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Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Carrots

A simple to prepare slow cooked meal! Perfect for a fall evening meal. Great on its own, or serve with a fresh salad for a light vegetable side. 


CL Sept 2016: Slow Cooker photographer: Jennifer Causey; food stylist: Torie Cox; prop stylist: Claire Spollen

1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp sherry vinegar
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
cooking spray
3/4 pound carrots, peeled & cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 pound baby bella or shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps quartered
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 fresh oregano sprigs
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 (6-oz) bone-in pork chops
salt & black pepper, as desired
1/4 cup dry white wine
6 oz whole wheat egg noodles
2 Tbsp heavy cream
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Sweet Potato Apple Bake

With one of the biggest eating days of the year right around the corner, now is the time to think about what you plan on serving for Thanksgiving! The average adult consumes over 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving — maybe it is time to lighten up the meal!! Instead of a calorie, sugar, and fat heavy sweet potato casserole, try this lightened up sweet potato apple bake! All the delicious flavors you are looking for, but with less calories!


3 cups sliced peeled cooked sweet potatoes
3 cups sliced peeled tart apples
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp salt
dash pepper
1 Tbsp butter Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Fall is my favorite time of year — I can stock up my freezer with a lot of different comforting soups! This recipe is perfect to make on the weekend while you are running errands, or during the week while you are at work. My favorite way to serve is with some crispy tortilla chips & cheese on top!


1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomatoes with green chilies
6 cups chicken stock
1 can black beans, drained
1-2 Tbsp ground cumin
1-2 Tbsp chili powder
1-2 Tbsp taco seasoning
2 bay leaves
4 boneless chicken breast halves (uncooked)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
14 oz frozen corn
1 lime, juiced
3 whole wheat tortillas, chopped
shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish Continue reading

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Be an Active Family this Autumn!

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler, and the night are getting longer. Goodbye summer — hello Autumn! Keep your family active in the cooler days with these fun seasonal ideas. 



Fall is apple season. A great way to have some fun, and get some exercise, is to go to a local farm or orchard and pick your own apples. This will get you outside, walking around, and stretching for the perfect find. Picking a bushel of apples also leaves you with a great, healthy snack!


Halloween is coming quickly, and one of the best things about fall is finding and carving a pumpkin. Going to a local farm and walking around the pumpkin patch for the day is a great source of exercise. You can also save those pumpkin seeds for a healthy snack. Sprinkled with a small amount of salt and baked in the oven, they taste great! They also give you a great source of fiber and Vitamin E.


Another great outdoor fall activity is a corn maze. What could be more fun than getting lost in the middle of a cornfield and working together, as a family, to find your way out? Corn mazes keep everyone in the family active and interacting as a team.


This is the perfect time of year to go outside and enjoy nature. Go for a walk in one of the many GREAT parks nearby. Make a game out of collecting all the different colored leaves. You can also stop at the library and pick up a book about trees and birds and learn about them along your stroll. After a great day through the park, enjoying the sights and sounds of fall, go home and make a collage with all those beautiful leaves!


Instead of sitting home all day Sunday and watching the football games, go outside and play your own! Get all the friends and family together and organize a touch football game. This is a really fun way to fight the lazy Sunday afternoon slump!


If you have a yard where a lot of leaves fall, a great form of exercise is to rake leaves. Turn this activity into a game – give the kids an appropriate sized rake and have them do fun things like clear out a path that spells their name, or tell them to rake leaves of a certain color, or you can get those fun leaf bags to fill up and decorate for Halloween. This one helps clear the yard, gets everyone active, and lets everyone have fun all at the same time!


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Oven Roasted Pork with Fall Vegetables

If you have never eaten rutabaga or fennel, here is a great chance to try it! This recipe is a delicious and simple way to cook a pork loin with seasonal fall vegetables. Serve with a fresh green salad for a complete and well rounded meal. 


2 fennel bulbs
2 small onions
1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
4 cups peeled and cubed rutabaga
16 baby carrots (about 3/4 pound)
1 (2 1/4 pound) boneless pork loin roast
cooking spray
2 Tbsp chopped fresh sage
3/4 tsp salt, divided
3/4 tsp ground black pepper, divided
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tsp Dijon mustard

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Apple Cranberry Wheat Berry Salad

A great fall dish – both as a side or as the main entree! If making ahead of time, stir in the baby spinach apples, and pecans right before serving. 

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1 cup uncooked wheat berries, rinsed
salt & ground black pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp coarse ground Dijon mustard
1 tsp pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp apple cider (or 100% apple juice)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted and chopped
2 packed cups baby spinach
1 large apple, chopped

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Savory Baked Apples

Bring fall inside with this recipe for savory baked apples! Full of delicious fall flavors, this dish will be a sure hit for dinner. This recipe is time consuming, but so worth it!


2/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup uncooked brown rice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup apple cider
4 large apples, cored (Honeycrisp or Rome apples)
1 1/2 Tbsp butter, divided and melted
1 (4-oz) link sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
3 Tbsp minced green onions
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried sage
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

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