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The Kitchn: A ravioli bake for lasagna lovers

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Perhaps this really should be called lazy lasagna. When cheese ravioli is tossed in an abundance of marinara sauce, piled in a casserole dish, layered with even more cheese, and baked, it takes on all the good qualities of the classic layered pasta dish.

Why haven't we always been baking ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Healthier soup's on the menu

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Environmental Nutrition

There's nothing as comforting as a warm bowl of soup on a blustery day, especially when you dine out. But while warming up with a steaming bowl of soup, it's important to consider how good it is for your body, too.

Restaurant soups are notoriously high in sodium. In ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Gourmet chef's clever take on bananas foster is a sweet success

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When "Foster's Market Favorites" (Brown Books Publishing Group) landed on my desk, I was in heaven. Exquisite photography coupled with time-tested comfort dishes are highlighted from Sara Foster's amazing market in Chapel Hill, N.C. The introduction, written by her husband, tells her story, from her roots in Tennessee to finally settling in ...Read more

EatingWell: Simple salad packed with protein

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This healthy dinner salad recipe gets its staying power from protein-packed shrimp and fiber-rich barley. With a simple red-wine vinaigrette, this quick salad makes just one serving but is easy to double or triple. Look for precooked beets with other prepared vegetables in the produce department.

Beet & Shrimp Winter Salad

Serves 1

Serving ...Read more

The Kitchn: What you should know about baking with coconut oil

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If coconut oil has a regular place in your pantry, you may already know what a treat it can be to bake with. While it's a staple in vegan desserts, you certainly don't have to follow a special diet to work this fragrant oil into your cakes, cookies and muffins. Coconut oil is a versatile ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Hail hazelnuts!

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Environmental Nutrition

Especially popular during the holidays in sweet confections and baked goods, hazelnuts are a nutritious way to eat well during seasonal celebrations, and all year long.

The folklore

Filberts and hazelnuts (also known as cobnuts and hazels) are different names for the...Read more

Seriously Simple: What's cooking in Maine? Cauliflower apple salad and a lot more

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I had heard that Portland, Maine, was filled with amazing restaurants and bakeries, and I couldn't wait to check them out. I discovered The Holy Donut, which makes donuts with Maine potatoes, enjoyed lobster rolls and clam chowder that were beyond my expectations, and dove into more oysters embellished with pickled onion ice than I could count. ...Read more

EatingWell: Gnocchi made simple

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Some like it hot -- but if you don't, sweet Italian turkey sausage is also delicious in this healthy gnocchi recipe. Serve with a mixed green salad with sherry vinaigrette.

Spinach & Sausage Gnocchi

Serves 4

Serving Size: About 1 1/4 cups

Active Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 large ...Read more

The Kitchn: How to make a great Bloody Mary

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The Bloody Mary is a ubiquitous brunch beverage, a supposed hangover cure-all and the perfect savory sip to accompany eggs and waffles alike. Made from a base of tangy tomato juice, seasoned with lemon juice and spices, and finished with a pour of vodka, a Bloody Mary provides a savory ...Read more

Soup for the soul: The perfect mix of hearty and healthy in one bowl

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After a holiday season of indulgent meals, nothing satisfies my soul more than a bowl of warm, lemony lentil soup. Featured in "Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA" (Grand Central Life & Style 2016), this plant-based dish is the perfect intersection between hearty and healthy; and best of all, it can be made in one ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: The latest in egg substitutions

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Environmental Nutrition

The egg has a long culinary history because of its usefulness in leavening, binding, structure and texture. Eggs provide the stickiness that's required for baked goods. The protein in the egg provides structure and the fat provides textural moistness. The science of ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Spaghetti squash adds texture, flavor to vegetable soup

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Each year I start getting the calls: "I just gained (this many) pounds over the holidays. Help! Do you have any dishes to help me shed these unwanted pounds?"

This soup is one of my most requested recipes because it works. But this year I have added an ingredient that is also a dieter's friend: spaghetti squash. Low in calories with lots of ...Read more

EatingWell: Catch of the day

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Chimichurri -- a bright, herby sauce served across Argentina -- is the perfect healthy twist on an easy salmon dinner. This recipe uses parsley but feel free to try your favorite combination of herbs, such as basil, mint or cilantro. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Roast Salmon with Chimichurri Sauce

Serves 4

Serving Size: 5 oz. salmon and 2 tbsp...Read more

EatingWell: Pure elegance in 20 minutes

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This healthy chicken saltimbocca recipe makes an impressive, yet fast, classy dinner. Serve this Italian-inspired chicken with roasted broccoli rabe and creamy polenta to round out this elegant meal.

Chicken Saltimbocca

Serves 2

Serving Size: 1 chicken breast and 2 tbsp. sauce

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

2 small boneless...Read more

The Kitchn: How to make eggplant bacon

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Eggplant is a nightshade often used as a substitute for meat in a number of dishes -- from bolognese to burgers -- so it only seems natural that we try our hand at transforming it into bacon. The web is littered with recipes for baking eggplant in the oven in attempts to pass it off as a ...Read more

The Kitchn: Raspberries, cookie butter take your oatmeal to the next level

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If you're already an oatmeal-lover, then you'll need little convincing that this baked oatmeal, reminiscent of a souffle and verging on dessert, is a must-try recipe. And if you're hesitant about oatmeal's texture or feeling less than enthused about your regular ol' heat-and-stir routine, ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Pizza pizzazz

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Environmental Nutrition

It has been a long day and you want to relax over dinner. Popping a frozen pizza into the oven might be perfect. But will that heat-and-eat pizza satisfy your appetite and your nutritional needs? They aren't exactly the epitome of healthy eating, but that doesn't mean ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Celebrate New Year's Eve with a decadent, Italian-style dish

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New Year's Eve can stir up unnecessary anxiety. My phone starts ringing with queries like "What's the plan?" or "Want to make reservations for a great eight-course meal for hundreds of dollars a person at this new restaurant?" My answer is usually the same each year: We are staying home.

Maybe a few friends will drop by to say ...Read more

EatingWell: Winter warm-up

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This healthy cauliflower soup recipe gets its great flavor from two smoked ingredients: paprika and Gouda. A hearty serving of crunchy croutons makes it filling.

Cauliflower Soup with Smoked Gouda

Serves 4

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

3 cups cubed whole-wheat bread (1/2-inch)

4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

3...Read more

One for the Table: Hearty vegetarian chili will be your new seasonal go-to

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I love hearty, spicy chili, especially during the winter months. This one is quick to make with just basic ingredients and guaranteed to warm you up on a cold day.

The variety of beans - red kidney, black and pinto - gives the chili a nice "meaty" quality. I think it has a nice ...Read more

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