As a chef, I love nothing more than bringing family and friends around the dinner table for a home-cooked meal. And eating together doesn’t have to be a big to-do.

Choosing the freshest seasonal ingredients and using them in unique ways is easier than you may think. From a one-skillet vegetable paella, to a Southwestern spin on a quick shepherd’s pie, to a turkey–cheddar melt with crisp fall apples, cooking simple, healthy meals for your family is within your reach.

Mexican Street Corn

This is one of my favorite dishes to make during local corn season. I know that you can get commercially grown corn any time of the year now, but I prefer seasonal local sweet corn for a few reasons. It’s one of my total “trigger” foods. These key ingredients release...

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Gochujang Chili and Matcha Tea Rubbed Salmon

Serves: 8 / Serving Size: 1/8 recipe Spice rubs are simple to make in a blender and keep for weeks refrigerated. This wet rub is a rich, ruby color with deep complex spicy flavors of Korean chili, Matcha tea, and lime. This rub is wonderful on seafood, meat, poultry,...

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Charred Broccoli with Lemongrass, Ginger, and Chili

INGREDIENTS: 1 head broccoli cut into florets 1 tablespoon dark roasted sesame oil 1 tablespoon Monster mash (see sub recipe below) 1 teaspoon kosher or Maldon sea salt METHOD: Steam broccoli florets for 45 seconds to 1 minute and immediately shock in ice water. Drain...

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Southwestern Beef and Potato Bake

2 tbsp. Meijer Classic olive oil, divided (NuVal®  Score: 11) 1 cup chopped Spanish onion (NuVal®  Score: 93) 1 cup chopped green bell pepper (NuVal®  Score: 96) 1 tsp. McCormick®  ground Cumin 1 tsp. McCormick® ground oregano 2 tsp. McCormick® smoked Paprika, divided...

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Autumn Paella Skillet

1 tbsp. Meijer Classic olive oil (NuVal®  Score: 11) 2 garlic cloves, minced (NuVal®  Score: 91) 2 cups chopped Spanish onion (NuVal®  Score: 93) 1 cup chopped celery (NuVal®  Score: 96) ¾ cup red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced (NuVal®  Score: 96) ¾ cup green...

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Sesame Chicken Edamame Bowl

Frozen stir-fry mixes and frozen shelled edamame save prep time and don't require thawing. The slightly sweet and nutty stir-fried vegetables complement the delicately flavored chicken. You can serve this over udon noodles or rice stick noodles instead of rice. Yield...

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Root Vegetable Tagine and Lentils

Traditional Moroccan tagines consist of meat or poultry stewed with spices and vegetables. This version features lentils slow-simmered with aromatic spices and winter vegetables. Although the ingredient list is long, the preparation is simple. Yield 8 servings...

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Pasta with White Bean and Greens

Yield 6 servings Ingredients Good, Solid Recipe 1 pound  uncooked orecchiette ("little ears" pasta) 2 tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil Cooking spray 3 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 cup  chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil 1/4 teaspoon  crushed red pepper 1...

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Cucumber Raita Sauce

Yield 2 3/4 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup) Ingredients 1 (16-ounce) carton plain fat-free yogurt 1 cup  chopped seeded peeled cucumber 1 cup  chopped seeded tomato 1/2 cup  minced red onion 1/4 cup  chopped fresh mint 1 teaspoon  ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt...

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Antipasto Salad

Yield 3 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup) Ingredients 1 cup  diced tomato 1 cup  diced zucchini 1/2 cup  chopped drained canned artichoke hearts 1/2 cup  chopped fresh basil 1/3 cup  diced bottled roasted red bell peppers 1/4 cup  minced onion 2 tablespoons  chopped pitted...

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Greek Roast Potatoes with Lemon and Garlic

It's Father's Day… NOT your typical meat and potatoes for this special day. SERVES: 4 SERVING SIZE: 1⁄4 recipe Authentic and served with almost every entrée when in Greece, this dish is one of my favorite side dishes to serve with grilled meats, poultry, and seafood....

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Trinidadian Curry Vegetables

Spicy, zesty, full of intense palate pleasing taste and aroma, this tropical stew will please everyone. Make a double batch and enjoy it all week. Serves 4 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon ginger root, fresh minced 1...

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Cheddar Corn Bread with Pepitas

1/2 cup (2 ounces) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup nonfat buttermilk 1 (10–ounce) package frozen cream-style corn, thawed 1 (8 1/2–ounce) package corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy) 1 (4.5–ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkinseed...

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