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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
64

Angel Food Cake Recipe

A no-fail homemade angel food cake that is one of the easiest angel food cake recipes you'll find. It's got a light and fluffy texture you want to dive into. This dessert cake recipe is a must-try and can serve as a great afternoon snack idea.

It's always best to use a bundt pan when making any angel food cake recipe. The delicate structure of the batter makes the tube pan an important component. Another tip to make this recipe a successful one is to slowly add the sugar to the egg whites. Slowly adding the sugar will prevent the air bubbles from deflating, which is an important factor in the fluffiness of this type of recipe.

1 1/4 cups egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cake flour
1 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp salt
12
  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. Sift 1/2 cup sugar and flour together twice; set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  4. ...
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Nutritions

Calories
149

Sodium
220mg
9% DV

Fat
1g
2% DV

Protein
3g
7% DV

Carbs
33g
11% DV

Fiber
0.8g
3% DV
1203

Sushi Bake Recipe

Are you looking for different food inspirations? Are you interested in new and innovative approaches to common dishes? Well, you will go crazy with this sushi bake recipe!

In other words, this sushi bake is a deconstructed California maki roll. It has the seafood goodness of regular sushi but also has an intensified savoriness from the baking process. A fun way of eating homemade sushi for an afternoon snack idea.

3/4 cup Japanese mayo
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup tobiko
1 lb crab sticks
3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
3 cups cooked rice
Nori sheets for serving
2 tbsp sesame seeds
4
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Make the sushi topping by combining Japanese mayo, softened cream cheese, half of the tobiko roe, and chopped crab sticks. Set aside.
  3. Mix...
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Nutritions

Calories
1865

Sodium
1348mg
56% DV

Fat
137g
211% DV

Protein
19g
38% DV

Carbs
28g
9% DV

Fiber
4g
17% DV
408

Homemade Spiked Lemonade Recipe

Check out this homemade lemonade recipe, a refreshing drink to pair with your delicious dinner ideas. A wine flavored lemonade recipe made with just five ingredients.

There is a cool way of getting all the juice out of your lemons. Quarter the lemons and put them in the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Use low speed to squeeze the lemons, then strain the juice directly into a measuring cup. A cool way to juice some lemons, right?

3 cups water, divided
1/2 cup raw honey
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 bottle of white wine
1/2 cup mint leaves
5
  1. Combine 1 cup of the water with raw honey and cook over medium-high heat until the honey is dissolved.
  2. Then transfer out of the saucepan and allow it to cool.
  3. In a large...
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Nutritions

Calories
122

Sodium
7mg
0% DV

Fat
5g
8% DV

Protein
2g
4% DV

Carbs
34g
11% DV

Fiber
3g
12% DV
247

Pan Fried Shrimp Recipe

This pan fried shrimp dinner idea is the best meal to pair with your favorite bbq sauce recipe. A delicious appetizer recipe to prepare for a family meal idea. It's deliciously saucy, perfectly rich and buttery, and amazingly flavorful!

Shrimp is always a crowd favorite when it comes to quick meals and appetizers. Skip the boring chicken and replace it with a protein-packed shrimp. Shrimp is extremely versatile and they cook very quickly, making it a perfect choice for busy weeknights. Since shrimp are quick to cook, you just need to cook them for 1 minute per batch. Cooking them too long will result in a rubbery texture.

1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup Panko crumbs
1/2 cup flour
12 oz vegetable oil for frying
Salt and pepper to taste
4
  1. Sprinkle shrimp with cajun seasoning.
  2. Place 3/4 cup flour in a shallow bowl.
  3. In a second shallow bowl, whisk eggs together with 1 tablespoon of water.
  4. Combine bread...
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Nutritions

Calories
1066

Sodium
840mg
35% DV

Fat
79g
121% DV

Protein
26g
52% DV

Carbs
60g
20% DV

Fiber
5g
22% DV
54

Mango Chia Pudding

This creamy mango chia pudding idea is a perfect vegan dessert recipe to try. A pudding dessert recipe made with only four ingredients. A delicious vegan mango recipe loaded with protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids that will leave you feeling full of energy after eating.

Mangoes are complete with health benefits aside from being a delicious and versatile fruit. Mangoes are largely used as a sweet dessert both in the Americas and the Asian countries. The taste of ripe mangoes is sweet when ripe, but quite acid when still green. It is a juicy and fibrous fruit.

Mangoes are known to aid in healthy digestion. Mangoes contain enzymes that aid the breakdown and digestion of protein, and also fiber, which keeps the digestive tract working efficiently.

You can use almond milk instead of whole milk in this recipe to add a distinct flavor to the pudding recipe. You can use honey or agave syrup as a substitute for maple syrup as well.

16 oz mango
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 cups coconut milk
4 tbsp maple syrup
4
  1. Peel and core half of fresh mangoes and transfer to a blender.
  2. Blend into a purée.
  3. Chop the remaining fresh mango into chunks.
  4. Whisk together chia seeds, coconut milk,...
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Nutritions

Calories
517

Sodium
153mg
6% DV

Fat
28g
43% DV

Protein
9g
19% DV

Carbs
50g
17% DV

Fiber
12g
50% DV
642

Homemade Flatbread Pizza Recipe

A great flatbread pizza recipe that your kids will love! This easy pizza recipe is a perfect afternoon snack idea.

You may use whole wheat flour in this pizza recipe if you're looking for a nuttier flavor and more fiber.You may want to top your pizza with fresh herbs such as oregano or basil. Adding roasted chicken slices would be a perfect idea to add more flavor and umami. Toasted garlic would also be nice to add some crunchy texture and garlicky flavor.

Flatbread:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp vegetable oil
Toppings:
10.6 ounces grape tomatoes
4.2 ounces onion
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
4.4 ounces mozzarella
2 cups fresh arugula
1 tsp Salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp balsamic glaze for serving
4
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Add yogurt and oil and mix well.
  4. Lightly flour a...
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Nutritions

Calories
566

Sodium
1000mg
41% DV

Fat
27g
41% DV

Protein
17g
35% DV

Carbs
60g
20% DV

Fiber
4g
17% DV
1056

Orange & Ginger Sauce Recipe

A delicious orange and ginger sauce recipe for any type of cake and sweets. This sweet and tangy homemade sauce recipe is an excellent accompaniment to chocolate pie recipes too!

You can use coconut sugar or brown sugar instead of regular granulated white sugar. However, the sauce will be much darker and sweeter.

2 cups granulated sugar
6 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups boiling water
2 tbsp grated ginger
Zest of one medium orange
8
  1. In a saucepan, mix the dry ingredients: sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. Stir in boiling water.
  3. Add the grated ginger and orange zest.
  4. Let it boil gently over medium heat...
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Nutritions

Calories
223

Sodium
151mg
6% DV

Fat
4g
6% DV

Protein
1g
3% DV

Carbs
57g
19% DV

Fiber
1g
6% DV
394

Grilled Fruits

Photo by Erich Boenzli

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
329

Sour Chocolate Cake Recipe

This will be your new favorite homemade chocolate cake, a yummy cake recipe with a gingery flavor that melts in your mouth. The perfect way to end a great family meal is with a delectable dessert that will surely captivate everyone's attention at the dining table.

This isn't just any chocolate cake. It's a sour milk chocolate cake with ginger and almonds. This should be a tangy, nutty, spicy and chocolatey cake, not at all your generic sweet chocolate cake. It's got a point of view, perhaps several. At the same time, it's not overly fussy or complicated to make.

1 cup buttermilk
1 cup granulate sugar
2 tbsp butter
3 tsp cocoa powder
1 (½ cup) self-rising flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 egg whites
1 vanilla pod
1/2 cup almonds
1 tsp almond extract
1 oz crystallized ginger
8
  1. First, coat the ginger pieces and almonds in flour. That way, they won't all sink to the bottom of the cake while it's baking.
  2. Dissolve baking soda into sour milk or buttermilk.
  3. ...
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Nutritions

Calories
196

Sodium
604mg
25% DV

Fat
4g
6% DV

Protein
5g
10% DV

Carbs
33g
11% DV

Fiber
3g
14% DV

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