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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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One of the most amazing things about this absolutely delicious one-pan chicken pasta dish is the consistency of the sauce.

2-4 chicken thighs, depending on size
12 oz pasta
4 c chicken stock - or 4 c water and two Knorr chicken bouillon cubes
1 Tbsp canola oil - or any neutral oil
1 tsp salt, plus salt to taste
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 shallot, finely chopped
14 oz can of diced tomatoes - or 1 c chopped fresh tomatoes
1 c chopped vegetables - I found an asparagus in the garden
4 basil leaves, shredded - that's what they call chiffonade in fancy cookbook slang
2 oz shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano - or other hard cheese
2
Nutritions

Calories
968

Sodium
2310mg
96% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
48g
96% DV

Carbs
139g
47% DV

Fiber
15g
62% DV
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Hummus is one of my favorite go-to quick recipes when guests are coming over...or just for myself on a Saturday afternoon. You can make it at home in less than 5 minutes for about $2!

15 oz can of chickpeas - aka garbanzo beans - drained
1/2 c olive oil
1 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp salt
Additional Variation Ingredients:
1/2 c red bell pepper, roasted and chopped
10 black olives
2
Nutritions

Calories
784

Sodium
1543mg
64% DV

Fat
15g
24% DV

Protein
38g
76% DV

Carbs
119g
40% DV

Fiber
34g
137% DV
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Bangkok is known as the tropical capital of Thailand, but it's also known for its street food. This recipe will give you a glimpse of their cuisine.

3/4 lb ground pork or ground turkey
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 habanero, finely chopped - or bird's eye chili, if you can find it
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 c cilantro, chopped
1/4 c mint leaves - use your hands to tear it apart, it releases the oils beautifully
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
juice from 1 lime
Maldon salt to taste
2
Nutritions

Calories
449

Sodium
3113mg
129% DV

Fat
26g
40% DV

Protein
34g
68% DV

Carbs
16g
5% DV

Fiber
9g
36% DV
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There's just something about this fruit that makes it refreshing like no other…the soft red flesh of the fruit, juice dripping down your arm. It's the best! But let's kick it up a notch, add just a few more ingredients, and make a fruit salad that's worthy of a hot summer afternoon or a dinner party with friends. And best of all, this salad is so easy, it'll be ready in just a few minutes!

3 c watermelon, cubed
6 strawberries, sliced
1/2 c blueberries
4 mint leaves, torn into small pieces
1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled
balsamic vinegar
Nutritions

Calories
1262

Sodium
2557mg
106% DV

Fat
49g
75% DV

Protein
45g
91% DV

Carbs
172g
58% DV

Fiber
34g
137% DV
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Yes, that's right! The "made easy at home" part. The other part, not so much. Ceviche is neither fancy nor expensive. It's all about the quality of the ingredients. Ceviche is a seafood dish in which the seafood is cooked (technically called "cured") in citrus juices such as lemon and/or lime. Ceviche is the perfect dish on a hot summer day.

1 lb firm white ocean fish, cut into small strips
1/2 c lemon/lime juice - about 3 limes and 1 lemon
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 small tomato, de-seeded and cubed
1 avocado, cubed
1/2 c cilantro, chopped
1 habanero, de-seeded and cut into very tiny pieces - or use a milder pepper
1 tsp Maldon sea salt
4 appetizers
Nutritions

Calories
848

Sodium
2490mg
103% DV

Fat
44g
68% DV

Protein
54g
109% DV

Carbs
68g
23% DV

Fiber
30g
122% 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

Chicken Caprese is a delicious, healthy dinner recipe bursting with flavor. Grilled Chicken Breast that's seasoned then topped with fresh mozzarella, a slice of ripe tomato, basil and balsamic reduction. It can be made on a gas grill or on the stovetop with a grill pan for a quick and easy dinner recipe!

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
4 thick slices of ripe tomato
4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup balsamic glaze
1/4 cup thinly sliced basil
4
  • Heat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix together garlic powder, dried oregano and ...
    See the full directions on my site
Nutritions

Calories
335

Sodium
661mg
27% DV

Fat
19g
29% DV

Protein
30g
61% DV

Carbs
7g
2% DV

Fiber
2g
11% DV

Bruschetta is a quick and easy appetizer! A mixture of garden-fresh tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, and spices on top of grilled slices of french bread! It's an easy go-to recipe to use up your fresh tomatoes from your garden and the perfect party appetizer!

8 roma tomatoes
1/3 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese ( shredded )
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 loaf French bread
12
  • In a bowl, toss together the tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. Refrigerate while preparing bread.
  • Heat gas grill to ...
    See the full directions on my site
Nutritions

Calories
46

Sodium
162mg
6% DV

Fat
1g
2% DV

Protein
3g
6% DV

Carbs
4g
1% DV

Fiber
1.0g
4% DV

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