Low Calorie Low Carb Spaghetti Alternative

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To start, this is not pasta and will not ever be pasta. It is lovely and light and beautifully summertime, but really- there’s no fooling ourselves in the delicious department. None of us will eat this thinking we’re at our Nana’s house being nurtured by meatballs and garlic bread. So here’s the reason why using…

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Pineapple Slaw with Creamy Ginger Lime Dressing

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I’d like to say I made this slaw to celebrate spring verging on summer weather, but really, I made it to remind me of the two things I ate most often in Central America: pineapple and cabbage. I’m missing sweet and tart together on every plate, brightness and freshness at every meal. This is my…

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Thai Tofu Salad with Peanut Dressing

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It’s awfully strange to not be eating rice with cup upon cup of black beans for at least two meals per day. Spending two-ish months in Central America means: 1. Excellent gastro-intestinal health, and 2. All things pico de gallo, guacamole, hot saucy, cumin and limed, and 3. Persistent dreams involving air conditioned cars. And…

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Healthier Morning Glory Muffins

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Healthier Morning Glory Muffins 2¼ cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup sugar 1½ teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¾ teaspoon salt ½ cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple (including juices) 1½ cups shredded carrots (2-3 medium) ½ cup raisins ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut ½…

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4 Great Vegetarian Bean Recipes

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I adore beans. Just lust after beans. Black, garbanzo, pinto, red, you name it. They’re inexpensive, filling, and they make me realize healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive. Here are the four bean recipes I love most: 1. Vegan Black Bean Burgers 2. Baked Falafel with Lemon Tahini Sauce 3. Spicy Garlic and Lime…

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The Simplest Poached Salmon with Pesto and Feta

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Listen, I swoon over salmon in restaurants The chef pan sears her in some perfectly piping fat, to a fiery pink crust, bakes her to a buttery, slippery center, broils her, even, just ‘til her flakes feel melting on my tongue. But at home, all the salmon I prepare myself is less lovable. She’s never…

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3 Best Canned Tuna Recipes

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I’ll never turn my back on canned white tuna. No matter how *gourmet I go. No matter how *fancy my pants. No matter how many foods I snub. *not very It’s salty and flaky and delicious simply mixed with scallions, garlic, and sour cream. Here are my three favorite canned tuna creations: 1. Baked Tuna…

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5 Healthy Foods I Love: Part 6

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read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… 1. Grapeseed Oil I adore grapeseed oil and only discovered such love recently. I began using it when I realized that roasting was my favorite method of preparing vegetables. Having used olive oil for most of my cooking, I realized grapeseed to be better because it has a…

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5 Healthy Foods I Love: Part 5

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read part 1, 2, 3, 4… 1. Short Grain Brown Rice. This is the kind of whole grain that sticks to your ribs. It’s plump , chewy, and delightfully sticky. Now, there’s something nostalgically lovely about lightly buttered white rice- the way my PJ scooped it onto my plate beneath saucy pork spare ribs. But…

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Lemon Garlic Tuna Burgers

  You know, I was feeling pretty darn proud o’ myself for not having burnt my house down yet. I mean, think about the amount of time I spend cooking and baking and reheating and reheating and cooking and lamenting that I don’t have a blow torch for things like crème brulee and scaring Daniel….

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14 Things You’ll Never Need to Know About Me

…but aww shucks I’ll tell you anyway. I got my two front teeth knocked out on a seesaw and missed them dearly for much of my childhood. The song,“All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth,” still haunts me to this day. Peanut butter and fluff sandwiches are without question my favorite thing…

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Honey Barbecue Meatloaf

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I still think of food as a reward. As a happy place. And I probably always will. Even though I’ve lost seven trillion pounds, and even though I’ve reconciled years of overeating by learning that it was never really about the food, I still find food to be the most reassuring, comforting, and loving thing…

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