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How to make Black Bean Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Poblano peppers stuffed with creamy black beans smothered in homemade enchilada sauce If I searched “Mexican food near me,” this is what should show up. A roasted poblano pepper filled with spiced black beans draped in enchilada sauce. When I ordered the daily special in a little cantina in Mexico, I wasn’t thinking vegetarian. I wasn’t thinking healthy. I just wanted good. Si, is! It was all that! This is my effort to bring stuffed …

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How to make healthier Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Basil Bread is healthier zucchini bread! Yogurt, whole grains, protein, and fiber with less sugar and fat. Plus basil adds a flavorful twist. Does your counter look like mine? Piled with late summer vegetables? I love ’em. But it’s hard to keep up! Especially zucchini. All. That. Zucchini. I’ve stuffed zucchini, grilled it, sautéed it, and added it to salad. I avoided baking zucchini bread because so often these loaves taste like dessert. But the zucchs kept …

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How to make Nicoise Salad

Nicoise Salad, an easy summer salad, is perfect for al fresco dining. Tomatoes, olives, green beans, potatoes, tuna, and hard cooked eggs drizzled with vinaigrette. Let me just say, here and now, this is one of my favorite meals. If I were marooned on a deserted island, I would dream of this. If I were offered a celebration meal, I would order this. Tuna Nicoise An easy salad with layers of tomatoes, black olives, green …

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My best chicken taco recipe: Hot Honey Chicken Tacos

Baked chicken breast makes these tacos easy. Sweet and spicy moist lean chicken, crunchy red cabbage and quick pickled onions make healthy tacos you’re gonna love. Ready in 30 minutes. How many times have you pulled them out of the freezer? Staring at this block of frozen chicken breasts wondering how to make them interesting. Hold on a sec. I think I have something for you. Hot. Honey. Chicken. Tacos. This quick and easy dinner is …

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How to make homemade hummus [sun-dried tomato hummus]

Sure, you can buy it, but hummus is so easy to make. I added sun-dried tomatoes for pizazz! Shop the deli, you’ll find plain hummus, black bean hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, roasted garlic hummus, and olive hummus. Did I forget one? Hummus is a great way to repurpose leftovers. See above for flavor ideas 👆. Replace the sun-dried tomatoes with a couple of tablespoons (or a garlic clove) of black beans, cooked beets or …

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How to make Orange Cabbage Coleslaw [food budget ideas]

Orange Cabbage Coleslaw is a super easy salad. Fresh orange sweetens the deal because cabbage can run on the bitter side. Plus 7 ways to eat healthy on a budget. Orange Cabbage Slaw is a favorite recipe. I like it because cabbage lasts so much longer than fresh lettuce so I add a head of cabbage to my grocery cart every few weeks. It’s kind of like an old friend, always there for me. But …

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How to make Beef Tartare Sushi

Grab your chopsticks! We’re making Beef Tartare Sushi…beefshi! Beef Tartare (tar-TAR) is typically made with raw beef, served with capers, onions, and a raw egg. Sushi is typically made with raw fish. In this East meets West sushi, I’m leaving raw in the dust and rolling a fun appetizer or dinner. I ❤️ sushi. I also like this novel sushi-style concept that features prepared beef. I partnered with The North American Meat Institute (NAMI), a contractor …

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How to Make Spicy Beef Sushi Bowl

Say so long take-out, we’re cooking up some flavor in a Spicy Beef Sushi Bowl! A Spicy Beef Chirashi Bowl has me wrapped around it’s sticky rice! What is Charashi? Chirashi means “scattered.” This spicy beef chirashi bowl is scattered with spicy beef and cool cucumbers, sticky rice and crunchy vegetables, tangy dressing and flavorful herbs, this is not your run–of-the-mill at-home dinner. The recipe looks like a lot of steps but when one thing is …

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How to make my favorite Asian Sesame Chicken Salad

Asian Sesame Chicken Salad is tender poached chicken, crunchy red cabbage, and sweet carrots tossed in an Asian sesame vinaigrette.  This hearty Asian Sesame Chicken Salad seals the deal on things I’m looking for now. ✅easy to make ✅few pots and pans for easy cleanup ✅uses sturdy vegetables ✅delivers on delish and nutrish ✅is good as tomorrow’s bestover These foods take salad from drab to fab. Red cabbage is budget friendly and keeps well. But it’s …

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How to make easy Pineapple Jam, no added sugar

Pineapple Jam is as delicious as it sounds. A trip to the tropics has never been easier! Not long ago I sat on an outdoor patio with the palm fronds waving, eating a biscuit slathered with whipped ricotta and pineapple jam. This was flavor I wanted to repeat. I searched every nearby market for a souvenir jar to pack for home, but no luck. So I came home and made it myself. My first batch …