1. 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 

  2. 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 

  3. 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 

  4. 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 

  5. 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 

  6. 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 

  7. 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 

  8. Baked Rigatoni With Eggplant and Basil

    I’m getting older, and while I think complete abstinence from vices is totally lame, I am definitely starting to feel the effects of indulging in my most adored vice ever: cheese. So as a strong adherer to the “everything in moderation” rule, I’ve been trying to create some space between myself and my beloved. Let’s be honest here, though - I’m talking cutting down to consumption 2-3 times a week from an original 5-7. Baby steps. So when I decided to partake last night, I really went full throttle. 

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    tags:  rigatoni  pasta  mozzarella  eggplant  basil  vegetarian  baked 

  9. Lemony Roasted Broccoli with Shallot-Honey Dressing

    While in Shanghai this summer, I ate like a pig. I mean I seriously ate, like, a pig - or, more plainly, what eight days of pork consumption would amount to. One of those teacup pigs, maybe? Anyway. After spending just over a week playing the ultimate carnivore, it was time for a detox.

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    tags:  broccoli  pine nuts  shallot  dijon  salad  side dishes  vegetarian  vegan 

  10. Fig and Goat Cheese Salad with Blackberry-Honey Vinaigrette

    Man, it’s been too long! Apartment adventures (and by adventures, I mean disasters) left me without a kitchen for almost two months. Instead of using my lack of resources to my advantage by making awesome raw treats, I grew frustrated and eventually despondent from living out of boxes and avoided the kitchen altogether. After weeks of takeout, I went to the supermarket for toilet paper and discovered that figs were in season. Suddenly I was walking out of the store with a heavy bag of groceries and ideas brewing like crazy. I’m back in action!

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    tags:  figs  salad  dressing  goat cheese  chevre  almonds  blackberries  vinaigrette  honey  shallots  appetizer 

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