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It's a light mouthful of silky pasta that will transfer you to a happy place. And thanks to my secret ingredient, it will leave you satisfied and refueled without feeling heavy.

10 oz spaghetti
2 c tomatoes ( chopped )
1 clove garlic ( thinly sliced, optional )
4 oz mozzarella ( chopped or shredded )
2 oz basil leaves ( thinly sliced )
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 c pasta water
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2
Nutritions

Calories
610

Sodium
7564mg
315% DV

Fat
36g
56% DV

Protein
22g
44% DV

Carbs
47g
16% DV

Fiber
6g
27% DV
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My homemade naan bread recipe is easy, quick, and really delicious. Smothered in a garlic butter that's super satisfying, then topped with your favorite herbs.

Naan Bread:
1/2 c warm water
1 tsp granulated sugar
2-1/4 tsp RapidRise or Active Dry yeast
2-1/2 c flour ( sifted )
1/4 c plain yogurt
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil ( plus extra for greasing bowl )
1 large egg
Garlic Butter with Herbs:
5 Tbsp salted butter
1 clove garlic ( minced )
Handful of your favorite herbs, chopped or torn into small pieces (cilantro, parsley, mint, chives, etc)
8 servings
Nutritions

Calories
2745

Sodium
1825mg
76% DV

Fat
86g
133% DV

Protein
63g
127% DV

Carbs
408g
138% DV

Fiber
19g
76% DV
15

Vegetarian Cauliflower Soup

This creamy soup is easy to make and super delicious. It's also a low-carb dish. You'll love it.

You can top this soup more typical toppings such as croutons or crackers. But fried tofu and roasted chickpeas would also be nice in it. In the simmering process, you can add star anise, to add some additional herbaceous notes too.

1 head of cauliflower
3 tbsp olive oil
2 oz white onion
4 cloves garlic
3 cups vegetable stock
2 cups almond milk
2 sprigs Rosemary
Salt and Pepper to taste
7
  1. Begin by prepping the cauliflower. Remove the outer leaves and trim off the stem. Quarter the cauliflower and roughly chop the florets and then thinly slice the core.
  2. Dice the...
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Nutritions

Calories
80

Sodium
547mg
22% DV

Fat
10g
16% DV

Protein
2g
4% DV

Carbs
4g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
10% DV

This fresh and healthy salad is so refreshing. It would be great for lunch or as a side dish for dinner. Give this vegan and vegetarian friendly recipe a try.

You can add some lettuce, preferably romaine or another green leafy lettuce. You can also add red cabbage for its color and crispiness. You can also interchange apples for pears. Roasted cherry tomatoes also add some body and a depth of flavor to the dish.

1 whole orange
8 oz cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 Apple
2 ounces Red bell pepper
1 ounce White onion
2 ounces Cucumber
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 cup Olive OIl
2
  1. Slice the orange in half.
  2. Separate the sections of one half.
  3. In a bowl, squeeze the juice of the other half of orange and add the olive oil. Add some salt and pepper and...
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Nutritions

Calories
1207

Sodium
138mg
5% DV

Fat
58g
90% DV

Protein
23g
46% DV

Carbs
157g
53% DV

Fiber
26g
104% DV
525

Toast Points with Caviar

A complimentary amuse-bouche for your guest would be nice if you are having a great dinner gathering or a wine tasting party with your friends. A crispy toast point appetizer would astonish your guests. By putting some caviar and pairing it with sparkling wines, you will have an exquisite meal.

The recipe as written calls for dill. But, mint or tarragon would be good in this dish. If you don't have creme fraiche, you can use a creamy goat cheese.

3 slices of bread
2 ounces caviar
1 tablespoon cumin
12 ounces Creme Fraiche
1 ounce dill
Salt to taste
4
  1. Cut crusts off the bread and cut into 4 triangles.
  2. Toast bread until crispy
  3. Mix salt, creme fraiche, and cumin until well mixed.
  4. Spread one ounce of the creme fraiche...
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Nutritions

Calories
304

Sodium
286mg
11% DV

Fat
24g
37% DV

Protein
6g
12% DV

Carbs
5g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV

Vermouth is a great drink to serve with appetizers. Salty things are especially good with vermouth. Try it with pickles, potato chips, olives and salty meats such as Prosciutto.

This of this wine cocktail as part of your appetizer course. It would be amazing with these salty, fried oysters. You may want to serve this Polenta recipe next.

1 tsp organic juniper berries
1 cinnamon stick
1 chamomile tea bag
1 rooibos tea bag
5 organic star anise pod
5 sage leaves
1 orange rind
8 cardamom pods
2 tsp coriander seeds
2 bottles Pinot Gris
1 cup sweet sherry
10
  1. Peel the orange. Make sure the remove the white pith from the rind.
  2. Add all the ingredients, except the Sherry, to a large pot.
  3. Cook on the lowest setting of your stove.
  4. ...
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Nutritions

Calories
128

Sodium
243mg
10% DV

Fat
5g
9% DV

Protein
2g
4% DV

Carbs
19g
6% DV

Fiber
5g
22% DV

Delicious sushi rolls are perhaps the ultimate Japanese food. The history of sushi dates back to ancient times, where it is surrounded by legends and folklore. But sushi isn't just an ancient food. Sushi making is constantly evolving across the globe even today.

Here's a quick tip if you don't have a sushi bamboo mat; you can use a clean tea towel to carefully roll the sushi and voila! You can get the same result. Just don't press too hard when rolling.

4 oz crab meat sticks
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
4 nori sheets
4 cups cooked sushi rice
1 tsp wasabi paste
1 peeled avocado
1 oz cabbage
Salt and pepper
6
  1. Cook the crabmeat sticks for 4 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Core and slice thinly the cabbage.
  3. Blanch the shredded cabbage for 15 seconds. Set aside to cool.
  4. Mix soy...
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Nutritions

Calories
1415

Sodium
220mg
9% DV

Fat
104g
160% DV

Protein
13g
26% DV

Carbs
4g
1% DV

Fiber
11g
44% DV
14

Spinach Pesto Pasta

Pasta fans, will love this recipe. Pesto is so easy to make and so flavorful. You can make this recipe in under and hour, perfect for a quick after work meal.

You may add some chunks of fried tofu or pan-fried chicken breast if you want to add protein. If you don't like the taste of the parsley, you may omit it and add another 1/4 cup of basil instead. You can also switch out the cheese for another nutty cheese such as gruyere.

2 cups spinach leaves
1/4 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup parsley
1/2 cup Almond nuts
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
28 ounces farfalle pasta
5 ounces cherry tomatoes
6
  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend the almonds, garlic, spinach, basil, parsley, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and olive oil. Blend...
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Nutritions

Calories
252

Sodium
818mg
34% DV

Fat
16g
25% DV

Protein
12g
25% DV

Carbs
9g
3% DV

Fiber
1g
7% DV

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