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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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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
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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
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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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
54

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
Photo by Erich Boenzli

This simple recipe for shrimp scampi with garlic and lemon is absolutely delicious and satisfying. This dish will be on your table in less than 30 minutes flat.

3/4 lb raw shrimp ( cleaned and deveined )
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher sea salt ( more as needed )
1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
1 shallot or small onion ( finely chopped )
4 cloves garlic ( finely chopped )
1/3 c white wine
2 Tbsp butter
1-1/2 c chicken/seafood stock ( more as needed )
12 oz your favorite pasta
2 Tbsp chives or Italian flat leaf parsley ( chopped )
1 Tbsp lemon juice ( maybe...taste first before possibly adding more lemon juice )
2
Nutritions

Calories
618

Sodium
2942mg
122% DV

Fat
38g
59% DV

Protein
30g
60% DV

Carbs
25g
8% DV

Fiber
5g
23% DV
13

Garlic Lemon Chicken

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These basic instructions to make Garlic Lemon Chicken will become your new favorite chicken dish. I'm not kidding. It's amazing.

12 oz thinly cut chicken breast
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, or more ( 2 whole and 2 chopped )
1 Tbsp capers ( drained )
3 anchovy fillets
1 tsp hot pepper flakes
1 Tbsp butter
Lemon juice from about half a lemon
1/4 c Italian flat leaf parsley ( roughly chopped )
2
Nutritions

Calories
643

Sodium
1114mg
46% DV

Fat
39g
60% DV

Protein
57g
115% DV

Carbs
8g
2% DV

Fiber
5g
21% DV

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