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Sweet Potato Chili

Do you ever wonder what you can do with sweet potatoes?

Can you imagine sweet potato chili?

A lot of people, some of them in my own family, would rather go hungry than eat sweet potatoes.

But, due to a medical problem I was recently diagnosed with, they are getting only what I can cook and eat for myself… poor babies.

So, it’s out with the old standbys like white potatoes, rice, and GF pasta. And, in with the new like…

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Braised Beef , Gluten-Free, Paleo or Low Carb

Braised round steak is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal that will fill up hungry teenagers and satisfy even the most die-hard meat-and-potatoes lover. It can be served “au jus” or with a thickened gravy.

My mom taught me to cook this is braised beef round steak. In fact, it’s one of my earliest childhood memories.

The recipe that my mother taught me survived conversion to gluten-free in 2000, when I was forced to go gluten-free by my celiac disease. And, it remained a family favorite ever since.

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Chicken Broccoli Parmesan in the Slow Cooker

My husband did not like chicken or sour cream much at all when I met him, but he has since become a fan of them both, especially when they are together in dishes like this saucy chicken and vegetable combination.

I especially like how easy this is to put together – it has simple ingredients that don’t take much preparation except to add to the crock pot. I could easily throw it together before rushing out the door to work or to an appointment, and then later I can come home to a delicious dinner.

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Gluten-Free Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Smoothies are among my favorite treats!

Even my husband, Al, loves this Gluten-Free Banana Strawberry Smoothie… almost beyond reason. If I forget and set mine down and walk away…leaving it momentarily unguarded… Well, I guess you can imagine what happens then :-(

… He’d probably say something quite male like: “If you snooze, you lose” or “You got what you deserved”… The bottom line? I don’t usually do that… EVER! But, that’s enough about Al.

Not only is the flavor of this smoothie like a dessert but… It’s good for me, too… For breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. It’s full of powerhouse nutrients, vitamins and minerals!

There are many different ways to make smoothies, but this is a good way to start if you’ve never done it before…

… Or, if you love smoothies, I want you to know that this is my favorite smoothie recipe of all time!!!

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Chicken Stuffed Peppers Kissed by Cheddar

When summer gardens start producing peppers and tomatoes, it’s time to cook some chicken stuffed peppers. The flavors are always popular… and who can resist the eye-candy appeal of those rich, contrasting colors and textures in the dish?

This version is “lightened up” with chicken so it will be a little healthier…my original version is made with beef.

There are so many wonderful ways to cook chicken stuffed peppers while peppers are in season. I like to use cubed chicken breasts in my chicken stuffed peppers because everyone in my house absolutely loves them! Here in N.E. Ohio, this year’s crop of green bell peppers were so succulent that my husband (Al the Grinch) even commented about how good and tender they were.

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