Turkey Meatballs

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I rarely give myself credit when my cooking is good but biting into one of these babies I was actually proud of myself for making something so damn delicious. Meatballs and spaghetti is the ultimate comfort food, and when they are done like this there is nothing wrong with devouring a whole bowl (or two). You don’t even have to bother making a salad with this meal because cutting into one of these balls is already so green. Do yourself a favor and make these. Then share em with someone you love. P.s. they’re perfect for a dinner party, cook them earlier in the day and keep them simmering in a pot as long as you want- your guests will be happy and it will be the easiest dinner party ever.

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Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs & Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, Veggies & Feta

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Middle Eastern cuisine has always been one of my favorite foods so I was super excited when I came across this recipe. The chicken comes out wonderfully flavorful and the spice mixture is perfectly on point. The quinoa with the feta, chickpeas and veggies adds a great tang and crunch and is a perfect protein packed side dish to go along with it.

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Vegan Zucchini Pasta with Eggplant & Tomato Sauce

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There is no need to dream about spaghetti anymore on a gluten free or any kind of elimination diet because this dish is unbelievably and totally delicious. The pasta is made purely from zucchini, which is filled with fiber, vitamins A, C, K, beta-carotene, folate and potassium. Plus, it has high water content so it aids in weight loss. A pasta dish that aids in weight loss? Count me in! Smothered in homemade and flavorful eggplant and tomato sauce this is a perfect meal if you are craving a hearty and satisfying comfort meal without the calories, fat and carbs that usually come with it. 

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Chana Masala & Yogurt Chutney

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Ever since my sister returned from a trip to India, she has been raving about the amazing impact that using Indian spices in your everyday cuisine can have. She has cooked my brother and me a few memorable Indian meals and both of us have been eager to master the skills as our own. This past weekend us three siblings finally got together for the cooking lesson we had been waiting for. Combining the flavors of saltiness, sourness, sweetness, and heat, my sister taught us how to make a killer chana masala and a re-imagined cilantro chutney using yogurt as a base. It was the perfect way to invigorate an otherwise boring vegetarian meal, using creative flavors to enliven the healthy ingredients of chickpeas, ginger, yogurt, and other veggies. The great thing is, many of the spices used for the chickpea dish can be incorporated into other vegetable combos for a delicious, healthy meal or side dish. At the end of the day though I think anything made on a fun afternoon with my family would taste perfect. 

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Asian Marinated Salmon with “Fried” Rice

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I admit I love some greasy Chinese food delivery, especially while watching Sunday night television. And, there’s nothing like it in NYC. I always joke that I don’t even have time to go to the bathroom in the span of time between placing my order and the deliveryman knocking on my door. Plus, I’m ordering from the same places my uncle was ordering from 25 years ago. There is no denying that Chinese food delivery is easy, comforting and cheap but the truth is one meal is usually filled with enough sodium, fat and calories for the next three days. Not to mention the use of MSG and the portions being enough to feed an army. Below is my recipe for an Asian inspired meal. I can’t promise you cute little fortune cookies at the end of your meal but what I can promise you is an easy, nutritious and delicious meal with all the flavor to satisfy your Chinese food craving.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza 2 Ways

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This is a healthy gluten free pizza that is absolutely mouthwatering delicious. And guess what the crust is made from? CAULIFLOWER! Finally, a healthy gluten free pizza option without all that corn and tapioca garbage. This pizza is unbelievably satisfying, with a crunchy crust and a doughy center that you can actually pick up, fold and devour. You are probably very skeptical right not but please trust me, it’s even deep-dish pizza, white bread loving boyfriend approved. I experimented with two separate pie toppings- one topped with caramelized onions and prosciutto and the other Caprese style with fresh mozzarella, basil and heirloom tomatoes. Each equally delicious!

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Pasta with Goat Cheese & Asparagus

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Goat cheese is much easier to digest than regular cows milk cheese, which makes it a great option for people like me who have Lactose Intolerance.  It also has less fat and calories than regular cheese and is a great source of calcium and protein. Asparagus is one of those super greens loaded with nutrients like fiber and vitamins A, C, E & K. It’s packed with antioxidants and it may even help protect against certain types of caner. Add in the protein rich quinoa pasta and you’ve got a perfect, delicious, satisfying, nutritious & easy side dish or meal.

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