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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
4
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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Bacon-Apple-Pecan Stuffed French Toast...that's a mouthful. Stuffed with bacon, apples, pecans, and mascarpone, it's a Sunday morning party for your taste buds!

2 slices thick bread ( like Texas toast )
1/4 of an apple ( cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices )
3 strips of thick-cut bacon
1 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp pecans ( crumbled into small pieces )
2 oz mascarpone ( or cream cheese )
1 large egg
1 Tbsp milk
Nutritions

Calories
3073

Sodium
132mg
5% DV

Fat
233g
359% DV

Protein
45g
91% DV

Carbs
119g
40% DV

Fiber
35g
142% DV
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Yes, sir! Let's get out the trusty old Lodge pan and have some pizza fun. Let's make a crazy delicious cast iron shrimp pizza with a pecan basil pesto.

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
Pesto:
2 c basil leaves
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 c pecan nuts ( about 8 whole nuts )
1/4 c Parmesan cheese ( 2 oz )
1/2 tsp kosher sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
1/2 Tbsp semolina ( optional )
Toppings:
1/2 lb large shrimp ( about 8 )
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 c mozzarella ( 2 oz )
1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
2079

Sodium
3968mg
165% DV

Fat
41g
64% DV

Protein
84g
169% DV

Carbs
309g
105% DV

Fiber
17g
68% DV
80

Pork Chops with Apple

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Pork chops with apple is a fall classic. But we can actually make it tastier and simpler. And yes, it's a one-pot dish, ready in 30 minutes.

For the chops:
2 thick bone-in pork chops
2 Tbsp neutral oil, like canola
1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 tsp warm spice, such as cinnamon, allspice, etc ( optional )
For the sauce:
2 crisp apples, like Fuji ( cored and cut into 12 wedges each )
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp rosemary ( chopped )
1 tsp sage ( chopped )
1/2 c red onion ( chopped )
2 cloves garlic ( unpeeled, crushed )
1/2 c chicken stock
2 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
2
Nutritions

Calories
400

Sodium
2241mg
93% DV

Fat
33g
51% DV

Protein
4g
9% DV

Carbs
26g
8% 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
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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
41

Easy Fudge Recipe

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This Easy Fudge Recipe is made with only 5 ingredients, in 5 minutes! While homemade fudge is a perfect quick holiday gift, it's delicious any time of year.

3 c chocolate chips
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 c chopped walnuts ( optional )
50 squares
Nutritions

Calories
10378

Sodium
906mg
37% DV

Fat
575g
886% DV

Protein
155g
311% DV

Carbs
1138g
387% DV

Fiber
104g
419% DV
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Moules Marinière (Mussels with Garlic and Parsley) is French fast food at its best. Deliciously ready in 20 minutes.

2 lbs fresh mussels ( cleaned )
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 Tbsp leek ( sliced )
2 Tbsp shallot ( sliced )
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 c dry white wine
3 Tbsp creme fraiche (or heavy cream)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
4 Tbsp fresh parsley leaves ( minced )
French baguette ( optional )
2
Nutritions

Calories
968

Sodium
322mg
13% DV

Fat
51g
79% DV

Protein
26g
52% DV

Carbs
38g
13% DV

Fiber
16g
65% DV

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