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Pepperoni bread (aka pepperoni roll or stromboli) has always been a special treat for me. In my Italian family in southern New Jersey, we all savored pepperoni bread!This recipe makes enough dough for 2 loaves of pepperoni bread (you'll have to double the fillings though). So, my recommendation is to either double the "fillings" or save the other half of the dough to make a homemade pizza!

Pizza Dough:
1-1/4 c warm water
1 tsp granulated sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-1/2 c flour
1-1/4 tsp salt
Filling:
5 oz pepperoni ( sliced thin )
1 lb mozzarella cheese ( grated or cut into thin strips )
1/4 c Parmesan cheese ( grated )
1 large egg ( beaten )
2 Tbsp butter ( melted )
Your favorite Italian spices and herbs (garlic powder, oregano, basil, etc)
16 slices
Nutritions

Calories
5835

Sodium
9399mg
391% DV

Fat
225g
346% DV

Protein
259g
519% DV

Carbs
618g
210% DV

Fiber
35g
143% DV
52

Loaded Macaroni Salad Recipe

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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
1500

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
15

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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