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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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Making your own pasta is easier than you think. Halloween is right around the corner, so I decided to add a little Halloween and make Squid Ink Pasta.

2-2/3 c 00 flour
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp salt
.25 oz cuttlefish ink
12 large shrimp ( peeled and deveined )
8 sea scallops
2 medium tomatoes ( chopped )
3 cloves garlic ( chopped )
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c white wine
1 c pasta cooking liquid
1/2 Tbsp hot pepper flakes
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c Italian flat leaf parsley ( chopped )
Salt and pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
1563

Sodium
5357mg
223% DV

Fat
5g
9% DV

Protein
90g
180% DV

Carbs
282g
96% DV

Fiber
26g
104% DV
59

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
37

Fresh Okra, Corn and Tomato Salad

Okra, sometimes referred to as "lady's finger," comes in green and red. Both varieties taste the same. It's frequently used in Southern American cuisine and is a staple in gumbo. Some people find it unappealing due to its slimy texture. But, with this recipe, you won't even notice that. Okra is rich in nutrients and has antioxidant properties.

12 ounces okra
3 large tomatoes
1 medium onion
6 cloves garlic
½ cup Cotija
½ cup Fresh Oregano
½ cup celery leaves
4 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp sour cream
(1 tsp) smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
8
  1. 25 minutes to roast the corn. Turn to get all sides roasted. Cut kernels off the cob.
  2. Dice tomatoes, onions
  3. Mince garlic
  4. Sweat onions in 1 tbsp of olive oil
  5. Once...
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Nutritions

Calories
108

Sodium
11mg
0% DV

Fat
7g
11% DV

Protein
1g
3% DV

Carbs
9g
3% DV

Fiber
3g
12% DV
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It's time to make a super easy, super tasty cherry tomato salad with a warm garlic and shallot dressing. It's delicious. It's all about tasting.

3 c cherry tomatoes ( halved )
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ( plus extra for drizzling )
2 small shallots ( chopped )
2 cloves garlic ( sliced )
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 Tbsp chili pepper flakes
1/2 c Italian flat leaf parsley ( chopped )
1/2 c feta cheese crumbled ( optional )
Chives ( optional )
French baguette ( optional )
2
Nutritions

Calories
683

Sodium
2050mg
85% DV

Fat
43g
66% DV

Protein
45g
91% DV

Carbs
27g
9% DV

Fiber
7g
30% DV
1223

Super Easy Oven Baked Cod

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Whether it's your first time baking fish or it's something you do once a week already, please try this recipe. This oven baked cod recipe is super easy, delicious, and healthy.

4 3-oz cod fillets
8 oz penne pasta
1/4 lemon ( sliced )
4 cloves garlic ( smashed with skin on )
1 c cherry tomatoes ( halved )
1 Tbsp capers ( non-pareil )
1-2 anchovy fillets
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 sprigs thyme ( with stems removed )
Maldon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Parsley for garnish
2
Nutritions

Calories
448

Sodium
485mg
20% DV

Fat
25g
38% DV

Protein
21g
42% DV

Carbs
33g
11% DV

Fiber
8g
32% DV

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