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Baked ziti with ricotta and Italian sausage. It tastes the best while it's snowing outside. It tastes even better when making it with three kinds of cheese.

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Nutritions

Calories
0.0

Sodium
0.0mg
0% DV

Fat
0.0g
0% DV

Protein
0.0g
0% DV

Carbs
0.0g
0% DV

Fiber
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Dutch oven chili con carne is comfort food. We all need it. It warms your house, your stomach, and your heart, and is super easy to make. It's a one-pot dish that requires minimal cleanup.

2 lbs lean ground beef
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 shallots, or 1 medium onion ( chopped )
1 bell pepper ( chopped )
2 cloves garlic ( chopped )
2 c beef stock ( or 1 c beef stock and 1 c red wine )
2 16-oz cans kidney beans ( drained and rinsed )
1 28-oz can plum tomatoes
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Toppings, like shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, sliced scallions, Saltine crackers, sliced jalapenos, etc
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Nutritions

Calories
800

Sodium
833mg
34% DV

Fat
50g
77% DV

Protein
58g
117% DV

Carbs
12g
4% DV

Fiber
7g
29% DV
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Prosciutto and Melon

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Prosciutto and melon is a classic antipasto, and with good reason. The combination of savory and salty cured Italian ham together with a sweet juicy cantaloupe complement each other so well, it's a match made in heaven. And you can put this dish together in just a few minutes…but first let's learn some more:

Prosciutto
Cantaloupe
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Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb

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Grilled leg of lamb: A step-by-step recipe to preparing the meat, marinating with hand-ground herbs and spices, and grilling to perfection over natural wood.

1 bone-in leg of lamb, about 7 lbs before trimming
6 cloves garlic
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 Tbsp kosher salt
2 tsp black tellicherry peppercorns
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp rosemary ( chopped )
3 Tbsp olive oil
Nutritions

Calories
1287

Sodium
7391mg
307% DV

Fat
88g
136% DV

Protein
91g
182% DV

Carbs
21g
7% DV

Fiber
8g
34% DV

Pork chops are classic comfort food and every cuisine has its own version of different pork chop recipes that are really delish. This Asian-inspired dish takes advantage of how Asians would like their pork chops to be cooked– with a bit of sweetness.

You can omit the cayenne pepper and change it to a more subtle flavor like star anise if you prefer a mild version of this dish.

1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
6 cloves garlic
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 lb boneless pork chops
1 cup beef stock
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  1. Cut the pork chops into bite-sized pieces and render the fat in a hot pan.
  2. Sauté the meat until browned.
  3. Add in the garlic and sauté for 1 minute
  4. Add the brown sugar,...
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Nutritions

Calories
506

Sodium
224mg
9% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
44g
88% DV

Carbs
27g
9% DV

Fiber
2g
11% DV

Simple but mind-blowing flavors – that's what you can experience with this simple Filipino recipe. The longer you let it cook, the better it will be. This chicken recipe is the national dish of the Philippines and each region has its own versions.

You can add your flavor notes by using honey instead of the typical sugar or adding some star anise to give a wonderful anise flavor. A teaspoon of chili flakes will also add a great kick to the dish. Adding a tablespoon of lemon juice will add some freshness and citrus flavor.

17 ounces chicken drumsticks
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
4 cloves Garlic
1 tbsp whole peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 tsp tomato paste
1 tsp olive oil
2 cups water
Salt to taste
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  1. Marinate chicken in vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, peppercorns for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Add oil in a heated pan and stir in the tomato paste. Continue stirring for 1...
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Nutritions

Calories
53

Sodium
1010mg
42% DV

Fat
5g
8% DV

Protein
3g
7% DV

Carbs
9g
3% DV

Fiber
2g
9% DV
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Savory Purple Yam Samosas

Samosas are healthy little pastry pockets of potato and peas flavored with Indian spices. However, this recipe adds a few ingredients from Chinese cuisine. You can also add some diced carrots and tofu for a samosa that is packed with flavors. Chopped cilantro would be good in this dish as well. Also, a good teaspoon of lemon juice or orange juice will create a wonderful flavor fin these purple yam samosas.

3/4 tsp salt and pepper to taste
2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
6 tbsp butter
9 tbsp water
1 1/2 pounds purple yam
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup corn kernels
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 ounce Onion
1 clove garlic
1 tsp chile powder
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
10 ounces chicken breast
24 ounces Canola oil for frying
1 bay leaf
1 tsp peppercorns
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  1. To make the dough: Mix salt and flour in a food processor.
  2. Incorporate the butter until crumbs have formed.
  3. Add a few tablespoons of water until you can form a ball.
  4. ...
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Nutritions

Calories
1212

Sodium
584mg
24% DV

Fat
92g
142% DV

Protein
15g
30% DV

Carbs
39g
13% DV

Fiber
3g
15% DV
428

Pecan Crusted Chicken

This encrusted chicken is crispy, crunchy and satisfying. It's best used as an entreé, but you can cut each thigh into pieces and put the pieces on skewers to make an appetizer.

The recipe calls for chicken thighs because they are the juiciest. But you can also use breast meat if that's what you have available.

12 oz chicken thigh
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
7 oz pecans
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/4 cup unsalted butter
salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop the herbs, garlic, and pecans into a coarse flour-like mixture.
  3. Add salt and pepper to the mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat...
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Nutritions

Calories
1286

Sodium
175mg
7% DV

Fat
88g
135% DV

Protein
46g
92% DV

Carbs
59g
20% DV

Fiber
9g
38% DV
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MEDITERRANEAN BEEF STEW

People may think that beef stew is hard to pull off given the fact that you need hours to tenderize the meat. However this recipe offers a shortcut to have a flavorful and awesome beef stew in no time. A key ingredient in this version is honey. Honey is a meat tenderizer. It contains protease that breaks down protein muscles in meat and makes it tender in to time. You can also add some star anise pods to elevate the flavor profile.

1 lb beef chuck
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp olive oil
2 ounces onion
1 lb canned tomatoes
3 cups Beef stock
Rosemary sprigs
5 ounces zucchini
2 ounces red pepper
3 ounces carrots
3 ounces potatoes
teaspoons cloves
2 tbsp honey
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  1. Cut the beef into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Add oil to a hot pan and sear the beef until browned. Remove and set aside
  3. Saute minced onion until translucent.
  4. Add the diced...
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Nutritions

Calories
240

Sodium
364mg
15% DV

Fat
11g
18% DV

Protein
19g
39% DV

Carbs
16g
5% DV

Fiber
4g
17% DV

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