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Shelli McConnell

Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen before moving into an editorial position within Meredith Corporation. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. Shelli loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen.

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Baked Mushroom Polenta Bowls

This wonderfully creamy “hands-free” polenta requires very little prep and easily comes together in the oven. Earthy mushrooms mix with sweet pearl…

Baked Mushroom Polenta Bowls with white beans and brussels sprouts n a gray countertop see article

Morel Mushroom and Apple Salad

The earthy umami flavor of morel mushrooms perfectly complements the sweet apple and zesty vinaigrette in this delicious autumnal salad. Fresh morels…

Morel Mushroom and Apple Salad with Kale on a white serving platter next to a small bowl of dressing see article

Sweet Fig Flatbreads

This simple flatbread showcases the natural sweetness of figs by pairing them with ribbons of floral orange zest and a creamy vanilla-infused…

Fig Flatbreads on a white marble countertop see article

Shredded Portobello Open-Face Sandwiches

Sink your teeth into meaty portobello mushrooms that have been roasted in garlicky soy sauce. Sweet bell peppers, tender onions, and a…

Shredded Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches with peppers and onions on a gray slate serving board see article

Creamy One-Pot Pasta with Broccolini

This satisfying pasta dish combines all the best ingredients: hearty whole grain rotini, fresh veggies, and a creamy, tangy sauce to tie…

One-Pan Creamy Pasta with Broccolini with a creamy sauce being poured over it see article

Plum-Spinach Salad with Curried Lentils

Crispy curried lentils are a clever and unexpected addition to this show-stopping dish. The fragrant Indian spices pair perfectly with sweet plums…

Plum-Spinach Salad with Curried Lentils on a white plate with utensils and a small bowl of dressing see article

Fresh Pineapple and Barley Salad

Fresh pineapple steals the show in this eye-catching barley salad with tropical flavors. A base of tender butterhead lettuce is piled high…

Fresh Pineapple and Barley Salad being tossed with a fork and spoon while sitting on a wood tabletop see article

Cilantro-Sauced Roasted Potato Bowls

Is there anything better than a bowl of crispy baby potatoes slathered in a creamy cilantro sauce? We sure don’t think so….

Cilantro-Sauced Roasted Potato Bowl with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro on a blue table with glasses of water see article

Minted Vegan Vichyssoise

This creamy chilled soup is perfect for warm days when you don’t want to spend hours over the stove. A savory base…

Minted Vichyssoise soup in white bowls on a light gray countertop see article

Mango Rice Salad Bowls

When you’re craving Mexican food but are short on time, these colorful salad bowls come together in a flash. Start with a…

Mango Rice Salad Bowls in blue ceramic bowls with a side of lime wedges on a gray countertop see article

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