Lighter Cajun Tilapia Sandwich with Bacon & Lime Mayo

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  I think when you begin to love someone, it’s just part of the natural progression of things to probe them endlessly to figure out everything they like to eat. And everything they hate, too. I ask questions about food preferences immediately — in friendships, in love — mostly because, well, let’s not get hurt later on.    …

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Packed Lunch: Turkey, Bacon, and Avocado Wrap

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How ’bout this as a new series? Better yet, how ’bout this for lunch? I figure most of us are not only packing lunch on weekdays, but trying to keep our eats a bit interesting, too. So here’s my contribution to society: filling, super-tasty mid-day meal ideas that are healthy and 400 calories or less….

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Lighter Fried Fish Sandwich with Creamy Coleslaw

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Did you grow up eating McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwiches? Any kind of fried fish sandwiches? I sure did. Thousands of them, give or take one to two sandwiches. The tally is so startling it convinces me that even if I never get the chance to eat another, I’ll still—on the eve of my [hard rockin’] eighty-fifth…

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Slow Cooked Smoky Chipotle Brown Sugar Chicken

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When I slipped into my hostess *dress and threw a Mexican fiesta meets late ‘80s slumber party, this smoky chipotle brown sugar pulled chicken stole the show. I glanced ‘round my dinner table and smiled, my friends licking sticky fingertips while I, well, I licked the chipotle glaze that dripped, saucy and sweet, down my…

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Cornbread BLTs with Creamy Blue Cheese

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  I promise I won’t share another bacon recipe again for at least ten straight hours.     Things are just getting a little carried away ‘round these parts. It was BLTizza, then bacon pancakes, and really… I have standards. Very few, but still. I also won’t tell you again about how much salty bacon…

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BLTizza

  Meet the BLTizza Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and izza. She’s awfully purdy.     On Sunday when I asked Daniel what I should make for lunch, he kissed me sweetly, told me to choose, but reminded me that he “doesn’t love BLTs" like I do. I smiled and told him, “oh, thank you for reminding…

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Slow Cooked Barbecue Pork with Mango Slaw

  Dear Mum, I made pulled pork last night, and…well…I just feel sour about it. No, not because the pork was bad.  In fact, it was sweet and saucy and smoky all at the same time. You know how I love that. And no, not because I will now have homemade barbecue sauce underneath my…

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Lemon Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki and Feta

  First it was falafel, then burgers, and now, chicken gyros. This place reeks of a street food fair.     Someone get me a curbside cart. And a megaphone. Always a megaphone. [Please come over? Bathe me? A new-ish set of pajamas?]     My criteria is rigid: all food I make lately must…

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Grilled Portobello Burgers with Goat Cheese

I have been thinking about the origins of calorie counting, or, my number-centric approach to eating. About why I needed numbers in the first place to lose 135lbs, before even seeking out Weight Watchers. It was because I needed to learn the basics of nutrition. Because losing weight long term, like learning algebra, doesn’t make…

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