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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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Vegetable Fried Rice

Continuing the theme of healthy eating, I wanted to make something veggie filled and healthy for dinner tonight. Luckily, I had a whole bunch of ingredients in the fridge to put together this tasty vegetable fried rice. The trick to restaurant style fried rice is to use cooked rice that is a day old. So you can make rice the day before or use any leftovers you may have. Since this isn’t always practical, I usually cook the rice first and let it cool while I stir fry the other ingredients. Any number of vegetables can be used. I can envision a version of this with broccoli and cauliflower. Snow peas, [...]

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Baked Coconut Chicken Fingers with Pineapple Sauce

    So maybe it’s the yucky rain we’ve been having lately or the fact that it has been a depressingly long time since I’ve had a vacation, but I’ve been in a really tropical mood! So I was excited for this tropical recipe suggestion, courtesy of my food muse, Craig – who requested coconut shrimp. Well I didn’t have any shrimp but I did have chicken – so I created this recipe for baked coconut chicken fingers. I combined unsweetened coconut flakes with some breadcrumbs and curry powder for a crunchy, sweet and spicy treat. Now you can’t just dip these exotic chicken fingers in any old ketchup. I [...]

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Broccoli White Bean Soup

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? I didn’t, until Craig came home yesterday with some ingredients and declared his intention to make some grilled cheese. His creation, turkey breast with munster, pepper jack and barbecue sauce was AMAZING. So amazing, in fact, that we gobbled them up without even thinking of taking photos. It’s cold and raining here in Boston. After taking Archer to the dog park where he got absolutely filthy in the mud I decided I really felt like soup. After the grilled cheese extravaganza the night before, I wanted to create a soup that would go really well with grilled cheese or any [...]

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Takeout Makeover: Crab Rangoon

Are you ready to have your mind blown? I just developed a recipe for tasty crab rangoon that have ONLY 41 calories a piece! And then take 15 minutes, start to finish, to make. Hold onto your hats because there is a bit of a back-story… I was in a bit of a blogging slump this weekend. I love blogging, it is something that has become an amazing outlet for me as well as a way to connect with lots of wonderful people. My day job is very serious and analytical, so I appreciate the opportunity to be creative with food, writing and photography. But, as any food blogger will [...]

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Winter Minestrone

We’ve been having an insane winter. No snow, and crazy temperature fluctuations. On Thursday, I went out to run an errand during lunch and it was 55 degrees. Today, it was 21. Super cold and windy, it was a perfect day for thick, hearty soup. Minestrone is the most ubiquitous Italian soup, there are so many different variations and flavors you can incorporate. Different regions of Italy have different preparations, and many vary seasonally as well. I love minestrone, but I find that in restaurants, it’s usually quite salty. My goal with this recipe was to cut back on fat and sodium while adding a ton of protein and fiber. [...]

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