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Pumpkin Soup

Everyone loves pumpkin. This is a easy, but hearty soup recipe to please the masses! There is no cinnamon in this dish, but there are savory spices that you'll love like cumin and ginger.

You can use pumpkins, but butternut squash and acorn squash are also delicious in this recipe.

Try this recipe out as a starter or just pair it with a salad. Pumpkin and apple are a classic combination. It would be lovely with this Apple Fennel salad at lunch.

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup butter
3 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 leek
2 shallots
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 cups chopped fresh pumpkin
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup plain yogurt
salt and pepper
pumpkin seeds
sesame seeds
chives
4
  1. Dice leek and onions.
  2. Crush garlic.
  3. Cut shallots into wedges.
  4. Crush garlic.
  5. Saute garlic, onion, leek in butter in large stock pot until soft.
  6. Add...
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Nutritions

Calories
341

Sodium
1208mg
50% DV

Fat
27g
42% DV

Protein
7g
15% DV

Carbs
20g
7% DV

Fiber
5g
22% DV
43

French Onion Soup

I don't know anyone that doesn't love a hot steaming bowl of French Onion soup. You can serve it as an early course in your dinner meal.

Or just pair it with a salad to make it a meal on its own. It would lovely with this Apple Fennel salad at lunch.

(1 tablespoon) olive oil
2 large onions
4 clove(s) garlic
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
4 slices thick cut white bread
1 cup mozzarella cheese
4
  1. Preheat over to 250 degrees.
  2. Slice onions into crescents.
  3. Crush garlic.
  4. Grate the cheese.
  5. Saute the onion and garlic in oil until the soften and brown.
  6. ...
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Nutritions

Calories
273

Sodium
1957mg
81% DV

Fat
15g
24% DV

Protein
17g
34% DV

Carbs
14g
4% DV

Fiber
5g
21% DV
738

Creamy Polenta

For many people, rice and potatoes are the go to starches. But, Polenta makes a great starch for a meal. This creamy recipe will make a nice side dish for our Beef Roast in Pinot Noir recipe.

But, you can treat Polenta as a main dish. Just add herbs of your choice and a bit more cheese.

5 cups water
1 tsp salt
(1 cup) cornmeal coarse grain
3 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
6
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large heavy pot.
  2. Add the salt and reduce the heat until water is just simmering.
  3. Pour the cornmeal in a thin stream into the water while constantly...
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Nutritions

Calories
194

Sodium
669mg
27% DV

Fat
17g
26% DV

Protein
7g
15% DV

Carbs
18g
6% DV

Fiber
3g
14% DV
This is an easy recipe for Polenta. If you want to know how to make Polenta, have a look here. This is a Polenta recipe with cheese. It uses Parmesan, but different chese will work as well. If you like Italian food, this is an easy Italian recipe to start with. If you love wine, this will pair with a number of whites. Check out this creamy recipe.
600

Brocolli and Tomato Orzo

This dish is a classic Italian-style dish. If you always lean towards rice as a starch at dinner, try this. This classic combination of garlic, olive oil and tomatoes is always tasty.

1 pound Orzo
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
(1/2 cup) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
6 sun dried tomatoes
6 fresh tomatoes
1 quart broccoli florets
1 1/4 cups grated parmesan cheese
4
  1. Chop sundried tomatoes into small pieces
  2. Cut Brocolli into florets
  3. Dice tomatoes
  4. Bring chicken stock to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
  5. Slowly add pasta to the...
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Nutritions

Calories
700

Sodium
2006mg
83% DV

Fat
45g
69% DV

Protein
37g
74% DV

Carbs
37g
12% DV

Fiber
8g
34% DV
This yummy food recipe is a great dinner side or great appetizer. It's an easy pasta recipe with fresh tomatoes and herbs. Olive oil garlic pasta is a classic recipe. Check it out.
20

Creamy Cheese Fritters with Thyme

Creamy Cheese: Malakoff is a Swiss fondue appetizer. The original recipe for Malakoffs dates back to the middle ages.This cheese fritter was the inspiration for the very popular mozzarella cheese stick. An almost sinful mixture of Gruyere, garlic, wine, and thyme; scooped onto bread rounds, and fried to perfection.

6 slices crusty bread
17 oz gruyere cheese
3 tbsp wheat flour
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
2 cloves garlic
2 eggs
1/2 cup rich white wine
18 oz vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 sprigs thyme
6
  1. Using a 3-inch ring cutter, cut one round from the center of each slice of bread.
  2. In a bowl, mix grated cheese, flour, nutmeg, minced garlic, lightly beaten eggs, salt, and...
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Nutritions

Calories
1029

Sodium
191mg
7% DV

Fat
102g
157% DV

Protein
16g
33% DV

Carbs
5g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV
Creamy Cheese: These little tasty bites are a perfect party appetizer. A deep-fried appetizer composed of grated cheese wrapped in bread slices.
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Apple Fennel Salad

This zesty salad recipe can be served as a early course in a multi-course meal or as an entreé. This recipe doesn't include other aromatics besides onions and fennel. But, you can include others as you like. Thyme or parsley would be very nice additions.

3 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 celery stalks
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup Parmesan
2 large Fennel
2 large Granny Smith Apples
1 small red onion sliced
4
  1. Slice the apples, onion,fennel and celery into crescents.
  2. Reserve fennel tops for garnish
  3. Roughly chop the walnuts.
  4. Place all vegetables in a large bowl
  5. Shave...
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Nutritions

Calories
343

Sodium
278mg
11% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
10g
20% DV

Carbs
20g
7% DV

Fiber
6g
25% DV
This fennel salad recipe includes zesty flavors. The flavor combination will excite your taste buds. Get your fix of the taste of fresh apples. Pair it with a good wine and you have an easy dinner recipe for two. Or, it can be a great salad course in a multi-course meal.

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