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I went shopping the other day and while I was looking around in the produce department, I got hit by a whiff of fresh basil...let's make a one pan pasta...

12 oz spaghetti
1 dry pint grape tomatoes, halved
3 large leaves of basil, roughly chopped
1 shallot, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp hot pepper flakes
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt, add more to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 anchovy
1 Knorr beef bouillon cube
4 c water - add more as needed
4 slices cooked bacon, cut into bits - optional
Parmigiano-Reggiano, freshly grated
4
Nutritions

Calories
628

Sodium
150mg
6% DV

Fat
23g
35% DV

Protein
19g
39% DV

Carbs
59g
20% DV

Fiber
11g
47% DV
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The words French Bread Pizza have always elicited feelings of excitement and almost giddy anticipation of mouthwatering flavor. It's such a quick & easy dinner and I guarantee this recipe will be the best you've ever tasted!

1 loaf French or Italian bread
2 tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
8 oz block mozzarella, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely grated
3 Tbsp olive oil
6 leaves fresh basil, torn into small pieces
oregano
salt and pepper
your favorite pizza toppings
2
Nutritions

Calories
597

Sodium
790mg
32% DV

Fat
44g
68% DV

Protein
28g
56% DV

Carbs
14g
4% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV
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Peaches and Cream Parfait

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peaches, sliced
pistachio nuts, crumbled
Greek yogurt
granola
honey
basil leaves, torn into small pieces
Nutritions

Calories
0.0

Sodium
0.0mg
0% DV

Fat
0.0g
0% DV

Protein
0.0g
0% DV

Carbs
0.0g
0% DV

Fiber
0.0g
0% DV
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4 oz cream cheese
1/4 c Greek yogurt
1/3 c mango juice - found in the international aisle of the supermarket
strawberries, sliced
granola
basil leaves, torn into small pieces
Nutritions

Calories
554

Sodium
464mg
19% DV

Fat
40g
62% DV

Protein
13g
27% DV

Carbs
30g
10% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV
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My twist on a classic pesto recipe will be your new favorite! That's because I've changed just a couple ingredients to create a scrumptious sauce you'll want to eat warm or cold any day of the week.

3 c fresh basil
1 c olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 c Locatelli or Parmesan, shredded
1/4 c walnuts or pine nuts
salt and pepper
1 cup
Nutritions

Calories
393

Sodium
2mg
0% DV

Fat
17g
27% DV

Protein
15g
30% DV

Carbs
7g
2% DV

Fiber
4g
18% DV
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Gazpacho is an absolutely perfect appetizer (or light main course) on a hot summer day. Today, there are many "traditional" recipes out there. My recipe is not traditional...it's original and adjustable and works with ingredients we already have in our essential pantry. All we need are some fresh tomatoes and a cucumber from your garden or farmer's market. It's more of an idea of a recipe for you to make your own.

2 lbs tomatoes, cored and chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, deseeded, and chopped
1 shallot, peeled and chopped
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 slices stale baguette
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt, more to taste
4 appetizers (plus 2 Bloody Marys)
Nutritions

Calories
333

Sodium
453mg
18% DV

Fat
4g
7% DV

Protein
11g
23% DV

Carbs
64g
21% DV

Fiber
8g
34% DV
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This Summer Salad with Fresh Garden Herbs makes a delicious light lunch or side dish to any outdoor barbecue.

3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
8-10 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp lavender, finely chopped
1 c sour cream
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
salt and pepper
Nutritions

Calories
1021

Sodium
396mg
16% DV

Fat
81g
125% DV

Protein
16g
32% DV

Carbs
42g
14% DV

Fiber
12g
49% DV
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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

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