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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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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
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
198

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

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Oven roasted cauliflower 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
1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper, more to taste
2-4 servings
Nutritions

Calories
257

Sodium
33mg
1% DV

Fat
25g
38% DV

Protein
2g
4% DV

Carbs
5g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
9% 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
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This deliciously simple steamed beet salad is ready in 15 minutes. And by using the right beets, it'll leave you with a clean cutting board and clean hands.

2 medium golden beets ( peeled and chopped in cubes - about 2 cups )
4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
4 oz lettuce
4 oz feta or goat cheese ( crumbled )
2
Nutritions

Calories
483

Sodium
1925mg
80% DV

Fat
37g
57% DV

Protein
11g
22% DV

Carbs
25g
8% DV

Fiber
5g
22% DV
34

Caesar Dressing

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Caesar dressing is so delicious and unbelievably easy to make in just a few minutes, you'll never buy it at the supermarket again!

2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1-1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 c mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
1 tsp anchovy paste ( or 2 fillets, minced )
1/2 c Parmigiano-Reggiano ( finely grated )
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 main-course salads or 4 side salads
Nutritions

Calories
267

Sodium
176mg
7% DV

Fat
25g
39% DV

Protein
2g
4% DV

Carbs
6g
2% DV

Fiber
0.9g
3% DV
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A fluffy baked potato is one of those comfort foods that can always be adjusted to your current mood. Feeling spicy? Add some hot salsa. Feeling classy? Top with butter, sour cream, chives, and salt. Feeling adventurous? Keep reading and I'll reveal my new favorite topping.

Baked Potato Ingredients:
2 10-oz Russet potatoes
1 tsp kosher sea salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
Anchovy Butter Ingredients:
8 Tbsp butter ( at room temperature )
3 anchovy fillets
3 cloves garlic ( finely chopped )
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
2
Nutritions

Calories
613

Sodium
1405mg
58% DV

Fat
56g
86% DV

Protein
11g
23% DV

Carbs
8g
2% DV

Fiber
3g
15% DV

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