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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
393

Grilled Fruits

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It's summertime. It's time to grill. I'm thinking about fruit. Grilling fruits elevates grilling to a whole new level. Endless flavors with endless surprises.

1 1-inch slice of watermelon ( cut into four triangles )
1 1-inch slice of pineapple ( cut into four slices and core removed )
2 apricots ( halved and stone removed )
2 peaches ( halved and stone removed )
1 mango ( cut along stone )
1 lemon ( cut into three slices, optional )
1 lime ( cut into three slices, optional )
Toppings ( ice cream, herbs, honey, feta cheese, etc. )
4
Nutritions

Calories
624

Sodium
110mg
4% DV

Fat
2g
4% DV

Protein
13g
26% DV

Carbs
155g
52% DV

Fiber
21g
84% DV
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A cool, refreshing watermelon lemonade with fresh garden rosemary! This drink has just the right combination of sweet & tart to cool you off on a hot summer...

1/4 c fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp simple syrup
1/2 c cold water
3/4 c watermelon, blended
1/4 tsp rosemary, roughly chopped
Ice cubes
Nutritions

Calories
126

Sodium
8mg
0% DV

Fat
7g
12% DV

Protein
4g
8% DV

Carbs
35g
12% DV

Fiber
6g
24% DV
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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
180

Grilled Vegetables

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Grilling vegetables is not about having special equipment. The best vegetables to grill are the ones that are ripe in your garden or fresh at the market.

2 bell peppers ( remove core and seeds, quarter )
1 large red onion ( peel and quarter )
1 medium eggplant ( cut lengthwise in half-inch slices or rounds )
1 medium zucchini ( cut lengthwise in half-inch slices or rounds )
1/2 lb asparagus ( cut off woody ends )
2 medium tomatoes ( cut in half, or a bunch of grape tomatoes, leave whole )
2 large portobello mushrooms ( I like them whole )
1/2 c olive oil ( or more )
Juice from a half lemon or lime
Generous pinch of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
4
Nutritions

Calories
196

Sodium
818mg
34% DV

Fat
7g
11% DV

Protein
9g
19% DV

Carbs
30g
10% DV

Fiber
5g
21% DV
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My foolproof cooking method to make the juiciest chicken breast is actually simple. Once you master these easy steps, you'll make it over and over again.

1 lb chicken breast
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
561

Sodium
730mg
30% DV

Fat
37g
58% DV

Protein
47g
94% DV

Carbs
3g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
11% DV
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What better way to enjoy this juicy, sweet fruit than in a strawberry cocktail (and mocktail) that's super refreshing and thirst-quenching on a hot sunny day. (Each recipe makes one drink. Simply double, triple, or quadruple the recipe when company stops by!)

2 strawberries, hulled
1/8 c honey
Juice of 1 lemon
7 oz sparkling water ( plus another 1/4 c sparkling water )
Mint or basil leaves ( optional )
Strawberries and slice of lemon for garnish
Nutritions

Calories
388

Sodium
72mg
3% DV

Fat
102g
157% DV

Protein
35g
71% DV

Carbs
126g
42% DV

Fiber
40g
160% DV
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10 strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters
10 leaves basil
1 oz vodka
1 oz limoncello
2 Tbsp simple syrup
4 ice cubes
Strawberries and basil for garnish
Nutritions

Calories
750

Sodium
25mg
1% DV

Fat
14g
21% DV

Protein
14g
29% DV

Carbs
145g
49% DV

Fiber
35g
141% DV
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This is my best homemade cole slaw recipe. It has everything you're looking for: The beautifully crunchy texture of the cabbage, combined with a lightly creamy, sweet and sour tangy dressing. And this recipe is so easy, you'll be done in less than 10 minutes!

2 lb cabbage, about 4 c shredded
3 carrots, finely shredded
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 servings
Nutritions

Calories
355

Sodium
442mg
18% DV

Fat
2g
3% DV

Protein
8g
17% DV

Carbs
83g
28% DV

Fiber
22g
91% DV
29

Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower rice is a way to make your cauliflower shine. It lets the subtle sweet and nutty flavors stand out.

1 head of cauliflower, about 1-1/2 lbs
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 leek, finely chopped - about 1/2 c
1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper, more to taste
1/2 c flat leaf Italian parsley, roughly chopped
2-4 servings
Nutritions

Calories
594

Sodium
405mg
16% DV

Fat
26g
41% DV

Protein
54g
109% DV

Carbs
33g
11% DV

Fiber
8g
32% DV

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