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Takeout Makeover: Baked Falafel

I LOVE falafel. It is one of those foods I only have once in a while from a food truck or a take out restaurant and I always think to myself “I should make this at home.” After Craig and I grabbed falafel last weekend he persuaded me to make a healthier version. Challenge accepted! Falafel is actually an incredibly simple vegan recipe. Just combine chickpeas with parsley, onions and a whole bunch of spices and cook. Traditionally, falafel is deep fried, but I decided to bake them instead. I baked and then broiled for a few minutes to get a crisp exterior. There are many fabulous ways to eat [...]

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Egg & Eggplant Sandwich and GIVEAWAY WINNER

Before I tell you all about this tasty sandwich – let’s get to the giveaway. GIVEAWAY WINNER! Thank you to everyone who participated in my Stubb’s BBQ Giveaway! I am thrilled to be able to gift one of you with this fabulous package of sweet gifts from Stubbs. And the winner is ….. The lovely Liz, from That Skinny Chick Can Bake!  Congrats Liz! And thanks again to everyone who participated. I had a blast experimenting with these tasty products and I’m thrilled I got to share them with you all. I look forward to seeing some of Liz’s creations! And now onto today’s recipe: The great garden experiment yielded [...]

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Caprese Grilled Cheese

As I mentioned last week, April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Until last week, I had not eaten a grilled cheese sandwich for a decade, but after our experiments last weekend I’m hooked! I made another batch of my broccoli white bean soup from last week to last us through the weekend. This afternoon, I was heating it up and totally craving grilled cheese. I had just bought some yummy Vermont Maplebrook Mozzarella so I decided to use that. The cheese inspired me to make a caprese grilled cheese with some ripe plum tomatoes and fresh basil. It was soooo simple and soooo tasty. There are many ways to make [...]

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Chicken Caesar Kale Wraps

I haven’t put many sandwiches on the blog yet, so I figured I would start with my favorite. Chicken caesar wraps are delicious, quick and healthy. Unlike traditional caesar salad, which is packed with calories and fat, this version is lighter and filled with vitamins. The key is using a low calorie or light caesar dressing. I prefer Newman’s Own, but Annie’s makes a great version as well. This is a quick and easy dinner that can be put together in minutes. I have substituted kale for traditional romaine for a boost of Vitamin A, iron, calcium, B Vitamins and antioxidants. I also added some grated parmesan for flavor and ground flaxseed for [...]

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Shrimp Po Boy with Spicy Remoulade

In honor of Mardi Gras last night, I decided to cook up a New Orleans style dinner. This is an untraditional take on the traditionally calorie and fat laden sandwich. Instead of fried shrimp, I sauteed them with garlic and onions for flavor. To make the creamy base for the remoulade, I used fat free plain greek yogurt instead of mayo or sour cream. This can be whipped up in 15 minutes and is a crunchy, spicy and flavorful dinner or lunch. Best of all, it’s packed with filling protein. Having never been to New Orleans, I am not an expert on this type of cuisine. Love it? Hate it? [...]

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