Recipes

Avocado Caprese Salad

Avocado Caprese Salad

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One of my favorite salads to eat is the classic caprese. It’s so simple and fresh you can’t help but savor every bite.

For this avocado caprese update, I substituted slices of avocado for mozzarella to make this salad friendly to anyone going dairy free — and let me tell you, you won’t miss the cheese. The avocado adds such a creamy element to this salad, I actually enjoyed it better than the original.…

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Herbed Turkey Burger

Bunless Herbed Turkey Burgers

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We love the grill for most any meal. And, for a slight twist on the standard, we like to mix it up by making turkey burgers.

Ground turkey is a great source of lean protein. And we keep this meal gluten-free and low-carb by foregoing a bun — replacing it with a nice Bibb lettuce “wrap.”

When paired with tomato, onion, pickle, avocado, and whatever-else-you-prefer, these turkey burgers are a delicious alternative to beef (which you’ll never hear us complain about, either).…

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3 Traditional Italian Recipes for a Sunday Pork Dinner

3 Traditional Italian Recipes for a Sunday Pork Dinner

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When I was growing up, in a traditional Italian Philadelphia family, nothing outside of pasta held a special place on the Sunday table — except a roast pork. Serving a slow-cooked, oven-roasted pork dinner is a rite of passage for the Italian chef in all of us, and one of the most respected meats you can add to the table.

It gets even better, though — the cuts used for this meal are less expensive than most and require nothing other than patience to offer a delicious dinner.…

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Infused Spiked Arnold Palmer

Low-Calorie Spiked Arnold Palmer

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Welcome to our Whole Life Challenge-compliant cocktail series from professional bartender Jenna Gruttadauria. Jenna practiced mixology at some of the most well-known bars and clubs in New York City before joining the Whole Life Challenge team. Now, she enjoys using her knowledge to make healthier versions of classic cocktails.

When it’s time to host a summer party at your place, it’s easy to buy a bunch of beer and throw it in a cooler, but what do you do when you’re trying to make choices that aren’t so hard on your digestive system and waistline?…

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Low-Carb Shrimp Creole

Low-Carb Shrimp Creole

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This is classic Louisiana. And we should know — straight out of Livingston Parish, TGK Founder Amber Lewis’ dad was our original taste tester for this dish. He, unsurprisingly, lent a five-star rating.

We use shrimp recommended by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, which monitors overfishing and natural habitats to make recommendations based on quality and quantity of individual species.…

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Jackfruit "Crab" Cakes

Jackfruit Crab Cakes (Without Any Crab)

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I’ve been trying to cook vegan lately and, let me tell you, it’s not easy! I am already used to planning ahead, but vegan meals take a lot more planning if you don’t want to eat a ton of carbs.

Recently, I found a recipe online for jackfruit crab cakes. This recipe includes no actual crab and the cakes are instead made with this versatile and increasingly popular fruit.…

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Broccoli and Chicken Stir Fry

Broccoli and Chicken Stir Fry

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If you need a recipe that’s quick to get on the table, healthy, and delicious, this simple chicken stir fry is the way to go. I love a good stir fry because it’s an easy way to clean out your refrigerator and use up your leftover veggies. Plus, you can make the whole meal in one pan.

For this broccoli and chicken stir fry recipe, I used chicken as my protein and broccoli and peppers as my main vegetables.…

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Vietnamese Pork Meatballs with Stir Fry Veggies

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs with Stir Fry Veggies

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Bún Chả is a Vietnamese dish comprised of grilled pork and noodles. The dish is believed to have originated in Hanoi in the late 1950s. It is typically served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of rice noodles and herbs, then paired with dipping sauce(s).

The dish has grown in popularity outside of Hanoi and further outside of the country of Vietnam, taking on alternate characteristics of each respective region.…

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Oven Baked Beet Chips

Oven Baked Beet Chips

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I’m always looking for a great snack idea that tastes delicious but is still healthy. These salty and crispy beet chips were exactly what I was looking for. Using just three simple ingredients and a mandolin slicer, this baked beet chip recipe might just be my new favorite way to eat beets.

When prepared this way, the beets crisp up perfectly like real potato chips.…

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Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs

Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs

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I have been enjoying a lot of Middle Eastern-inspired recipes recently. I also prefer to make and eat what I consider to be healthier versions of meatballs, though. So for this recipe, I left out the breadcrumbs, used turkey meat, and combined a few flavors I love to create my gluten-free, Middle Eastern turkey meatballs.

These turkey meatballs can be served for dinner or as an appetizer  — or made in bulk and kept in the freezer for an easy snack, lunch, or supper.…

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How to Make Healthier Treats Out of These 2 Sweets

How to Make Healthier Treats Out of These 2 Sweets

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It is hard to stick to a clean eating plan all the time — especially with so many easily accessible and deliciously tempting goodies right at our fingertips. Having worked with many nutrition clients, I’ve found the main culprit that causes slip-ups is a lack of preparation. When there are no healthy food options available at home or in the work fridge, then that is when the cookie monster rears its ugly head.…

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Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry with Vegetable Noodles

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Few dishes satisfy all of the senses like a green curry. The aromas of the sauteed ginger, garlic, and curry paste are a treat to inhale. Add that to the silky coconut milk, hearty chicken, fragrant basil, and tart lime, and you get a delicious meal that is visually stunning.

But, best of all, this Thai green curry is surprisingly easy to prepare.…

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