Tested. Hearty & Filling. Budget Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegetarian. Naturally Gluten Free.

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