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Meal Plan for April 26, 2017

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Steak, Greens, and Potatoes with Fig Jam
Serves 2
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  1. olive oil
  2. salt
  3. pepper
  4. 10 oz potatoes
  5. 1-2 sprigs fresh thyme
  6. 10 oz sirloin steak
  7. 2 cups chard and spinach combined packed
  8. 1-2 cloves garlic peeled
  9. 3 Tbs gorgonzola crumbles
Fig Jam
  1. cup ½ shallot diced small
  2. 6 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  3. 2 Tbs honey
  4. 1 Tbs water
  5. 5-6 dried figs roughly chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut potatoes into quarters (or slices, if your potatoes are huge).
  2. Spread in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and whole thyme sprigs. Roast 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
Fig Jam
  1. Heat ½ tablespoon olive or coconut oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add diced shallot, salt, and pepper, stir. Cook 1 minute, or until shallots soften. Add chopped figs and stir. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  2. Add honey and balsamic vinegar and about 1 tablespoon water to pan; stir. Bring to a low boil. Simmer 8-10 minutes, or until syrupy, stirring frequently.
  1. Meanwhile, heat 1 ½ tablespoons oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Season both sides of steak and add to hot pan. Sear 4-5 minutes on each side for medium.
  3. Mince garlic. Roughly chop greens.
  4. Transfer steak to cutting board, allow to rest.
  1. Return pan used for steak to stovetop.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add garlic to hot pan and cook 30 seconds. Add greens. Season with salt and pepper; stir.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons water. Cook 4-5 minutes, or until greens are wilted.
To Serve
  1. Divide roasted potatoes between plates. Pile greens alongside potatoes. Thinly slice steak against the grain and divide between the plates. Top with fig jam (include plenty of the syrup) and sprinkle with Gorgonzola.
Adapted from Yummly
Adapted from Yummly
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Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Serves 2
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  1. 1 3/4 lbs chicken breasts diced
  2. 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil divided
  3. 1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce
  4. 2 Tbsp water
  5. 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  6. 1 Tbsp honey
  7. 1 cup sliced green onions divided
  8. 1 clove garlic minced
  9. 1 red bell pepper diced
  10. 1 8 oz can sliced water chestnuts chopped
  11. 1 cup shredded carrots
  12. butter lettuce leaves
  13. 1/2 cup cashews roughly chopped
  1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute 3 1/2 - 4 minutes, or until cooked through, tossing occasionally. Transfer chicken to a plate, add remaining oil and repeat with remaining chicken. While chicken is cooking, whisk together teriyaki sauce, water, cornstarch and honey, set aside.
  2. Heat remaining 1/2 Tbsp oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and 3/4 cup green onions and saute 20 seconds. Add bell pepper and water chestnuts and saute 2 minutes. Whisk sauce mixture once more and pour into skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add chicken, leaving excess juices on plate, and carrots, toss and let warm through. Serve over lettuce leaves with remaining 1/4 cup green onions.
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Adapted from Cooking Classy
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Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad
Serves 8
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Dill & Garlic Vinaigrette
  1. 3/4 cup olive oil
  2. 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  3. 2 teaspoons sugar
  4. 1 large clove garlic minced
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill minced
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  7. 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Pasta Salad
  1. 1/2 pound pasta
  2. 1 pound tomatoes diced
  3. 1 pound cucumbers diced
  4. 1/2 cup pitted olives
  5. 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  6. 2-3 avocados diced
  7. 2 tablespoons fresh dill
For the vinaigrette
  1. Place ingredients in a jar, tighten the lid, and shake until incorporated.
For the pasta salad
  1. Cook pasta, according to package directions, in well-salted water. Drain, rinse, and cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients. Toss with about 2/3 of the vinaigrette until everything is evenly coated (reserve the remaining 1/3 of the vinaigrette to add just before serving).
  3. Cover salad and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Remove from the refrigerator, add diced avocado, and stir in remaining vinaigrette (to taste). Garnish with dill, if desired.
Adapted from Five Heart Home
Adapted from Five Heart Home
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Radish, Orange, and Goat Cheese Salad
Serves 2
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  1. 1 shallot minced
  2. 2-3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  3. salt
  4. 2-3 radishes
  5. 2-3 small oranges sliced
  6. A handful of walnuts chopped
  7. Goat cheese to taste
  8. green onion chopped
  9. Olive oil to taste
  1. Mince shallot. Place in small bowl. Cover with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the vinegar depending on how big of a salad you are making. Add a pinch of salt. Set aside.
  2. Peel the radishes if you wish, though it is by no means necessary. Then thinly slice them. Arrange radish slices on a platter. I try to fold some of them so they're not all squished down in one flat layer, but arrange however you wish. Season lightly with salt.
  3. Cut off each end of each orange. Squeeze each end over the radishes, then discard. Use a sharp knife to remove the skin from the orange. Cut in between membranes to remove each slice. Squeeze remaining membrane all over the radishes to extract any juice. Scatter oranges over the radishes.
  4. Scatter walnuts and goat cheese to taste over the radishes and oranges. Pour shallots and vinegar over top. Drizzle olive oil to taste (1 to 2 tablespoons) over top. Scatter green onions on top.
  5. Let sit a few minutes before serving.
Adapted from Popsugar
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Persian Celery Stew
Serves 2
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  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1/2 big yellow onion diced
  3. 3-4 celery stalks chopped
  4. handful fresh mint chopped
  5. 1/2 bunch parsley chopped
  6. 1/2 cup cooked red kidney beans drained
  7. 1/4 tsp turmeric
  8. 1/4 tsp paprika
  9. 1/4 tsp black pepper
  10. 1/2 lime juiced
  11. 1/2 tsp salt
  12. 1-1.5 cups water
  1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion and spices (except lime juice) until translucent.
  3. Add celery, mint, parsley and cooked red kidney beans and mix well.
  4. Add water.
  5. Cover and let the stew cook for 45 minutes until celery pieces are soft.
  6. Minutes before serving, add the lime juice.
  7. Serve hot over cooked rice.
Adapted from Unicorns in the Kitchen
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Vegucation: Spinach

About Spinachpopeye and spinach

Some of us might imagine Popeye guzzling down some canned spinach when we think of this leafy green. The canned spinach made Popeye stronger, and increased Americans’ intake by a third when the cartoon was popular. Canned spinach isn’t so popular anymore, but there are a few varieties that we eat today. There’s Savoy (which has crinkly leaves), smooth or flat leaf spinach (baby spinach belongs in this category), and a hybrid of the two. Spinach needs a cool and moist environment and partly sandy soil to thrive in. This is why most of the United States’ spinach is grown in California. 

Why is it beneficial?

Spinach has an abundance of beneficial nutrients for your entire body. Leafy greens are known for their high levels of iron, which is important for growth. It also has magnesium that activates over 300 reactions in the body. In addition to these minerals, it contains vitamins A, C, E, K, and some B vitamins. All of these vitamins work together to protect against free radicals and cancer, lower cholesterol, and promote a healthy heart, bones, brain, and respiratory system. The B vitamins in spinach–niacin, thiamin, and folate–work to convert carbs into energy. The body does not store vitamins B and C like it does the other vitamins, so it is important to eat them every day. 

When is it in season?spinach

Local spinach is found in the spring and sometimes fall when the weather is cool. Be sure to buy organic spinach whenever possible since it is one of the 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides.


How long will it keep?

Fresh, unwashed spinach will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator crisper drawer. Eat it as soon as possible for optimal nutrition. You can also freeze spinach at peak freshness, just make sure to wash it first.

How can I prepare spinach?spinach smoothie

Eating fresh, raw spinach is the best way to receive all the benefits. However, if you are prone to kidney stones, you might consider cooking it slightly to decrease the amount of oxalate that causes them. Also, if you are trying to get more iron in your diet, cook the spinach with a little lemon juice or vinegar  to preserve the iron. Here are a few ways to get your dose of greens:

  • Use frozen or fresh spinach in a smoothie. Bananas, pineapple, and strawberries all go great with spinach.
  • Sauce it with garlic and red pepper flakes for about a minute. Add an egg or two and scramble it together for a healthy breakfast. 
  • Replace the iceberg lettuce in your salad or on your sandwich with spinach for an extra serving of veggies
  • Make this homemade spinach pesto to top your favorite whole wheat pasta with. 

Eating more spinach might not make you instantly stronger like Popeye, but it will benefit your whole body and wellbeing. 


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Meal Plan for April 19, 2017

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Salmon with Red Potato, Asparagus, and Collard Green Hash
Serves 2
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Lemon Aioli
  1. 2 tablespoons mayo
  2. 1/2 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  3. 1 small clove garlic crushed or grated
  4. 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or more to taste
  5. Salt and black pepper
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil divided
  2. 1/2 pound red potatoes scrubbed and cubed
  3. 1 small shallot chopped
  4. 1/4 bunch asparagus woody ends removed and chopped on the diagonal into 2-inch pieces
  5. 1/4 bunch collard greens de-stemmed and chopped
  6. 1/8 cup water
  7. Salt and black pepper
  1. 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 2 salmon fillets
  3. 1/2 tablespoon salmon hash spice blend
  4. Salt and black pepper
For Serving
  1. 1 fresh lemon cut into 4 wedges
  1. For the aioli, whisk together the mayo, mustard, garlic, and lemon juice with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. For the hash, add 1/2 tablespoon of oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes in an even layer and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook (uncovered) until browned outside and softened inside, about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the shallot and 1/2 tablespoon oil to the potatoes and cook until the onion starts to soften, about 2 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the asparagus, collard greens, and water, and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook until the collard greens are wilted, the water is evaporated, and the other vegetables are fork-tender, about 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the salmon. Pat each fillet dry with a paper towel and season with the salmon hash spice blend, salt, and pepper. Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat; once the oil is hot, add the salmon fillets and cook until browned on both sides and cooked in the center, about 4 minutes per side. (Turn the heat down as necessary to prevent the salmon from burning outside before it’s fully cooked inside. Once the salmon is browned outside, you can turn the heat down to low and cover the skillet with a lid or piece of foil to help the salmon seam inside.)
  4. To serve, divide the hash between 2 plates and add 1 piece of salmon to each; serve along with the aioli and fresh lemon wedges.
Adapted from An Edible Mosaic
Adapted from An Edible Mosaic
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One Pot Spinach Chicken Pasta
Serves 2
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  1. 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  2. 2 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  3. 16 ounces sliced mushrooms
  4. 4 garlic cloves
  5. 2 cups pasta
  6. 4 cups water
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. ¼ teaspoon pepper
  9. 2 Tablespoons basil
  10. 3 cups chopped spinach
  11. 1 cup heavy cream
  12. ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  13. ¼ cup fresh Parmesan cheese for garnish
  1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, heat oil. Once oil is heated, add chicken and cook chicken over medium high heat for about six minutes until almost done.
  2. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook for another 4 minutes until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Add pasta, water, salt, pepper and basil. Bring to a boil and cook until pasta is tender about 10 to 13 minutes. Water should be almost gone.
  4. Add spinach, cream and grated Parmesan and bring to simmer.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. Garnish with fresh Parmesan.
Adapted from Chef in Training
Adapted from Chef in Training
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Greek Chickpea Cucumber Salad
Serves 2
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  1. 1 15 oz can chickpeas
  2. 1 cucumber
  3. 1 tomato
  4. 1 oz feta cheese
  5. 1/2 lemon juiced
  6. 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  7. 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  8. 1/2 tsp honey
  9. 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh dill
  10. Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  1. Open, drain and rinse the chickpeas, and then add to a large bowl.
  2. Cut the cucumbers into quarters, lengthwise, and then chop into bite-size chunks. Cut the tomato into small wedges. Add the cucumbers and tomatoes to the chickpeas then break the feta cheese into crumbles on top.
  3. In a medium bowl, make the dressing. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, honey, and the fresh dill together then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
  1. Make-Ahead: This salad can be made a few hours in advance. If you plan to make it a day in advance, we recommend leaving the tomatoes out of the salad, and then cutting and adding them just before serving since they are more fragile and will wilt more quickly than the cucumbers and chickpeas.
Adapted from Inspired Taste
Adapted from Inspired Taste
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Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
Serves 2
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For the Lettuce Wraps
  1. 1/2 head of Lettuce.
  2. 1/2 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  3. Salt and Pepper to taste
  4. 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  5. 1 Avocado sliced into strips
  6. 1/2 Cucumber sliced into strips
  7. 1/2 bunch Cilantro
  8. 1/2 medium Carrot cut into matchsticks
For the Peanut Sauce
  1. 1/4 cup sesame ginger dressing
  2. 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter microwave 30 sec if peanut butter refrigerated
  1. Rinse and pat dry your shrimp. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to a large hot non-stick skillet. Once oil is hot, add shrimp and saute on med/high heat 2 min per side or until cooked through. Don't overcook them or they will turn rubbery.
  2. Cut your cucumber and carrot into thin matchsticks. Slice your avocado into strips.
  3. Make your dressing by whisking together the sesame ginger dressing with the peanut butter. If you have a tightly sealed tupperware, you can put it int there and shake it up until it's nice and smooth. This sauce is so so tasty and way too easy!
  4. Assemble your lettuce wraps with a lettuce leaf, several strips of carrot and cucumber, a decent slice of avocado, 2 shrimps and a couple good sized sprigs of cilantro. Then drizzle the top with the peanut dipping sauce.
Adapted from Natasha's Kitchen
Adapted from Natasha's Kitchen
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Meal Plan for 4/5/17

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This roasted Carrot Recipe is perfect for dressing up your usual salad. It would also be a great, fresh recipe for Easter!

Maple Roasted Carrot Salad
Serves 2
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  1. 1 pound carrots preferably with leafy tops
  2. olive oil
  3. salt and freshly ground black pepper
  4. 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  5. 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  6. 1/3 cup orange juice
  7. 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  8. 1 garlic clove minced
  9. 1 cup lettuce or mixed greens packed
  10. 3 ounces goat cheese
  11. 1/3 cup roasted almonds
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Trim and scrub the carrots. If the carrots are more than 1 inch in diameter, cut them in half lengthwise. Cut the carrots in even, large diagonal slices and place in a medium bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss well and transfer to two sheet pans. (If you use just one, they’ll steam instead of roasting.) Roast for 20 minutes, tossing once, until the carrots are tender. Transfer all the carrots to one of the sheet pans, add the maple syrup, toss, and roast for 10 to 15 minutes, until the edges are caramelized. Watch them carefully! Toss with a metal spatula and set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the cranberries and orange juice in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, then set aside for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, garlic, and ½ teaspoon salt. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Place the lettuce in a large bowl and add the carrots, cranberries (with their liquid), goat cheese, almonds, and the vinaigrette. Toss with large spoons, sprinkle with salt, and serve at room temperature.
Adapted from Tasting Table
Adapted from Tasting Table
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These baked eggs are great for brunch or a light dinner. You can easily swap the spinach for whatever greens you have on hand. Kale or collards would be good substitutes.

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes
Serves 2
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  1. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 garlic clove crushed
  3. 1 cup fresh spinach packed
  4. 1 tomato diced
  5. 1 Tbsp minced onion
  6. 2 eggs
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. Paprika sprinkle as garnish
  9. Fresh fruit as side dish
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. To a large skillet or saucepan, add the olive oil and saute the garlic for a minute, before adding the spinach. Toss the spinach around for a minute, then add the diced tomatoes. Toss together and then add the minced onion. Let simmer until most of the liquid has cooked off, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Place the sauteed spinach into an ovenproof dish (you could use ramekins), creating divets for the eggs. Crack 1 egg into each hole.
  4. Bake the spinach and eggs for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until your desired egg doneness.
  5. Once cooked, remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt and pepper and paprika.
  6. Serve with fresh fruit for a well balanced breakfast!
Adapted from 5 Dollar Dinners
Adapted from 5 Dollar Dinners
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Here’s a hearty meal that’s easy to prepare and easy to clean up. Double the recipe to make some leftovers.

One Pan Dijon Chicken and Potatoes
Serves 2
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  1. 2 chicken thighs or breasts
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  4. 2 slices bacon
  5. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  6. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  7. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  8. 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  9. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  10. 1 Tablespoons butter
  11. 1/2 small yellow onion chopped
  12. 2-3 small potatoes or 1 large potato diced
  13. 1/2 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Season chicken with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Cook bacon in a cast iron skillet (or oven-safe nonstick skillet) over medium heat, until crisp. Turn half way through. Remove to paper-towel lined plate. Chop bacon and set aside. Drain off all but 1 Tablespoon grease. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 3-5 min, then flip and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown. Remove the chicken to a plate.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the broth, vinegar, mustard, garlic, and paprika in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add 2 Tablespoons butter to the pan. Add in the onion and saute 2-3 minutes, or until they have began to caramelize. Add the potatoes and saute an additional 5 minutes. Place the chicken, including any juices that have collected back in the skillet. Pour the broth mixture over the chicken and simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Place pan in the preheated oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are fork tender. Remove from the oven and spoon the sauce over the top. Top with chopped bacon and parsley. Serve while hot.
Adapted from I Heart Nap Time
Adapted from I Heart Nap Time
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This salad is great for those days with warmer weather. It’s light, healthy, and refreshing. You could also make a large batch and bring this to a potluck or a barbecue instead of the traditional potato salad.

Creamy Cucumber Radish Salad
Serves 2
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  1. 2 medium cucumbers
  2. 6-7 radishes
  3. 1 bunch scallions
  4. 1 cup cottage cheese
  5. salt and pepper
  1. Peel, half, seed, and slice cucumbers.
  2. Wash and thinly slice the radishes.
  3. Chop the scallions.
  4. Place all the ingredients into a medium salad bowl and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
  5. Stir everything together and enjoy!
Adapted from Cooktoria
Adapted from Cooktoria
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Meal Plan for 3/22/17

Honey Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes
Serves 2
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  1. 2 chicken breasts or thighs
  2. 1 tsp olive oil
  3. 1/2 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes
  4. 1/2 yellow onion, cut into thin wedges
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 1 Tbsp honey
  7. 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  8. 2 tbsp cornstarch
  9. 1 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh rosemary, plus sprigs for garnish
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over moderately high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning until browned on all sides, about 8 min.
  2. Place the potatoes, onion and garlic in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker; top with chicken.
  3. Stir together honey, juice, cornstarch, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook, 6 to 8 hours on low for 3 to 4 hours on high. Serve garnished with rosemary sprigs, if desired.
Adapted from Tara Teaspoon
Adapted from Tara Teaspoon
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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Serves 2
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  1. 1 pound flank steak, sliced into 1/4 inch thick strips
  2. 3 cups small broccoli florets
  3. 1/2 cup beef stock
  4. 5 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 2 tablespoons corn starch
  6. 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the sauce
  1. 1/2 cup soy sauce
  2. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons corn starch
  1. Toss sliced beef in a large bowl with corn starch.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat for a few minutes. Add sliced beef and cook until it browns, a few minutes, stirring frequently. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add broccoli and garlic to the pan, and stir. Add beef broth. Let simmer until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. While waiting for the broccoli to cook, combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  5. Add the reserved beef and sauce to the pan, and stir. Let simmer for 5 minutes so the sauce thickens a bit.
  6. Serve beef and broccoli over cooked white rice.
Adapted from Savory Tooth
Adapted from Savory Tooth
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Shrimp, Tomato, and Spinach Fettuccine
Serves 2
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  1. 1/2 pound fresh shrimp, shelled
  2. 2 medium tomatoes, fresh, chopped into large cubes
  3. 1 cup cooked spinach
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 2 Tbsp butter
  6. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  7. 1/4 small lemon
  8. salt to taste
  9. dash of paprika
  10. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or more)
  11. 5 oz whole wheat fettuccine pasta
  12. 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, for serving
  1. Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil until melted. Add fresh shrimp and half the minced garlic. Make sure shrimp is not crowded. Cook for 1 minute on one side until pink on that side. While it's cooking, generously sprinkle paprika and salt over uncooked side of the shrimp. Flip the shrimp over and cook for another 1 or 2 minutes until pink on the other side.
  2. To the skillet with shrimp, add chopped fresh tomatoes, cooked spinach, and remaining amount of minced garlic. Add 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or more). Mix everything well, remove from heat while you cook pasta.
  3. In the mean time cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to prevent pasta from cooking and getting mushy.
  4. Add pasta to the skillet with shrimp and vegetables with 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice (depending on the juiciness of your lemon, it could be 1/4 of small lemon or 1/2 lemon). Don't add too much lemon juice. Season with salt and more crushed red pepper. Warm it up on medium heat until shrimp is cooked through, and all ingredients are heated through.
  5. To serve, top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Adapted from Julia's Album
Adapted from Julia's Album
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Bacon Spinach Goat Cheese Spaghetti Squash
Serves 2
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  1. 1 medium spaghetti squash
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. 6 slices bacon, cut in 1-inch pieces
  5. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  6. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  7. 1 5-ounce bag baby spinach
  8. 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut about half an inch off of the top and bottom of the spaghetti squash, and discard those pieces. Cut the squash crosswise into rings about 1-inch thick, and run your knife around the inside of the rings to cut the seeds out. Drizzle the olive oil over the baking sheet, then spread the squash rings over it, moving them around a little so that the undersides are evenly coated with a little bit of oil. Season with salt and pepper, then flip the rings over and season again.
  3. Roast in the preheated oven until the squash is tender, about 30 minutes. When the squash is done, set it aside on the counter while you cook the bacon and spinach. It’ll be easier to handle if you let it cool for 10 minutes before taking it apart.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add the bacon slices. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, just until the very edges of the bacon start to brown slightly, about 2 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and continue to cook until the bacon is crispy and the fat has rendered out, about 5 more minutes.
  5. When the bacon is done, turn the heat up to medium and add the red wine vinegar while stirring and scraping the bottom of the skillet. This will deglaze your pan, so that all of the caramelized bits of bacon end up in your food and not stuck to the bottom of your pan. After about 20 seconds, turn the heat back down to low and add the maple syrup. Stir everything together just to combine, then add the spinach, one handful at a time, stirring after every addition so that the spinach wilts and there’s room in your skillet for more. When all of the spinach is wilted, turn the burner off under the skillet and let everything sit in there while you finish the squash.
  6. Peel the skin away from the squash, then use a fork or your hands to pull the strands apart, adding them to the skillet as you go. When all of the squash is in the skillet, add the goat cheese and toss everything together just to combine.
  7. Divide between two plates and serve immediately.
Adapted from Buzzfeed
Adapted from Buzzfeed
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Golden Beet Pecan Salad
Serves 2
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  1. 2 golden beets
  2. 1 cup mini carrots
  3. 2 cups chopped greens
  4. 1 Tbsp dried cranberries
  5. 1 Tbsp pecans
  6. 2 Tbsp tahini
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Peel and chop the beets into small pieces.
  3. Place on an oiled baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes (or until soft).
  4. Chop the carrots and greens.
  5. Combine everything in a salad bowl, serve, and top with tahini.
Adapted from Jar of Lemons
Adapted from Jar of Lemons
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Jerusalem Artichoke and Mushroom Saute
Serves 2
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  1. 1/2 lb jerusalem artichokes, washed and scrubbed clean
  2. 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or butter
  3. 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. Freshly ground black pepper
  6. 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  7. 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  8. 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  9. The juice of ½ a small lemon
  1. Thinly slice the jerusalem artichokes and place them immediately in a medium sized saucepan filled with salted water.
  2. Place the saucepan on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until the sunchoke slices are tender but not falling apart. Drain and set aside.
  3. In the meantime make the persillade by finely chopping the flat leaf parsley, lemon zest and garlic together. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil or butter in a large saute pan or skillet on medium heat. Add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper and turn to coat them well.
  5. Cook, turning the mushrooms over from time to time, until the water in the mushrooms has completely evaporated and the they feel tender to the fork. Add the cooked sunchokes and continue to cook stirring occasionally for another 2 to 3 minutes or so to lightly brown. Add the persillade and stir and cook for an additional minute before removing from heat and adding the lemon juice.
  6. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Gourmande in the Kitchen
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