Loaded Healthy Nachos with Beef and Homemade Tortilla Chips

loaded healthy nachos with ground beef homemade tortilla chips

  Consider these something you didn’t know you needed, but now will never be able to live without. Sort of the way of all nachos, though. I seem to consistently forget how much I love a good cheesy pile of nachos — and instead order fajitas (what’s my deal with fajitas?) — and then someone in my…

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Healthy + Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

healthy easy baked eggplant parmesan

  You know how everyone’s strictly in summer-mode and has turned their ovens into temporary storage? That is so great. I just haven’t managed that well. I got this craving, and…anyway, eggplant parm. I don’t turn down for anything.     So here we go: All the makings of the best baked lighter eggplant parm. I’m…

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Light and Healthy Peanut Sauce Noodles Under 275 Calories

Light and Healthy Peanut Sauce Noodles Under 275 Calories

  I have this mounting fear that one day I’ll have a child and that child will have a peanut allergy. What will I do? How will I relate to my own children if they don’t know what it means to wait all year for Reese’s Easter eggs? Answer me that. It’s something that I can’t think…

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Light Italian Chicken Salad with Roasted Garlic

Italian Chicken Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing

There’s a recipe in my cookbook for the best egg salad in the world, where I finally figured out how to do use Greek yogurt properly. Before that, I just cursed my mother. I was a mayo girl. I had tried for years to swap yogurt for mayo, but the tang was always too detectable. I even tried sour…

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Easy Healthy Chicken Lo Mein Under 250 Calories

easy healthy chicken lo mein 250 calories

There are three things that I start to crave if I go too long without eating them: cheeseburgers, pizza, and Chinese food. I’m wishing upon finishing that last sentence that at least one of those foods had been interesting. The cheeseburger craving always gets knocked out with a shack stack at Shake Shack. (Don’t ever…

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Grilled Chicken with Bruschetta Topping

grilled chicken with bruschetta topping

Five—maybe six?—months ago, I got sucked into YouTube. It started with me googling how to do a fishtail braid. Every video: “It’s so easy.” “You wouldn’t believe how easy this is.” “Honestly! This is like the easiest thing in the world!” Guess what I finally learned to do? Give up trying to do a fishtail…

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Salmon with Yogurt Dill Sauce and Cucumber Feta Salad

salmon with dill sauce

You know when you make a meal you’re sure you’ll start making all the time? Something easy enough that it doesn’t require you to buy a million ingredients, but also flavorful and impressive enough that you’d be happy to serve it to friends? That’s my favorite. Does it happen all the time? Ehh no. But when it…

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Summer Shrimp Salad with Grilled Peaches and Fresh Corn

Summer Shrimp Salad with Grilled Peaches and Fresh Corn

I don’t want to miss things before they’re already gone, but it’s kind of my specialty. I’ll be two bites into a cookie — already mourning it, or on a vacation, like I was last May with Kate and Sabrina, staring into turquoise water, sipping a piña colada, and at least a tinge of my blissed-out vacation high…

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15-Minute Spring Zucchini Ribbon Salad

spring zucchini ribbon salad

Friends! What’s new? Life update before the recipe: I’m in the copyediting phase of the cookbook, which, as far as my hands-on involvement goes, is nearly the final stage. Tomorrow I’m planning to write acknowledgements and a dedication. I had to tell Mom that this book wasn’t going to be for her, and she said, “Oh…

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