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Loaded Macaroni Salad Recipe

Photo by Viana Boenzli

This macaroni salad recipe is loaded with goodness. The perfectly creamy dressing over lots of flavors and textures. It is truly a LOADED macaroni salad!

1 lb elbow macaroni
1 c mayonnaise
1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 pint cherry tomatoes ( chopped )
2/3 c black and green olives ( chopped )
6 slices thick-cut bacon ( cooked crispy then crumbled )
6 oz feta cheese ( crumbled )
1-1/2 c cucumber ( chopped )
1 c red bell pepper ( chopped )
2 hard boiled eggs ( chopped )
1 whole avocado ( chopped )
1/2 c scallions ( chopped )
20 large leaves of basil ( torn into small pieces )
Salt and pepper to taste
10-12 servings
Nutritions

Calories
1651

Sodium
2378mg
99% DV

Fat
87g
134% DV

Protein
69g
138% DV

Carbs
149g
50% DV

Fiber
32g
129% DV
popular
1497

Baked Mussels with Cheese

A steaming bowl of mussels will satisfy even the hungriest foodie. This version has garlic, butter and cheese.

To level up the game, you can add some lemon zest, to enhance the acidity of the dish. You may also wish to add some heat by adding some chili flakes to spice things up a little. Some crispy bread is also nice to soak up the sauce.

2 pounds mussels
1/4 pound butter
4 cloves garlic
1/2 pound grated parmesan cheese
3
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mince garlic and combine it with the softened butter
  3. Rinse mussels and remove any beards. Discard any mussels that are already...
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Nutritions

Calories
442

Sodium
1214mg
50% DV

Fat
32g
50% DV

Protein
27g
55% DV

Carbs
4g
1% DV

Fiber
1g
4% DV
14

Potato & Broccoli Gratin

Who doesn't love potatoes and cheese. Your family and friends will delight over this little casserole. It's one of those dishes that if placed on the table steaming, will generate oooh and aaahs.

You can sprinkle crispy bits of bacon to add another depth of umami flavor and texture to the dish. And you can add fresh herbs such as basil, oregano and rosemary to add some aroma and flavor.

1/4 cup butter
1 oz white onion
4 cloves Garlic
5 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups almond milk
2 cups swiss cheese
2 lb potatoes
2 cups broccoli florets
8
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Prepare the vegetables by mincing the garlic and onions, peeling the potatoes and cutting them into thin slices.
  3. Saute onion and garlic...
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Nutritions

Calories
358

Sodium
1009mg
42% DV

Fat
20g
31% DV

Protein
16g
33% DV

Carbs
28g
9% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV
85

Keto Baked Egg Cups

This is a great brunch dish. Imagine cutting into the egg and having the runny yolk pour out. So yummy!

You can kick up the dish a bit more with some herbs such as dill, crispy sage or thyme. You might also want to mix some hot sauce, mayo and garlic powder together for a quick sauce.

3 oz Bacon
6 pieces whole fresh eggs
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
3
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
  2. Place the slices of bacon in a muffin tin, wrapping in circles.
  3. Crack 1 egg into each cups and add some cheese.
  4. Add some salt...
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Nutritions

Calories
236

Sodium
646mg
26% DV

Fat
17g
27% DV

Protein
17g
34% DV

Carbs
1g
0% DV

Fiber
1g
4% DV
32

French Onion Soup

I don't know anyone that doesn't love a hot steaming bowl of French Onion soup. You can serve it as an early course in your dinner meal.

Or just pair it with a salad to make it a meal on its own. It would lovely with this Apple Fennel salad at lunch.

(1 tablespoon) olive oil
2 large onions
4 clove(s) garlic
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
4 slices thick cut white bread
1 cup mozzarella cheese
4
  1. Preheat over to 250 degrees.
  2. Slice onions into crescents.
  3. Crush garlic.
  4. Grate the cheese.
  5. Saute the onion and garlic in oil until the soften and brown.
  6. ...
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Nutritions

Calories
273

Sodium
1957mg
81% DV

Fat
15g
24% DV

Protein
17g
34% DV

Carbs
14g
4% DV

Fiber
5g
21% DV
732

Creamy Polenta

For many people, rice and potatoes are the go to starches. But, Polenta makes a great starch for a meal. This creamy recipe will make a nice side dish for our Beef Roast in Pinot Noir recipe.

But, you can treat Polenta as a main dish. Just add herbs of your choice and a bit more cheese.

5 cups water
1 tsp salt
(1 cup) cornmeal coarse grain
3 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
6
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large heavy pot.
  2. Add the salt and reduce the heat until water is just simmering.
  3. Pour the cornmeal in a thin stream into the water while constantly...
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Nutritions

Calories
194

Sodium
669mg
27% DV

Fat
17g
26% DV

Protein
7g
15% DV

Carbs
18g
6% DV

Fiber
3g
14% DV
This is an easy recipe for Polenta. If you want to know how to make Polenta, have a look here. This is a Polenta recipe with cheese. It uses Parmesan, but different chese will work as well. If you like Italian food, this is an easy Italian recipe to start with. If you love wine, this will pair with a number of whites. Check out this creamy recipe.
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Easy Creamy Tiramisu

Tiramisu feels like a complicated and fancy dessert. But,
making Tiramisu doesn't have to be hard. This recipe takes less than an hour, but will please your family guests to no end. If you love spices such as cinnamon powder, powdered cloves, or a hint of nutmeg, this is the dessert for you.

1 1/4 cups espresso
6 tbsp Orange Liqueur
45 pieces ladyfingers
16 oz mascarpone
4 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
cocoa powder
7
  1. Mix the orange liqueur and warm espresso.
  2. Dip the ladyfingers halfway through the mixture.
  3. Arrange the first layer of ladyfingers in a baking pan.
  4. Whisk the mascarpone...
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Nutritions

Calories
619

Sodium
139mg
5% DV

Fat
56g
86% DV

Protein
8g
16% DV

Carbs
21g
7% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV
Tiramisu is the example of an Italian dessert. This espresso dessert recipe is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee and covered with layers of whipped eggs, sugar and mascarpone. You may think it's difficult to prepare, but this recipe is easy and perfect for those who want to try an Italian dessert. This easy tiramisu recipe doesn't use rum but is still packed with flavor. This is a perfect Valentine's day dessert for a romantic dinner date for your loved ones. It is a perfect --dessert for parties too. This is the perfect coffee dessert recipe.
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Creamy Cheese Fritters with Thyme

Creamy Cheese: Malakoff is a Swiss fondue appetizer. The original recipe for Malakoffs dates back to the middle ages.This cheese fritter was the inspiration for the very popular mozzarella cheese stick. An almost sinful mixture of Gruyere, garlic, wine, and thyme; scooped onto bread rounds, and fried to perfection.

6 slices crusty bread
17 oz gruyere cheese
3 tbsp wheat flour
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
2 cloves garlic
2 eggs
1/2 cup rich white wine
18 oz vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 sprigs thyme
6
  1. Using a 3-inch ring cutter, cut one round from the center of each slice of bread.
  2. In a bowl, mix grated cheese, flour, nutmeg, minced garlic, lightly beaten eggs, salt, and...
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Nutritions

Calories
1029

Sodium
191mg
7% DV

Fat
102g
157% DV

Protein
16g
33% DV

Carbs
5g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV
Creamy Cheese: These little tasty bites are a perfect party appetizer. A deep-fried appetizer composed of grated cheese wrapped in bread slices.
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Bacon wrapped Shrimp with Cheese

This is a great appetizer for a cocktail party, a garden party, a summer grill out, or even brunch. Who doesn't love skewers, right? This recipe calls for baking to get the bacon crispy. But, you could easily grill this dish as well for added smoky flavor. Just grill them for 5 minutes on each side.

24 oz shrimp
6 oz bacon
2 tbsp smoked paprika
4 oz Feta cheese
8 bamboo skewers, soaked in water
8
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a bowl, toss the shrimp with smoked paprika
  3. Wrap each shrimp with a bacon strip.
  4. Thread three of the wrapped shrimp onto each...
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Nutritions

Calories
198

Sodium
809mg
33% DV

Fat
11g
18% DV

Protein
16g
32% DV

Carbs
2g
0% DV

Fiber
1g
6% DV
Crispy and tasty, this is the best bacon recipe you could ever make. This Bacon wrapped shrimp is the best appetizer for parties that will surprise your guests. It is an easy appetizer that you can pop in the oven and complete in under 15 minutes. An easy bacon shrimp recipe best paired with white wine or some champagne.

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