1. Pan-Seared Salmon with Parsley Yogurt Sauce

    I can have an astounding lack of motivation when it comes to making an elaborate meal after a long day of work on a weeknight, but I’ll never bust open a TV dinner. Why sacrifice quality when short on time or patience? Just make a simple, restaurant-quality dish that takes only minutes and won’t pump you full of sodium and preservatives. 

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    tags:  salmon  fish  seafood  easy recipes  healthy  healthy recipes  easy dinner  yogurt sauce 

  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

    As one evolves, so does one’s palate, making things that were gross during childhood delicious in adulthood, and vice versa. However, my relationship with a well-made PB&J is a love affair that has stood the test of time. But while the classic sandwich is a great lunchbox item, there are far more creative things you can do with those two ingredients.

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    tags:  peanut butter  jam  jelly  pbj  pbandj  dessert  almondflour  peanuts 

  3. Mango Couscous

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    (photo by Ben Baker)

    Mangoes were on sale for a zillion for ten bucks, and it wasn’t until I was sitting on the train with a crate full of mangoes that I realized that I needed to figure out what to do with them before they went bad. Luckily, Easter was on the horizon. 

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    tags:  mangoes  easter  couscous  vegan  vegetarian  side dishes  salad  oranges  mango  pine nuts  healthy 

  4. Gluten-Free Fusilli with Chicken in Lemon Ricotta Sauce

    When the word ‘pasta’ comes up, one usually visualizes it dressed in something buttery, something creamy, or something tomatoey. And while a hearty sauce is usually the element that makes the calorie count of a pasta dish skyrocket, it actually is possible to have a creamy, rich sauce without compromising the health factor. 

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    tags:  pasta  gluten free  rice pasta  ricotta  chicken breast  fusilli  fitness 

  5. Pappardelle with Pancetta in Butternut Squash Sauce

    When you’re living with a guy who’s never had beef or pork, it’s easy to forget that real bacon isn’t made of turkey. Just kidding. Once you’ve had real bacon, you know that nothing REALLY compares to the taste. It’s just a different kind of love. So when I had a couple of friends over for dinner recently, I decided to oink it up a bit and put some pork on our forks. 

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    tags:  pappardelle  pasta  pancetta  bacon  butternut squash  sage  pasta sauce  creamy sauce 

  6. Asian Slaw with Peanut Dressing

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    The addition of a Vitamix into our home (best Christmas present ever - thanks BF!!) has led to a major influx of smoothies and sauces into our diets. I’ve since become obsessed with making homemade peanut butter, but now that I have multiple jars of the stuff, I had to start getting creative with ways to us it. And in comes the slaw. 

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    tags:  slaw  asian  peanut  peanut butter  cabbage  soy sauce  thai  ginger  Side dishes  peanut dressing  vegan  vegetarian 

  7. Basic Tomato Sauce

    Pasta is one of the best last-minute meals there are, especially if you’re trying to impress a crowd on a budget. In fact, I like to keep a bunch of sauces in my cabinet and freezer for this very purpose. I’m never without pesto, and a simple tomato sauce like this one takes only 30 minutes to make and yields a whole lot more than you’ll get at the supermarket.

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    tags:  tomato sauce  sauces  vegan  vegetarian  easy  sauce  tomatoes 

  8. Seared Chicken Breast with Brie, Spinach and Garlic Chips

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    So one night my mom and I went to this unknown, now-defunct restaurant in my hometown of South Orange, NJ. She ordered the chicken breast with spinach and Brie and, after raving about it for days, decided it was such a foolproof dish that she could easily recreate it. Not only did she do just that, but we also ended up eating this damn meal like once a week for months. Months, I tell you. 

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    tags:  chicken  chicken breasts  brie cheese  brie  spinach  shallot  easy  entrees  tomato sauce  marinara 

  9. Roasted Garlic, Goat Cheese and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

    I follow a ton of fitness buffs on Instagram who talk about healthy (yet bland) alternatives to traditional holiday food, but honestly, as much as I love eating healthy, I just can’t fully commit during the major holidays. The holidays can be your body’s worst nightmare, and that’s totally okay - in my family, it just isn’t a holiday without 15+ people and a major dinner spread made with a hundred sticks of butter, washed down with a trillion bottles of wine! But in the tradition of trying to meet at least ONE unhealthy holiday dish at least partway, these roasted garlic mashed potatoes are significantly better for you than your standard cream- and butter-laden tater dish.

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    tags:  potatoes  mashed potatoes  goat cheese  half and half  vegetarian  holiday food  side dishes 

  10. Spaghetti Squash and Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers

    Summer ended, but it remained unseasonably warm just long enough for us all to forget that winter was coming on the East Coast. And as we’re all, “lol, global warming” and running around with our shirts off and whatnot in our Slutty Fill-in-the-Blank costumes on Halloween, things got real exactly three days later. However, the chilly weather combined with an abundance of foliage a zillion shades of orange made me, naturally, think of food - particularly, a warm, seasonal and healthy meal at the threshold of holiday binge season. It’s time to crazy on winter squash. 

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    tags:  squash  spaghetti squash  turkey  gluten free  low carb  healthy  lean  bell peppers  quick dinners 

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