Photo by Viana Boenzli

One question: Is there anything better than a BLT on a hot summer day?One answer: No, but let's take it up to a whole new level!

1 large tomato, sliced
2 leaves lettuce, washed and patted dry
2 slices bread, toasted
3 strips bacon
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp brown sugar
12 leaves basil, thinly sliced
6 leaves sage, thinly sliced
salt and pepper
Nutritions

Calories
608

Sodium
43mg
1% DV

Fat
43g
67% DV

Protein
6g
12% DV

Carbs
33g
11% DV

Fiber
11g
44% DV

Butternut Squash Pasta

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Photo by Erich Boenzli

There's still a lot of butternut squash left from this year's harvest. Let's make a butternut squash carbonara! A rich and creamy meal, without using any eggs.

4 slices bacon
2 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped
1-1/2 lb butternut squash, peeled, deseeded, and diced into cubes, about 3 cups
1/4 c heavy cream
1 c pasta water
1/2 c Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
16 oz fettuccini
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
salt and freshly ground pepper
4
Nutritions

Calories
275

Sodium
246mg
10% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
4g
9% DV

Carbs
11g
3% DV

Fiber
2g
10% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

Chnöpfli, Knöpfli, Spätzli, Spaetzle… There are as many names and spellings for this delicious cheesy dish as there are recipe variations. There's only one common denominator: they're all delicious!

3 c all-purpose flour
1 c milk
4 large eggs
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp Maldon salt (plus salt for the water)
1 Tbsp butter (to grease the sieve and baking dish)
8 oz Gruyere cheese, shredded
10
Nutritions

Calories
381

Sodium
97mg
4% DV

Fat
9g
14% DV

Protein
14g
29% DV

Carbs
59g
20% DV

Fiber
3g
12% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

Brussels sprouts, you hate them or you love them. You hate them because of your childhood memories. You'll love them after reading this recipe and making it yourself.

10 oz Brussels sprouts, cleaned and cut into bite-size pieces (or halved)
4 oz bacon, chopped
1/4 c walnut pieces
1/4 c pomegranate seeds
1 tsp salt and pepper (adjust to your liking)
2 Tbsp butter
olive oil as needed
4
Nutritions

Calories
399

Sodium
993mg
41% DV

Fat
17g
27% DV

Protein
11g
23% DV

Carbs
48g
16% DV

Fiber
10g
42% DV
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Do side dishes at potlucks and cookouts ever give you trouble? They're trouble for me. The ideal potluck or cookout dish is one that's easy to make in bulk and inexpensive, and doesn't degrade with extended heating or reheating. I nominate frijoles charros—Mexican cowboy beans cooked with onions, garlic, tomatoes, salted pork, and chilies—as one superlative potluck dish.
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